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La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

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The undisputed symbol of the city, La Sagrada Familia is a World Heritage Site that astonishes visitors with its sheer height and intricacy of design. This impressive church was designed by one of Spain’s renowned architects, Antoni Gaudí. Though Gaudí produced some of the country’s most inspiring buildings, this church is his most famous work. This masterpiece in the very heart of the city, featuring Gothic and Art Nouveau elements, is 95 m (312 ft) long and 60 m (197 ft) wide, with a seating capacity of 13,000. The central tower rises 170 m (558 ft) above the transept, with 17 other towers of 100 m (328 ft) or more. Visitors have access to the nave, crypt, museum, shop, and two towers. To avoid long lines, book tickets online. Make La Sagrada Familia a part of your Barcelona vacation plans using our Barcelona vacation trip planner.
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  • Impossible to grasp without being there; definitely worth the visit. Be sure to get time-stamped tickets in advance or you may have to wait in a long line or not get in. I didn't think the audioguide ...  more »
  • The Familia Sagrada is an amazing place. Very large and ornate and very very busy. Buy tickets in advance great way to beat the crowd. Facility is still under major Construction. The restaurants aroun...  more »
  • We were SOOOO glad that we booked our tickets in advance! When we arrived, there was a sign saying: next tickets in 5 hours! I was not really up for booking a specific time days in advance; well this ...  more »
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  • One of the best attractions of Barcelona. Stunning architecture and simply a genius effort to creating the most spiritual/divine experience. Well worth the cost. Advice for tourists. If you want a guided tour book well in advance as English speaking tours are limited. You can get an audio set which is probably just as good. Book online through smart phone. No need for printing etc, just save on your smartphone.
  • Whilst on holiday in Barcelona we spent a day visiting the Sagrada Familia. The building is huge and beautiful, definitely worth visiting if you are coming to Barcelona. The prices are good for entry but I would advise to book tickets in advance so you miss the queues else you will be waiting hours in a line which isn't nice. There are many cafes situated around the building with plenty of seating too if you get hungry. Definitely worth going inside to take in all the work and history of the venue.
  • Believe the hype because it is worth it. Definitely make a point to take a look and go inside. It's best to buy tickets in advance so you don't have to wait in the crazy lines. Such an architectural wonder.
  • What a stunning display once you enter the Sagrada Familia. The exterior is interesting to see from far but visiting brings a whole other perspective. The inside is stunning and the audio guide explains what Gaudí was thinking when he designed it and how he was inspired by nature as well as what he was trying to portray. I went up the tower as well but that was the least interesting part as the views are not great compared to other towers I've been up in other cities, it is basically just a walk down the tower. But visiting is a must as the architecture, design and statues are quite moving and interesting. It is also very organized, a pleasant surprise from other tourist sites in Spain, you buy your tickets online and show up at your selected time, almost no lines or confusion.
  • This is a MUST SEE in Barcelona. Sadly I did not get to go inside. The queue looks very long but I heard that it's better to buy tickets ahead of time. Don't quote me on that, I would imagine it to be a long wait with or without tickets. Admiring it from the outside is amazing. There are souvenir shops everywhere and you can enjoy a snack from the food trucks with a nice view of La Sagrada Familia.

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Because the city's metro system makes traveling from area to area relatively painless, you have more flexibility in choosing a place to stay. Barceloneta, the neighborhood surrounding the city beach is somewhat removed from the city center, making its hotels popular with families. Only a 15-minute walk from the center, Barceloneta has a more laid-back beach atmosphere but still offers several restaurants and entertainment options. Farther away from the beach and closer to the city center, El Born is a charming neighborhood well-known for its restaurants and lively bar scene. Eixample is also popular as it is more central and home to some of the city's best shopping and tourist sites, including La Sagrada Familia. For a more traditional experience, consider staying in the Gothic Quarter, the heart of Old Barcelona. This picturesque neighborhood boasts a tight network of historical architecture with boutique hotels and traditional restaurants.
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