If you are planning to come to Barcelona and want to do some mainstream and classic urban sightseeing, you’ll want to consider adding La Sagrada Família to your tour. You must know, however, that as a tourism-based city and one of the most visited cities in Europe, Barcelona receives thousands of visitors every week. As positive as that is for the local economy, it has its disadvantages: queues and crowds!
How to skip the line and enjoy Sagrada Família without crowds
La Sagrada Família is one of the most emblematic monuments in Barcelona, perhaps the most important. All Gaudí monuments are. If you intend to go visit all of them, you’ll need to plan ahead if you want to avoid the crowds and the annoying queues. There are tricks to managing this, and though it might be difficult to carry out some of them (especially if you are traveling with a group), it’s worth giving it a try.
- Avoid traveling in the summer. Summertime in Barcelona is extremely crowded with tourists. This “trick” will be useless if you already have your trip set or have your flight tickets, but consider it for the next time. Barcelona isn’t cold in spring and autumn, and it’s much more bearable to walk through the streets and enjoy the city without the heat and the large lines under the sun. Recently, though, the Sagrada Família lines have been managed inside the building, so at least, if you have to wait in the queue you won’t be bothered by the direct sun.
- Go during unpopular hours. Avoid rush hours. The opening hour is always 9am, so try to go at that time or at lunch time, when people are in bars and restaurants eating. Also, try to visit it at the last moment: they stop selling tickets half an hour before closing, so if you think you’ll be done in that period of time, it’s guaranteed that there won’t be that many crowds inside.
- Check it with Google before going. When you search Sagrada Família in Google, the file on the right will give you information about the monument and the current state of “crowdedness”, so you can decide whether to leave it for later or another day, if it’s too crowded at the moment. The internet is a wonderful thing
- Avoid weekends. If you want to skip the lines, avoid weekends at all costs. The most unpopular days are tuesday and thursday, according to Google.
- Buy tickets ahead of time. Most of the time, the queues are formed to get the tickets, so if you buy them in advance, you will save the trouble of waiting. Also, the managers of the monument are making efforts to promote online ticket selling to reduce the lines, so they don’t interfere with the regular activity of residents.
Where to buy your Sagrada Família tickets
You’re in luck! One of our most successful purchases at Tickets Barcelona are the tickets to visit La Sagrada Família, so you can buy them at our website. Our “Skip the line” tickets include fast access to the monument, and special prices for people under 30 and over 65 years old, students, children and disabled.