The Sagrada Familia is so iconic to Barcelona. When I told friends and family I’d be visiting the city for several days, they all reminisced about Gaudi’s most famous, unfinished work. On our second-last day in Barcelona, we visited the Sagrada Familia Basilica, to tour the grounds and view the inside.
I wasn’t sure about the dress code to visit the church, while it’s still technically a construction site and unfinished, I didn’t want to be turned away at the door. However, I noticed many guests wearing tank tops and shorts, so they do not enforce any dress codes. I still wanted to be respectful for a place of worship, so I wore a midi-length seersucker skirt from Zara (old, similar style available here) that I also wore here, a white, a tassle necklace from Kendra Scott, an off-the-shoulder top from She In, lace up sandals from Sam Edelman, and a Cult Gaia small Ark Bag.
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The church was fabulous and we enjoyed exploring the outside. It was surprisingly not that busy and we were able to take it in from all angles. I was warned so many times about huge crowds and to be weary of pickpockets, but in general it was a very pleasant experience. We went towards the end of the day, around 7 p.m., and we didn’t have to wait to get in to see the church, because we bought tickets online and there were no lines!
Tickets were around 15 euros just to go inside, and we didn’t pay extra to get the audio tour. It seemed like a bit of a more expensive tour in the city, but it’s definitely a must-see! As a student, I got a 2 euro discount, so remember to book those tickets ahead online!
I was so impressed with the inside of the church, and how the columns turned into stone trees at the incredible ceiling. The stained glass was beautiful and the setting sun cast a stunning glow throughout the church. We took about 45 minutes to look around the church and its features a couple times but found the price of entry was a bit high. We also didn’t know to pay an extra upgrade to be able to go up and get a view. I guess the next time we will visit we will see more progress anyways!
I would advise to stay away from shops, cafes and restaurants lining the streets of the Sagrada Familia. We wanted to buy water and it was nearly double the price of the usual newsstands! We ended up walking a couple more blocks and found a grocery store instead. Although, it would have been lovely to have sit at a cafe with a glass of cava enjoying the incredible view of this beautiful church.