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Seven reasons why going up on Sagrada Familia towers is worth it


Antoni Gaudí’s magnum opus, Sagrada Familia, is a basilica that has been under construction for over a century and has elements right out of our imagination – intricate detailing, astonishing facades, and a vision that extends far beyond the present moment.

Tourists visiting Sagrada Familia have two choices – explore only the Basilica or go up the Nativity or Passion Towers after seeing the church.

The Tower tickets cost a bit more than the monument’s fast track tickets so the tourists want to know if the Towers are worth the extra money.

Besides the cost, the two more reasons tourists wonder if Sagrada Familia Towers are worth visiting are the possibility of long queues and the effort to go up by elevator and come down the Towers by stairs.

Since the visitors must purchase the appropriate ticket, you must decide what you want to do in advance.

We recommend going up the Basilica’s towers, and in this article, we also give you seven reasons why you should do so.

Ticket/tour Cost
Sagrada Familia fast track tickets €34
Sagrada Familia with Tower access €47
Guided tour of Sagrada Familia €50
Sagrada Familia guided tour + Tower access €69
Guided tour of Sagrada Familia & Park Guell €82
Guided tour of Sagrada & Montserrat €109
Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia in French €50
Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia in Italian €50
Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia in German €50
Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia in Spanish €50

Quick answer

If tourists who have already been to the Nativity or Passion towers are to be believed, going up the Towers was worth the time, effort and money.

If you plan to explore only the Basilica, you can buy a Sagrada Familia fast track ticket, the cheapest and most popular way to get inside.

If you plan to go up one of the Towers, you must get the Sagrada Familia tower ticket, which is a bit costlier.

Some tourists prefer guided tours to Sagrada Familia Towers to not only visit the monument but also understand it.

For a detailed answer, continue reading.

Towers in Sagrada Familia

When construction at Sagrada Familia ends in 2026, it will have 18 towers.

As of 2023, eight of the 18 planned towers are complete.

Of these eight constructed towers, four are part of the Nativity facade, and four are part of the Passion facade.

A facade is a view that a few of a building’s towers combine and create for the viewer.

Right now, only the Nativity facade and Passion facade are complete.

Why Towers of Sagrada Familia are worth the effort and money

Visitors can either book a self-guided tour of the Sagrada Familia tower or a guided tour of the towers, where a local expert takes you around.

Seasoned travelers with a keen interest in the architect Antoni Gaudi and his creations prefer guided tours.

We list below seven reasons why it is better to go up the towers during your Sagrada Familia tour.

1. Going up the towers doesn’t cost much

The basic adult ticket at Sagrada Familia, which includes the audio guide, costs only €34.

The self-guided Tower access tickets are only €47, which isn’t much.

If you take along a guide to help you understand Sagrada Familia Towers, it will cost you €69.

2. Going up the towers is effortless

You don’t have to climb up the towers. Each facade has an elevator that takes you right to the top.

Elevators at Sagrada Familia Tower

Since these elevators can only take six people at a time, sometimes there is a bit of a queue.

In short, going up the tower involves no effort – totally worth it.

Image: Different-doors.com

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3. Visiting the towers doesn’t take long

If you time it right, you can visit one of the towers in 30 minutes.

If you go up the towers during peak time, you may have to wait in a queue at the elevators.

Even the climb down the stairs will be slow, but you won’t take more than 45 minutes for the whole experience.

4. Details on towers make the trip worth it

Sagrada Scripts
Image: Bluffton.edu

Many people think the Nativity and Passion towers tour is about seeing the views of Barcelona.

However, the climb up is more about seeing and appreciating the intricate sculptures which adorn both facades.

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5. Climbing down is an adventure

To get down from the towers, you must take the stairs. These stairs don’t have railings, so kids below the age of six aren’t allowed.

Sagrada Stairs
Stairs to climb down from the Sagrada Familia towers. Image: Junbeom Ahn

The climb down the stairs is an adventure worth your time and effort.

When it is crowded, climbing down can be slow. That’s why it is better to know the best time to visit Sagrada Familia.

6. View from the Towers is stunning

From the Sagrada Familia towers, visitors see Barcelona’s stunning views, the mountains around the city, and the blue Mediterranean Sea.

Sagrada Connecting Bridge view
View from the bridge connecting two of the Sagrada Familia’s towers. Image: Fum Bally

The views offered by Nativity Tower and Passion Tower are different from each other but beautiful in their own rights.

Follow the link to discover why five million tourists step inside Sagrada Familia annually.

7. The bragging right is totally worth it

When fully built, Sagrada Familia will be 170 meters tall.

It will be behind Hassan II Mosque in Morocco (210 meters) and ahead of the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Ivory Coast (158 meters) in the World’s list of tallest religious structures.

Tallest religious structures

Standing at the top of one of the World’s tallest religious structures sounds like a tempting brag, doesn’t it?

So what will it be – a self-guided tour of the Sagrada Familia tower or a guided tour of the towers?

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