Sagrada Familia and Gaudí: a calm and comfortable guided tour
Article updated 16 November, 2018.
Want to find out more about Sagrada Familia and Gaudí? This guided tour offers an overview of the artist's major works, with next to no effort required!
Every day: 10am and 3.15pm
adults: €46 (ticket included)
To catch a first glimpse of Gaudí's principal works
Think of Barcelona, and Sagrada Familia and Gaudí are two of the first things that spring to mind. And for good reason! The magnificent basilica, which has come to symbolise Barcelona the world over, is an exceptional illustration of Gaudí’s remarkable talent.
We only want the very best for our readers, so we’ve been and tested yet another guided tour! This one is ideal for a first trip to Barcelona, and for visitors who don’t want to wear themselves out walking for miles. Admire some of Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces from the comfort of a tour bus in the company of a knowledgeable expert guide, before stopping off to visit the inside of Sagrada Familia.
Sounds good? Hop on!
Sagrada Familia and Gaudí: a fascinating tour with maximum comfort
The tour starts from Plaça Catalunya, the beating heart of Barcelona. After meeting your guide, you’ll get on the bus to head to Sagrada Familia.
Part One: Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and the area around Sagrada Familia
The bus takes you down the Passeig de Gràcia, an elegant and iconic avenue which is home to two of Gaudí’s major works: Casa Batlló and La Pedrera (Casa Milà). Take time to admire the façades and listen to the guide’s fascinating explanations of the history and architecture of these two unique houses!
The bus stops just outside Sagrada Familia, giving you the chance to admire the buildings surrounding the basilica – once again, the guide has some incredible tales to tell!
Part Two: Guided tour of Sagrada Familia in English
Next, the guide will take you into Gaudí’s true masterpiece, the incredible Sagrada Familia. The magical effects created by the light streaming through the stained glass windows have to be seen to be believed. The guide will tell you more about the history of the basilica, helping you to understand its architecture and to truly appreciate Gaudí’s amazing talent.
- Tip: you’ll have twenty minutes or so of free time in the basilica at the end of the guided tour, leaving ample opportunity to take photos or visit the souvenir shop – so you can give the guide your full attention during the first part of the visit.
During the ride back to Plaça Catalunya, the guide will provide you with a wealth of information on Barcelona and the surrounding area – great background for the rest of your trip!
Advantages of the tour
- This option is highly practical as it includes a fast-track ticket for Sagrada Familia – so you won’t need to pay out more to get in, and you won’t have to queue. Why make things harder than they need to be?
- It doesn’t require much physical effort: all of the travelling is done by bus (with air-conditioning in summer). The tour is therefore particularly suitable for the elderly or for families with small children.
- The tour provides an excellent introduction to Gaudí’s universe, his work and his key role in the history of Barcelona.
- We were particularly impressed by our guide, Artur, who was friendly and approachable and happy to interact with all members of the group, from the very youngest to the oldest. Here’s hoping the other guides are up to the same standard!
- A top-quality earpiece system means that you won’t miss a word of the guide’s explanations – and it’s all hands-free, which is very useful for taking photos.
- The tour is very well organised, beginning and ending in Plaça Catalunya, a central location and a handy starting point for discovering the rest of Barcelona.
Sagrada Familia and Gaudí: useful information
- 46 euros for adults
- 23 euros for children aged 3 – 11
- free for children aged 2 and under
- All year round, 10am and 3.15pm. The tour lasts around 2 1/2 hours.
- The meeting point is on Plaça Catalunya.
- Unfortunately, the bus is not fully wheelchair accessible.
- For some afternoon slots, the bus is shared with a French-language tour group, but the earpiece system means that the two tours are able to run in parallel without affecting each other.
Enjoy the tour!
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