Gaudi's Sagrada Familia! One of the highlights of Barcelona, it is an architectural masterpiece, due to be finished in 2026 on the centenary of Gaudi's death.
The interior, ablaze with light from enormous and beautiful stain glass windows, will be a different visual experience depending on what time you visit. Cool colors illuminate the basilica at sunrise and into the morning, as the sun moves to the afternoon, the reds, oranges and yellows dominate the color palette. (Interior photo courtesy of: Joseph French.)
There are other Gaudi designed structures throughout Barcelona, but this is the most magnificent.
We used the Get Your Guide app to arrange our approximately 1.5 hour tour of this monument and paid extra for access to the towers (see below). You ascend the tower in an elevator, but the descent is all stairs. If you don't like heights, skip the tower tour. Also make sure you book a "Skip the Line" tour.
Yes, that is someone's arm as they held onto the rail during their tower descent. The spiral staircase is indeed that narrow and that steep.
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