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Be the first to step inside La Sagrada Familia just before the crowds arrive on this 2.5-hour Viator Exclusive tour in Barcelona. Not available anywhere else, this tour allows you inside the unfinished church 10 minutes before it is open to the general public. Learn from your guide about the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Stroll among the columns as large as trees, admire the lavish decoration, and view the colorful stained glass windows that make this structure a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upgrade to include access to the tower for views over Barcelona.


  • Get in 10 minutes before general admission
  • Early access gets you unobstructed views of the exterior and interior
  • A trip up to the Tower of Passion can be added as an upgrade; a perk not available with general admission
  • After the 1-hour tour, you can stay and admire the cathedral and grounds as long as you want

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What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Sagrada Familia with Optional Tower Access

Early Access Tour to La Sagrada Familia

Make your way to La Sagrada Familia, one of Barcelona's best-known landmarks, to meet your guide and tour group. Get there just before 9am, when the popular site is open to the general public. Avoid long lines and be one of the first groups allowed inside with this Viator Exclusive tour, not available anywhere else. 

Before entry, marvel at the ornate exterior of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring sharp, soaring spires and incredible architectural detail.

Follow your guide inside for a tour of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí's masterwork. Look up for dizzying views of 230-foot (70-meter) vaults, colorful stained glass windows and soaring ceilings. Walk down the five aisles in the shape of a Latin cross while listening to your guide's commentary about Gaudí's architectural philosophy and inspiration. Learn about the reason for the church's unfinished state; construction begun in 1882 and was only a quarter complete when it halted in 1926. 

Opt to upgrade your experience with exclusive, 30-minute access to the Tower on the Passion façade, where you will have a panoramic views of the city from a height of 215 feet (65 meters). Please note that access to the tower requires a climb of roughly 400 steps.

Following your tour, you are free to explore the site further on your own.

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Customer Reviews

Vivek J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Booked it at last moment. Guide David was very friendly and knowledgeable. Will highly recommend it as not only we skipped all lines, we also enjoyed out time with the guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Excellent Tour Guide with excellent time schedule.

Jacqueline A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

My husband and I were very happy with our tour, Early Access to Sagrada Familia. Guide was interesting and we enjoyed her insight. This was our third visit to Barcelona, and the last two we were never able to make it in the church because of long lines. This time booking the tour was the way to go.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This will be one of the highlights of your Barcelona/Spain trip. Do not miss it.
Advice....Take the earliest tour to avoid the throngs which inevitably arrive.

Richard J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a wonderful tour. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Would recommend the early tour. We were first group in.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour is well worth the price, and going early meant no crowds! There is no way that I would have gotten so much out of seeing this site with an audio tour, which is all that was available for other Gaudi sites. Our guide was terrific. Do not hesitate to book this tour.

Judith D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Sagrada Familia was the main reason for visiting Barcelona. We were so pleased to have booked the and #34; Private, early access and #34; as the crowds were waiting to get in. The tour guide was excellent.. The Sagrada is spectacular and he told us the history and about Antoni Gaudi. Superb!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The meeting place is in front of the Basilica's gift shop next to the gate entrance middle of the block not the corner of two streets.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent tour. Our guide was fantastic.

Martha H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide wish I had taken his name was VERY knowledgable about the Sagrada Familia and the history behind it. He was very pleasant and handled an awkward customer in our group who was complaining about things out of our guide's control, with great poise. Of course the Sagrada Familia was sensational!!!

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