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Which Sagrada Familia Tower is Better + Is It Worth it?


When you visit Sagrada Familia you can pay a premium to climb one of the towers – but which Sagrada Familia tower is better?

And are the Sagrada Familia towers actually worth it?

Having done both of them I’m going to take you through a typical visit.

Let’s figure out which Sagrada Familia tower is best.

Warning (03/06/24): Some prime Sagrada Familia visit times usually sell out way in advance for weekend visits, and visits over the holiday season. Make sure you book your tickets ASAP or you could be shut out.

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the exterior of gaudi's famous sagrada familia

Which Tower to Visit at Sagrada Familia?

Each of the completed facades at Sagrada Familia has its own tower.

The main difference – and this will come into play when talking about views – is that the Nativity Facade (180 feet) is 126 feet shorter than the Passion Facade (246 feet).

That’s 20 meters in height difference, for my European friends.

So which Sagrada Familia tower is better? It’s an easy choice for me: the Passion Tower has a better view.

That said, the Nativity Facade is the only one designed by the original architect (Antoni Gaudi), so some visitors find it the better tower for authenticity.

⚠️  2024 Warning ⚠️: It’s now mandatory to book your Sagrada Familia tickets in advance.

The only way to guarantee your spot is by booking tickets online.

Using the links below, you can even get no-risk free cancellation tickets:

Lock in a time for your dates ASAP or it’s likely you’ll be shut out.

Finally, the Passion Tower gives you better views of the ocean while the Nativity Tower gives you better views of the mountains.

The better Sagrada Familia tower is really up to your unique needs as a visitor.

Are Sagrada Familia Towers Worth it?

Let’s be clear off the hop: while there are elevators to both Sagrada Familia towers, it’s mandatory to come back down by stairs.

For this reason, Barcelona visitors with mobility issues and children under six cannot be accepted.

It’s also not a great choice for claustrophobics as the stairwell is a bit cramped.

That said, if you’re not in either of those categories, a proper Barcelona itinerary can be accentuated greatly by a Sagrada Familia towers visit.

So which Sagrada Familia tower is the best? I’m giving the decision to the Passion Tower 🏆

Whatever you do, make sure you book your tower tour tickets well in advance! Tower visits are capped and sell out constantly.

You can lock in your time slots and get free-cancellation tickets using the button below:

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Or, check out the tower visit calendar right on this page:

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Not convinced on the towers? You can get regular entrance as well.

Just make sure you book online in advance – it is now mandatory and sellouts are frequent.

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If you do however get a La Sagrada Familia tower tour ticket, please ensure that you head for the towers at the time indicated on your ticket.

It should be the first thing you do once inside.

If you show up later you may not be given access if the usher is in a bad mood!

How to Book Sagrada Familia Tower Tickets

Again, due to sell outs (pic above) you should be booking tower visit tickets online in advance.

To book tower entrance to Sagrada Familia, the most common way is using Tiqets: Europe’s most trusted online ticket platform.

In doing so, you get access to the best customer service team + have the chance to book free cancellation tickets.

That way, there’s literally no risk in booking.

With tower tickets, Tiqets also throws in a free Sagrada Familia audio guide (a €6.00 value) for the rest of your visit.

Here’s how to get it done:

  • Click our Sagrada Familia Tower tickets link (or any button in this article)
  • Select your date + time from the calendar
  • Click ‘Go to the Next Step’
  • Enter your name + email address
  • Enter your payment information
  • Voila!

Change your mind? You can change or cancel the tickets free of charge up to 48 hours before the visit.

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Sagrada Familia Towers & Guided Tour

Want to unlock the symbolism of one of Europe’s great churches and see the Sagrada Familia towers?

You can book a Sagrada guided tour + tower visit ticket to have all secrets unlocked by a licensed, English-speaking guide.

Each booking includes:

  • Fast Track entrance to Sagrada Familia
  • Access to one of the Sagrada Familia towers (your choice)
  • 1.5-hour guided tour of Sagrada Familia with an official Guide
  • Access to the museum inside the Sagrada Familia

I’ve said this in my post on the best Sagrada Familia tours: they way they bring this building to life in such a fun and interactive way is well worth it.

Sagrada Tour + Towers
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Sagrada Familia Towers FAQ

  • Are Sagrada Familia towers open?

    Yes, the Sagrada Familia towers are open – though they were closed during the COVID pandemic. They remain open during normal visiting hours unless there are high winds.

  • How many towers does the Sagrada Familia have?

    The Sagrada Familia will have a total of 18 towers upon its completion. As of now, eight towers have been completed – four on the Nativity façade and four on the Passion façade.

  • Which tower is better at Sagrada Familia?

    The Passion Tower is the better tower at Sagrada Familia as it is 20 meters higher than the Nativity Tower, so the views are naturally better.

  • How many steps in Sagrada Familia tower?

    The Sagrada Família currently has two completed towers. Each tower has a different number of steps: the Nativity Tower has a total of 340 steps and the Passion Tower has a total of 426 steps.

  • Is it worth going up the towers at Sagrada Familia?

    It is only worth it to visit the Sagrada Familia towers if you’re a true fan of Gaudi’s work or otherwise intrigued by churches and buildings of this nature.

    In the end, you’re paying €13.00 extra per ticket which is about the same price of Park Guell, which in reality gives a better panoramic view – without the claustrophobic walk down.

  • How do I buy tickets to visit the towers at Sagrada Familia?

    To buy tickets to the Sagrada Familia towers you must book online to guarantee your spots – hourly tower visits are capped – so most visitors book tower tickets on advance using the European ticket giant Tiqets.

  • Is Sagrada Familia tower access included in general admission tickets?

    No, tower access at Sagrada Familia is not included with the general admission ticket. Visitors must buy a combo ticket that includes the towers, which is listed at a 13.00€ premium.

Still Not Sure Which Tower to Visit at Sagrada Familia?

The debate about which tower at Sagrada Familia is better is really up to your own tastes.

That said, if you want to delve deeper into La Sagrada Familia towers please write me in the comments below – or join my group I’m Off to Barcelona on Facebook.

Enjoy the towers at Sagrada Familia ⛪

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