The Sagrada Família is the most visited monument in Spain, the largest unfinished Roman Catholic church on Earth, and the crowning glory of architectural visionary Antoni Gaudí. Do you need any more reasons to visit? In the 136 years (and counting) in which the Basilica has been under construction, an extraordinary level of detail has gone into the mammoth design, so much in fact that a guided tour is mandatory to fully appreciate it. Family-friendly, entertaining and insightful, Enchanting Barcelona’s tour is the ultimate way to experience Spain’s longest-running building project, without overloading you with unnecessary info.
Despite the decades of planning and over a century of work, somehow Gaudí forgot to factor in the perfect angle to photograph the church. Fortunately, the architect behind the Sagrada Tour, Nancy, has found the best elevated view for the perfect family selfie. This little known spot is unfrequented by even locals, even has a bar/cafe, so you can escape the crowds for a refreshing beverage and a spectacular view - heavenly!
A downside of the Sagrada Família’s popularity is the eternal presence of hordes of fellow sightseers, but Nancy has solved this problem too. Once within the site’s boundaries, your tour will be conducted via audio guide, allowing you to wander through the building’s many marvels at your own leisure and pace. The information you will receive covers only the most fascinating insights about the church and its history, leaving you feeling knowledgeable, but not overwhelmed, unlike many other tours. Learn how Gaudí’s twin dedications to nature and God influenced his work and helped create the iconic basilica we see today.
Once you’ve been brought up to speed with the most important aspects of the immense monument, and been given a chance to wander through it’s interior ‘forest’ of columns, rejoin your tour guide for the next stage. Now is your chance to ascend one of the Basilica’s lofty towers, and see just how high Gaudí’s dreams soared, as you witness the incredible intricacies and work behind the spires and mosaic-decorated roof. A full appreciation of the enormous scale of the project, and the artistic talent that has gone into every inch of the building, is impossible to comprehend without seeing this side of the Basilica. What’s more, a breathtaking view of the entire city is waiting to reward those who scale the tower, a sight usually reserved for birds and the Sagrada Família’s construction crew themselves.
Finally, with your feet firmly back on the ground, Nancy will offer to show you one last treasure housed in this religious masterpiece. This is the old schoolhouse that the philanthropic Gaudí insisted be built to educate the worker’s children. For many visitors, the unassuming building might be passed by unnoticed, but Enchanting Barcelona ensures that you see everything worth visiting within the nonpareil Sagrada Família site.
Sara Siddeeq: Born and raised in Buckinghamshire (England), Sara is a recent graduate from the University of Leeds. She primarily works in digital marketing and PR, however she is also a journalist in Barcelona, contributing to over half a dozen websites in the city alone.