Last year the most popular attraction in the whole of Spain was the Sagrada Familia. This unique basilica received over 3.23 million visitors, just about ousting El Prado from the top spot which received almost 3.2 million. These staggering numbers reflect how truly awe inspiring the attraction is, however its popularity poses one major problem: queues, queues and more queues!
Though the project is largely unfinished (and will remain so until around 2026), its ongoing construction is actually funded by the tourism that it attracts. Currently only 8 out of the 18 towers have been completed.
This creates a dilemma because in order to get completed sooner, the number of tourists visiting needs to remain steady or increase. This usually means you’ll spend as much as 2 hours queueing in this attraction (1 hour to get in and another hour to use the lifts up the tower).
So, how do you beat the queues? There are two ways. Firstly you can buy tickets online to La Sagrada Familia in advance, this will save you queuing up to buy a them in person. Secondly, you should be at the entrance first thing in the morning! Tourists are most active at this attraction during lunchtime and if you’re first at the door, you’ll be first in, giving you more time to spend inside the structure and touring other attractions in Barcelona.
The most effective way of being one of the first at the door for opening time at La Sagrada Familia is to rent some Barcelona accommodation near by the attraction. There are many places to stay close to the attraction, just take a look at this list of accommodation close to Sagrada Familia. By staying near the attraction, you’ll only ever be a short walk away, and you can take photos each time that you pass by!
Sagrada Familia is located in the Eixample Dret part of Barcelona, which is one of the best areas of the city to stay in. There are many attractions nearby like Casa Milà and Casa Batlló, and you’ll never be too far away from public transport. There are also many great restaurants nearby like La Llesca, where you can sample some authentic Catalan and Spanish dishes.
So when you come to Barcelona, it’s highly recommended you stay near Sagrada Familia. Not only will you be right next to the most popular attraction in Spain, but you’ll also be well-connected and staying in a great area.
Author: Harriet Freeman