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Strategies for avoiding the Sagrada Familia’s busiest times

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In 2023, the Sagrada Familia welcomed over 4 million visitors. Yep, it's back on the must-see lists, just like it was in the good old days before the world turned upside down in 2020, thanks to the pandemic. So, how about we explore the best time to visit Sagrada Familia this year?

The iconic church is still a masterpiece under construction, set to be completed by 2026. But don't let the cranes and scaffolds fool you — this place is alive with music and events bringing in folks from all corners of the globe. And guess what? It's only going to get busier!

Don’t worry though, I've got some killer tips to help you dodge the worst of the queues and really dig into the magic of this awe-inspiring spot. Keep your eyes peeled for my guide on the best time to visit Sagrada Familia!

Sagrada Familia opening hours

November to February

Monday to Saturday: 9am to 6pm. 

Sundays: 10.30am to 6pm

March and October

Monday to Friday: 9am to 7pm

Saturdays: 9am to 6pm 

Sundays: 10.30 am to 7 pm

April to September

Monday to Friday: 9am to 8pm

Saturdays: 9am to 6pm

Sundays: 10.30am to 8pm

December 25, 26 & January 1, 6

9am to 2pm

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Best time of the year to visit Sagrada Familia

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If you're aiming for the sweet spot to visit Sagrada Familia, consider dropping by in April. It's when the city shakes off the last chills of winter, and the tourist rush hasn't quite hit its peak yet. You can enjoy more extraordinary vibes without the hassle of elbowing your way through a sea of people.

Fast forward to May or June, and you're looking at the possibility of waiting in line for up to an hour and a half – not the best use of your vacay time, right? After the Summer Solstice, the heat cranks up, and you might find yourself baking at 30° Celsius (86°F).

November and December are winter months in Barcelona, so you can stroll around pretty comfortably. However, you'll miss out on that epic light show the sun puts on the basilica's stained glass windows, throwing all those wild colors around. Trust me, it's a sight you don't want to skip!

Best time of the day to visit Sagrada Familia

For the ultimate Sagrada Familia experience, here's the trick: swing by on a weekday when the crowds are a bit thinner. But, if you want to attend a Sunday mass at 9am, make plans to be there by 7am to snag a good spot.

For a quick peek at the ins and outs, along with those sky-high towers, get there bright and early, right when it opens. In the morning, the stained glass casts a yellow glow; in the afternoon, you’ll see a blue reflection. And if you can hang around until just before sunset – the inside is just spectacular with golden hues on one side and the other side in a mesmerizing display of colors. Early in the week is generally less crowded, although this may vary during peak tourist season.

Pro tip: If you reach just after lunch on a weekday, you'll most likely skip the worst of the crowd scene.

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