I only spent two days in Barcelona but it didn’t even take me that long to learn that Antoni Gaudi is a genius. Gaudi was a Spanish architect who lived from 1852 to 1926. He had a really vivid imagination and it shows in his designs. It is clear he was well ahead of his time. It may sound like I am exaggerating as I describe some of the places, but honestly I was thoroughly impressed. I am not the only one who thinks this, many of his projects have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
La Sagrada Familia is a basilica designed by Gaudi, still currently under construction. After more than 130 years, it is scheduled for completion in 2026. I have been to many amazing churches across the world (St. Patrick’s, St. Peter’s, St. Paul’s and more) but in my mind La Sagrada Familia tops them all.
If you plan on visiting La Sagrada Familia while you’re in Barcelona (and you really must) you should get your tickets in advance! There are several different ticket options but all are timed entry. The cheapest option is to just buy entry into the cathedral for 15€ each. We decided to splurge and go for the most expensive option. For 29€ per person, you get access to the cathedral, an audio guide, and you get to go to the top of the towers on one of the cathedral facades. (more…)