The Basilica was awesome. Unfortunately it took us over an hour to get a taxi from the port because everyone disembarking in Barcelona was also waiting for taxis to get to the airport. The cruise ship was not helpful in the process.
This is a beautiful and interesting church which we enjoyed walking through with the audio feature thoroughly. It was very easy to purchase our tickets online directly from the La Sagrada Familia website. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time as they are sold out at the church on the day of your visit.
Last visit, 30 years ago, construction was ongoing, but there was no roof. Now we saw a church with a roof and an alter. Fantastic! Only 9 more years before work is completed. Book a tour, cruise ship or not. Don't visit independently for the first time.
Tour guide Maria was excellent. The tour gave us a good overview of the city and its Olympic games heritage as well as the works of the architect Gaudi. The Cathedral is amazing and a visit inside is not to be missed.
Took a taxi to Sagrada Familia. You could walk, but it is quite a distance. Huge crowds at Sagrada. Enjoyed a stroll down La Ramblas avenue and Gothic Center. Overall a very nice experience. Just one word of advice, be cautious of the pick pockets. The are all over the city and especially among crowds. Do not carry a lot of valuables
Skip the line Bassilica entry and reserved time Tower on the Passion Facade; General admission 29E, Senior 20E. Made appointment for 15 minutes after our reserved entry time. Entry was fast and on time. Upon arriving at the Towe on the Passion facade we were met with a disorganized crowd of people pushing into a single entry point. It wasn't until almost at the check I that we nipoticed people locking bags, purses , backpacks in bins -- no bags allowed. After scrounging 1E from some French tourists (we did offer them $1 in return) we moved into the line to await the 10 person elevator to the top. This is when we noticed that the bag rule was not enforced. Large purses and bags joined the line too.
Views from the top were nice but surprisingly limited to include from the narrow walkway. Taking the even narrower spiral staircase (not the one seen from inside the Basilica) down gave views of parts of the roof and sides from small dirty windows. We were also surprised at the amount of graffiti on the walls.
The church itself is outstanding. A true Gaudi work. It is unbelievable inside and out. A not to be missed site for sure.
Recommend: the tower tour - maybe. We don't need to do it again. Inside the church... Absolutely. Early with ad prance entry tickets. Gets crowded quickly.
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