One of the places that I decided that I had to take my family to during our trip to Spain was La Sagrada Familia Barcelona. It is one of those not-to-miss places with the challenge to find a kid friendly tour. Thanks to a recommendation from the company that helped me set up our accommodations I discovered the perfect tour operator. We ended up having an amazing family experience while exploring this icon from Barcelona.

La Sagrada Familia Barcelona Tour - Review Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

La Sagrada Familia Barcelona Tour – Review Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Finding a Kid-Friendly Tour Operator: La Sagrada Familia Barcelona Tour – Review

The words Barcelona and La Sagrada Familia are almost synonymous. I am sure that whenever you hear any of those expressions the other comes to your mind immediately. It is like the Statue of Liberty in New York City, or the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Because there is so much hype around it I wanted to find a tour operator that offered something unique. I wanted my family and I to have a memorable experience and a kid friendly tour option.

But where do you find something unique? If you do a little bit of research you will see that everyone including their mother and sister offer this tour.

Out of all of the tour operators one kept popping up: Ticketbar. Ticketbar was first brought to my attention when searching for a vacation rental for my family visit to Barcelona.

For our accommodations, I contacted Apartment Barcelona, who have a huge selection of apartments for short term rental. During that time Hollie took care of all my questions. She was super helpful in everything. Being a BCN native when I asked her about the best Sagrada Familia tour, she immediately said that Ticketbar works with the top local guides, most specializing with family tours.

She was so right!

La Sagrada Familia Tour – Skip the Line

La Sagrada Familia Tour – Skip the Lines with guided tour. Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

La Sagrada Familia Tour – Skip the Lines with guided tour. Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Due to Sagrada Familia’s popularity, the entrance is restricted. Only a certain number of people are allowed to enter each day. But even with those regulations, it is always crowded. The lines can be long.

If you want to visit with kids, I highly recommend a guided tour. This will help you skip the long lines. The tour we took didn’t specify it but it as a private tour. We got a double win-win situation.

You can always show up at the church, wait on the long lines and do the visit on your own but you loose all the history and mystic surrounding this place. Private tours also allow your kids to learn more about the place.

Our Guide – Why This is So Important

Our guide was a lovely Catalan woman who was entertaining from the very beginning. She was one of those people, that no matter the situation, they can make you laugh and smile while they teach.

My oldest son immediately stuck to her side and stayed there during the whole tour. For that tour, we traveled with friends with kids 7 and 9 years old. They all hung on to every single word she said.

Throughout the whole tour, she teased them about a quiz that they would have at the end. All of us adults were shocked to see this made the kids pay attention, stay interested, and retain tons of information. Now that’s a successful tour!

When the tour ended and we said our goodbyes, she mentioned that she’s a teacher for middle school, specializing in history. That is exactly the kind of teacher I would have liked to have when I was at school.

This was an amazing tour. One of the best we had in Spain.

The Basilica of the Sagrada Família Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

The Basilica of the Sagrada Família Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Facts about La Sagrada Familia Barcelona

  • Its full name is The Basilica of the Sagrada Família.
  • It was the inspiration of a bookseller after a visit to the Vatican in 1872. His name was Joseph Maria Bocabella. He was also the founder of the Spiritual Association of Devotees of St. Joseph.
  • The construction of the apse crypt of the church was funded by donations and begun 19 March 1882.
  • The original architect was Francisco de Paula del Villar but he resigned in March 1883.
  • That was when Antonio Gaudi assumed responsibility for its design. He ended up changing the original design radically.
  • When Gaudi died in 1926, the basilica was only around 25% complete.
  • Work continued under the direction of Domènec Sugrañes i Gras but it had to be interrupted due to the Spanish Civil War in 1936.
  • Part of the unfinished basilica and Gaudi’s models and workshop were destroyed during the war.
  • The present design is based on reconstructed versions of the plans.
  • The illumination was designed by architect Carles Buigas.
  • The central nave vaulting was completed in 2000.
  • Chief architect Jordi Fauli announced in October 2015 that construction is 70% complete.
  • The final phase of raising six immense towers is to be completed in 2026.

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