Sagrada Familia Hours

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The Sagrada Familia is open daily, but the hours vary for different months. 

Sagrada Familia is generally open from 9 am to 6 pm. 

However, during the peak tourist season of April to September, the cathedral is open from 9 am to 8 pm. 

Here’s a simple breakdown of month-wise opening hours:

Months Monday to Friday Saturday Sunday 
November to February9 am to 6 pm9 am to 6 pm10.30 am to 6 pm 
March 9 am to 7 pm 9 am to 6 pm 10.30 am to 7 pm 
April to September9 am to 8 pm 9 am to 6 pm 10.30 am to 8 pm 
October 9 am to 7 pm 9 am to 6 pm 10.30 am to 7 pm 

Opening Hours for Special Days

The Sagrada follows special opening hours during Christmas and New Year’s:

  • Christmas (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December), New Year’s Day (1 January), and Epiphany (6 January): Open from 9 am to 2 pm only.

Pro Tip: Due to the holidays, these days are busier than usual. To avoid crowds and ensure entry, purchasing your tickets online in advance is highly recommended!

Mass Times

This architectural wonder is also a functioning basilica where you can experience a spiritual dimension. Here are some different types of mass options:

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Multilingual Mass

A great option for visitors who may not speak Catalan or Spanish. 

It’s free and open to everyone, making it a welcoming way to experience the spiritual side of the basilica.

Morning timings: every Sunday at 9 am

Evening timings: every Saturday at 8 pm

Traditional Catalan Mass

Traditional Catalan Mass

A great option for visitors who want to experience the traditional mass in Spanish alongside the locals.

It’s free and accessible to a wide audience to connect with the basilica’s spiritual side.

Morning timings: 9 am (Catalan)

Evening timings: 8 pm (Spanish)

Sundays and Holidays: Additional mass times are offered 

Extraordinary Mass

Extraordinary Mass

A great option to experience an elaborate and unique religious ceremony.

These special masses or events are held on specific dates throughout the year and may commemorate religious holidays, special occasions, or visiting dignitaries.  

These masses are sometimes on an invite-only basis.

You can check out the events calendar on their official website for more information.

Illumination & Lighting Schedule

The basilica has a beautiful illumination schedule that changes throughout the year to suit the daylight hours best. Take a look at the table below for the schedule:

MonthIllumination Time
January6.30 pm to 10 pm
February7 pm to 11 pm
March7.30 pm to 11 pm
April9 pm to 12 am
May9.30 pm to 12 am
June10 pm to 12 am
July10 pm to 12 am
August9.30 pm to 12 am
September9 pm to 12 am
October8 pm to 11 pm
November6.30 pm to 10 pm
December6 pm to 10 pm

Special Lighting

During Easter Week (10 April to 12 April), the Sagrada Familia will have a special free light show every night from 8 pm to 10 pm.

The show will be on the Passion façade, with sculptures showing Jesus’ final days. The lights will tell the story of Jesus’ suffering and death.

Each show lasts about 10 to 15 minutes, and the best place to see the show is from Sardenya Street

How Long Does it Take to Visit?

Sagrada Familia How long does it take
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The amount of time you spend at Sagrada Familia depends on how much of the basilica you want to explore.

A simple tour of the interiors and general architecture would take you a maximum of two hours.

However, if you want to explore each part of the Sagrada, it would take you around three hours.

We suggest taking your time since visiting the basilica is an experience of a lifetime, and even if you take more than the usual three hours for in-depth exploration, you will find yourself wanting more!

The table below will give you a quick overview:

ExperienceTime Needed
Basic Tour (Interior & Exterior) 1.5 to 2 hours
In-Depth Tour (Towers, Crypt, Museum)  2 to 3 hours
Leisurely Exploration (Taking your time, enjoying details)  3+ hours

Christmas Mass at Sagrada Familia 2024

Experience the magic of Christmas at the Sagrada Familia! The basilica transforms into a festive wonderland from the last Saturday of November to 23 December. 

Consult the mass calendar to schedule your visit for upcoming events. 

During this festive period, the basilica adheres to special opening hours:

  • Monday to Saturday: 9 am to 6 pm
  • Sunday: 10.30 am to 6 pm

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