Updated: Sep 16, 2019
We start day three with another lovely breakfast overlooking the city. Today is the much awaited tour of Gaudi's famed Sagrada Familia Cathedral.
When I was 17 on a post highschool European adventure I missed out on my opportunity to visit this monument, opting for a day at the beach. I have regretted that decision ever since. So, today is filled with excitment and anticipation.
We take a harrowing drive with a speed demon taxi driver who loves hard stops. I cranked up my relief band for motion sickness and luckily the trip was only eleven minutes from our hotel. Stepping out of the taxi we are instantly brought to silence by the extreme ornate and size of the cathedral.
Having just visited Park Guell and now the Sagrada Familia, I am struck by the shear talent of Gaudi and his visionary approach to design. Two very different looks, one whimsical and fluid (Park Guell), and the other sharp and spiritual (Sagrada Familia).
We are in awe standing at the base of this grand structure. We slowly walk to the entrance where we pick up our self guided tour headsets and ready ourselves for this experience. There are so many sculptures on the exterior it could feasably take hours to really see them all, possibly days.
There are many tour options to choose from. You can go on a three hour guided tour with a host or opt for a more leisurely tour with a headset. We opted for the self guided tour with headset. This allowed us to take our time and really soak in the enormity and beauty of the cathedral.