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Are advanced tickets necessary to Gaudi/Barcelona sights in March?

I've read from Rick's travel guides that advanced tickets are a great way to avoid long lines to popular sights in Barcelona such as Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Park Guell, the Picasso Museum, etc. Several of these advanced purchase tickets restrict one to a specific date and time-frame. I am wondering if anyone knows if advanced tickets are really necessary in mid-March? While I definitely do not want to waste valuable time standing in line, I am hoping to avoid being restricted to a time and day, particularly since I am the type of person who shows up as early as early as possible.

Thank you for any advice!

Posted by
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Hi Amy. I took a RS tour that started in Barcelona last fall and had a few extra days on my own. Sagrada Familia and Park Guell did require advance tickets. Sagrada Familia was included in my tour, so I cannot say how far ahead you have to purchase. I bought the Park Guell tickets a few days in advance. For Casa Mila, I waited in line only 10 minutes. I did not visit the Picasso Museum, but other tour members missed seeing the museum as they did not stand in line, and when they returned all the tickets were sold out for the day.

For Park Guell, I showed up early for my ticketed time, but they were very strict and only let the group in at the specific time. Get an early ticket; I think I had a 0930 or 1000 ticket and it was VERY busy when I finally got in.

Sagrada Familia was very busy; I do recommend you get advanced tickets for that site.

Enjoy Barcelona.

Posted by
1990 posts

I can't speak to March, but we're going to be there at the beginning of April and we pre-bought, Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo and Park Guell.

Posted by
2581 posts

Barcelona is not a tourist resort so there are no high and low seasons. The city has visitors all year round therefore it's advisable to always pre-book despite the fact sometimes, some very specific days at certain hours, it could be OK not too.

Also note that the city is destination to a lot of foreign school escapades and also senior citizens trips from other European countries -both normally traveling outside summer months- therefore you never know when you're going to have a line of students/pensioners visiting your next attraction. Same goes for leisure activities on congresses and conferences, which we also host many. Just as an example, last week we had 101,000 visitors attending the Mobile World Congress all at once in the city... so some key venues in the afternoon/evening were packed to the rim. And of course, it's the first port in the Mediterranean, so cruise-makers are invading the city all the time too, and cruisers are mooring also all year round sometimes coinciding up to nine of those mega-monsters in the same day. And all of this without counting internal tourism -from other parts of Catalonia- and the Barcelonians themselves... our schools and pensioners also visit these sites of course.

So yes, at any of the most popular sites you might find yourself in a moment with 'fewer' visitors but that's only a mirage, LOL!

Posted by
4524 posts

For Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell, ordering tickets about a week in advance is sufficient. Most likely you would be fine a couple of days in advance, but there is always a risk of your hoped for day being quite popular, especially weekends.

The Casa Mila line is unlikely to be more than 30 minutes long that time of year. Buying in advance is just about avoiding a wait in line.

Picasso Museum should be fine if you go early in the day and on a day that is not free.

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We booked our Picasso Museum tickets for the last entry of the day, at the end of April. The line of people who hadn't booked was so long at that time of day that the staff cut it off. We bunched one day with La Sagrada Familia, Park Guell Monuments area, and the Picasso Museum. That way we had time between to eat and relax. If you ask Enric, he can probably give you an idea as to how long to allow for the sites you want to see, so you can gauge your scheduling.