We'll be visiting Barcelona for one day (Monday) in late September from 9:00 hr. to 18:00 hr. on a stop of a repositioning cruise. We want to visit Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia and get tickets to go up in one of the two "towers". I've tried to book tickets on line, but can't complete the transaction (I get a prompt my data are invalid--when all data are okay). Any link(s) would be appreciated to allow me to purchase tickets that is currently functional and that will allow me to us a US-issued credit card to book on-line? We were planning on visiting La Sagrada Familia around 12:00 hr-15:00 hr. Hoping to avoid morning crowds yet still allow time to get back to the ship. Hopefully this mid-day/early afternoon time would allow time for us to visit Casa Batillo and Casa Mila (La Pedrera) and possibly Park Guell in the morning before La Sagrada Familia, then walk through some districts/neighborhoos of the city before returning to the ship for an 18:00 hr. sailing. Can we purchase tickets in advance for the Park, what would be a good time relative to the 12:00-15:00 hr visit to La Sagrada Familia? Also, I'd appreciate any information on how to get from the cruise ship terminal to the city using public transportation. Finally, any thoughts would be appreciated on places to visit--leisurely walks through districts/neighborhoods—either before or after La Sagrada Familia.
Suggest you go to the Sagrada Familia website and find the section for "friends" Become a member and you get the admission ticket and the tower tickets and a discount for gift shop purchases as well. I did this last year, on line, with my Visa (had to get it 'verified' by the bank. They will send you a plastic card for admission Go to the front of the ticket line (the long one) and you will see a very short prepaid line on the right..Basically you walk right in.
Not sure if you can do all in one day that you have listed...lots of traffic and distance between the sites.
For simplicity and best use of your time grab a taxi to get from the cruise terminal to sagrada. You can catch metros back to old portion of city, which really is just a very nice long walk.
HJ: Thanks for the tip; I'll try it.
Marbleskies: Good idea. We'd like to ride the Metro while we're in the city; I’ve heard it is a very good system. Regarding the Metro, will automated kiosks accept US credit cards or will we have to purchase a ticket from a human? I believe there is station near La Sagrada Familia; is it manned or is the only way to purchase tickets at that station via automated kiosk?