One of the best ways to take in a city is from above. And when it comes to breathtaking views in Spain, Barcelona is certainly included on the list. As a city surrounded by mountains, the Catalan capital has a great number of places which provide spectacular viewpoints over the city. We’ve been to only 4 out of the many spots in the city. Discover these amazing places for yourself and don’t forget to bring your camera (and extra battery!).
Bunkers del Carmel/Turó de la Rovira
Our favorite viewpoint, the Bunkers del Carmel located in a hill called “Turó de la Rovira”is perhaps the most beautiful panoramic view we’ve seen in Barcelona. Looking at the 360 degree view of the city in pink and purple hues was truly magical, along the fact that there were few people when we visited added to the unforgettable experience. May it be of the remoteness of the place or the small hike to go up. Whatever the reason is, you have to go there as the sight of the entire city when you reach the top makes the effort completely worth it.
Tip: Pack some snacks or picnic, wear comfy shoes and go in late afternoon to catch a romantic sunset!
How to go there: We took the bus since it’s much closer to the district of El Carmel. You can take line 24, 92, 114, 119 and V17. Then you have to walk like 5 minutes, then 10 minutes hike up to the top. By metro, you should stop at Alfonso X (line 4) then walk for about 15 minutes.
Timings: Open 24 hours, any day
Location: Bunkers del Carmel, Carrer del Turó de la Rovira, Barcelona
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One of Barcelona’s must-visit places, Park Güell – a UNESCO World Heritage site is also one of the best spots for enjoying the vibrant city from above. Antoni Gaudí playful mosaic patterned and colorful park surely amazed any visitor but for us, it gets more amazing because of the city view. Those whimsical designs made it a magical zone for capturing the spectacular views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean, such a perfect combination of nature and art!
Tip: The best lookout spot is from the Turó del Calvari, the highest part of the park where you can see most of the city. It can get extremely busy here since it’s a popular tourist spot so we’d recommend you to visit in the morning when the atmosphere is calmer.
How to go there: By metro, ride the L3 metro green line, Vallcarca or Lesseps stations. By bus, lines H6, 32, 24 and 92. Complete route here.
Timings: Open everyday from 8am. Closing hours depends on the season. You can check the complete timings here.
Admission: 7 euros for the Monumental Zone where you can find the best view. There’s a free access area which is open to all visitors at no charge.
Location: Gaudi Park Güell, Carrer d’Olot 08024 Barcelona
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Basilica La Sagrada Familia
No trip to Barcelona can be complete without visiting the famous unfinished Sagrada Familia, another iconic piece of Gaudí architecture. After seeing a lot of churches in Europe, I must admit that this church is totally different and jaw-dropping! While it’s more exciting to see the beautiful interior and exterior design of the Sagrada Familia, you can also consider going up for an extra cost since the city view from here was also remarkable.
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Tip: When you pass by the bridge, take photos! We ended up going back to the narrow way since we expected another vantage point.
How to go there: By metro, you can take Line 2 and Line 5 Sagrada Familia station. By bus, 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20 and B24
Timings: Open every day at 9 am. Check the official website of the church for complete timings.
Admission: 29 euros (with top views). Book online before your visit.
Location: La Sagrada Familia Carrer Mallorca, 401. The main access is on C/Marina, in front of the Nativity facade.
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- Montjuic – You can climb the hill or catch the Teleférico (cable car) in Montjuic. It was a part of our itinerary but so sad I got sick and lose one day in Barcelona after going up to the Bunkers del Carmel. It was pretty cold and hiking is not for me!haha.
- Tibidabo – Did you see that colorful Ferris wheel popularized by travel bloggers in Instagram? It’s here! In Tibidabo amusement park. Take Vitamin C guys so you won’t get sick like me and you can visit here 🙂
When you visit any of the viewpoints in Barcelona, keep in mind that the views change depending on the time of day. Take note that broad daylight or mid-day isn’t that good for photos. So try to plan your visit accordingly, check the opening/closing hours and the sunset time when it’s best to capture the city. Head upwards, have your camera ready and be amaze in an unparalleled perspective! 🙂