There’s no denying that Barcelona is particularly aesthetically pleasing.
Just wandering through the gothic neighbourhoods and the beach side streets leaves both locals and tourists utterly speechless. With the arrival of summer comes the influx of visitors from all over the world, meaning that the roads and pavements will get increasingly busier as the sun continues to shine.
Therefore, if you want to appreciate the beauty that is Barcelona, you need to head up above the city. There are plenty of viewpoints in Barcelona, hotel rooftops and mountain tips that will show you see the city like you’ve never seen it before.
Here are some of our favourite viewpoints over Barcelona:
Part of the Serra de Collserola mountain range, at 512 metres high, Mount Tibidabo is the highest mountain in Barcelona. At the top sits the awe-inspiring church Sagrat Cor, which you might have already seen from down below in the city without even realising! As well as the beautiful basilica, you can also make a visit to Tibidabo Amusement Park and add 15 metres more onto your viewpoint on one of the world’s oldest Ferris wheels. The time of the day doesn’t really matter, Tibidabo is astonishing both day and night.
On the other side of Barcelona is Montjuïc hill, home of Montjuïc castle, and the Catalan National Art Museum. By climbing the hill, you get an incredible view of the city’s buildings, harbour, and the sea. There is even a cable car that goes directly to the top of Montjuïc from Barceloneta Beach, another way to see a stunning panoramic view of Barcelona. Why not take the cable car at sunset, and watch the sun glowing behind the mountains on your ascent?
Bunkers del Carmel
These old civil war bunkers are one of the few places in the city where you can get a complete 360-degree view of Barcelona. Previously a reasonably unknown secret, these days more and more people are discovering the bunkers’ breath-taking views- but don’t let that put you off, this is probably our favourite viewpoint in Barcelona and is the perfect place to watch the sunset with some beers, some food, and some good friends.
One of the most famous architectural works by Antoni Gaudi, Casa Milà was built between 1906-1912 for Pere Milà and his wife Roser Segimon. A visit to the house lets you explore the infamous roof terrace, which will provide you with stunning panoramic views of Barcelona, as well as take you back to an aristocratic Barcelona in the early 20th century.
Also at the top of Montjuïc is Poble Espanyol, a man-made village built in 1929 with different streets that represent each autonomous community in Spain. It’s a tourist hotspot so it’s worth booking tickets in advance, but the gorgeous views of the Collserola Mountain range and neat little artisan shops inside the village make it well worth the price.
Barceló Raval Hotel
There are plenty of hotel rooftop bars in Barcelona worth checking out if you want to sip on a cocktail at the same time as enjoying some simply stunning city views, but the Barceló Raval Hotel has to be one of our favourites. Located near the Rambla de Raval, the hotel has a rooftop bar appropriately named 360, where both guests and visitors can take in a spectacular view of Barcelona.