In Barcelona, there is never a shortage of things to do and see. I am convinced it is impossible to be bored in this incredible city. In the morning, you can stop in at one of the many cafes for a coffee and a croissant, go visit the Sagrada Familia, walk around Las Ramblas, do some shopping in the Gothic Quarter, stop for some tapas in the afternoon, and get your fiesta on at night at one of Barcelona’s famous nightclubs. If, however, you are more of a sucker for amazing views and insta worthy pictures, don’t worry! Barcelona has got you covered! Here are some the 9 best places in Barcelona for amazing views.
The bunkers are probably the best place in the city to see all of Barcelona. They were built during the time of the Spanish Civil War and was used as a battery. From the top, you can see the coastline, Montjuic Mountain, and even the Sagrada Familia. You can venture up there during the day with some snacks and have a picnic with friends, or you can wait until the afternoon and watch the sunset. Whenever you decide to go, this is definitely a view you do not want to miss while in Barcelona.
Even if you have never visited Barcelona, you have probably heard of the famed Montjuic Mountain. This mountain has much to offer, such as the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, the MNAC (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya), or the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys (the 1992 Olympic Stadium). If you also want something with great views, the Castell de Montjuic is right up your alley. The Castell was an old military fortress dating back the 1640s. You can have a look inside, or if you prefer, walk or bike along the many trails surrounding the castle that provide awesome views of the Mediterranean.
The MNAC, also located on Montjuic, is the national art museum of Catalonia. The inside is packed with incredibly beautiful Gothic and Modern art, and the outside serves up some equally beautiful views. From the front steps, you can gaze upon the Magic Fountain, Plaza Espanya, and beyond. There is also a café outside where you can enjoy some refreshments, and there is usually someone playing music to set the mood. All-in-all, the MNAC is a wonderful place to enjoy art in all its forms.
Other than the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell is one of the attractions Barcelona is known for, and for good reason. Not only is Park Guell renown as one of Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces, but also for its breathtaking views. The unique thing about the park is that it has two different sections. One is what you have probably seen when you look at pictures of Park Guell with Gaudi’s one-of-a-kind architecture. The other is essentially a series of nature trails that take you up Carmel Hill where you will be able to see Gaudi’s house, that has been converted into a museum. Both areas are a go-to for those who love awesome views. No doubt you’ll be able to see why Park Guell is considered a jewel of Barcelona.
The Mossen Costa i Llobera Gardens is another incredible view-ridden place located on the Montjuic Mountain (I told you all that Montjuic had a lot to offer). This garden is a cactus garden, yes you read that correctly, a CACTUS garden. If you are a freak for cacti like me, then you absolutely have to visit this place. Seriously, I have never seen so many cacti in one place before. Other than the cacti however, this garden also has many places to sit and enjoy the views of Barcelona’s beautiful coastline. Cacti, sun, and great views, what more could you ask for?
The W is a 5-star hotel located right on the coast of Barcelona. Don’t let that stress you out however, you don’t have to be a guest there to take advantage of its 5-star views. On the 26th floor on the W is the Eclipse Bar, which provides its patrons with not only world class views, but a very modern, chic vibe. Eclipse also doubles as a nightclub, so after you watch the sunset, you can get to dancing to some of the best DJ’s in Barcelona.
Tibidabo is another mountain located in Barcelona. Sitting atop this mountain is the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; a breathtaking catholic church, that, of course, offers spectacular views of the city from its exterior. A little further down the mountain is the Tibidabo Amusement Park, which was built in 1899. It is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world still running, and is Europe’s third oldest still functioning. Overall, I would say that visiting Tibidabo is a thrilling experience all around.
As I previously mentioned, and as I hope you can now see, it is impossible to be bored in Barcelona. With all these incredible things to see, as well as many, many more, your itinerary is sure to be filled. Personally, I couldn’t have picked a better city to study abroad in, and I definitely couldn’t imagine myself having this experience anywhere else. Barcelona will forever have a piece of my heart. If you are thinking of studying abroad, I highly recommend looking into Barcelona, and also SAI Programs. They have made my experience and transition so much smoother and enjoyable. Thanks for reading everyone!