Barcelona has a great location, surrounded by mountains and with the Mediterranean Sea at its doorstep. Most of the viewpoints in the city are located on small hills and mountains in the city.
In this post I will talk about the 10 best viewpoints in Barcelona so you can take your best panoramic photo of the city. I will also add some travel tips to get to know the city.
1. The Carmel Bunkers and Guinardo Park
The Carmel Bunkers are located in Turo de la Rovira and in addition to being able to have beautiful views of the city, you do not have to pay anything. They are free!
In addition to enjoying the views, these bunkers also represent a piece of the city’s history . You will be able to see what remains of the anti-aircraft batteries that were built during the Civil War to protect Barcelona from bombing.
Right in the same turo is the Parque del Guinardo, a great opportunity to walk and disconnect from the noise of the city.
2. Park Guell
Park Güell is not only one of the essential places to visit in Barcelona , but also from here you will have fantastic views of the city.
It is better to go to the highest part of the park (with free access) where, on a small hill called Turo de les Tres Creus , you will find a cross . In this same place, Gaudí wanted to build a chapel to complete his work, but in the end only the cross was erected. However, this point at 182 meters high offers one of the best views of Barcelona for free. It is usually a very touristy place so depending on the time of year you will even have to queue for a photo. Nevertheless, it is a very nice place to visit.
The part of Park Güell where the Turo de les Tres Creus is located has free admission, while to enter the monumental area you will have to pay admission.
The Mirador del Tibidabo is somewhat far from the city center. Although from here you will have spectacular and much broader views of the entire city.
The viewpoint is located on Mount Tibidabo and is free.
In it, you can enjoy a day at the Tibidabo amusement park or visit the Expiatory Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
4. Montjuïc Castle
At the top of the Montjuic hill is this old military fortress. Due to its strategic location, it has played an important role in the defense of the city throughout history. In the walls of said castle you find
Impressive views of the city of Barcelona.
On one side you can see the whole city and on the other side there are beautiful views of the beaches of Barcelona and the port.
The entrance to Montjuic Castle is paid, it is not free. But it is possible to have good views from the sides of the fortress.
5. Cable cars of Montjuïc
In the Montjuic area there are two cable cars that allow you to enjoy views of Barcelona from the air. And without a doubt, it is one of the best options.
The port cable car was inaugurated in the 1930s and continues to operate with the same original cabins and connects the port with the Miramar terrace.
The Montjuïc cable car has a distance of 750 meters, it was inaugurated in 1979, but as we know it today, it has existed since 2007.
6. The Towers of the Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia is the best known place in the city of Barcelona. In the Towers of the Sagrada Familia you can enjoy beautiful views of the city (see a part) with a closer perspective and without leaving the center.
In order to access the towers you must buy the ticket to the Sagrada Familia. It is one of the essential sights to do in Barcelona.
7. Church bell towers
A good option to have beautiful views of the city is to access the bell towers of some of the churches in the center.
In the Gothic quarter of Barcelona you will find quite a few beautiful churches that you have the option of visiting and going up to the bell tower.
8. Barcelona from the air
The most spectacular option to get to know the city of Barcelona and have beautiful views is to do it from the air. It is not suitable for those who suffer from vertigo, but it is certainly a great experience.
Barcelona has mountains, coasts and the sea. From this helicopter tour they will take you on a tour to see it completely.
9. MNAC viewpoint
The National Art Museum of Catalonia is a very interesting stop to do in Barcelona. Inside it houses a collection of romantic art considered one of the best in the world, among other exhibitions, and it also has beautiful views of the city of Barcelona from its terraces.
You can access the terraces completely free of charge, but if you want to enter the museum you must pay an entrance fee.
10. Viewpoints from hotels, bars…
There are many hotels that have terraces, bars or restaurants with viewpoints. These are some with the best views: Hotel Majestic Barcelona, Hotel Barcelo Raval, Hotel Lac Florida and Hotel W Barcelona.