If you’re looking for a buzzing city to visit with stunning views and tons of culture, then Barcelona is the place to be. There’s something beautiful to see around every corner, and so many cool places to visit that offer views for days. And if you know me by now, you’ll know that I love a good view. So here’s my list of the best views in Barcelona, they’re all pretty amazing.
When you think of Barcelona, one of the more prominent things you think of is that church that they still haven’t finished building after over a century, the Sagrada Familia.
It was nice to chill in the park and soak up the views of the impressive building, but it was probably one of my least favourite iconic things to do in Barcelona, I wouldn’t say I was unimpressed, just slightly underwhelmed. But don’t get me wrong, it’s still worth a visit if you’re in the area (which I guarantee, you will be at some point). You can pay €29 euros to go inside and get views over the city, but personally I wouldn’t pay that much for better views that you can get elsewhere in the city for free, keep reading to find out where. If you still fancy going in regardless, you can find all the ticket info on their site.
Barcelona’s answer to Nelson’s Column pays tribute to a man that we can all look up to as a fellow explorer, Christopher Columbus. The remarkable monument sits at the base of Las Rambla, near the port and has spectacular views over Mount Tibidabo, over the city and out to sea. You can make your way to the top of the tower via lift for a mere €6. The views from up there are incredible but I wouldn’t recommend it to people with a fear of heights as the platform is a tad unnerving especially on windy days.
Whether you’re wanting a full-on beach day or you simply want to just soak up the views and the atmosphere, Barceloneta Beach is the place to be. Located in the traditional fishing district, this is one of Barcelona’s most popular and iconic beaches with a multitude of palm trees, blue seas, fine sands and pretty Dubai-esque buildings like the famous W hotel.
Designed by the famous and much-loved architect, Antonio Gaudi, Parc Güell is by far one of the most impressive public parks in the world. Home to some of Gaudi’s best work, the park was originally intended for families to reside in, but today it’s essentially an outdoor museum with spectacular views across Barcelona.
Turó de la Rovira
There are several amazing viewpoints in Barcelona, but this place tops them all. Just up the hill from Parc Güell, Turó de la Rovira (aka Bunkers del Carmel) treats your eyes to a 360º panoramic view of Barcelona that stretches as far as the coast. Sitting up there and soaking up the views felt like a dream, and was definitely the most memorable part of my trip. It’s a must-see.
If you don’t fancy the trek up there (and boy is it a trek), you can hop on the 24 bus from just about anywhere in the city and get off at Doctor Bové – Gran Vista. From there it’s about a 5 minute walk, depending how fast you are at walking up steep hills! Also, perhaps the best thing about it is you won’t see many tourists up there, but it does get busy with the locals at the weekend. Top tip: on your way up stop off at a cute little bakery (La Farineta) for a pastry to eat after your trek, it was by far the most delicious thing I tasted in Barcelona!
Are you going to Barcelona any time soon? Stay tuned for some budget tips while exploring the beautiful city.