Things to do in Barcelona

Stunning Views Across Barcelona

Explore Barcelona’s culture by visiting the city’s best viewpoints. Discover Montjuïc Castle’s exciting heights and the Mediterranean Sea’s golden shores.

If there's one city known for the unexpected, it's Barcelona. Barcelona's old-world charm shines through in all its glory. It's home to the breathtaking architecture of Antoni Gaudí to the Gothic Quarter's medieval streets. Yet the coastal city is also home to trendy outdoor art and incredible beaches.

Once you've had your fill of patatas bravas and churros, explore the city's rich tapestry of parks, castles, and gardens. Come with us on a journey as we reveal the best views in Barcelona and all the other things do to in Barcelona.

Historic Views

A trip to Barcelona is like a trip through time. Centuries of architectural innovation and Barcelona's dynamic history began with the Roman Empire.

After the empire fell, the city experienced a tumultuous period. It grappled with plagues and wars before becoming one of Europe's major superpowers and the modern metropolis it is today.

1. Park Güell

Designed by the legendary Antoni Gaudí, construction began on Park Güell in 1900 following an extensive revitalization project in Europe. Back then, Barcelona was home to half a million people, and the park atop Carmel Hill was a trendy hangout spot for wealthy families.

As you stroll through Park Güell, it's easy to see why it’s considered a must-visit destination. Its modernist style transforms the landscape while paying homage to its natural beauty.

Arches and columns take unique shapes, mimicking trees. Each building fuses into the surrounding environment. When you enter the main entrance, you'll see Park Güell's famous dragon statue, El Drac, adorned with colored tiles.

Then, you'll head into the Hypostyle room. Once intended as a marketplace, the hall maintains an airy feel through its open design. Look above you to see the breathtaking ceiling shaped by intricate mosaic domes.

Photographer: Michelle_Raponi

2. Montjuïc Castle

There’s no better place in Barcelona to experience panoramic views than the summit of Montjuïc Hill. Locals know it as Castell de Montjuïc.

From this height, you can even see the entire facade of the Sagrada Família towers — a spectacular view that's not quite the same from the ground. Of course, Montjuïc Castle is itself an exciting sight to behold. Its commanding presence is a time capsule of Barcelona's defensive strength in the 1600s and beyond.

The watchtower now offers incredible views of the entire city. But it was once a strategic lookout for spotting would-be attackers from the sea. Below the watchtower lies the parade ground where military drills and exercises occurred. It's the castle's beating heart.

The castle's moat, once an insurmountable obstacle, now serves as a place for cultural events and exhibitions. However, the sea-faring wall has stood the test of time and continues to overlook the Port of Barcelona.

Panoramic Cityscapes

Some viewpoints in Barcelona offer a majestic vista of the entire city. These offer an ideal way to glimpse Barcelona's Gothic spires and modern skyscrapers.

3. Tibidabo Amusement Park

We adore the power of storytelling and the opportunity to immerse our fans into fantastical worlds through our shows. Amusement parks evoke that same sensation of wonder and excitement. However, Tibidabo Amusement Park also conjures nostalgia from its over-a-century-long existence.

Since the Tibidabo Amusement Park opened in 1905, it has enchanted generations of people in Barcelona. Vintage rides and unique attractions like the Automata Museum let you glimpse this storied past. Of course, it also has plenty of modern rides.

The park’s Panoramic Area, located 500 meters above sea level, is the perfect place to visit if fast-paced rides aren't your style. Glance across the cityscape when the sun sets to see how warm light glistens against Barcelona's colored tiles.

These tiles adorn the city's many Modernisme buildings. It forms the region's unique take on art nouveau architecture. This style spread throughout Europe at the end of the 1800s, giving Barcelona its fun, vibrant appearance.

Photographer: dkatana

4. The Carmel Bunkers

Positioned atop Turó de la Rovira, The Carmel Bunkers is an antiaircraft installation from the Spanish Civil War. The Bunkers paint a picture of the city's turbulent history. It's sure to impress any military history enthusiast. It's also a fantastic spot for a 360-degree view of Barcelona.

The Eixample district is one of the most visible neighborhoods from The Carmel Bunkers. It offers a bird's-eye view of the district's unique, grid-like layout. You can also see the Sagrada Família, Torre Glòries, and the W Hotel — some of the city's most iconic buildings.

After gazing at the urban landscape, why not take photos against the beautiful backdrops? Besides the cityscape, there's the Mediterranean Sea to one side and the Collserola mountain range to the other. Take a romantic walk during the evening for breathtaking views as the city lights up.

Waterfront and Beach Views

Serene stretches of beach and bustling waterfront promenades in Barcelona are the perfect spots to relax. Choose the perfect viewpoint and watch the sunset over the Mediterranean Sea.

5. W Barcelona (Hotel Vela)

An iconic landmark on the city's harbor, everything about W Barcelona is sleek and modern, from its lavish interior to its creative architecture. The hotel replicates the appearance of a ship's sail billowing in the wind, paying homage to Barcelona's rich maritime history.

It features a stunning display of rectangular glass panels and a striking silver framework. It mirrors the sunlight during the day and the city lights when the evening rolls around.

While the hotel offers a feast for the eyes, nothing beats the view from its 26 floors. On one side, you have the beautiful Mediterranean Sea with a clear view of Barceloneta Beach and the bustling port. On the other, you can see far and wide across the city.

The hotel also has a bar on the first-floor terrace. At this rooftop bar in Barcelona, you can sip cocktails and enjoy tapas while the harbor breeze whips through your hair. Eclipse on the 26th floor allows you to enjoy spectacular cityscape views with live DJ music.

6. Barceloneta Beach

Soak up the sun and enjoy clear Mediterranean sea views from one of Barcelona's beaches. While panoramic views are beautiful any time of day, early in the morning or evening are the best times of day to experience Barceloneta Beach.

You'll be treated to a dazzling light show that cascades over the beach's stunning golden sands during sunrise and sunset. Look back toward the city for a view of the magnificent skyscrapers that adorn the urban skyline. W Barcelona dominates the horizon, starkly contrasting the city and nature.

If you want to add excitement to your trip, meander along the promenade. You'll encounter street performers and local artists, a snapshot of Spanish culture.

Photographer: AMDUMA

Urban Vistas

Urban landscapes are poetic. They showcase the strength of human ingenuity and the beauty of architecture, a contrast to natural landscapes.

7. Palau Nacional (MNAC) Terrace

The Palau Nacional is a look back in time when Spanish dictator Miguel Primo de Rivera ruled the country with an iron fist. The structure is designed to reflect Spain's cultural heritage and strength and is a formidable presence on Montjuïc Hill.

When you visit the Palau Nacional, you'll be greeted by a majestic staircase rising from the base of the hill. As you ascend the stairs, many aquatic features come into view, starting with the famous Magic Fountain of Montjuïc Hill. It's adored for its stunning light shows. Waterfalls also dominate the length of the staircase.

You get the best views by visiting the rooftop terrace of Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC), Catalonia's largest museum. On a clear day, you get a 360-degree view of the urban landscape, allowing you to view the city against the backdrop of the Collserola mountains.

Natural Perspectives

Barcelona's architectural beauty matches the picturesque natural environment of the surrounding region. Don't miss the opportunity to see what makes the region so stunning and unforgettable.

8. Collserola Tower

Jutting up from Tibidabo Hill, the needle-like Collserola Tower ascends 288 meters. The tower's design is futuristic and edgy, from its tubular concrete base to its glass-walled pod. While the tower serves telecommunications, its observation decks are open to the public, giving you a direct view of nature.

From this height, the forested hills of Parc de Collserola come into view, as does the magnificent Collserola mountain range. Further in the distance, you can see well beyond city limits on clear days. You'll see the Montserrat mountain range toward the northwest. These unique behemoths that look like sandcastles.

You can also capture a glimpse of the Pyrenees in the distance. This mountain range stretches between Spain and France and is an iconic European destination.

Photographer: WeLoveBarcelona_de

9. Mirador de Sarrià

A lesser-known gem hidden away within the historic Sarrià neighborhood, Mirador de Sarrià is a simple observation deck. It's a picture-perfect spot for reflecting on your trip while enjoying the serenity of nature.

Gaze out into the distance for an impressive view of Parc de Collserola and the Mediterranean Sea. Wedged between these natural treasures is, of course, the city of Barcelona, all visible from this one vantage point.

Start your journey in the Sarrià neighborhood, where you'll get to experience the village-like atmosphere of the area. Narrow streets and old-style buildings set it apart from other districts that have edged more modern over time.

The surrounding area is also rich in historic churches and lush green parks. After exploring the many gardens, head into a local café and indulge in traditional Catalan cuisine. Cafés and restaurants in Sarrià are known for their cozy atmospheres and friendly service.

Architectural Highlights

Barcelona's architectural diversity features traditional stained glass, mosaic tiles, and twisting spires.

10. Sagrada Família Towers

Antoni Gaudí's world-famous Sagrada Família towers include 18 impressive spires above the Exiample district. As part of the Basílica de la Sagrada Família, each tower features ornate symbols and biblical imagery, serving as the temple's crowning feature.

As part of the Basílica de la Sagrada Família, each tower features ornate symbols and biblical imagery, serving as the temple's crowning feature.

The central tower, also the tallest, symbolizes Jesus Christ. It's surrounded by the Twelve Apostles, four evangelists, and the Virgin Mary. In late November 2021, a star representing the Star of Bethlehem was added to the Torre de la Mare de Déu (the tower that symbolizes the Virgin Mary).

Spanish architecture draws inspiration from Spanish Gothic and art nouveau influences. These were popular during Gaudí's lifetime. The towers is the shift in perception you experience as you ascend to the top, where you’ll see the most striking view of the sprawling city below.

11. Casa Milà Rooftop

Casa Milà, also known as La Pedrera, is another of Antoni Gaudí's famous works. It's one of his last, demonstrating an architectural prowess built over a lifetime of experience.

His creativity flows through at every turn of this structure's many chimneys and surreal, undulating shape. Casa Milà has 28 chimney stacks in total, which adorn a rippling roof that resembles the sea.

Visiting the rooftop terrace, you get a close-up view of this fascinating design as you walk along the many pathways that aid exploration. Architecture buffs will also adore the intricate ironwork and textured surfaces on display. These are signature details of Gaudí's unique style.

Once you've seen it all, check out the Eixample District to see the modernist architecture that makes this neighborhood iconic. It's a window into the urban planning that transformed Barcelona in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Photographer: threeedil

Secret Spots

Imagine your own tranquil oasis off the beaten track. Secret spots in Barcelona offer vantage points that feel more special, almost as if they were made just for you. They also make great romantic hangouts.

12. Jardins del Mirador del Alcalde

Nestled away between Montjuïc Castle and the outskirts of the urban landscape lies an often-missed gem, Jardins del Mirador de l’Alcalde. These gardens were created as a vantage point and beautiful garden for former Mayor Josep Maria de Porcioles I Colomer. They provide everything travelers need to rejuvenate their spirits.

Stroll along the winding paths, and let your eyes rest on the many sculptures and art installations. Mediterranean flora is on full display throughout. The gardens are complemented by mosaic-tiled benches where you can enjoy the scenery.

The gardens' location on Montjuïc Hill provides the perfect vantage point to see across the whole city of Barcelona out to the harbor. Take an intimate stroll at night to see how the city's horizon twinkles with warm lights.

If you're not ready for the evening to end, Jardins del Mirador de l’Alcalde is the perfect meeting spot for a picnic before a trip to the Palau Nacional.

Capturing the Essence of Barcelona Through Its Spectacular Vistas

Spectacular vistas across Barcelona reveal the essence of this diverse and dreamy city. They allow you to immerse yourself in an authentic culture that gravitates to the modern.

Why not finish off a day of experiencing the best views Barcelona offers with one of our dazzling performances? Our spellbinding stories will have you on the edge of your seat, as our acrobats perform otherworldly feats. Let your imagination overtake reality.

Barcelona is a harmonious clash of the old and new. Our show, Alegría, is too. It depicts the struggle between the steadfast old order and the exuberant dreams of the youth.

Step into the spotlight at one of our shows in Barcelona, and allow us to captivate you with our groundbreaking artistry. It's an experience you'll be talking about for weeks and months.

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