Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Spain and for a good reason, it’s a cultural, art, and foodie’s dream destination. There’s no shortage of delicious food, rich architecture, vibrant culture, and plentiful vantage points for some of the best views of Barcelona. You can’t miss stopping by one of the many locations around the city to soak in Barcelona from a bird’s-eye view. Whether you’re looking for free views of the city or you’re willing to spend a little to get spectacular views, you can’t go wrong with any of these four spots in Barcelona.
1. Park Güell
Park Güell is one of Antoni Gaudí’s major architectural masterpieces in Barcelona. Park Güell is a public park system composed of gardens and unique architectural elements that is definitely worth a visit on your next trip to the city. The majority of Park Güell is free to the public, however there’s a Monumental Zone that requires an entrance fee and gets you access to some of the most popular architectural elements in the park. Whether you pay to enter the Monumental Zone or you just spend an afternoon exploring the free areas, Park Güell is definitely worth a visit for the incredible views of the entire city and the sea off in the distance. You can read about my experience exploring Park Güell here.
2. Teleférico in Barcelona (Cable Car)
The teleférico, or cable car, in Barcelona carries you above the marina from the beach to Montjuïc, or vice versa. The teleférico ride gives you a unique perspective of the city, not to mention some pretty incredible views of Barcelona and the sea. You can get some great tips for riding the teleférico and see more stunning pictures from my ride here.
3. Catalonian National Art Museum and Montjuïc
The Catalonian National Art Museum is located on Montjuïc, the hill in the southeast of town which is home to this art museum, the Olympic Stadium, the Castle of Montjuïc and much more. I was blown away by the walk to the Catalonian National Art Museum because as you climb the hill to the museum, there’s a series of cascading waterfalls that are absolutely stunning. Not only is the museum a sight to see, but in front of the museum and all around the top of Montjuïc provides my favorite free views of all of Barcelona. Find a shady spot to sit and you could spend all afternoon soaking in the majestic views of the entire city.
4. Towers of the Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia is one of the most visited monuments in Spain and for an extremely good reason, it’s jaw-dropping! You may be thinking that you’ve seen tons of churches throughout your travels, but I can guarantee you’ve never seen a church like this. It’s truly a masterpiece and you’d really be missing out if you skipped the Sagrada Familia when you’re in Barcelona. Access to go up one of the two towers costs a little extra, but you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views of Barcelona and Montjuïc off in the distance (my pictures are from the Passion Tower).