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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
Top 5 places to enjoy Barcelona views
Seeing Barcelona from above is a must in this city. With all the range of architecture from the Modernista buildings in Eixample, to the modern Torre Agbar, Gothic Barcelona Cathedral and the way they are sprawled across the city in a grid system before meeting the sea – it is all quite spectacular! So we have put together a few of our favourite places to enjoy the incredible vistas.
Bunker de la Rovira
This place has an whopping 360o panoramic view and it is free to access. It was formerly a flak bunker during the Civil War, but is now best known for the infamous viewpoint ( something you will frequently see trending on instagram) and an excellent picnic spot. It takes more than 30 minutes to walk from the metro Guinardo on the yellow line – yes it’s somewhat of a trek, particularly in the heat but it’s worth it. It involves walking along a path, taking stairs and walking up the hill, so you better carry water with you for this little excursion.
At Montjuïc you will find the former royal palace (now MNAC), fountains, gardens, a castle and more. There are several points where you can get different views of the city, with many opting for just outside MNAC, where you can have a drink, see Tibidabo mountain in the distance and listen to locals play the Spanish guitar. At the top of Montjuïc hill you will find Caseta Migdia, a restaurant and little haven surrounded by pine trees with hammocks, wooden tables and parasols. Here you can chow down on meat from the BBQ with the glorious view of Barcelona. It is located by Plaza Espanya, which is a large square very well connected – with it’s own metro station, and buses such as H12, L95, L94, 9, D20 among others stopping here. For more information click here.
This goes without saying, after seeing Gaudí’s masterpieces make your way up and take advantage of the splendid views. Banc de Trencadís, a tiled bench curving sinuously around its perimeter and designed by one of Gaudí’s closest colleagues, architect Josep Maria Jujol (1879–1949). On a sunny day you can see the city, sea and prominent buildings such as La Sagrada Família and the Hotel W. There are other pockets around the park where you can also find views, so go and explore. There is an entrance fee for the park where you will find some of Gaudí’s works, however, you can still access the rest of the park for free. Find out more here.
There are lots of hotels that have terraces in Barcelona city, but we have taken quite a fancy to this particular hotel. Firstly, the view is amazing on a clear day, you almost feel like it’s just been set up for you especially. Secondly, it isn’t overcrowded, whilst everyone heads beachside or to other hotels, this one still remains a gem. It’s located on Pintor Fortuny close to our favourite spots such as Nuovum and Caravelle. Just on the side street from La Rambla, it is definitely worth experiencing at least once. Take the lift to the 7th floor, skip the beds at the back and bask in the views to the left instead
Tibidabo is a mountain overlooking Barcelona, at approximately 512 meters tall, it is the highest mountain in the Serra de Collserola. It can be reached by a funicular railway, by bus and by car. At the top, there is an amusement park, a telecommunications tower and an emblematic Catholic church, which are visible from Barcelona. Why go here? Well the view includes the city and the coastline, and the journey there is an adventure in itself. View www.tibidabo.cat/en.
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