There’s no shortage of great views in Barcelona, let us direct you to some of the best...2019 June 17
You know, those classic photos with all the colourful tiles? We couldn’t start this off without that famous view!
A Spanish entrepreneur, Eusebi Güell, originally assigned the famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí with Parc Güell as a development for a housing estate for well-off families. Work began on the estate in 1900 and Gaudí himself moved to live there with his father and his niece in 1906.
Due to many complex reasons (involving complicated lease contracts, lack of suitable transport, and exclusivity of the site...) this led to a lack of buyers and the project was abandoned in 1914, with only 2 of the 60 envisioned houses in Park Güell being built. Instead, it became a large private garden which Güell used for public events. When he died in 1922, it was bought by the council and opened as a public park in 1926. Park Güell was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1984 and is now a major visitor attraction in Barcelona.
A shuttle bus, Bus Güell, operates from the nearby Alfons X metro station (L4) and it takes 15 minutes from the Alfons X station to Park Güell. This is included in your Park Güell entrance ticket.
By bus: The H6 line (which runs between Zona Universitària and Onze de Septembre) and the D40 line (which runs between Pl. Espanya and Via Favència) will take you within 10 minutes walking from Park Güell. Get off at bus stop Travessera de Dalt.
By metro: Lesseps or Vallcarca metro stations (L3). Both have a 20 minute walk to reach Park Güell. Both walks have escalators.
Head up to this old military fortress, and take in the views over Barcelona and out to sea.
Standing 173 metres above the port of Barcelona, Monjtuïc Castle has great 360 degree views of the sea and the city of Barcelona. Built in 1640 in the Reapers’ War, it was a key defence point in the War of the Spanish Succession between 1705 and 1714. It’s current appearance is owed to its restoration during the 18th century, following the damage from the war. In 1940, the president of the Catalan government, Lluís Companys, was executed here. The fortress was used as a military prison until 1960 when it was given back to the city as an army base. In 2007, the castle came under the ownership of Barcelona City Council and now belongs to all the citizens of Barcelona.
By bus: line 150 stops at the castle. The bus ride takes 20 minutes from Plaça Espanya.
By metro: Paral.lel (L2, L3) is a 20-25 minute walk away (beware: it is an uphill journey!)
By cable car: The cable car starts at Avinguda Miramar and leaves visitors right in front of the castle.
On your way down from Montjuïc, sit on the steps outside and enjoy the views, occasionally accompanied by a musician or two!
The Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) is located in the Palau Nacional of Montjuïc, why not explore some art in Barcelona while you’re up there? You’ll find Romanesque murals, Catalan modernism, Gothic art, European Renaissance and Baroque…
By bus: the 55 will get you the closest. Other buses that stop nearby are: 150, 13, 37, 9, 50, 65, 79,109,165, D20, D40, H12 and V7
By metro: the closest metro station is Plaça Espanya (L1, L3).
Take those euros you saved booking easyHotel Barcelona Fira and grab a drink high up in the fancy W Hotel, looking down at the beach along the edge of the city.
Also known as the Hotel Vela (Sail Hotel) because of its shape, this 6 star hotel has a bar located on the rooftop. Being 26 floors high, this gives you a great view down the coast!
By metro: the closest metro station is Barceloneta (L4), a 20 minute walk away.
A theme park with a view! You can easily while away an afternoon exploring these hilltops.
Mount Tibidabo is the tallest peak overlooking the city of Barcelona, and at 512 metres is the tallest in the Serra de Collserola. This provides some great views of Barcelona and the surrounding coastline. At the top you’ll find an amusement park, now over 100 years old. Just up from the park, at the summit, you’ll see Tibidabo’s Cathedral, the Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - recognisable from almost anywhere in the city - from Rambla Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia, Monjuïc… you’ll always see Tibidabo Cathedral on the horizon. The Jesus Christ statue at the top resembles that of Rio de Janeiro’s Corcovado.
By funicular: to reach the lower station of the funicular, you can walk, catch the vintage tram Tramvia Blau, or catch the 196 bus. The funicular will take you to the amusement park.
By train: The nearest station is Avinguda del Tibidabo (L7). You can then make your way to the funicular.
By bus: line V13, V15, 22, 75, 131 will take you to Avinguda del Tibidabo station. You can then make your way to the funicular.
You’ll have seen its imposing facade from every other viewpoint, why not see the city of Barcelona right from it?
Another Gaudí masterpiece, La Sagrada Família is still under construction, and has been since 1882. It is expected to be completed in 2026. During his later years, Gaudí devoted his time only to building the Sagrada Família, and became so involved that he lived next to his workshop in his final months. He died in 1926 when only one tower had been completed. His remains are buried in the crypt in the Sagrada Família.
Work on the Basilica continued following his death, but the original plans, drawings and photographs by Gaudí were destroyed in a fire between 1936 and 1939. His original concepts and plans have been kept to as much as possible. 2017 marked the 135th anniversary of the laying of the first cornerstone of the Temple, back in 1882.
Access to the towers is not included in your general admission ticket and need to be bought separately. Choose to go up either the spire on the Nativity side for views of the sea and the east of Barcelona; or the spire of the Passion facade which faces the city centre.
By bus: Bus 19, 33,34,43,44,50,51,B20 and B24 will take you near to Sagrada Família in Barcelona.
By metro: The Sagrada Família (L2, L5) metro stop is located right next to the Basilica.
Get panoramic views from these old Spanish Civil War bunkers. You’ll have to work a bit harder to get there, but it’s worth it (we think so anyway). Take a picnic and watch the sunset!
The bunkers are located at the top of Turó de la Rovira in the Carmel neighbourhood, at 262 meters. Year after year the views from the Carmel bunkers in Barcelona have become more and
more popular and are now one of the best Barcelona viewpoints.
The final part must be done by walking, but the bus will take you closest with the least amount of walking.
By bus: The 92 and the 119 will both take you very close to the bunkers in Barcelona.
By metro: the closest metro stop is El Carmel (L5) but you can also reach the Bunkers with a reasonable walk through Parc del Guinardó from metro station Guinardó | Hospital de Sant Pau (L4).
Now get out there and explore Barcelona!
easyHotel Barcelona Fira is located in Hospitalet de Llobregat and a great base for all your adventures in the city.
Lisbon: if you haven’t already been, what are you waiting for? Lisbon is a city known for its art, culture and world-class restaurants, while its many hills provide for lots of great viewpoints.