10 spots for the best views of Barcelona

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If you´re anything like me you´d climb up any church tower and hike up any mountain for a nice view. And to get those panoramic pictures of amazing destinations. In Barcelona there are so many spots with great views, below you will find some of my favorites and directions on how to get there.

Views of Barcelona from the North


So many reasons to go to Tibidabo, the view is just one of them! You can either take the funicular to Vallvidrera Superior and then bus 111, which is the cheap way to do it because you T10 ticket will work for this. Or you take the train on a rope 🙂 Funicular de Tibidabo – it´s quite an experience, but it costs a few Euros extra.

view over Barcelona from Tibidabo
view over Barcelona from Tibidabo

Bunkers of Carmel

This is a popular spot for students and backpackers, because it is a little remote, and you need to hike a little to get to the platform of the bunkers, but it´s free and the view is similar to the one from Tibidabo.

Here is how to get to the bunkers of Carmel. The best way is to take bus line V17 to Pl Mitja Lluna and walk from there.

View of Barcelona from the East

Besos water tower

Learn about the history of water distribution in Barcelona during a guided tour at the water tower Besos, available in Spanish, Catalan and some other languages upon request (e.g. they have a guide who speaks German, but they don´t advertise German tours). Make sure to reserve your spot at least a few days ahead of time.

To get there on the metro take the yellow line to Selva de Mar or on the bus take line V27 and get off at Bac de Roda – Pg.Taulat, then it´s a few minutes´ walk.

besos water tower
view from the Besos water tower, Barcelona

Views of Barcelona from the West

Castell de Montjuic

Actually there are many locations on Montjuic that offer fantastic views of the city. The Castell just happens to be the highest altitude of all of them, right atop the mountain.

The easiest and without a doubt most fun way to get here is on the Teleferic cable car!

Las Arenas

Las Arenas shopping center is built into what used to be a bull fighting arena. If you follow my blog you´ll have read about it already in the Barcelona on a budget guide.

Take the escalators to the top and exit towards the 360 degree panorama platform. My favorite side is the one facing Placa España, which is where I took the picture below.

Getting there is easy, many bus and metro lines as well as trains go to Placa España or Sants, which is right around the corner, for example metro lines L8, L1, L3, trains S3, S4, S8, R5, R6, S9, R50, R60 and many buses, best to check google maps from your location.

Placa España, Barcelona
Placa España, Barcelona as seen from las Arenas

Views of Barcelona from the South

Columbus Statue

At Drassanes, the old ship yard of Barcelona there is a 60m high statue of Columbus that visitors can climb up. It´s at the bottom of La Rambla, where you´ll likely be walking anyway when you visit 😉 Otherwise you can take the green line of the metro, L3, to Drassanes or bus D20 or 59 or V13 and exit at Portal de la Pau.

Duquesa de Cardona rooftop

The same buses will take you along Passeig de Colon, where the hotel Duquesa de Cardona is located. It has one of my favorite rooftop bars in Barcelona with a view of the yacht port, la Rambla del Mar and Barceloneta.

Take bus 59 or D20 to Moll de la Fusta to get to the hotel. If you prefer the metro, it´s roughly the same distance from Drassanes on the L3, as from Barceloneta on the L4.

W Hotel

At least once during your stay you should go up to the Eclipse bar at the W hotel to enjoy the view over Montjuic and the beaches of Barcelona over a glass of cava or a cocktail.

The best way to get here is to take bus V15 to Pl Rosa dels Vents.

view from the W hotel, Barcelona
view from the W hotel, Barcelona


Maremagnum is a shopping center in the middle of the port of Barcelona, with an attached IMAX movie theatre and an Aquarium. On the top floor of the mall there are a bunch of restaurants. I recommend you pick one facing the city, they have terraces view great views. And I have had some excellent food there.

To get there take bus V17 toward the stop called Maremagnum.

View of Barcelona from the Middle

Santa Maria de Pi

This church is not far from La Rambla – Liceu and for a few Euros you can climb up the bell tower. They have guided tours that take you up there, also in English.

To get there take bus 59, V13 and exit at La Rambla – Liceu or the metro L3 to Liceu.

view over Barcelona from the bell tower of Santa Maria del Pi
view over Barcelona from the bell tower of Santa Maria del Pi

As a bonus, if you are the adventurous type, you can also book helicopter tours of Barcelona or a Parasailing experience. I haven´t done either but I bet the views are amazing.

Do you have anything to add to the list? What is your favorite view of Barcelona? Comment below!

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