Barcelona best places to take pictures
Barcelona best places to take pictures

Is Barcelona next on your itinerary or one of your serious bucketlist locations? Well you’re in luck, because we’ve rounded up the 31 best places to take pictures in Barcelona. Millions of people flock to the famed Spanish city each year and it’s easy to see why. The capital of Catalonia boasts some of the most renowned architecture in the world, from the Sagrada Familia to Park Guell, there is so much to explore in this vibrant city. Spend a day getting lost wandering the cobblestone streets of the Barri Gòtic and pop into one (or several) of the many cafes, bodegas, and bars serving up the city’s famous tapas. The next day, give your feet a rest and spend it soaking up the sun on one of Barcelona’s beautiful beaches. The beachside restaurants are the perfect place to enjoy some fresh seafood paella and an ice cold pitcher of Sangria. And of course, don’t forget to include some of Gaudi’s famous buildings at the top of your itinerary. Obviously, you’ll want to document all of your adventures, so read on to discover the best photography spots in Barcelona. And don’t forget to hashtag #sidewalkerdaily so we can follow your adventures! 


We know this is common sense, but we have to say it anyway – please keep in mind that our Photoguides include some of the coolest photo-opps in a city, some of which may be at a hotel, business, restaurant or even near a private home. If that’s the case then you may need to book a hotel room, order something at a restaurant or even arrange a shoot in advance to be able to take photos in that location. If it’s near a private home please be respectful and treat the situation like you would want to be treated if your house was an Instagrammer’s dream.

We also sometimes include locations that are museums or art installations, which keep in mind can change at their discretion – but usually they’ll replace it with something along the same vibe so you’ll still get the shot. Like any good traveler, it’s always a good idea to double check if a location, monument, or museum is open before heading there. One time we traveled to Fez, Morocco to see the ancient leather tanneries only to find out it was closed…for the first time in close to 1000 years LOL! So trust us, if you don’t want to take the risk just double check before making the trek.  We hope you enjoy using our Photoguides and if you love them as much as we do, please leave a comment at the end to let us know! Safe travels xx

Park Güell

Polina at park Guell in Barcelona, Spain
Victoria Hui at park Güell in Barcelona, Spain
Camilla Mount at Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain
Trisa Taro at Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Address: 08024 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.41449, 2.15269

Sidewalkers: Trisa Taro | @trisataro + Victoria Hui | @thelustlistt + Camilla Mount | @camillamount + Polina | @polabur

When you picture Barcelona, you picture Park Guell, Gaudi’s enchanting, sprawling park that mixes his unique architecture style with nature in fluid and surreal ways. With sweeping views overlooking the city, beautiful gardens, and colorful mosaic tiled structures, you can find some of the most Instagrammable spots in Barcelona at Park Guell. Make sure to allot plenty of time when you visit, not only for the photo-opps but also to let yourself get lost in its magical beauty. Pro-tip: if you’re going to Barcelona in the summer, make sure to visit Park Guell early in the morning or right before dusk to avoid the sweltering temperatures of midday.

Palau Güell

Patty Huang at Palau Guell in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.37888, 2.17423

Sidewalker: Patty Huang | @patttyhuang

Sagrada Familia

Paris Verra at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain
Caroline Szpira at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Carrer de Lepant, 278, 08013 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.40462, 2.17577

Sidewalkers: Paris Verra | @parisverra + Caroline Szpira | @carolineszpira

Sagrada Familia is one of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona, so you’ve undoubtedly seen countless photos of the spired basilica. Yet in person, it still leaves you breathless and in awe. While some of the best photo-opps are outside of Gaudi’s famed temple, do not make the mistake of not going inside. It is truly an architectural masterpiece that transports you into Gaudi’s fantastical, spiritual, and whimsical world…nothing short of mind blowing.

Pro-tip: The lines to get in can be devastatingly long and let’s be honest, you have all the other best photo locations in Barcelona to see. So buy “skip the line” tickets ahead of time or book your visit with a guided tour that will give you special access to the basilica.

Barcelona Cathedral

Madeline at the Barcelona Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain
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Amelia Love at the Barcelona Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.38396, 2.17619

Sidewalkers: Melanie | @thetiafox + Amelia | @ameliaalove + Madeline | @thewininghills

Palau de la Música Catalana

Tina Lee of Leather and Lace at Palau de la Musica Catalana
Tina Lee of Leather and Lace at Palau de la Musica Catalana

Address: C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.38757, 2.17531

Sidewalker: Tina Lee | @ofleatherandlace

Tucked away in the El Born neighborhood, Palau de la Música Catalana is yet another stunning architectural beauty of Barcelona. The venue plays host to an extensive number of concerts from Flamenco to Classical, but is also an attraction in its own right. The building, constructed between 1905-1908 by architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, is a perfect example of Art Nouveau’s influence on modern architecture. Composed of intricate mosaics, ornate ceilings, and playful columns all illuminated by colorful stained glass windows, it’s easy to see why the concert hall is one of the best places for taking photos in Barcelona. Pro-tip: if you don’t want to spend the money to see a concert here, you can still gain access to the venue through a guided tour. Book ahead, as these tours fill up quickly!