THE 31 BEST PLACES TO TAKE PICTURES IN BARCELONA

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! 

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!

Casa Milà

Thassia Naves at Casa Mila in Barcelona, Spain
Ive Seen at Casa Mila in Barcelona, Spain
Karen Farber at Casa Mila in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Provença, 261-265, 08008 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.39538, 2.16196

Sidewalkers: Karen Farber | @karen_farber + Olga | @iveseen_ + Thássia Naves | @thassianaves

Casa Batlló

Lynn Quanjel of Who Is That Blonde at Casa Battlo in Barcelona, Spain
Camilla Mount at Casa Battlo in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.39163, 2.16476

Sidewalkers: Lynn Quanjel | @whoisthatblonde + Camilla Mount | @camillamount

Montserrat

Lauren Bullen at Montserrat outside of Barcelona, Spain

Address: 08199 Montserrat, Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.59332, 1.83767

Sidewalker: Lauren Bullen | @gypsea_lust

Montserrat is undoubtedly one of the coolest places to take photos in Barcelona. Just look at the photos from here, insane. Though technically not in Barcelona, it is an easy day trip from the city via train. Montserrat mountain is the home to a Benedictine monastery founded in the 11th century, notable for its shrine to the Virgin of Montserrat (the black virgin). Aside from its significant religious importance, the scenery and views from the mountain are breathtaking. It’s definitely worth escaping the bustling city for some respite amidst the striking mountains of Montserrat.

*Warning* Since this photo was taken, the rules at Montserrat may’ve changed…we have heard through the grapevine that there is now security surrounding the structure, so you can no longer climb to the top.

El Born

Tara at El Born in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Carrer dels Abaixadors, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.3832, 2.18125

Sidewalker: Tara | @taramilktea

While The Gothic Quarter has its undeniable charm, head to El Born for a more authentic Barcelona neighborhood experience. It’s streets are dotted with quaint cafes, charming boutiques, and picture perfect balconies adorned with cascading plants. The beauty of this neighborhood makes it one of the best places to take pictures in Barcelona. Hip, young locals flock to the Passeig del Born (a lively tree lined street) in the evening to enjoy tapas and cocktails. Snap some photos along the picturesque streets and then spend your evening sampling the local fare.

Grand Hotel Central

Selena at the Grand Hotel Central in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Via Laietana, 30, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.38498, 2.17766

Sidewalker: Selena | @finduslost

Hotel Arts Barcelona

Tamara at the Hotel Arts Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Carrer de la Marina, 19-21, 08005 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.386507, 2.197252

Sidewalker: Tamara | @tamara

Gothic Quarter

Jessica Wright in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona Spain

Address: Carrer del Bisbe, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.38351, 2.17611

Sidewalker: Jessica Wright | @bontraveler

The Gothic Quarter or Barri Gòtic is definitely Barcelona’s most well known neighborhood and it’s no coincidence. The beautiful neighborhood is filled with ancient Roman buildings and narrow, winding cobblestone streets that take visitors a step back in time to Barcelona’s historic past. The medieval buildings provide the backdrop for one of the best Instagram spots in Barcelona and there is no shortage of delightful cafes and quaint shops to explore while you are in the area.

Barceloneta

Tamara at the Barceloneta in Barcelona, Spain
Marina at Barceloneta in Barcelona, Spain

Address: La Barceloneta, Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.38089, 2.18938

Sidewalkers: Tamara | @tamara + Marina | @marinacomes

What is Barcelona without its golden beaches and palm lined streets? This is definitely one of the top places to take photographs in Barcelona you can’t miss. In the summer, the beaches can be crowded so get there early to snap some photos and snag a perfect spot to soak up the Mediterranean sun. Taking a dip in the water is the best way to cool off from the summer heat and the beachside, open air cafes are the perfect place to enjoy an ice cold pitcher of sangria. 

Jardins del Turó del Putxet

Emelie Natascha at Jardins del Turó del Putxet in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Calle Manacor, 9, 08023 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.40829, 2.14237

Sidewalker: Emelie Natascha Lindmark | @emitaz

Parc de la Ciutadella

Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona, Spain
Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Parc de la Ciutadella, Passeig de Picasso, 21, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.39008, 2.18655

Sidewalkers: Victoria Hui | @thelustlistt + Aggi King | @aggi.king

Bunkers del Carmel

Tamara at the Bunkers del Carmel in Barcelona, Spain
Tara at the Bunkers del Carmel in Barcelona, Spain
Michele at the Bunkers del Carmel in Barcelona, Spain

Address: MUHBA Turó de la Rovira, Carrer de Marià Lavèrnia, s/n, 08032 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.41931, 2.16165

Sidewalkers: Tara | @taramilktea + Michèle | @globelle_michele + Tamara | @tamara

The Bunkers del Carmel is one of the best Instagram spots in Barcelona because it provides an amazing view – it’s the perfect location to take in the grandness of the city. Because it is a bit remote, it’s still a fairly private site to marvel at the historic city and, of course, snap a good Insta pic.

Plaça Reial

Emelie Natacha at the Placa Reial in Barcelona, Spain
Jessica Stein at the Placa Reial in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Plaça Reial, 9, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.3801, 2.17526

Sidewalkers: Jessica Stein | @tuulavintage + Emelie Natascha Lindmark | @emitaz

Hospital Sant Pau

Tina Lee at Hospital Sant Pau in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Carrer de Sant Quintí, 89, 08041 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.4125, 2.17434

Sidewalker: Tina Lee | @ofleatherandlace

Museu Picasso

Museu Picasso in Barcelona, Spain
Museu Picasso in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Carrer Montcada, 15-23, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.38521, 2.18089

Sidewalkers: Karen Paik | @karen_paik + Jenn Wu | @jennwunders

Basilica Santa Maria del Mar

Basilica Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Plaça de Santa Maria, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.38388, 2.18207

Sidewalker: Monica Torne | @monicatorne

Plaça de Catalunya

Yanyi at the Placa de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Plaça de Catalunya, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.38701, 2.17004

Sidewalker: Yanyi | @miss_yanyi

La Rambla is a vibrant, tree-lined, pedestrian street that is central to the city and full of the best places to take pictures in Barcelona. The street connects Placa de Catalunya and the Christopher Columbus monument at Port Vell, so it will be an essential addition to your trip. Meander along the pathway and take in the scene of locals and travelers stopped for coffee or shopping along the boulevard. There are tons of restaurants off of La Rambla to choose from, and don’t forget about the rooftop bars! The rooftop settings of La Rambla are some of the best places to watch the sunset in the beautiful city of Barcelona.

Plaça d’Espanya

Michele at Placa d'Espanya

Address: Plaça Espanya, Barcelona, Spaince

Coordinates: 41.37541, 2.14888

Sidewalker: Michèle | @globelle_michele

The Torre Glòries

Naomi Bowler at the Torre Glories in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles, France

Coordinates: 41.4034, 2.18959

Sidewalker: Naomi Bowler | @naomibowler

Tibidabo – Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor

Tibidabo – Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor in Barcelona, Spain
Tibidabo – Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor in Barcelona, Spain

Tibidabo – Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor (View From Top)

Tibidabo – Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor (View From Top) in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Cumbre del Tibidabo, 08035 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.42207, 2.11878

Sidewalkers: @iulianafer + Natasha | @alis_wind + Aline Sch | @mrs.airline.loves

Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

Magic Fountain of Montjuic in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Plaça de Carles Buïgas, 1, 08038 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.37116, 2.15174

Sidewalker: Anksshita | @anksshita

Palau Nacional

Asa Steinars at Palau Nacional in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Av. dels Montanyans, S/N, 08038 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.3688, 2.15339

Sidewalker: Asa Steinars | @asasteinars

Columbus Monument

Brittany Donor at the Columbus monument in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Plaça Portal de la pau, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.3758, 2.17776

Sidewalker: Brittany Donor | @britt.donor

Arc de Triomf

Edna at the Arc de Triomf in Barcelona, Spain

Address: Passeig de Lluís Companys, 08003 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.39105, 2.18064

Sidewalker: Edna | @ednarojo

The Arc de Triomf (or Arco de Triunfo) was built in the late 1880’s to serve as the entrance for the World Fair held in Barcelona and it is definitely one of the best places to take pictures in Barcelona. The magnificent arch crosses over the wide promenade of the Parc de la Ciutadella. The Parc is lined with palms and benches where you can enjoy an afternoon reading a book or snacking on some local street food.

Around Town

Alexandra Pereira around Barcelona, Spain
Alexandra Pereira around Barcelona, Spain

Address: Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles, France

Coordinates: 48.80429, 2.12227

Sidewalker: Alexandra Pereira | @lovelypepa

La Boqueria

Jessica Stein at La Boqueria in Barcelona, Spain

Address: La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Coordinates: 41.38173, 2.17158

Sidewalker: Jessica Stein | @tuulavintage

Hope you enjoyed our roundup of some of the best Instagram photo spots in Barcelona! If you’re planning more travels or curious about other amazing photo locations around the globe, check our our other Photoguides to London, Paris, Dubai and more!

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