THE 31 BEST PLACES TO TAKE PICTURES IN BARCELONA
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!
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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
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.
Address: Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 3-5, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Coordinates: 41.37888, 2.17423
Sidewalker: Patty Huang | @patttyhuang
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.
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
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!
Address: Provença, 261-265, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
Coordinates: 41.39538, 2.16196
Sidewalkers: Karen Farber | @karen_farber + Olga | @iveseen_ + Thássia Naves | @thassianaves
Address: Passeig de Gràcia, 43, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Coordinates: 41.39163, 2.16476
Sidewalkers: Lynn Quanjel | @whoisthatblonde + Camilla Mount | @camillamount
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.
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
Address: Via Laietana, 30, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Coordinates: 41.38498, 2.17766
Sidewalker: Selena | @finduslost
Hotel Arts Barcelona
Address: Carrer de la Marina, 19-21, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
Coordinates: 41.386507, 2.197252
Sidewalker: Tamara | @tamara
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.
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
Address: Calle Manacor, 9, 08023 Barcelona, Spain
Coordinates: 41.40829, 2.14237
Sidewalker: Emelie Natascha Lindmark | @emitaz
Parc de la Ciutadella
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
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.
Address: Plaça Reial, 9, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Coordinates: 41.3801, 2.17526
Sidewalkers: Jessica Stein | @tuulavintage + Emelie Natascha Lindmark | @emitaz
Hospital Sant Pau
Address: Carrer de Sant Quintí, 89, 08041 Barcelona, Spain
Coordinates: 41.4125, 2.17434
Sidewalker: Tina Lee | @ofleatherandlace
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
Address: Plaça de Santa Maria, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Coordinates: 41.38388, 2.18207
Sidewalker: Monica Torne | @monicatorne
Plaça de Catalunya
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.
Address: Plaça Espanya, Barcelona, Spaince
Coordinates: 41.37541, 2.14888
Sidewalker: Michèle | @globelle_michele
The Torre Glòries
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 (View From Top)
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
Address: Plaça de Carles Buïgas, 1, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
Coordinates: 41.37116, 2.15174
Sidewalker: Anksshita | @anksshita
Address: Av. dels Montanyans, S/N, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
Coordinates: 41.3688, 2.15339
Sidewalker: Asa Steinars | @asasteinars
Address: Plaça Portal de la pau, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Coordinates: 41.3758, 2.17776
Sidewalker: Brittany Donor | @britt.donor
Arc de Triomf
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.
Address: Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles, France
Coordinates: 48.80429, 2.12227
Sidewalker: Alexandra Pereira | @lovelypepa
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!