Surrounded by both the sea and the mountains, Barcelona offers numerous possibilities for you to enjoy breathtaking views in different points of the city. If you want to climb very high, don't miss it Collserola Tower, close to Tibidabo, with its panoramic lift and its belvedere; if you do not want to go too far from the center, just reach Montjuïc to enjoy a wonderful view of the Barri Gòtic and the Barceloneta.
1) Collserola Tower
View from the Torre de Collserola
Designed to improve telecommunications during the 1992 Olympic Games, the Collserola Tower has become the quintessential viewpoint in Barcelona. The main reason is that it offers an unparalleled 360 ° view over the whole city. The mirador was built on the tenth floor of the tower, 115 meters above the ground: added to the height of the Collserola, the remarkable height of 500 meters above sea level is reached: in fact the view on good weather is up to 70 km away! For the sake of completeness it must be added that the viewpoint is completely internalized, therefore it is separated by a crystal, with all the problems for those who want to take photographs.
Admission costs 5,60€, however, it is free if you have the Barcelona Card: check opening times and days before you go, as the viewpoint is not open every day.
How to get to the Tower of Collserola
The best way to reach the tower is to reach the Tibidabo park, and then walk for about 500 meters. Alternatively, at the exit of the funicular, you can take bus 111.
2) The Cannons or bunker of the Carmel
Dai Bunkers del Carmel view
Il Turó de la Rovira, the highest part of the Guinardó Park, has one of the most panoramic corners of Barcelona, known by many names: the bunkers, els canons (cannons), or the Bunkers del Carmel. It is a place from where you can enjoy an unparalleled view of the city and the entire metropolitan area of Barcelona. The town gets its name from being an anti-aircraft post during the Spanish Civil War, and the surrounding area has long been one of the poorest areas of the city.
The best time to visit it is obviously the sunset; do as the people of Barcelona do: bring something to drink and enjoy the view. If you are passionate about photography and want to photograph a sunrise in the city, this could be the best place for a striking photo. Before setting out for a visit, keep in mind that the place is very exposed, so it tends to be a lot colder than the rest of the city.
How to get to the Carmel bunkers
There are two ways to reach the bunkers: the first is to exit at El Carmel metro stop (line 5), and walk for about 30 minutes to Carrer de la Conca del Tremp and then to Carrer de Mühlberg. The second is by bus, the closest line is the V17, with terminus at Maremagnum, and stops along the Via Laietana and Passeig de Gràcia. You have to get off at the penultimate stop (Gran Vista - Turó de la Rovira), and then walk for 5 minutes. The closest attractions are the Parc Güell and the Recinte Modernista: consider 20 minutes from the first and XNUMX minutes from the second.
Map Bùnquers del Carmel
View from Tibidabo
The Tibidabo offers another breathtaking view over the whole city, together with the nearby church of the Sacred Heart, it allows you to spend an entire day with the background of an absolutely unmissable panorama. All the information on what to do and how to reach Tibidabo can be read in this article.
4) Parc Güell
View from Parc Güell
Among the most iconic photos of Barcelona, the one with the city in the background amidst the pinnacles of the guardian's house in Parc Güell is one of the most famous, and with good reason. In reality, due to the park hours, you can admire - and photograph - the sunset inside the park only at certain times of the year: late August, all of October, the last half of December and the first of January. Complete information on opening hours, how to reach the Park and the cost of the ticket are available on this page.
5) The cable car of the port and Montjuïc
View of the port from the Montjuic cable car
Finally, the cable car of the port, designed for the Universal Exhibition of 1929, connects the old port with Montjuïc over a route of about 1 km. The views of the harbor and the old town amply pay off the ticket price, offering an extraordinary overview of the Ramblas and the Barceloneta district. Once you have climbed Montjuïc, you are spoiled for choice on where to continue your excursion: the Mirador del Migdia, the giardini from the Mayor's Lookout, oi Miramare Gardens, from each of these you can enjoy an excellent view; if you then go down towards Plaça de Espanya do not miss the terrace of the MNAC: the perspective on Plaça de Espanya and on the Font Màgica is simply stunning.
In addition to those listed, other interesting points from which to enjoy an exceptional view are the roof of the Cathedral, the terrace of Casa Milà, and every first Sunday of the month the CCCB mirador: read the respective articles to know all the necessary information.