There is a saying that the best jam is kept in the small pot. A saying that could be applied to Barcelona: a city of little extension – just 100 km2 – but with an inexhaustible offer of monuments and leisure. And not only that; even having a rather modest surface, it accommodates landscapes full of contrasts: sea, mountain, green areas, hills … To prove it, it is enough to visit some of the incredible viewpoints of Barcelona.
Historic buildings, peaks, an old antiaircraft battery … We could even refer to our Lugaris Beach rental apartments, from whose terrace you get unique views over a pine forest and the Mediterranean. The range of options is huge, without a doubt, but we want to give you some suggestions so you can contemplate Barcelona from above. Pay attention to this selection that we have prepared for you!
Arenas Shopping Centre in Barcelona
This old bullring, in operation until 1977 and reopened as a shopping center in 2011, is a privileged place to experience the feeling of having Barcelona at your feet. From its last floor you will view corners such as the Plaza de Espanya, the Palau Nacional de Montjuïc or the Escorxador park, where the sculpture Dona i Ocell (1983) by Joan Miró stands. Access is free if done from inside the enclosure (use the exterior lift has an additional cost).
National Art Museum of Catalonia
Another impressive balcony is the aforementioned Palau Nacional de Montjuïc, seat of the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC). From its terraces, you can admire the iconic silhouette of the Tibidabo mountain, whose 516 m above sea level make it the roof of the city. One piece of advice: if your budget allows it, take a lunch or dinner at the museum’s restaurant. Take the test: it will be a gift for the senses!
Built in 1694, this military construction was for centuries an instrument to control and police the Barcelona population. It also served as a military prison until 1960, when it was ceded to the city, and between 1963 and 2009. After a short period of free access, entering the castle was again paid in March 2014. However, the extraordinary panoramic view from there justifies leaving a small amount at the box office. Take advantage of your visit to see the temporary and permanent exhibitions that house the castle’s premises.
Have you been to Paris? If so, surely the temple of the Sacred Heart of Tibidabo will remind you of the most important church in the neighborhood of Montmartre, with which it shares its name. Walk inside and, above all, climb the terrace to see Barcelona from a privileged perspective. Another magnificent option, if you decide to spend the day at the Tibidabo amusement park, is to ride the mythical Atalaya, inaugurated in 1921 and from which you will see Barcelona at 550 m altitude. But if what you really want is to have a drink in a relaxed atmosphere, we encourage you to visit the emblematic Mirablau, a bar located in the area and whose windows offer stunning views.
Do you want something even more original? In that case, go to the Collserola tower, 288 m high and designed by the British architect Norman Foster.
Coll d’en Portell
We do not yet leave the National Park of the Sierra de Collserola, the main green lung of Barcelona. The reason? A viewpoint so little known as surprising. Of course: to get there you will have to carry out a pleasant walk through a beautiful Mediterranean forest. The route, which ends in the town of Esplugues de Llobregat (well connected to Barcelona by public transport), starts next to the Baixador de Vallvidrera train stop and leads to the peak known as Coll d’en Portell (351 m) . Once there, take a seat on the wooden bench and surrender to the charm of Barcelona and its metropolitan area.
Since we are talking about little crowded places, we want to propose another one that you will love. Can you imagine what it will be like to see Barcelona from on high … with nobody around? If you are tempted by the idea, you just have to go to the Nut de la Rutlla square, next to the Mare de Déu de Montserrat avenue, and follow the signs that lead to the anti-aircraft batteries of Turó de la Rovira (another exceptional viewpoint). , although more and more crowded). Halfway, stop under the shade of a pine tree, make yourself comfortable … and enjoy!
Halfway between the districts of Gràcia and Horta-Guinardó, it is one of the great icons of Catalan modernism. Designed by the great Antoni Gaudí to house a garden city that never came to an end – only a couple of houses were built, the main staircase and the famous hypostyle hall, topped with a square with modernist benches – this place is an unbeatable balcony over Barcelona and the Mediterranean. Although the monumental area is paid, a part of the park is open to all visitors. By the way: since 1984, Park Güell is part of the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Creueta del Coll Park
The district of Gràcia invites you to visit this splendid public park of 6,000 m2, located next to Mount Carmel and ideal for those who decide to travel to Barcelona with children. In addition to a large pond ideal for bathing in summer, you can also see the sculpture Elogio del agua (1987), by Eduardo Chillida, and some views of Tibidabo and the western part of Barcelona that are breathtaking.
Turó del Putxet Park
Did you know that, like Rome, Barcelona also stands on seven hills? One of them is the Putxet, located in the district of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, in the upper zone. This small hill offers unspeakable views of 360 degrees, from the mountain of Montjuïc to the Agbar tower, next to our apartments for rent in Barcelona. Also, you can also see the Mediterranean.
Santa Maria del Pi & Santa Maria del Mar
These two buildings of Gothic design, located respectively in the Gòtic neighborhood and in Born, are two jewels of Catalan medieval architecture and, at the same time, two inspiring watchtowers from which to view the skyline of Barcelona. Both are paid and require climbing many steps, but we guarantee that the effort is worth it.
Dare to look out at Barcelona? From our apartments, you have it very easy to climb to the most spectacular viewpoints of Barcelona.