The 5 Best Spots to Get Panoramic Views of Barcelona

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🤓Hi! All the information in this post was updated on May 27th, 2024.

Certainly, Barcelona ranks among the world’s most frequently captured destinations. When it comes to Instagram, a favorite haunt for travelers, Barcelona consistently makes the list of most-tagged destinations. It’s no surprise, really. This city, steeped in Gaudí’s artistic charm, offers some seriously jaw-dropping skyline views.

Whether you’re a photography aficionado who relishes sharing your snapshots on social platforms or simply someone looking to explore, you absolutely shouldn’t pass up the chance to uncover Barcelona’s prime panoramic viewpoints.

Curious to find out which ones they are? Stick around until the conclusion of this article to uncover the city’s most remarkable viewpoints—an experience you won’t want to miss!

1. Mirador de Colón: The best panoramic views just a stone’s throw from Las Ramblas!

Mirador de Colón

At the end of Las Ramblas, just before reaching the harbor, stands the famous “Mirador de Colón” (Columbus Viewpoint), a giant statue of Christopher Columbus pointing toward the sea. However, what truly sets this place apart is its observation deck, which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the city of Barcelona and its harbor.

From here, you can enjoy unparalleled views of the Gothic Quarter with its cobblestone streets, the Montjuïc mountain, and the Port of Barcelona, where you can see the sea stretching as far as the eye can see.

? We recommend visiting the Columbus Viewpoint in the morning when the sky is clearer.

It’s truly magical!

? How to Get There: You’ll find a stop for the Barcelona City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off bus right next to the monument. Remember to get off at Stop 4 on the West Route, Passeig de Colom.

? Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. The last ascent to the viewpoint is at 1:30 PM.

? Admission: 7-8 euros (please check for current pricing).

Vistas de Barcelona desde el Mirador de Colón
Views of Barcelona from the Mirador de Colón


Tourist taking a selfie at Tibidabo

Located at the summit of Tibidabo Mountain, this is one of Barcelona’s most iconic spots for panoramic city views. From here, you can gaze upon a sweeping vista that spans from the sea to the surrounding mountains.

Panoramic views of the Sagrada Familia, the Torre Agbar, and other city landmarks stretch out before you, creating a perfect backdrop for your Instagram photos?. Additionally, during your visit, you mustn’t miss exploring the Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, perched atop Tibidabo. Not only does it offer breathtaking panoramic views, but it also boasts stunning architecture.

Be sure to ascend the tower for the best view possible ?.

Remember that to enjoy the panoramic views, you have two options:

  1. Visit Tibidabo for free and at your own pace, exploring its “Panoramic Area,” which is the highest part of the park.
  2. Explore the Panoramic Area of Tibidabo for free and only pay €3.50 to ascend the tower of the Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Additionally, if you’re with friends or young children, you can have a great time riding the attractions offered by the Tibidabo amusement park.

? How to Get There: You can reach the base of the mountain with the Barcelona City Tour tourist bus. Simply disembark at Stop 14 (Tibidabo) on the East Route and take the Blue Tram to get closer to the summit.

? Opening Hours: The opening hours for accessing Tibidabo can vary. You can check the monthly schedules on their official website to start planning your visit.

? Admission: If you only want to enjoy the views, this experience is free. However, if you wish to enter the amusement park area to enjoy the rides, we recommend visiting the “Tickets and Passes” section on their official website.

Panoramic Views of Barcelona from Tibidabo
Panoramic Views of Barcelona from Tibidabo

3. Museo Nacional de Arte de Cataluña (MNAC): THE BEST SUNSET VIEWS

A man in front of The National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC)

The National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) is a true cultural treasure with an incredible collection of Catalan art. However, few know that it also offers some of the best panoramic views of Barcelona.

The museum is housed in the majestic National Palace, perched on the Montjuïc hill. From the steps right in front of the museum, you’ll have an unparalleled panoramic view of Barcelona.

You can admire the Plaza de España, with its magical fountain and nearby skyscrapers, as well as the majestic Montjuïc with its castle atop. The combination of the palace’s architecture and Barcelona’s skyline is simply breathtaking.

We recommend visiting it at sunset ? You’ll thank us later! ?

? How to Get There: Hop on any of the Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off buses heading on the West Route. Get off at Stop number 9 (MNAC) to start your adventure.

? Opening Hours and Tickets: You can enjoy the panoramic views of Barcelona from MNAC at any time of the year, and it’s free. However, if you wish to visit its interior, we recommend checking their opening hours and admission fees on the following link: MNAC Opening Hours and Prices.

Panoramic View of Barcelona from the MNAC
Panoramic View of Barcelona from the MNAC

4. Arenas de Barcelona : GO SHOPPING WITH THE BEST VIEWS

Front view of Arenas de Barcelona

Who said you can’t go shopping and enjoy spectacular panoramic views at the same time? Arenas de Barcelona is a former bullring transformed into a modern shopping center. What makes this place unique is its rooftop terrace, which offers stunning city views.

From this terrace, you’ll have a privileged panoramic view of Plaza de España and the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. This is a perfect spot for taking incredible photos and enjoying a drink ? while gazing at the beauty of Barcelona’s panoramic views.

? Our recommendation is to pay a visit at night. You’ll be amazed at how Barcelona comes to life and lights up when the night falls ?.

? How to Get There: You simply need to get off our hop-on-hop-off bus at Stop 12 (Plaça d’Espanya) on the West Route. The shopping center is just a few meters away.

? Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday from 10:00 AM to 01:00 AM, and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 03:00 AM.

? Admission: Entry to Arenas de Barcelona shopping center is free. To access the terrace, you can either climb the stairs for free or pay €1.00 to take the elevator.

Panoramic View from the Arenas de Barcelona Shopping Center
Panoramic View from the Arenas de Barcelona Shopping Center

5. Los Bunkers del Carmel / MUHBA – Museo de Historia de Barcelona

A woman standing at the Bunkers del Carmel.

We can’t conclude this article without mentioning the Bunkers del Carmel, which are located near the famous Park Güell. Situated atop the Carmel Hill, these former bunkers from the Spanish Civil War offer one of the most impressive and authentic panoramic views of Barcelona.

The viewpoint at Turó de la Rovira, as the Bunkers del Carmel are also known, is one of the locations of the MUHBA – Barcelona History Museum. So, apart from enjoying a magical sunset, you can learn more about the city’s history.

? Don’t miss out on this hidden gem and get a unique panoramic view of Barcelona! Take advantage of its proximity to Park Güell for an unmatched day out.

? How to Get There: Reach the Bunkers del Carmel by hopping on the Barcelona tourist bus. Board the East Route and disembark at Stop 13 (Park Güell). You’ll find the viewpoint just a 20-minute walk away.

? Opening Hours and Admission: Entry is free; however, there are various access points. Before you go, check the opening hours and access details.

Panoramic Views of Barcelona from the Bunkers del Carmel
Panoramic Views of Barcelona from the Bunkers del Carmel

Now that you’ve discovered these five spots to enjoy the best panoramic views of Barcelona, don’t wait any longer to start your journey! Don’t forget to tag us in your photos! ?

Keep in mind that a convenient way to kickstart your route to the city’s top panoramic viewpoints is by hopping on board the Barcelona City Tour tourist bus ?. Explore all our ticket options and choose the one that suits your travel best!

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