It’s known that Barcelona is special for it’s Catalan modernistic architecture, mostly done by Gaudi, but I would like to exclude all of these things in this post, because you can read it anywhere else. Here, as a rooftop lover, I would like to share with you something a little more alternative – best spot to watch Barcelona from above.
Thing that definitely leaves breathless is Barcelona’s architectural structure in the district called Eixample. It means “extension”, as it was made due to city’s rapid growth. It’s extremely interesting because it’s made as an strict grid of same-sized square blocks, crossed by big avenues, which makes it highly satisfying to watch from above.
Check out this photo by Tim Orr, so you can have a better picture of what I’m talking about.
BUNKERS DEL CARMEL
If you want to experience this in person, I truly recommend you to see this place in the neighbourhood of El Carmel. It’s actually an old concrete platform known for it’s 360-degree view of the city, which includes the view of the beautiful Mediterranean sea. It’s a place where locals usually hang out, drink beer and watch sunset. Here’s a day and night version of it!
You can clearly see long avenues dividing the square blocks, as they are leading you to the sea.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Located in hills, this spot requires a bit longer hike, but it’s definitely worth it! You can get there by taking the L4 metro from Passeig de Gracia (direction Trinitat Nova), and get out at the Alfons X station (exit called Ronda Guinardo)
After that, just follow the streets Carrer de Thous and Carrer de Francesc Alegre, and you’ll get to stairs which lead you directly to the spot. You will need aproximately 20 minutes of walking.
OTHER SPOTS TO SEE ROOFTOPS
BAR DOLCE VITAE – MAJESTIC HOTEL
From here you can see the famous Sagrada Familia and Torre Agbar and sea as well. It’s located in Passeig de Gracia 68, on the last floor. Drinks are a bit pricey, but I think sometimes they also let people just to take pictures of the view.
Hotel located in the district of Raval. It offers a 360-degree view of the city on the rooftop. You can clearly see the Barcelona’s gothic cathedral. They also have binoculars, which you can use for free to see the details of the impressive architecture.
National museum of Catalan art also offers a special view from it’s rooftop terrace. From it you can see Magic Fountain and Placa Espanya right in the front, as well as Sagrada Familia in the back.
And of course, your trip to Barcelona isn’t complete if you don’t visit this park. It gives alluring view of the city, with the mix of Gaudi’s architecture, making it a perfect spot for taking pictures and enjoying the sight.
What are your favorite spots in Barcelona?
Thanks for reading and feel free to share your experience with me,