Ultimate Photo Guide to The Most Instagramable Spots in Barcelona

Now that you’ve made it to Barcelona, Spain, I bet you want to capture every moment you have in this beautiful city. I mean, with the beautiful architecture of Gaudí to the amazing color the city has.. it’s has to be the most instagramable city in Spain. In this guide, I map out all the known and unknown spots to get the best photos of one of the worlds most known travel destinations so you can get the perfect shot on your trip!

Parks: These three parks are my favorite in the city because they have so many places for photo ops you can create any kind of aesthetic you are thinking of!

Parc Laberint d'Horta

Neighborhood: Horta

free entrance of Wednesdays! read more about this park in my previous post here.

best time to go: afternoon

Parc de la Ciutadella

Neighborhood: El Born

always free & so many good spots. Not featured: row boats and a beautiful fountain COMMONLY seen on the gram.

best time to go: any time, although it will probably be less crowded early in the morning or later in the afternoon.

Mossèn Costa i Llobera 

Neighborhood: El Poble-Sec

one of the lesser known spots of the city… but one not to miss!

Best Time to Go: Anytime! This spot is not well known so you won’t catch many mainstream tourist here.

 

Cathedrals: Of course you can’t miss this most famous landmarks of Barcelona. Pro tip: Go before 9 am to ditch the large crowds that usually fill these locations!

Barcelona Cathedral

Neighborhood: Gothic Quarter

best time to go: Early am. These photos were taken at 8:3o am on a saturday morning and the city was basically empty!

La Sagrada Familia

Neighborhood: la sagrada familia

THe best spot to get the entire CATHEDRAL in the background is at the park across from the Nativity FACADE on the far side of the lake. (If you look at a map you will see the lake i’m talking about, the park is very small!) Another prime location is the rooftop bar at Ayre Hotel Rosellón, see some of the photos here.

best time to go: this is hard because tourist groups go to this spot and they can start at 7 am. I think either way you will have to wait your turn for this shot but it is worth it! I would guess that later in the afternoon the groups thin out. On sunny days, the sky is so blue and it reflects in the lakE!

Tibidabo Cathedral del Sagrat Cor

Neighborhood: on the edge of Sant Genís dels Agudells

This Cathedral is located on Mount Tibidabo. The best way to get there is by taking the Funicular del Tibidabo, then taking the bus that goes directly to the area. The day I went there was a wedding taking place inside ( how beautiful would that be?!) so we didn’t get to do the full tour (we were also wearing shorts and that is not allowed in most cathedrals in spain FYI!!

Best time to go: any! We went mid-day and it wasn’t too packed (this was also not in peak tourist season so keep that in mind!)

 

Monuments: Barcelona has many monuments all around the city! Some are more known than others, but all of them are worth seeing for yourself.

Arc de Triomf

Neighborhood: El Born

These photos were taken on the sidewalks that run beside the arc.

Best time to go: This place would also be empty in the mornings but, as you can see, this shot captures the monument perfectly DESPITE the crowds. Get creative with your shots and the crowds won’t phase you!

Casa Batlló

Neighborhood: Eixample

This is one of Gaudí’s many famous works! These pictures were taken on Sant Jordi when the house is clothed in red roses to symbolize the tradition of giving a rose to your loved one. As you can see, this place is packed. It is mostly always like this expect in the early hours of the morning (by early i mean 8ish), but i have seen some creative angles to get great shots here. Also, the view is pretty good from across the street!

Park Güell

Neighborhood: Gràcia

This place is always packed as it is a top spot for tourist. But as you can see i MANAGED to aviod the crowds by going to some less crowded areas. I also got there 30 mins before opening, read more about why you should too in my previous post here.

This place is massive so be sure to give yourself time to walk all the way through it!

Infamous Spots- There are so many colorful photo ops throughout the city. Here are some of the ones I captured!

Parc d'Atraccions Tibidabo

Neighborhood: on the edge of Sant Genís dels Agudells

This theme park is located on the same mountain as the CAthedral del sagrat cor, mentioned above!

Pro tip: it doesn’t cost to enter the majority of the park, just to ride the rides!

Mamaine Mojito bar

NEighborhood: el born

this mojito bar is one of the cutest spots in the city and it has the best mojitos we could find! Make sure to check out this enitre neighborhood… it’s so photogenic!

best time to go: midday! this place gets packed closer to dinner time (9pm in spain)

Bunkers del Carmel

Neighborhood: el carmel

This place is the perfect spot to get a 360 view of the city! read more about this spot in my previous post here.

best time to go: weekday sunsets or in the early afternoons! this is getting more & More popular so keep that in mind as usually it is just younger locals that know about this place!

Hotel Miramar

Neighborhood: Parc de Montjuïc

After you check out the cactus park, mentioned above stroll over to this beautiful hotel for a drink and an overview of the city!

best time to go: mid-morning/afternoon! this place is not usually packed!

Barceloneta Beach

Neighborhood: La Barceloneta

This place is the most crowded beach in a all of Barca, but you have to make a spot during your visit! You can see the famous W Hotel from the beach and the view is not one to miss. Keep an eye on your things though as this is the number one place to get pick-pocketed!

best time to go: early am or at night to aviod the crowds!

around the city

Best neighborhoods to explore: El Born, Gothic Quarter, EiXample, Gràcia, El Poblenou, & La Sagrada Familia, but really just get lost wondering aroung the city & you are sure to find some pretty unique places!

More tips:

  • Go to local events like food festivals, Holi festivals, etc.! Facebook is a good source of information about local events and you can always search on Google!

  • Most of Barca is loaded with cute coffee shops & trendy restaurants (a post coming soon featuring my favorites!) Here are some cute one's I’d recommend: Brunch & Cake (go early!), El Nacional, & Café Alsur (El Born or Llúria)

  • Some must see spots not mentioned:

    • La Boqueria Market

    • Montjuïc Castle

    • Dalí Theatre-Museum (I’m going here on my next trip!)

    • Casa Milà & Gaudi's Army of Chimneys on La Pedrera

    • Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

    • Plaça Reial

    • Plaça d'Espanya

    • Hospital de Sant Pau

Let me know if you use this photo guide! I can’t wait to see what you create!

xx -Kate