We enjoyed walking in Barcelona so much! Because it’s a pretty place to walk. We were spoiled with fascinating architecture and lovely parks. Moreover, with stunning views! That’s what we want to share with you now: our favorite spots to get a view over Barcelona. And the best things? 3 out of the 4 is free. 🙂
Tibidabo (512 m) is a mountain overlooking Barcelona with a fairy tale white church on the top. Sagrat Cor is actually a two storey church: two smaller chapels on top of each other. It can be seen in the distance from a bunch of spots in the city and the terrace of the upper chapel offers spectacular views over Barcelona and the surrounding coastline. The chapels are free to visit and we found them beautiful – especially the lower chapel that is very colorful.
There’s a funicular operating at Tibidabo but we chose our preferred way to get to the top: by foot. After getting of the metro at Penitents station (L3 metro line) we crisscrossed our way up between the weekend houses then continued on the mountain trails. A charming walk – and no doubt, it’s off the beaten path.
Nativity Tower of Sagrada Família
Since we visited Gaudí’s Sagrada Família anyway, then why not go up to its tower? We chose the Nativity Tower from the two. And we could not only take a closer look at the richly decorated Nativity facade but also got some nice views over the city center.
Gardens of Montjuïc
After climbing the mountain of Barcelona climbing its hill seemed just appropriate. Montjuïc is a shallow hill overlooking the harbour and the southwestern part of Barcelona’s center. There’s a fortification on the top: the remnants of the Castle of Montjuïc from the 17th century. But what we enjoyed the most are the series of connected gardens starting from Palau Nacional and leading us to the top. Near the Castle of Montjuïc several panoramic terraces offered us views of the harbour, Barcelona’s center and the nearby hills.
The cross on top of the hill, Park Güell
Park Güell is famous for Gaudí’s architecture but it’s much more to it than its UNESCO protected architecture zone. Charming houses and sculptures are hidden everywhere and countless parrots enjoy themselves in the lush green Mediterranean park. Yeah, it’s a place for long strolls – or climbs? Actually, the whole park is located on a hill and there’s a cross on top of this hill – indicating the place where you get astonishing panorama over Barcelona and the coastline.
Have you been to Barcelona? Do you have a favorite city panorama?