When you first arrive in a new city, getting your bearings is essential, and what better way to do so that checking out the views! We’ve listed our top five below- perfect for picnics and romance.
1. W Hotel
This iconic five star hotel, in the shape of a sail ship, is situated on Barceloneta beach and offers fantastic views over the coast and city. Take the lift up to the 26th floor where you can take in the stunning vistas from the viewing platform for free before heading into the chic Eclipse bar with floor to ceiling windows. The onsite restaurant BRAVO24 offers up stunning vistas of the sea and coastline from its terrace, whilst guest rooms come with either city or sea views (you can request your preferred option when booking). You’ll also find small telescopes in the room so you can watch the boats and liners coming in. Check W Hotel prices & availability here.
2. Parc Güell
Gaudi’s spectacular landscaped park, just north of Gràcia, is a feast for the eyes with mosaic sculptures and fantastical structures including the Sala Hipóstila, a cluster of tree like columns. Wander up this hilled garden and in the southwest corner you’ll find Turó del Calvari, a small stone structure with three crosses at the top. It’s from here you’ll be greeted with spectacular panoramic views of the city including landmarks such as the Sagrada Familia, Montjuïc Hill and the coastline. Alternatively, if you follow the pathway to the very top of the park, there’s a plateau with benches, which makes an excellent spot for a picnic.
3. Montjuïc Hill
Montjuïc is known for its evening magic fountain display and its selection of museums and galleries including the celebrated Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, but it’s also where you’ll find some of the best views of Barcelona. At 568ft high, a walk to the peak is highly recommended, where you’ll be greeted by a 17th century castle with several viewing points. Even as you follow the winding path up to the top, you’ll be exposed to fantastic views of the harbours and coastline but from the roof of the castle you’ll have 360-degree vistas– the perfect place to enjoy a picnic!
4. Mount Tibidabo
Mount Tibidabo rises up to an incredible 1746ft, and is the highest mountain in the Collserola mountain chain that borders the city. You can easily reach the top by tram and funicular train, (just a ten minute train journey from the centre of Barcelona) or indeed make the ascent on foot if you’re feeling active. Once you’ve arrived you’ll be welcomed by extensive views of Barcelona and it’s coastline. Besides the fantastic views, Tibidabo is home to an amusement park and the Temple of the Sacred Heart church. Just a kilometre away, you’ll also find the Torre de Collserola, an award winning communications tower complete with a restaurant and observation deck.
5. Cable Car
The cable car runs from the San Sebastià tower, near Barceloneta beach, up to the Miramar tower on Montjuïc Hill. It will cost you €9 for a one way trip and €12.50 for a return, and although you can experience great views from other points for free, the cable car does give a unique perspective of the city with birds eye views of the port and centre. The journey lasts around 7 minutes, so it’s a practical way to get across the city quickly, with cable cars leaving every 15 minutes. There’s also a restaurant at the San Sebastià tower, Torre d’Alta Mar, serving Mediterranean cuisine against the backdrop of the port and coastline 250 feet into the sky.