Viewpoints of Barcelona, landscapes from another perspective
Barcelona is a city full of charm and historical art. Known for the great architectural works of Gaudí and the captivating urban art in the city. In addition to museums, parks and beaches, this Spanish city has other attractions, such as the viewpoints of Barcelona.
These places are really a great place to appreciate the city from its best angle. Viewpoints with views that allow you to appreciate from the top some important monuments of Barcelona. For example, La Sagrada Familia, Torre Agbar or Montjuïc Castle.
In Barcelona there are an infinity of viewpoints that offer you spectacular views of the Spanish city. I will tell you about some viewpoints in Barcelona that are my favorites, so take note of them. And for when you dare to come to Barcelona, don’t forget to visit these attractions.
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As expected, not everything is free in this great city, there are some viewpoints that you must pay to enter. But don’t worry, I’ll also tell you about other viewpoints in Barcelona that are free.
Viewpoints of Barcelona: Tibidabo
Tibidabo is a not very spectacular amusement park, but nevertheless it has an impressive view. This viewpoint of Barcelona is a classic, located 512m above sea level in the Collserola mountain range. Being this the highest peak, it becomes a perfect viewpoint.
As I mentioned before, this is an amusement park, but you don’t need to enter the park to go up to the viewpoint. From this place you will be able to observe the Eixample and the sea surrounded by the famous Ferris wheel and the merry-go-round.
In addition to buildings such as: the Amusement Park, the Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Fabra Observatory. In the case of the Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, you can climb the tower but you have to pay.
However, from the viewpoints below you already have spectacular views of the city. As additional information, the Tibidabo is open to the public 24 hours a day.
Far from metropolitan Barcelona is the typically Mediterranean forest in the Collserola mountain ranges. Protected area since 1987, full of pines, oaks and holm oaks, along with a great diversity of fauna.
Surrounded by this beautiful forest is my second favorite viewpoint, the Collserola Swing.
Known for being very instagrammable, as well as having a lot of charm.
I recommend that you go early to the Collserola Swing, because it is very famous and fills up with visitors very quickly. The wonderful views of the city and the sea are highly sought after by instagramers.
Paid viewpoints of Barcelona, Montjuïc Castle
Within our list of Barcelona viewpoints, is this paid attraction. Montjuïc is one of the highest mountains in the Spanish city and the closest to the sea.
Montjuïc Castle at the beginning was just a watchtower or a simple watchtower. A fortification that was created at the top of the mountain, to monitor and report possible maritime attacks, in the seventeenth century.
Today, this castle is one of the many viewpoints in Barcelona. It has great views of the entire city but also of the sea. On one side you will see the port and on the other the entire city.
- Monday to Sunday: 10.00 – 20.00
- General admission: € 5 Reduced
- entry: € 3
- Free entry: Every Sunday from 3pm.
The first Sunday of each month too, all day long.
Mirador de Horta
This viewpoint is located on the Carretera de Horta, at KM 10.5. Previously, it was a gas tank but now there is a parking lot for cars, some benches to rest that allow you to contemplate the views of the entire city.
If you look at the mountain, there are two trees that stand out from the bushes. One is higher than the other and a swing is placed on each of them. For that reason, this viewpoint is also known as the Horta Swing.
Viewpoints of Barcelona paid, Mirador de Colòn
This attraction, like El Castillo de Montjuïc, has its entrance fee. Also known as the Columbus Monument, a monument dedicated to the explorer Christopher Columbus in Barcelona.
The monument is made up of a Corinthian-style column together with the statue of Columbus.
It has a height of 60 meters and was inaugurated in 1881, this is the first viewpoint with a 360º view.
It is located right at the end of the Ramblas, apart from Colón at its top, the eight lions that guard the column stand out.
Hours of operation:
- Monday to Sunday: 8.30 am – 8.30 pm fee
- General admission: € 6
- Reduced entry: € 3
This viewpoint is currently closed due to Covid-19. I recommend that you stay informed of the restrictions in Spain.