Barcelona is one of the most picturesque cities in Spain, and there is no doubt why – the colourful and detailed architecture of Gaudí’s buildings, the quaint streets in the Gothic Quarter, the beautiful parks and much more.
There are many instagrammable places in Barcelona and its surroundings, so if you love photography, just like me, then you won’t be able to put your camera away.
In this blog, you’ll discover beautiful Instagram spots in Barcelona you can’t miss, the most photographed hotels in the city and some tips to help you get the content you want.
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Top things to do before visiting Barcelona
Arc de Triomf
This triumphal arch, located at the top of the Passeig Lluís Companys and Parc de la Ciutadella, has become a popular photo spot.
No matter what time you visit the area, you’ll likely find other people taking pictures of the arch and selfies.
However, early morning on a Sunday is a good time to avoid crowds.
When visiting the Gothic Quarter, you must stop by Barcelona Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia.
This Gothic building was built between the 13th and 15th centuries, although its main façade was raised at the end of the 19th century.
There are many photo opportunities around and inside the cathedral. For a beautiful city view, you must visit the rooftop of the cathedral. Alternatively, have a meal at Hotel Colon terrace to enjoy food with a view of the Cathedral and its surroundings.
La Barceloneta is Barcelona’s most well-known beach, and therefore the busiest and liveliest.
Whether you love swimming in the sea, relaxing or having some food at the beach, Barceloneta Beach is great for you.
It’s the closest beach to the city centre, so it makes it easy for you to go anytime.
Its promenade is beautiful, and there’s nothing better than a sunset picture there.
Boquería Market is the city’s most popular market. Located in Las Ramblas, there’s no excuse to not visit this market.
Not only can you enjoy traditional tapas and food in the bars, but discover fresh ingredients and products from all over the world.
When you enter the market, you’ll be surrounded by different colours and smells, as well as a lively atmosphere.
It’s the perfect place for those who love buying food souvenirs, and the best part is that you can taste many of the products before deciding to buy them.
A great way to discover Boqueria Market is by taking a food tour. The local guide will take you to the best spots in the market.
Taking photos in the market is amazing too. You can hold ice cream in front of one of the colourful fruit or chocolate stalls, take a picture at the main entrance, or simply photograph the food.
An excellent location to contemplate Barcelona city is Carmel Bunkers, located in the upper part of Turó de la Rovira hill.
This hidden gem was used as a defensive position during the Spanish Civil War. After the war, the area didn’t have a good reputation, however, everything changed after the Olympics in 1992.
Now you won’t only see locals but tourists too. The views you get from Carmel Bunkers are amazing and free!
Carrer Padua, 75
This unique house, located in Padua Street, has become an instagrammable spot in Barcelona. Its bright red front door, floral decorations and green facade attract photographers and bloggers.
The origin of this house is still a mystery. However, it’s known that in the mid-70s, the house was the headquarters of a perfume factory.
If you’re looking for a unique façade, Casa Battló is the one you want to see. It’s located in Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona’s most important shopping and business area where you’ll see high-street brands and beautiful buildings.
There’s an entrance fee to get inside Casa Batlló, however, even if you don’t visit the inside of the building, you can take photos of the stunning façade.
If you decide to go inside, other popular photography spots are the lightwell, the main floor lounge, the Attics and the roof.
Not very far from Casa Batlló, you’ll find another beautiful building, Casa Milá, popularly known as La Pedrera.
Casa Milá doesn’t have a colourful façade but what makes it unique is the spectacular roof designed by Gaudí. The roof has beautiful chimneys made of broken tile shard mosaic and other ceramics.
Taking pictures on the rooftop is a must! Book your tickets here.
Casa Vicens Gaudí
This modernist building is situated in the Gràcia neighbourhood. Casa Vincens was the first major project of Gaudí that was built between 1883 and 1885.
Although it isn’t as central and visible as Sagrada Familia, Casa Vicens will surprise you too – its detailed architecture and colourful tiles are out of this world.
No matter which angle you look at Casa Vicens, you’ll find a photo opportunity.
Muro del Beso
Muro del Beso, known as “The World Begins With Every Kiss” Mural, is a gem situated a few footsteps from Barcelona Cathedral, in the Gothic Quarter. However, despite its surrounding location, it can be easily missed as it’s at end of a street.
This mural will definitely impress you, although when you look at it from a distance you can see two people kissing, if you come closer, you’ll realise that the kissing image is made by 4,000 personal shots that represent affection, empathy, and liberty.
Not only is it impressive to see, but amazing to photograph!
Palau Güell is another significant building by the architect Antoní Gaudí, which has been on UNESCO World Heritage List since 1984.
The building shows the early works of Gaudí that are as impressive as its other buildings.
There is an entrance fee, but it’s worth visiting this mansion which has a basement, several floors with distinctive architecture, and a rooftop.
Although there are many photo spots inside the mansion, my favourite one is the rooftop that has cone chimneys made with colourful mosaic pieces.
Palau de la Música Catalana
This beautiful concert hall has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its detailed Catalan Modernism architecture makes this place special.
You’ll be amazed by the moment you come across the concert hall. Its facade has sculptures and colourful mosaic that you can’t take your eyes off it. The interior is also a masterpiece – detailed sculptured roses and an impressive stained glass in the centre of the hall’s ceiling, mosaic pillars in the balcony, and much more.
You’ll find many photo spots when visiting Palau de la Música Catalana. For a quieter experience, visit it on a weekday early in the morning.
Parc de la Ciutadella
Located at the bottom of Arc de Triomf, Parc de la Ciutadella is the second best park in Barcelona. Its beautiful green spaces, attractions and gardens are incredible to explore.
One of the most photographed places in this park is the Cascada, a classical two-tier fountain with an arch and sculptures.
Park Güell is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Barcelona, and it’s also considered a national Monument of Cultural Interest because of its unique architecture and history.
Entry to the park is free, however, you need to pay to visit some emblematic features, including those built by Gaudí.
Some of these beautiful features include The Greek Theatre, characterised by the colourful mosaic seats and incredible views of the city; The Dragon Stairway, where you can see the famous mosaic salamander statue; and the Austria Gardens.
TIP: To get the best pictures, visit the park early in the morning, and during the weekday if possible.
Plaça de Catalunya
A few minutes walk from Las Ramblas, you’ll find Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona’s liveliest square.
It’s the perfect meeting point for locals and tourists as it’s connected with the old town and high street shops, there are many restaurants in the area, and you can easily go anywhere from here.
The square is also home to many pigeons, flying over the square and sleeping near the fountain. It’s always funny to see how many people take photos with the pigeons. It just reminds me of the Milan Cathedral photos that are bombarded with pigeons.
Pont del Bisbe
Pont del Bisbe, Bishop’s Bridge, is the most photographed monument in the Gothic Quarter. It’s located on Carrer del Bisbe, behind Barcelona Cathedral.
This neo-Gothic bridge is the newest building in the area, but it’s the one that catches your eye straight away.
The construction of this bridge was initially denied by the government, and it’s believed that the skull you can see in the bridge represents the architect’s disappointment.
There are also some legends about this bridge, including the one that says anyone who crosses the bridge and sees the skull will fall prey to an evil spell.
Sagrada Familia is the most iconic building in Barcelona, and you cannot leave Barcelona without visiting it.
Antoní Gaudí started building Sagrada Familia in 1882, and its impressive work has been passed to other architectures.
Gaudí was inspired by nature when he started his lifelong project, and this is reflected in many elements of its architecture. The pillars inside Sagrada Familia represent the tree branches.
This outstanding building is picturesque no matter what angle you’re looking for. You can spend hours taking pictures inside and outside.
However, one of the most beautiful spots to take pictures is in the park opposite Sagrada Familia.
The Magic Fountain de Montjuïc
The Magic Fountain de Montjuïc is one of those places you cannot miss during your time in Barcelona. It’s located in the neighbourhood of Montjuïc, in the southwest of the city.
The main building you can see as you walk up is the impressive Palau Nacional, but the area is surrounded by beautiful fountains and green spaces.
It’s a good place to sit down and relax while watching the sunset and taking photos.
An instagrammable location in Barceloneta Beach is the W hotel. Not only does the shape look impressive, but the changing colour glasses.
You don’t need to stay in the hotel to take great pictures of the hotel. Although the inside of the hotel is amazing, not everyone can’t afford to stay in one of its rooms, and it’s actually the outside of the building that is photographed.
For beautiful peaches colour tones in your photos, visit it at sunset.
Most Instagrammable hotels in Barcelona
Ayre Hotel Rosellón
Ayre Hotel Rosellón is the most instagrammable hotel in Barcelona because of the views from its rooftop bar.
You don’t need to stay in the hotel to access the rooftop, but you must book a table and have drinks or food.
If you enjoy good food with a view, then you must add this hotel to your list. There is nothing better than having a meal on a sunny day while enjoying its outstanding views of Sagrada Familia.
With those views, you’ll end up with many beautiful instagrammable photos. Just be creative!
If you’d love to stay at Ayre Hotel Rosellón, check out dates and prices here.
TIP: Book your table in advance to avoid any disappointment. I was very lucky to get a last-minute table for lunch, but I wish I could have visited it at sunset.
H10 Cubik was on my list, but I decided to stay at the Metropolitan as you’ll read below.
This hotel is Instagrammable because of its interior design, filled with geometric shapes and pure colours, its bright rooms, and its bar terrace on the 8th floor.
The terrace has incredible views of Barcelona Cathedral and other parts of the city. It’s the perfect place to sip a cocktail and be in good company while enjoying the view.
Another instagrammable spot in this hotel is its lobby with a rounded shape bookstand and neat colours.
H10 Metropolitan | Hotel in Rambla Catalunya
There are many H10 hotels in Barcelona, and they’re very close to each other, but each H10 hotel has something different to offer – spectacular rooftop views, modern and unique decoration, etc.
H10 Metropolitan is located in an excellent location, next to Las Ramblas and a few minutes walk from Barcelona’s beautiful monuments and sights.
I stayed in H10 Metropolitan, and I highly recommend staying there. The staff are very friendly from the moment you’re in reception, the bedrooms have modern decoration, and there are many leisure spots within the hotel.
However, one of my favourite things about the hotel is the rooms with balconies. Having a balcony is perfect to watch people pass by, enjoy the sunrise and sunset, as well as take Instagram worthy photos.
Tips for Photographing Barcelona
Photographing Barcelona isn’t difficult at all as you’ll always come across beautiful buildings, quaint streets and gems in different parts of the city.
However, there are some tips that can help you take better pictures and have a better experience, especially if you don’t like taking photos in front of crowds.
- Book your tickets in advance and choose the earliest time slot. The earlier you go somewhere, the less busy it is, which means you can take unlimited photos without worrying you’re on someone else’s way or getting shy.
- If possible, visit these Instagrammable spots in Barcelona during the week. Again, you’re more likely to avoid crowds.
- Create a folder on Instagram or Pinterest with photos from other content creators in the locations you want to shoot. This doesn’t mean to copy them, add your own twist! However, having an idea does save you time when taking photos, and you’ll also have better results.
- Walk instead of taking public transport. This will help you discover other parts of the city and hidden gems. Of course, if your destination is too far or you aren’t staying in Barcelona for long, taking public transport will help you cover as many photo spots as possible.
- If you’re travelling solo, it’s a good idea to book a photoshoot tour. Local photographers know the best angles to take photos in the city, and they can come up with original photo ideas.
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