Barcelona, a bird's eye view
The best way to admire Barcelona in all its beauty is from high above the city. This is where Barcelona reveals itself in total splendour. Standing on a plain surrounded by ridges and low peaks, its unequalled geographical location conceals countless viewing spots, or miradors, that make it a treat for the most inquisitive eyes. Shall we take a look?
Viewing spots for all tastes
Barcelona is a city that loves looking at itself. That's why, whether you go there by day or night, alone or in company, in search of peace and quiet, or don't want to completely get away from the hubbub and noise, you'll always find a viewing spot nearby from where you can rediscover the city.
If you're looking for the truly iconic image of Barcelona as it stretches out to sea, the Mirador de Sarrià won't disappoint. The Mirador de Torre Baró offers a completely different view of the city below which is perfect for nature lovers. Gardens, water features and sculptures vie for space at the spectacular Mirador de l'Alcalde. The imposing Collserola Tower with its observation deck is a symbol of Barcelona's cutting-edge architecture. Standing more than 560 metres above sea level, it is the highest point in the city. And not forgetting the Turó de la Rovira, the fashionable viewing spot which crowds of locals and increasing numbers of tourists flock to every weekend to have a drink, a chat and watch a unique sunset. The Viewing spots section of our website features all the information you'll need to discover the city from every angle.
The famous viewing gallery at the top of the Columbus Monument. is one of the city's most iconic vantage points due to its symbolism and unbeatable location. Rising up at the end of La Rambla right by the sea, the figure of the explorer offers us impressive 360º views of the Barcelona he set sail from after his voyage to America. The viewing gallery stands 60 metres above the city and reveals the cathedral, the basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, the Olympic Marina and Montjuïc castle as you've never seen them before. Visit VisitBarcelona Tickets to gain admission to a viewing spot where you'll discover a land full of endless possibilities, just like Columbus did.
Through Gaudí's eyes
And if you're ready to look for new viewing spots, who better to guide you than this visionary architect? We invite you to follow us on the city's most magical vantage point trail.
We suggest you begin at Park Güell one of Barcelona's most spectacular urban vantage points. It has several areas offering elevated views of the city, such as the Turó de les Tres Creus, a monument inspired by prehistoric structures that boasts sweeping vistas 183 metres above the city; or the curving benches clad in trencadís mosaic offering impressive panoramic views that have become one of the iconic images of the city, framed by the towers of the Olympic Village and the blue Mediterranean.
And on the way back down, it's time to cross off another must-see sight from your list. No visitor worth their salt can miss out on Gaudí's masterpiece. Once the main tower of the Sagrada Família has been completed, it will stand 170 metres high and be Barcelona's most elevated spot. At the moment, you can ride the lift to the top of some of the existing towers to enjoy the clearest 360º views of the city centre.
And before you head off to bed, treat yourself to the amazing views from La Pedrera. From its rooftop, you'll be able to play at spotting the sinuous shapes and phantasmagorical figures behind its chimneys, which number more than 30. A true sculpture garden with strategically designed vantage points that will draw your eyes towards unseen views of Passeig de Gràcia or the outline of the floodlit Sagrada Família.
We could go on telling you about everything we've seen from our perches above the city, but there's only one way to experience them: come along, climb high above the city and see it with your own eyes.
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