Without doubt, Barcelona is one of the most photographed cities in Europe, if not the world. Colourful designs, wonderful viewpoints and unparalleled architecture make the Catalan capital extremely photogenic, even for amateur photographers!
Top Places for Instagrammable Shots in Barcelona
Bunkers del Carmel
Built as anti-aircraft forts in 1938 during the Spanish Civil War, the Bunkers del Carmel were situated atop the Turó de la Rovira hill so that the entirety of the city could be seen. Today, the city views from this point are just as incredible! Many famous Instagram travellers and photographers often head up to the Bunkers to capture that perfect shot, and with those views, it really doesn’t take too many tries. Sunset is the perfect time to grab your friends (and your camera or phone) and head up to the Bunkers to capture that all-important Instagram shot!
Perhaps one of Barcelona’s most beautiful neighbourhoods, El Born is the perfect area to practice your photography and explore the Ciutat Vella (Old Town). Home to an endless amount of charming side streets, hidden corners, quirky cafés and trendy bars, you will be sure to find something interesting to photograph in this picturesque neighbourhood. What’s more, many of the side streets in El Born are often decorated with dainty fairy lights, colourful buntings or incredible street art, all of which would make the perfect content for your Instagram feed!
If you’ve been to Barcelona and haven’t seen the Sagrada Família, you’re missing out big time. Architect Antoni Gaudí began construction for what is arguably his most famous work way back in 1882, although at the time of his death in 1926, the breathtaking basilica still had a long way to go before its completion. Today, the jaw-dropping structure is a base for many famous travelers, photographers and tourists to get that all-important photograph, although this isn’t such a hard task due to its sheer beauty!
Located afoot Montjuïc, the Palau Nacional is another of Barcelona’s many architectural gems. A grand entrance complete with fountains, steps and pillars precedes this beautiful building, making for the perfect Instagram photo opportunity. Once you reach the building entrance, the views over the city are incredible, although that’s not all! In the evening, be sure to check out the magic fountain that sits in front of the palace as it offers a cool light show most evenings, providing the ultimate Instagram opportunity.
Arc de Triomf
Yes, Barcelona has its very own Arc de Triomf! Built for the 1888 World Exposition, this cool piece of architecture can be found at the top of Passeig de Lluís Companys, a grand boulevard lined with leafy palm trees. This area is the perfect spot for an Instagram shot, as it often has plenty of interesting street performers, balloon sellers and bubble blowers, all of which could be potential components of your quirky Instagram photo.
El Món Neix en Cada Besada
Anybody who knows Barcelona well enough, knows that quirky street art can be found on almost every corner. This piece of art by Joan Fontcuberta and Antoni Cumella is a composition of photographs printed onto ceramic tiles to make a mosaic effect. Each individual tile is printed with photos that are in some way a representation of freedom, whether it’s a person, a place or simply a captured moment. Its title ‘El Món Neix en Cada Besada’ is in Catalan, yet translates to English as ‘the world begins with every kiss’, both of which could make a great caption for your Instagram photo!
Another of Antoni Gaudí’s wonderful creations, Casa Batlló stands majestically on the famous Passeig de Gràcia and is a great example of one of Barcelona’s quirkier pieces of architecture. Inspired by nature, its roof tiles mimic reptile scales and the façade of the building features windows that appear bone-like. For the prime photo opportunity, we recommend heading there in the evening to catch a glimpse of the house when it’s lit up at night, or even better, on Diada de de Sant Jordi (St.George’s Day) when the façade is adorned with huge red roses to celebrate what is seen as a day of love in Catalonia.
Travel tip by Lauren Regan at AB Apartment Barcelona