If you love photography and take pride in your Instagram followers, Barcelona is the place for you. With its sunny days, sandy beaches and mountainous regions, the city has everything you need to take some killer pics.
Read this guide to the most coveted photo op spots and be prepared to gain some new followers:
It’s hard to imagine a time when Las Ramblas isn’t packed with tourists and local shoppers. Though it seems quite difficult to catch a spot to photograph this monumental area because of its hectic atmosphere, we have a trick to share with you. If you can, try to wake up early to catch the best views of this area. You’ll find that the crowds don’t tend to appear until midday, and if you venture onto Las Ramblas in the morning, you’re sure to find time to snap a quick photo of the neighborhood’s beauty before the masses arrive. Once you have your photo, you should pop into La Boqueria to admire the fresh fruit, produce and meat that line the aisles of this famous market. Every stand presents its own photo op!
All of Barcelona’s streets are arguably masterpieces. The architecture that makes up this city is truly impressive, but what’s surprising is the amount of street art that is hidden within its winding roads. Although it may be a little less classic, there are certain wall murals that cannot be missed by anyone who has a passion for photography. Two of the most notable ones are Keith Haring’s Jardins de les Tres Xemeneies, at the MACBA museum, as well as the mosaic El Món Neix en Cada Besada at Plaça d’Isidre Nonell. Release your inner hipster and stop by these incredible pieces of art!
If you’re coming to Barcelona, chances are you’ve heard of the Sagrada Familia. This must-see work of Gaudí’s attracts countless visitors every day. If you’re looking for unbeatable views of the church, here’s a top secret trick: on its right, the church borders a public park called Plaça de Gaudí. If you stand behind the pond, located in the middle of the park, you’ll catch a clear shot of the building in all its glory, and you can be free to take as many photos as you’d like, without the pesky crowds getting in the way.
Barcelona’s climate makes it ideal for the rooftop bar scene. Because of its low buildings, panoramic views of the city are not hard to find. One of the best places for a nighttime photo shoot is the roof of the Hotel Majestic. And if you’re there in the morning, invest in a world-class brunch to accompany your photo-taking.
Another great rooftop to photograph from is the Sky Restaurant, located in Port Vell. For evening drinks and all things photography, take a couple hours out of your night to venture up to this rooftop destination.
Monte de las Tres Cruces
For the sightseeing fanatic in you, your camera definitely needs a few (hundred) shots of one of Gaudí’s other most famous works, Park Güell. For unhindered views of both the park and the beautiful neighborhood of Gràcia, make your way up to Monte de las Tres Cruces and enjoy the landscape views, without all the tourists!
Bunkers Del Carmel
For what is probably the best view of the city, you can’t leave Barcelona without enjoying the sights from the Bunkers Del Carmel. Formerly a military bunker, the area is now used for locals to enjoy a sunset drink while looking across Barcelona’s entire landscape. It can be a bit of a hike if you don’t know the proper way to get there, so be sure to do your research in advance to make the most out of the incredible views that await you.
It's also worth joining a Photography Walk while in Barcelona!
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Photos Via Flickr by: Sophie Asia, Dondersteen, Sabrina Corana, BJ Carter, Leonora Enking, Brad Hammonds, Jordi Boixareu
Travel tip shared by Sophie Cheston from AB Apartment Barcelona