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20 Most Instagrammable places in Barcelona and Best Photo Spots

Palau de la Musica Catalana

With the most colorful architectural marvels, charming old city neighborhoods and stunning beaches, Barcelona is every instagrammer’s dream! If you want a mix of everything from colorful buildings to medieval churches to cobblestoned alleys and beach views, you MUST visit Barcelona! I wrote about Barcelona’s top attractions, awe-inspiring Gaudí architecture and foodie’s guide to Barcelona but I still felt like I was missing something. Hence this guide to the best photo spots in Barcelona. A word of advice though – do not get anxious and rush to cover all the Instagrammable spots. Remind yourself that you CANNOT get perfect shots of all of them. You CANNOT visit all of them unless you have a week to explore. Choose a few based on your timeline and plan ahead. Get the earliest tickets available for best photo opportunities.

NOTE: While it is fun to show off these locations on social media, there is much to learn about the history of these places and the stories behind them. Spend some time learning about the history as well.

Most Instagrammable Gaudí buildings in Barcelona

Barcelona is pretty much synonymous with Gaudí’s architecture. Many of the Instagrammable places in Barcelona are easily Gaudí’s incredible buildings. While La Sagrada Familia is the most famous of his works, his other works are equally stunning and make for the best photo spots in Barcelona. Here is a list of my favorites.

La Sagrada Familia

This unfinished work of Gaudí doesn’t need any introduction. His most famous and most intricate work is absolutely stunning! These are some of the best locations inside and outside La Sagrada Familia.

NOTE: Get your tickets early if you plan to go up the towers.

Exterior facade from different angles

Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia facade

View of La Sagrada Familia from Plaça de Gaudí

Interior ceiling

Sagrada Familia inside ceiling

La Sagrada Familia interior ceiling

Interior stained glass windows

Sagrada Familia stained glass

Sagrada Familia stained glass windows

Views of Barcelona from Nativity tower

View of Barcelona from nativity tower

View of Barcelona from Nativity tower

Casa Batlló

This is one of the best and colorful works of Gaudí. It is easily one of my favorites. You will absolutely love the colors and details! For tips on how to avoid the crowds, read this post.

Casa Batlló inside

Casa Batlló courtyard

Casa Batllo inside

Casa Batlló courtyard

Casa Batlló rooftop

Park Güell

Another must visit of Gaudí’s is Park Güell. It is also the cheapest as most of the park premises are free to enter. If you can, watch the sunrise from here. It is also pretty big and could easily take hours to wander around!

Spiral columns of Park Güell

Park Guell Pillars

Park Güell spiral columns

Park Guell View

Park Güell

Casa Mila (La Pedrera)

Casa Mila is the last one of Gaudí buildings that we visited. The rooftop terrace with chimneys shaped like Star Wars figures is the highlight of Casa Mila. 

Casa Mila view from street

Casa Mila

Casa Mila chimneys

Casa Mila chimneys

Casa Mila roof

View of La Sagrada Familia from Casa Mila rooftop

Casa Vicens

We did not get a chance to visit this building but it sure looks like a place worthy of Instagram!

El Born & Gothic Quarter

El Born and Gothic Quarter are part of the old city of Barcelona. These are home to Cathedral de Barcelona and Palau de la Musica Catalana which are two of my favorite Instagrammable places in Barcelona. Walk a lot in the area and stumble upon random spots that are great for photo ops.

Palau de la Musica Catalana

This beautiful concert hall requires pre booking for a tour. You will surely be astounded by the grandeur of this hall. The stained glass ceiling will make your jaw drop! Try to watch a flamenco performance while you are there.

Palau de la Musica Catalana

Palau de la Musica Catalana

Palau de la Musica Catalana stained glass ceiling Barcelona

Palau de la Musica Catalana stained glass ceiling

Cathedral de Barcelona

Cathedral de Barcelona is an interesting gothic cathedral to visit. Don’t forget to go inside and up the roof top for incredible views of Barcelona.

Cathedral de Barcelona

Cathedral de Barcelona

Barcelona Cathedral roof top

Barcelona Cathedral rooftop

Other Instagrammable places in El Born, Gothic Quarter

Gothic quarter Barcelona

Streets of El Born and Gothic Quarter

Gothic quarter Barcelona

Gothic quarter

Carrer del Bisbe

Boqueria Market

This is one of the oldest markets in Europe and a fun place to snap some cool photos for your Instagram! It is also a great place to grab a bite and people watch.

Spiral potato chip Barcelona

Spiral potato chips at Boqueria Market

Red chillies Boqueria Market Barcelona

Boqueria Market chillies

Las Ramblas and Port Vell

Another fun area with many great photo spots. Walk along Las Ramblas all the way to Columbus monument and end your stroll at Port Vell.

Columbus monument Barcelona

Columbus monument Barcelona

More Instagrammable places in Barcelona

Here is a list of a few more Instagrammable places in and around Barcelona that we did not get a chance to visit. I tried to add pictures from Instagram so you get an idea of what each place looks like. Be sure to visit these if you have enough time!

W hotel and Playa de la Barceloneta

El Carmel Bunkers

Montjuic Castle 

Mount Tibidabo

Hospital de Sant Pau

Visiting a hospital might sound kinda weird but the architecture looks really pretty!

Camp Nou Stadium

A must visit for all the football and soccer fans!

Parc de la Ciutadella

Arc de Triomf

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There you have it! My list of most Instagrammable places in Barcelona. I believe these are more than enough to fill your feed with gorgeous photos of Barcelona! If I missed something, let me know in the comments below. And if you visit some of these, tag me on Instagram! 🙂

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12 Comments

  1. Julie on February 13, 2020 at 1:30 am

    You’re so right- Barcelona is so instagram worthy!! Barcelona is one of my favorite cities in Europe- now I wan to book another trip asap!!

    • Aswani on February 13, 2020 at 7:09 am

      It is so beautiful! I really want to go back too!

  2. Francesca on February 13, 2020 at 2:12 am

    Barcelona is so gorgeous you’re almost spoiled for choice when you get your camera out! I love the Sagrada Familia – I think it’s incredible that it’s still being built!

    • Aswani on February 13, 2020 at 7:08 am

      Right? So many awesome and incredible places!!

  3. Jess on February 13, 2020 at 2:26 am

    I love the photography/Instagram tips on where to take the best photos! I visited Barcelona once back in 2007 and loved all the Gaudi architecture as well. Such a cool city and your photos make me want to book the first ticket out!

    • Aswani on February 13, 2020 at 7:07 am

      Thank you! Gaudi architecture is simply amazing and I was awestruck by it!

  4. Alissa on February 13, 2020 at 4:20 am

    I was just in Barcelona last summer and I got to visit a few of the places on this list, but there’s many I hope to see if I return. It really is a beautiful city, and you captured that well in these photos.

    • Aswani on February 13, 2020 at 7:06 am

      Thank you so much Alissa! I also missed a few and can’t wait to visit! It is such a lovely city!

  5. Kirstie Will Travel on February 13, 2020 at 7:05 am

    I love all of these photos! I really wish I had made it to Tibidabo when I was in Barcelona

    • Aswani on February 13, 2020 at 7:06 am

      Thank you! I missed Tibidabo too and so wish I’d gone!

  6. Victoria international expat on February 20, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Such beautiful architecture in your photographs is something amazing. I’m impressed! Super! Thanks for sharing! I dream of being there!

    • Aswani on February 22, 2020 at 2:17 am

      Thank you so much! So glad you liked them! 🙂

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