20 Most Instagrammable places in Barcelona and Best Photo Spots
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.
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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
View of La Sagrada Familia from Plaça de Gaudí
Interior stained glass windows
Views of Barcelona from Nativity tower
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 Batlló rooftop
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
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.
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.
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.
Other Instagrammable places in El Born, Gothic Quarter
Carrer del Bisbe
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.
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.
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
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
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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