Best Barcelona Rooftops

Barcelona is a city full of amazing architecture, vibrant nightlife, and killer views. There鈥檚 more than one way to take in the city but my favorite is enjoying the sunset while drinking some wine on a rooftop bar. There are many amazing rooftops thorough the city with killer views. Continue reading for the best Barcelona rooftops.

Sagrada Familia

Ayre Hotel Rosell贸n
Want a killer view of the Sagrada Familia? The rooftop at Arye has the best view of the famous landmark. A visit here is an absolute must for rooftop chasing wanderlusters. Sip on a cocktail and take in this iconic masterpiece.

 

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Barceloneta

Hotel Arts
Want a view where the city meets the sea? Hotel Arts is just the place! This luxurious hotel has an amazing rooftop bar complete with a pool and view of the mediterranean sea. Come for delicious cocktails and music by the sea.

Pla莽a Catalunya

Sky bar at Iberostar
Sky Bar is one of the most central rooftop bars in the city. It overlooks Pla莽a Catalunya and is one of the best city views. Come for happy hour, sunset, or one of their events. It鈥檚 never a bad time with these views.

Eixample

Mandarin Oriental
Looking for a swanky place to sip some cocktails? The rooftop at the Mandarin Oriental is just for you! Located on Passeig de Gracia, the Mandarin Oriental is the perfect place to unwind after a day of shopping, sightseeing, or after a long day at the beach.

La Rambla

La Isabela at Hotel 1898
If you鈥檙e in the mood for tasty tapas and delicious cocktails head to La Isabela at Hotel 1898, located on La Rambla. Their delicious menu will leave your mouth watering. If you鈥檙e looking for the perfect place to relax in the busy city head to La Isabela.

El Raval

Hotel Barcel贸 Raval
360潞 is a rooftop bar at the Hotel Barcel贸 Raval with a (you guessed it) 360潞 view of Barcelona. Come enjoy the views of the beautiful city while sipping on your favorite cocktail in this lively and interesting neighborhood.

Eixample

Mood
Looking for a place to dine with a beautiful panoramic view? Or want to listen to a DJ in a lively setting? Head to Mood Rooftop at The One hotel. For a culinary experience with a city view, Mood is the place to go.

Gothic Quarter

Hotel Col贸n
If you want a great shot of the Barcelona Cathedral the place to go to is Hotel Col贸n鈥檚 rooftop terrace. Here you鈥檒l have a beautiful shot of the cathedral. No need to sit on the floor to capture the entire cathedral, just grab a seat, a glass of wine or beer, and shoot away! This is one of the best Barcelona rooftops!

 

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Terraza Chill-out at OhLa
Looking for a fun place to chill out with friends? Terraza Chill-out at OhLa Hotel is the place to be. This rooftop is medium in size but has a pool and a lovely view of the city. You aren鈥檛 up close and personal to any major landmarks but you can see the city and even spot the cathedral in the near distance.

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Things to do in Barcelona聽– A Barcelona Guide to Each Neighborhood

Barcelona, Spain鈥檚 second city, but first in my heart. This coastal wonderland has amazing food, a diverse population, and a relaxed atmosphere. I spent two months in Barcelona last spring/summer and got to see Barcelona from another perspective. From rooftop bars to iconic landmarks, this is all the best things to do in Barcelona.

Barcelona Cathedral Rooftop

This list is divided into different neighborhoods throughout Barcelona.


Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter is the center of Barcelona and where the famous La Rambla street is located. This is a big tourist hub and therefore a prime spot for pickpockets. But not to fret, keep your valuables close to you while walking these busy streets, avoid distractions, and you should see no problem. There鈥檚 plenty to do and see so here are some of the best things to do in Gothic Quarter, Barcelona.


Barcelona Cathedral

TIP: Entrance is free to the church each day from 10 am-noon. It鈥檚 just an additional 3鈧 to go to the rooftop聽

Hotel Col贸n Rooftop

This is the best view of Barcelona cathedral! The view at the Barcelona Cathedral rooftop is beautiful but if you want a view of the cathedral itself go Hotel Col贸n.

La Boqueria Mercat


This popular market is a must if you鈥檙e looking for fresh produce, meats and cheeses, spices, tapas, wine, and more!

Els 4 Gats

This Modernisme cafe was once frequented by Picasso and Guad铆. Come for a coffee and stay for the architecture.

Erotic Museum

This is a bit of a tourist trap and definitely not for everyone but nonetheless a fun spot for anything with an open mind and sense of humor.

Eixample

Eixample is the Catalan word for 鈥榚xpansion鈥 and was once another small suburb town. The city expanded over time and the neighborhood is now full of amazing shopping streets, restaurants, and some of Antoni Guad铆鈥檚 most famous masterpieces.

Casa Batll贸

Once of Guad铆鈥檚 most famous buildings, Casa Batll贸聽welcomes guests year around. The average visit is about an hour. To avoid large crowds come early or an hour before close. Tickets can be purchased online.

Entrance 25鈧

La Pedrera (Casa Mil谩)

Another iconic Guad铆 masterpiece, La Pedrera is a stunner. Visit the rooftop around golden hour for the best lighting.

Entrance 22鈧 (save 3鈧 when you book online)

Passeig de Gr脿cia

This street is famous for its shops and restaurants. From Adidas to Zara and everything in between, get your shop on at Passeig de Gr脿cia.

Sant Antoni

Sant Antoni is a small neighborhood that is part of the Eixample District (have I confused you yet?). It鈥檚 the area around the Sant Antoni metro and boarders Poblesec, El Raval, and the neighborhood of Eixample (not to be confused with the district, and if you鈥檙e confused, that鈥檚 okay!). It鈥檚 small but has it鈥檚 own marketplace, the main street that hosts festivals and there are some amazing restaurants.

Mercat de Sant Antoni

The Mercat de Sant Antoni is the neighborhood鈥檚 marketplace for produce, meats, and more. There are also ready to eat food stalls. And if you don鈥檛 find everything you need inside there鈥檚 a Lidl supermarket on the basement level.

S茅samo
S茅samo is an amazing vegetarian/vegan restaurant. They have a multi-course special that is delicious, at a great price, and includes wine!

Mercat del Llibre de Sant Antoni (Sant Antoni Book Market)聽

Open every Sunday 8:30 am – 2:30 pm, this market is open to book lovers near and far. Score yourself used books at killer prices.

El Raval

El Raval is an interesting neighborhood to say the least. This is where I lived during my 2-month stay in Barcelona and I got to see the good, the bad, and the ugly. It can be known as an unsafe area. Nothing bad had ever happened to me but I鈥檝e seen some stuff. Nonetheless, I had some amazing times there. It鈥檚 a multicultural city with a large population of immigrants from around the world. It also quite artsy as it鈥檚 home to MACBA (the modern art museum) and numerous galleries.聽

Palau G眉ell聽

Palau G眉ell is the former home of the G眉ell i L贸pez family and one of the first important Antoni Gaud铆 received in his early career. The multilevel home is stunning and full of beautiful details. The rooftop is a picture-perfect spot with amazing views of the city. Palau G眉ell hosts a free day each month, find out about all the free entrance days in Barcelona here.

Museu d鈥橝rt Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

MACBA is Barcelona鈥檚 contemporary art museum and popular spot for skateboarders. Go tot the museum, hang out, and watch people skating while having some tapas at one of the cafes.

Centre de Cultura Contempo脿nia de Barcelona (CCCB)

The CCCB is a cultural center that focuses on the challenges of contemporary society through different mediums. The CCCB also hosts film screenings, music events, and more.聽

Biblioteca de Catalunya

The Biblioteca de Catalunya is one of my favorite gems in El Raval. The library is a fun place to visit for all the bookworms. Then cheap out to the courtyard to hang out and get some fresh air. After, eat at El Jard铆, an outdoor cafe that serves up amazing dishes.

El Jardi

As mentioned above, El Jardi鈥檚 outdoor space at the Biblioteca de Catalunya is quaint, romantic, and delicious. Come for dinner, drinks, or tapas.

Rambla del Raval

La Rambla de Raval is the neighborhood鈥檚 鈥渕ain street.鈥 It鈥檚 made up of lots of bars and restaurants and also home to the giant cat (El Gat de Botero).

Bars on Carrer de Joaqu铆n Costa

Mojitos from Bar 33/45

Carrer de Joaqu铆n Costa is full of lively bars, restaurants, local shops, and more! The nights bring in a crowd and the bars are usually packed. I recommend checking out 33/45 and Bar Manchester.

Pati Manning Bar

Pati Manning is a cultural center located next door to CCCB. Their bar which is more like a cafe is quiet place to get some coffee. Admire their tiled walls as you sit out in the charming courtyard.

360潞 at Hotel Barcel贸 Raval

360潞 is a rooftop bar at the Hotel Barcel贸 Raval with a (you guessed it) 360潞 view of Barcelona. Come enjoy the views of the beautiful city while sipping on your favorite cocktail.

Poble Sec

Poble Sec is one of Barcelona鈥檚 oldest neighborhoods dating back to Roman times. It鈥檚 located between Montj眉ic, the port, and Sant Antoni. It is a residential area however despite not being in the heart of the city center is still quite lively!

Jam Circus

Jam Circus is a cultural association that promotes the arts. Come in to check out unique entertainment including cool musical performances and more.

Carrer Blai

Carrer Blai is a street famously known for its tapas bars. It can be a bit touristy but not overcrowded. Bars and restaurants serve up tapas starting at 1鈧.

Parc de les Xemeneies

Come to Parc de les Xemeneies if you鈥檙e a fan of cool street art. It鈥檚 probably the best place to see street art that鈥檚 still walking distance from the city center. It鈥檚 also a skate park so come for the skateboarding or to check out the skaters at play.

Montj眉ic

Montj眉ic is residential neighborhood set on the foothills. It鈥檚 home to some of Barcelona鈥檚 best attraction and its elevation makes for amazing views. The lush area is full of public gardens, museums, a castle, and more.

Fundaci贸 Joan Mir贸

The Fundaci贸 Joan Mir贸 is an art museum featuring some of Mir贸鈥檚 works also with contemporary art pieces. It was created by Mir贸 himself and designed by architect, Josep Llu铆s Sert.

Restaurant La Font del Gat

La Font del Gat is a restaurant a stone throw away from Fundaci贸 Joan Mir贸. It has a lovely terrace that is surrounded by the聽Jardins de Laribal.

Jardins de Joan Maragall

Jardins de Joan Maragall is one of the lovely gardens of Montj眉ic. Entrance is free but do check the timetables as it is only open on the weekends and holidays.

Jardins de Mossen

If you鈥檙e a succulent lover head to Jardins de Mossen! The garden is Europe鈥檚 largest specializing in cacti and succulents. Come for the biodiversity and the views.

Montj眉ic Cemetery聽

For the ones who like things that are slightly creepy head to Montj眉ic cemetery. This cemetery is historic and full of amazing headstones, statues, mausoleums and more.

Olympic Stadium

Did you there鈥檚 an Olympic Stadium in Barcelona? Construction for the stadium began back in 1927 in preparation for the 1929聽International Expo. Then it was renovated in 1989 for the 1992 Summer Olympics. It鈥檚 open for tours and there are special events such as concerts held here as well.

Montj眉ic Cable Car (Telef猫ric de Montju茂c)

Once you鈥檙e at the top of Montj眉ic you can take the cable car for even more incredible views of the city. The Cable car has a midway stop at the Mirador station where you can get and visit the Mirador de l鈥橝lcald.

Magic Fountain of Montj眉ic聽

The Magic Fountain of Montj眉ic is a water, light and music show at the famous Montj眉ic Fountain. Shows take place on certain nights of the week depending on the season so it鈥檚 important to check the website to check showtimes.

Montj眉ic Castle (Castell de Montj眉ic)

At the top of Montj眉ic hill and just above the cable car entrance, lies Montj眉ic Castle. From up here, you can get a 360潞 view of the city. The castle has a long history dating back to the 1600s.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

Museu Nacional d鈥橝rt de Catalunya is the national art museum and probably the most grand museum in the entire city. At the footsteps of the museum you鈥檒l find the Magic Fountain of Montj眉ic. The museum is open every Tuesday – Sunday.

Gr脿cia聽

Gr脿cia is one of the more local neighborhoods in Barcelona that is still close to the city center. It鈥檚 home to Park G眉ell, one of the most visited attractions in Barcelona. It used to be a completely separate city but as Barcelona grew it became a part of it. The neighborhood is full of life and culture. A visit to Gr脿cia is a must when coming to Barcelona.

Casa Vicens

Casa Vicens is Gaud铆鈥檚 first masterpiece and still a slightly underrated attraction. The home was built for the Vicens family and is now open to the public. This home is an architectural marvel with so many intricate details.

TIP: regular admission is 16鈧 but on Mondays it鈥檚 reduced to 10鈧 and there鈥檚 a free day on May 22, Santa Rita Day

Carrer Gran de G脿rcia聽

If you鈥檙e getting off the metro more than likely you鈥檒l walk onto Gran de Gr脿cia. This busy street is full of shops and is one of the main streets in the Gr脿cia neighborhood.

Pla莽a Del Diamant

Pla莽a Del Diamant is a local hot spot so if you want to hang with the locals, this is where to do it. This plaza with is full of life, restaurants, terraces, and more! Gr脿cia has a long history and you can see a piece of it by visiting the former Spanish Civil War underground bomb shelters. You鈥檒l have to reserve in advance.

Park G眉ell

Park G眉ell is one of the most iconic attractions of Barcelona. This park is set at the top of a hill in the Gr脿cia neighborhood and offers amazing views. The park itself is free but the 鈥渞egulated zone鈥 is by ticket only during opening hours.

TIP: enter the 鈥渞egulated zone鈥 for free before the opening hours or after it closes.

Gr脿cia Latina

Gr脿cia Latina is a cozy bar that host amazing musical events including salsa, bachata, flamenco, and more!

Casa Gr脿cia聽

Casa Gr脿cia is an upscale hostel that hosts amazing events. Come for spoken word, comedy shows, and musical events in their downstairs 鈥渧ault-style鈥 bar and in other spaces in the facility.

Poblenou聽

Poblenou is an up and coming neighborhood that is still quite industrial. It鈥檚 a lot quieter than other neighborhood but has so much to offer. From the beach to the art, to the co-working spaces, Poblenou is the perfect place to work and play!

Poblenou Cemetery聽

This is the second cemetery on the list and I鈥檓 sure that might sound creepy to some but I promise you it鈥檚 mainly because of the history and architecture. This Neoclassical and Neo-Gothic cemetery has amazing things to see such as the “Pet贸 de la mort” (Kiss of Death) statue.

Street art

A visit to Poblenou isn鈥檛 complete without a street art tour. With abandoned spaces and redevelopment Poblenou has been a street artists鈥 canvas. Take a self-tour around Parc del Centre del Poblenou

Bogatell Beach聽

Want to head to a nearby beach in Barcelona but want to get away from the street vendors and huge crowds? Head to Bogatell Beach!

Palo Alto Market

The Palo Alto Market is an outdoor cultural market that happened each first weekend of the month. Come for the food and drinks, and stay for the shopping and musical events.

El Clot

The El Clot neighborhood is small in size but is home to the largest flea market. It鈥檚 part of the Sant Mart铆 district and close by the famous Sagrada Familia. It鈥檚 a great spot for shopping since it鈥檚 where the Centro Comercial Glories, big shopping mall is located.

Mercat Els Encants

Mercat Els Encants is Barcelona鈥檚 largest flea market and known worldwide. It鈥檚 open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 9 am – 8 pm and there鈥檚 a public antique auction every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 am – 9:30 am.

El Born

El Born is a trendy neighborhood with a booming nightlife. However, it鈥檚 not just an evening scene because there鈥檚 plenty to do and see. From leisurely walks in the park to have a tapas crawl, there鈥檚 something for everyone in El Born.

Museu Picasso

Museu Picasso is a museum dedicated to Picasso himself. Born in M谩laga, Spain but a resident of Barcelona for some time, Picasso鈥檚 art lives on. Many of the painting were made here in Barcelona where you can see them on display.

Parc de la Ciutadella

Parc de la Ciutadella is one of my favorite parks. It鈥檚 absolutely a lovely place for a picnic. You can easily spend the day walking around or sunbathing.

Bars!

There鈥檚 no shortage of bars in El Born. With a vibrant nightlife El Born is a great place to hang out and drink with friends. Walk down the Passeig del Born day or night for fun bars, food, and more.

Palau de la M煤sica Catalana

The Palau de la M煤sica Catalana is stunning building. I recommend taking their guided tour and seeing the inside. Or you can also watch a performance there.聽 聽

Mosquito Tapas

Mosquito Tapas is a cozy restaurant that serves up Asian tapas. They are defiantly one of my favorite non-Spanish tapas restaurants in Barcelona.

Arc de Triomf

There鈥檚 an Arc de Triomf in Barcelona? Yes, this landmark originally served as the gateway forth 1888 Universal Exhibition. Today it still stands tall in front of the Parc de la Ciutadella, ready for all the selfie-loving tourists 馃檪

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia is a small neighborhood that welcomes millions of visitors each year to one of Barcelona鈥檚 most iconic landmarks.

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia is stunning, the view from the park (plaza de Gaud铆) across the way gives you a better view. The inside is beautiful but do book ahead of time so you don鈥檛 have to wait in any lines.

Sant Pau Recinte Modernista

Sant Pau Recinte Modernista was once a hospital and now a museum open to the public. It鈥檚 a bit under the radar since it isn鈥檛 so close to the city center. Visit this Modernisme wonder anytime or during one of their FREE entrance days. Find out about Barcelona museums free entrance here.

Self-guided visit: 15 鈧
Guided visit: 20 鈧

Barceloneta

Barceloneta is the beloved beach neighborhood of Barcelona. It鈥檚 home to Barcelona Beach and Platja de Sant Sebasti脿, the W Hotel, the port, and so much more! Rain or shine, you鈥檒l always find people flocking to Barceloneta (but even more so on the sunny days for obvious reasons). Come for the tan lines and stay for a mojito on the beach.

Barceloneta Beach and Platja de Sant Sebasti脿

Barceloneta Beach and Platja de Sant Sebasti脿 are the two closest beaches to the city center so they do get rather packed on sunny weather days. This busy beach gets very busy so plan accordingly!

Hotel Arts Rooftop bar

If you’re a fan of rooftop bars then Hotel Arts is not to be missed. With an infinity pool overlooking the beach, it鈥檚 the perfect place to watch the sunset while drinking a glass of cava.

Outside the city center

There鈥檚 so much to do outside the city center that you can still get to in less than an hour metro ride or bus ride. If you have more than a couple of days in Barcelona definitely visit at least one of the amazing places, beat the crowds of the city and enjoy!

Les Corts

The Les Corts neighborhood is where soccer dreams are made. If you鈥檙e a soccer fan then a visit here to Camp Nou is a must!

Camp Nou

Camp Nou is home to FC Barcelona, the world famous soccer club of Barcelona. Get a stadium tour at the Camp Nou Experience or come see Messi in action at a game.

Del Carmel

Bunkers del Carmel

Want a picture-perfect panoramic view of Barcelona? Head to Bunkers del Carmel! The once Spanish Civil War bunkers are now a place to see the city, watch the sunset, and sip wine with friends while doing it.

Tibidabo聽

“Years ago I was backpacking across western Europe鈥.鈥If you鈥檙e a Friends fan then you totally caught the reference. Tibidabo is a wealthy neighborhood in Barcelona and more famously where Tibidabo Mountain is located. There鈥檚 a theme park, a mountain for hiking and biking, and wonderful views.

Hiking Tibidabo

Mount Tibidabo isn鈥檛 a strenuous hike by any means but there are tons of trails that will take you around and up top to the mountain. It鈥檚 a great place to get away from the busy city and be with nature.

Parc D鈥橝traccions Tibidabo

Parc D鈥橝traccions Tibidabo is an amusement park at the top of Mount Tibidabo. You can enter the panoramic portion of the park for free or if you鈥檇 like to stay in the get on the rides there are tickets for that as well.

Mirablau

Mirablau is a restaurant with a panorama view. You can sit inside near the windows or on the terrace.

Horta

Horta is another neighborhood that is away from the crowds. It is still well connected to the city center by metro so the commute isn鈥檛 very long.

Laberint d鈥橦orta

Want to get lost? The Laberint d鈥橦orta is a beautiful garden with a maze. You can walk around the gardens then head to the labyrinth to get a little lost. It鈥檚 also fun to people watch from the top of the stairs.

Free entrance on Wednesdays and Sundays
Regular admission 2.23鈧

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Los Angeles Cultural Neighborhoods To Visit

There are so many things to love about Los Angeles. It鈥檚 my home, it鈥檚 where my family is, and where many other things and places I love are. As much as I love traveling it always feels good to be home. And I never have to wander too far to feel like I鈥檓 somewhere completely different. If you want to 鈥渢ravel the world鈥 in a few days, come to LA and experience many cultures in one city. Here is my list of Los Angeles cultural neighborhoods to visit.

 

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24 Hours in Lake Tahoe

There is a little bit of everything in Lake Tahoe. You have casinos on the Nevada side, snow in the wintertime along with ski resorts and other snow sport activities. For the summertime visitors it the perfect place for swimming in the crystal clear waters. Other water sports like paddleboarding, kayaking, jet skiing, boating, and more are at your fingertips. But if you have a limited time there are some beautiful sights and activities that you can still participate in. I share my Lake Tahoe itinerary and how you what 24 hours in Lake Tahoe looks like if you鈥檙e visiting during the summer.

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Best Photo Spots in Lake Tahoe聽

Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States and straddles on the California/Nevada border. The alpine area makes the lake unique as its surrounded by mountains and pine trees. In the colder months, it鈥檚 a winter wonderland and during the summer the gorgeous blue water makes you feel like you鈥檙e in paradise. It鈥檚 an absolute dream place to photograph since you have different elements to capture. If you鈥檙e planning a visit then check out my list of the best photo spots in Lake Tahoe.

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