Barcelona is a breathtakingly picturesque city. With an abundance of stunning architecture, vibrant colours and fascinating people, the city offers endless inspiration for those with a creative mind and an eye for photography. We’ve whittled down our top 5 photography spots in Barcelona. Get your camera ready, get the creativity flowing and capture some of the timeless beauty of this unique city.
Bunkers del Carmel
With incredible views overlooking Barcelona, the Bunkers are an essential spot for any photographer. Head up there shortly before sunset to capture the changing colours of Barcelona’s skyline, then stay to watch the magical transition into nighttime and capture the shimmering city lights below.
Expert tip* Take a tripod and use a slow shutter speed to capture the glistening lights of Barcelona.
MACBA in the afternoon
In the middle of Raval is the museum of contemporary art of Barcelona, or Macba as the locals refer to it. Not only is it incredibly photogenic from an architectural point of view, it is also the epicentre of Barcelona’s skater scene, one of the largest in Europe! At midday you can take advantage of the interesting shadow play in the square and experiment with angles and light, with some great opportunities to capture the passing skaters.
Expert tip* A slow shutter speed will give you some cool effects of the movement of the skaters – try moving your camera slightly to the left and right to create a whirlwind effect on your photo.
Phototunnel in El Born
This spot offers a different kind of street art – an amazing project showcasing the residents from all over the neighbourhood. Integrate yourself and become part of the neighbourhood by adding some self portraits.
Expert tip* Set your camera to black and white for a classic, stylised look.
Horse Fountain in Parque Ciutadella
Ciutadella park is one of the most vibrant spots in the city, especially during weekends. Strolling through the park on a Sunday evening will leave you amazed at the eclectic activities you’ll come across. Virtuoso guitarists, African drummers, puppet shows, bubble blowers and balancing acts are just some of the sights you’ll see before you arrive at this spectacular golden fountain.
Tip* You can climb behind the fountain, just look for the stairs on the left and right hand side.
Jardins de Rubió i Lluch in Raval during any time of the day
The buildings around this square used to belong to Barcelona´s first public hospital. Today, this little garden feels like an oasis in summertime and attracts artists, musicians and locals looking for a little serenity. Orange trees, a quaint little fountain and the beautiful imposing archways make this square incredibly photogenic.
Tip* In the summer there’s a great garden bar open in the square which is a great spot to grab a drink and cool down in the shade.
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Written by – Svea Moeller