What’s the most instagrameable city in Spain? Easy answer, given the amount of Instagram spots available in Barcelona.
Wait.. what’s an Instagram spot? It’s just a photogenic location that by repetition has become insta-famous, ensuring your instagram photos a bunch of likes and comments – basically because it’s a beautiful place that everyone else also wants to visit.
Are you ready to Instagram your next trip to Barcelona? Then, do not miss any of these locations.
- 1 Instagram spots in Barcelona
- 1.1 Sagrada Familia
- 1.2 Palau de la Música Catalana
- 1.3 Casa Batlló
- 1.4 Casa Mila / La Pedrera
- 1.5 Barcelona Cathedral
- 1.6 Carrer del Bisbe
- 1.7 Parc Güell
- 1.8 Parque de la Ciutadella
- 1.9 Casa Vicens
- 1.10 Casa de les Punxes
- 1.11 Carmel Bunkers
- 1.12 All the locations in the map
- 1.13 Tips on visiting Barcelona
Instagram spots in Barcelona
If you could only visit one place in Barcelona, it should be Sagrada Familia.
Sagrada Familia is the most visited monument in Spain, considered a UNESCO heritage site and it’s an outstanding architectural gem. It’s an inspired by nature work of art and because of that, you won’t find straight lines in there. Its columns hold the ceiling perfectly, as if they were trees.
Its only imperfection is that it is not finished yet! Its completion is expected to be due in around 10 years, when the cranes won’t be around anymore.
Regarding to instagram spots, the best picture you can take from the Sagrada Familia is from Plaça de Gaudí, a garden from where you can sit and photograph the basilica with its reflection in a pond.
There are infinite angles to photograph this masterpiece. Be creative and please, go visit the interior: the light coming through the stained-glass windows is something you need to see by yourself.
Tip: book the ticket in advance to avoid the queue and take the audioguide service to discover all the symbolism in Sagrada Familia.
Palau de la Música Catalana
Palau de la Música Catalana is the only concert hall ever to be declared an UNESCO heritage site and is one of the modernism architectural jewels in Barcelona.
Although its colors and motifs of nature can recall Gaudí’s works, it was designed by Domenech i Muntaner for the Catalan Orfeo. The concert hall is beautiful at every level: sound, color and light.
At the Palau de la música Catalana you will also find one of the most popular Instagram spots: its colorful balcony. The interior of the building is also very Instagrammable. Let yourself fall in love with the colors!
*Tip: the balcony is usually closed for concerts, being the only way to visit it on an organized tour. It’s often sold out, so you better buy your ticket in advance here.
Casa Batlló is Gaudi’s masterpiece.
I don’t use to explain too much about historical or architectural details of the places I visit, but Gaudí and Barcelona are two things that I love, so excuse me this time.
The house’s roof symbolizes the rests the dragon that St. Jordi killed with his sword, the most important legend in Catalonia that is commemorated every 23rd of April.
Casa Batllo is also known as “House of Bones” by the appearance of its windows and doors on the main façade that by the way, changes colors depending on the time of day you visit. It’s marvelous!
Plus, the block is known as the “Block of discord” in Paseo de Gracia as Casa Batlló is neighboring along Casa Amatller and Casa Lleó Morera, three modernist buildings designed by three rival architects at the time: Gaudí, Puig i Cadafalch and Domènech i Muntaner.
The visit to Casa Batlló includes a virtual audioguide and a smartphone that allows you to explore the house discovering all its symbology with augmented reality: in my opinion, it’s one of the best visits you can make in Barcelona.
The best Instagram spots in Casa Batlló are the window in the living room, the white hallway that leads to the storerooms and its colorful roof. Of course, its façade too, as it’s one of the most iconic images of Barcelona.
Tip: if you expect to take a picture alone with the big window, remember to bring a bag full of patience! It’s nearly impossible unless you buy your ticket to access the house before it opens to the general public (only available online). Click here to buy your ticket.
Casa Mila / La Pedrera
La Pedrera is another Gaudí creation. A huge building with a surreal rooftop in Passeig de Gràcia.
Barcelona Cathedral – also known as La Seu – is located in the Gothic quarter and every day, thousands of people enjoy their time in front of its façade.
As for instagram, if you want a photo alone with the cathedral you will have to visit it right before sunrise.
Tip: pay €7 and go to the rooftop to enjoy one of the best views in Barcelona.
Carrer del Bisbe
Gothic Quarter and La Rambla are two must-see places during your visit to Barcelona.
The streets in gothic Quarter are a photography madness (unfortunately, also for pickpockets – I will talk about it below).
The most iconic street in Barcelona is the Carrer del Bisbe (Bishop Street), which is crowned by the Bishop’s Bridge: it’s the most photographed street in the Gothic quarter.
Tip: Photographing this street without people is not an easy task. You can read here my tips for taking photos without people, try to use them all for this location! The best option is to visit it at sunrise and you can combine it with the cathedral as they are very close.
Parc Güell is also one of the most important works of Gaudí’s legacy in Barcelona.
It’s an unfinished urban project and fortunately, it ended being as today, for public use.
The most popular image on the social network? In the Nature Square, sitting in trencadís bench, overlooking Barcelona from the top.
Tip: book your ticket in advance so you can skip the queue. My advice would be to combine this visit with the Carmel bunkers – they’re only around 20 minutes walking distance.
Parque de la Ciutadella
Ciutadella Park is not just your average park. Centrally located, it’s perfect for peaceful walks, sport acticities and of course, photographies!
Casa Vicens is another technicolor house designed by Gaudí. Located in Gràcia neighbourhood, it has many stories to tell and many surprising details. It’s UNESCO Heritage Site and it’s been recently opened to the public.
Casa de les Punxes
Casa de les Punxes is one of the most incredible builduings in Diagonal. Designed by Puig i Cadafalch, it reminded me to a medieval castle because of the towers in the rooftop. It has many different details that you won’t get to discover in just one visit.
Good news: the best viewpoint of the city is free! It’s located at Carmel bunkers, at Turó de la Rovira park. From there you will enjoy the panoramic views over the city, its skyline and its most emblematic buildings:
- Sagrada Familia
- Hotel W
- Torre Agbar
- Torre Mapfre and Hotel Arts
- Montjuic Castle
- Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazón (Tibidabo)
Tip: this place is very popular during sunset because it’s actually a very nice place to enjoy it. However, to enjoy it in perfect conditions (without hundreds of people), go there for sunrise. It’s relatively close to Parc Güell so it may be a good idea to combine both visits.
All the locations in the map
Tips on visiting Barcelona
If you don’t have much time in Barcelona try to make the most of it with a little bit of planning. Places like the Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló and Parc Güell are very popular so you better book your tickets in advance.
The best way to book your tickets in advance is on the Visit Barcelona official website.
Beware of pickpockets, especially in touristy areas as Born and Gothic quarter. That labyrinth of alleyways makes it easy for them to disappear with your belongings.
There’s undercover police watching over your safety, but still, stay alert at all times.
Where to stay in Barcelona
After many visits to Barcelona and after having stayed in a few hotels, I can totally recommend H10 Cubik as my favorite hotel in the city. Centrally located in Via Laietana, it had me with its unique design, top service and especially because of that rooftop with a pool and a view to Barcelona Cathedral. A perfect place for a glass of cava!
Let me know if you have any recommendations for my next trip to Barcelona!
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