The colorful and meticulous architecture of Gaudi’s buildings, the charming lanes of the Gothic Quarter, the lovely parks, and so much more make Barcelona one of the most magnificent cities in Europe.
If you love photography, you definitely won’t be able to put your camera away. This photogenic city offers lots of opportunities to fill your Instagram feed with photos that will turn your pals back home green with envy.
This post highlights 5 of the most iconic landmarks, along with helpful tips for framing the perfect shot.
1. La Sagrada Familia
If you could only see one thing in Barcelona, it would have to be La Sagrada Familia. La Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Spain’s most visited monument. It is a work of art inspired by nature, and the only flaw is that it is not completed yet. The completion is estimated to be in 2026 when the cranes will no longer be there. Antoní Gaudí began construction in 1882, and his magnificent work has been passed down to other architects.
No matter what angle you are looking for, this building is breathtaking. You could spend hours photographing both the inside and outside. However, my favorite spot to snap is in the park opposite La Sagrada Familia. Head to Placa de Gaudi and across the lake, you might be able to see the building reflected in the water.
2. Casa Battló
If you are seeking a unique facade, Casa Battló is the one. Take the metro to Passeig de Gracia, follow other tourists and you’ll find this lovely mansion. It is located in Barcelona’s major shopping district where you’ll find tons of high-end brands and stunning buildings.
The entire exterior of Casa Battló is mosaic-tiled with glass and ceramic elements. There is an entrance ticket to enter this Gaudi-designed building, but even if you don’t go inside, you can take pictures of the gorgeous facade.
3. La Pedrera – Casa Mila
Within walking distance from Casa Batlló, you’ll find another epic Gaudí creation – Casa Milá, also known as La Pedrera. It does not have a colorful facade but the outstanding roof created by Gaudi is what sets it apart. Beautiful chimneys formed of shattered tile shard mosaic and other ceramics adorn the rooftop. Taking photos on the roof is a must!
4. Park Güell
Park Güell is another UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is a must-see for anyone visiting Barcelona. It is also designated as a National Monument of Cultural Interest thanks to its distinctive design and history.
Climbing up the steps in Park Güell will lead you to a giant square flanked by iconic colorful benches. Sit in the center in one of the benches for the best Instagram shots.
5. Parc de la Ciutadella
Parc de la Ciutadella is Barcelona’s second-best park, located at the foot of Arc de Triomf. It is centrally positioned for tranquil walks, sporting activities, and of course, pictures! It is a nice place to unwind and rent a rowing boat to go out on the lake.
The massive fountain, constructed by Josep Fontsère, is the park’s most well-known Instagram spot. Reflections in the water can be used to create fascinating compositions, or the curved staircases on either side of the fountain can be used to shoot flattering portraits as well.
Would these photos places make your list of Barcelona’s top Instagrammable spots? I believe these should be more than enough to keep your feed brimming with beautiful pictures, and I hope you have as much fun in Barcelona as I did!