Barcelona. A city of light bustling full of historical streets overflowing with photography motives. She will just conquer your heart. Since often we have limited visiting time – read on to find a direction on where to start your photo journey. Following places where proudly discovered with the help of local Instagrammer Nicanor García (have a look at his great gallery, follow him and get even more inspiration).
My top 5 places in Barcelona
- Parc Güell (most amazing park ever with great architecture and city views, there is a free and a paid section)
- Barri Gòtic district with the Catedral de Barcelona (old part of the city with lots of great narrow streets)
- Skating ground around MACBA (modern white museum with lots of skaters)
- Olympiastadion Barcelona with the Torre de comunicacions, Montjuïc and the whole area around the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya to the Caixa Forum
- Take the cable car to Montjuïc for harbor and city views or visit a big food market (see list from TimeOut)
Other really cool places Instagrammer Nicandor (@nicanorgarcia) recommended (and still on my “to-do” list):
- Port Forum – New buildings at the end of la Diagonal
- Park del Forum – Great for Minimalism
- Plaza de Europa (Granvia l’Hospitalet) – Crazy new buildings
- Bunkers del Carmel – Great city view
Old city districts of Barcelona
Get some hot chocolate with churros and put on your walking shoes. The old city of Barcelona with the districts of Barri Gòtic and El Born impresses through narrow streets, lovely balconies, small shops, churches with amazing inner courtyards with orange trees – little oases to dream a daydream.
You should definitely see the Catedral de Barcelona from the 11th century. It’s not just lovely old but also there are palm trees and geese insight the church. You also find some street art around.
For a little break from the tourist masses – go to Rambla del Ravel. I read the district had a disreputable reputation – but I saw nothing of that. At weekends there is a small market at the long drawn place. Find some great street art around and a big cat statue.
The bigger sights involve some planning
Be aware that Barcelona is quite popular – therefore most of the bigger tourist attractions are quite expensive and have crowds (!) waiting in front of them. You buy tickets best online upfront – note that sometimes you even have to book your ticket for a certain time (like at Parc Güell, La Sagrada Familia).
Don’t miss Parc Güell! It was very very impressive (also to see the selfi madness). Even if you don’t pay for the costly park section. Go there anyway. Much of the park is free and also wonderful! Palms, parrots and photo motives around every corner. Already the way to the park is very interesting with all the outside escalators up the hill.
For great city views take the cable car up to Castell de Montjuïc – with a fantastic view (great for timelapse) of the harbor. See ship containers move around, starting airplanes and ships sailing.
This would be the Caixa Forum with quite an interesting architecture mix from modern to old. White stairs are a great motive to play with! Also, the skate hotspot near MACBA is perfect for street and architecture shots.
Set your priorities
There are some touristy sights I chose to skip for having more time to stroll or where “Not as good as aspected”. Part of this where the beach – it was really not that impressive – in particular, because I visited before a small beachtown. For my taste to full of people was also the pedestrian mile – La Rambla Barcelona. I would skip it since with all the people the atmosphere of the city got lost. Also, I skipped the Casa Batlló.
General Links for Barcelona
- City magazine http://www.timeout.com/barcelona
- Public transport https://www.tmb.cat/en/home
- Find a great AirBnB