The human being has always been drawn to heights and to admire the world from the highest vantage point. Barcelona is no exception in this case. Come with us on a tour and discover Barcelona's beauty from the top!
Bunkers del Carmel
Illustration 1 Bunkers del Carmel by leo gonzales | flickr
One can get one of the best views of Barcelona on top of Turó de la Rovira – Bunkers of Carmel.
During the Civil War in 1938, the Bunkers were built as an anti-aircraft fortifications. With its perfect vantage point, it allowed people to have an 360º overview of Barcelona, resulting in the perfect surveying point.
Illustration 2 Tibidabo view by el_ave | flickr
Tibidabo, Barcelona's own amusement park, attracts all age groups. Standing on a hill of a height of 512m, it is the highest point in all Barcelona.
Next to its amusement park, one can also visit the Expiatory Church of the Sacred Heart. This catholic church of neo-gothic style is probably the most visible structure in Barcelona at night.
Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC)
Illustration 3 MNAC rooftop by Jorge Franganillo | flickr
The Catalan National Museum of Art is housed in Palau Nacional, which was built in 1929.
MNAC has a wide collection of different works from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque art, as well as some collections from the 19th and 20th century.
On its rooftop, visitors have two different viewpoints with a 360º view on Barcelona's skyline. One can spy a range of incredible monuments, such as the Sagrada Familia to the Agbar Tower and the buildings of the Olympic village, to the facilities that make up the Olympic Village.
Illustration 4 Park Güell by LIU JOEY | flickr
Also located on Carmel hill, Park Güell is Barcelona's famous public park system, composed of gardens, architectural buildings and other elements.
In the beginning of the 20th century, Eusebi Güell commissioned Antoni Gaudí to build a housing site for the upper class citizens. After the failure of the project and Güell's death, the City Council of Barcelona bought the land and turned it into an extraordinary public park.
Famous for its curvy benches, covered in colourful mosaic, visitors can sit down and have a break, while enjoying the panoramic view over Barcelona.
Gaudí's fascination for nature is apparent in all the sculptures throughout the park, as they resemble of different animals, flowers, and so on.
La Pedrera rooftop
Illustration 5 La Pedrera rooftop by damian entwistle | flickr
La Pedrera, actually called Casa Milá after the businessman who commissioned it, got its name due to its uneven stone wall façade (the Stone Quarry).
Casa Milá has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.
Visitors can admire the building during the day and night. During the day, one can visit the roof-terrace with its stairways and incredible chimneys, Espai Gaudí, the Pedrera apartment, the courtyards, and exhibition hall.
During summer, short concerts are being hold on the rooftop, where you can also enjoy the view above Barcelona and its fascinating light shows at night.
Do you want your own spectacular view in Barcelona? Habitat Apartments has a wide selection of vacation rentals with amazing terraces and balconies.
Vista apartment is located in Poble Nou, right next to Mar Bella beach (one of the most beautiful beaches in Barcelona). It is only few minutes away from the seaside. Fall in love with this incredible sight in Barcelona!