Looking for the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona? Look no further, I’ve rounded up the 20 of the best Barcelona photo spots to help you snap those perfect shots!
From its sunny Mediterranean climate, the delicious tapas and sangria, the laid-back beach vibes, and its rich cultural heritage, there are many reasons why Barcelona landed on my bucket list. Not only that, it is also a very photogenic city, and I had no trouble finding spots to add to my list of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona.
From Gaudi’s magical works, the beautiful city parks, the epic views, and the charming little alleyways tucked away into the city’s neighborhoods, there are no shortage of amazing photo ops.
Want to know where all the best Barcelona photo spots are? Look no further – here are the 20 most Instagrammable places in Barcelona and where to find them!
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The Most Instagrammable Places in Barcelona
1. Sagrada Familia
As the city’s most popular tourist attraction and perhaps Gaudi’s most famous work, there is no way that the Sagrada Familia could be left off a list of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona.
One look at the church and it’s easy to see why the Sagrada Familia attracts over 3 million visitors a year and is one of the best Barcelona photo spots. It is truly one of the most spectacular sights that I’ve seen in my life. What struck me about the Sagrada Familia is that it’s so unique compared to any other church with its whimsical details, almost reminiscent of a scene out of a Dr. Seuss book.
Before you step into the church, definitely walk around the perimeter to take in all the details carved into the church’s facade and towers. One side portrays the nativity scene, and on the other is a (somewhat graphic) depiction of Jesus’s crucifixion. You can choose to go up one of the towers to really get an up close and personal look at them, but I opted not to because what I REALLY came to see was the inside of the church.
I could have spent hours and hours inside the Sagrada Familia taking in all the details here, just admiring all the light, colors, and details that are present. I absolutely loved all the rainbow colors that are cast onto the interior from the spectacular stained glass windows.
I highly recommend purchasing a skip-the-line ticket ahead of time to avoid crowds – the line is known to go around the block during high season! I booked a 10am slot for the Sagrada Familia (I went to Park Guell first), but the earlier you can come, the better – the church opens at 9am. You also want to keep in mind that one of the best things about the church is the light streaming through the windows, so be sure to come during daylight hours, preferably on a sunny day!
Since it is the most popular attraction and one of the top Barcelona Instagram spots, you should expect a crowd, no matter what time you come. In order get photos of myself without all the people in the background, I shot upwards – since I was there as a solo traveler, I used my iPhone and a selfie stick for this (I use this one on my travels, because it also turns into a tripod).
Be sure to play with perspective and angles here too – I put my camera on the ground to shoot up to get the ceiling on one of my shots.
The Sagrada Familia started construction since 1886 (that’s 134 years ago), and isn’t even completed – it is scheduled to be finished in 2026. I can’t wait to see what the finished church looks like – it will definitely be one of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona for sure!
Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona
November – February: 9am-6pm
March and October: 9am-7pm
April – September: 9am-8pm
Inside only: €20.50, buy skip-the-line tickets here
With towers: €33, buy tickets here
Fast track access w/guided tour: €47, book tickets here
Fast track access w/guided tour and towers: €54, buy tickets here
2. Outside of Sagrada Familia from Placa de Gaudi Park
While you should definitely get up close and personal with the incredibly detailed facade of the Sagrada Familia, it won’t give you the best vantage point to get an Instagram-worthy photo.
To get that picture-perfect shot, head across the street to the Placa de Gaudi park. From here, you can snap a photo of the entire facade of the Sagrada Familia in all its glory – the park was actually built specifically as a place to view and admire the church! The park also has a beautiful landscaped garden and pond which also adds a lovely touch to your photos, making this one of the best Barcelona photo spots.
It is very popular with both tourists and locals, so you should definitely expect a crowd. there were also a bunch of tour buses that were parked here. As with many other places on this most Instagrammable places in Barcelona list, early morning is the best time to come here.
However, by the time I came here it was almost noon and it was swarming with people. I still was able to find a pocket of empty space within the crowd fairly easily and had no trouble getting my shot!
Address: Carrer de Lepant, 278, 08013 Barcelona
Hours: Open 24 hours
3. Hotel Ayre Rosellon Rooftop
If you can’t get enough Sagrada Familia views, head on over to the rooftop of the Hotel Ayre Rosellon. This might perhaps be one of the most Instagrammable hotels in Barcelona, with that perfect, straight-on view of the church and its towers.
It is a bit pricey to book a room with a view (you can check and compare rates here), but the hotel does have a rooftop bar. What could be better than enjoying a cocktail and take in an epic view at one of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona? Ummm yes please!
Address: Carrer del Rosselló, 390, 08025
Hours: Rooftop terrace is open to the public from 11am-7pm during the summer season; open until midnight for hotel guests
4. Park Guell
Gaudi’s magical wonderland, with its fascinating architectural details and epic views of the city, is definitely one of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona. Originally intended to be a private community for the city’s wealthy, the project was turned into a public park when it was abandoned after it went way over budget.
Park Guell was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 and today is the second most visited attraction in Barcelona.
Gaudi took inspiration from nature and organic forms when designing the structures in the park, which really come alive against against the greenery here. While most of Park Guell is free to explore, the best and most Instagram worthy spots are within the Monumental Zone, which will require you to purchase a ticket – I recommend this skip-the-line ticket to help you avoid wasting any time waiting in line..
I bought a ticket for the first time slot of the day (8am), and I highly suggest you do the same. The biggest advantage to this is that you will get to avoid the crowds – I came in mid-October and found it to be fairly crowded, so I don’t even want to know exactly how crowded it gets during high season!
Another advantage of coming early in the morning is that if you show up earlier than than the first time slot of the day, they will still let you into the park. I happened to show up at around 7:50 (10 minutes before the park officially opened), and there were already people inside the park.
The best part about booking an 8am ticket is that in October, this coincides with the sunrise – seeing Gaudi’s unique creations being bathed in that magical golden light was definitely one of the highlights of my entire Barcelona trip!
I highly suggest that you go to the corrugated mosaic bench first to watch the sunrise. As this is also perhaps the most popular spot in the park, it will also help you avoid the crowds later.
Be sure to also snap photos at the Hypostyle Hall, with its 6-meter tall Roman columns and mosaic ceilings, with the Gingerbread houses out front (where Gaudi took up residence later on in his life), and the unique salamander fountains out front.
5. Casa Batllo
Casa Batllo is considered one of Gaudi’s masterpieces, and one of the most iconic buildings in Barcelona, making it also one of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona.
In 1904, the famous architect was commissioned to remodel an existing building on Passeig de Gracia by the Batllo family, one of the most prominent families in Barcelona at the time. Originally, the building was set to be demolished and rebuilt, but was ruled out.
Gaudi was given full creative freedom by the Batllos, which allowed him to carry out many of his most unique ideas and concepts, making it considered by many to be one of his signature works and as a true architectural wonder.
Casa Batllo eschews straight lines and draws inspiration from nature, particularly marine life. The entire house is designed using curves and incorporates many organic elements. The house is sometimes known as the “house of bones,” a name referring to the structural design of its facade.
As this is one of the most popular Barcelona photo spots, it is best to come early if you want to photograph its facade, as the street does tend to get busy. I thought that photographing Casa Batllo gave it a particularly interesting look, as I was also intrigued by the facade of the building to the left of it.
After doing a little bit of research, I came to find out that the pretty building is the Casa Amatller, designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, a contemporary of Gaudi. It combines a neo-Gothic style with a ridged facade inspired by the houses you see in the Netherlands. Cadafalch based his design on typical Catalan mansions and added Germanic elements. Together with Casa Batllo and Casa Lleo-Morera on the right, the three facades make up the mansana de la discordia, or “block of discord,” distinguished by their sharply contrasting styles – super interesting!
The house itself also does tend to get busy, especially during high season. I booked a time slot for the mid-afternoon, simply because that was the only time I had available. However, for the best photos, you should considering booking this early access ticket, which allows you to tour the house before it opens to the general public.
Your admission ticket comes with an audio tour that gives you an insight into the ideas and inspiration behind each room in the house – super interesting! Perhaps the most popular spot inside the houses is the mosaic window that overlooks Passeig de Gracia. I found it almost impossible to get a shot with this without anyone else in the photo, and gave up after a time. It is also a bit tricky to get the camera settings right, especially when it is midday and there is a ton of bright light coming from the outside.
Also don’t miss photographing the rooftop terrace, which draws inspiration from the dragon of St. George’s legend. The arched profile is designed to be shaped like a dragon’s back and is decorated with glazed ceramic tiles to look like scales. The turret with a cross is supposed to be St. George’s sword stuck into the dragon, and the bones and skulls on the facade represent the dragon’s victims. During the summer, you can enjoy cocktails and live music here in the evenings.
6. Casa Mila – La Pedrera
If you are thinking that many of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona are Gaudi buildings, well, you are not wrong. Seriously, the guy designed some pretty phenomenal buildings that also are some of the best photo spots in Barcelona!
Anyways. Casa Mila is located only a few blocks from Casa Batllo, making it super easy to visit to both in an afternoon. It is a bit unassuming at first glance and looks super plain in contrast to some of Gaudi’s more flamboyant facades. Because of this, I opted not to tour Casa Mila.
Apparently, I was not the only one who was initially unimpressed by the Casa Mila’s design, however – back in the day, it got nicknamed “La Pedrera,” or the stone quarry because of its appearance. It also got compared to a bunker, and a building with earthquake damage.
Today, Casa Mila is one of Gaudi’s most renowned buildings and one of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona. It is known as one of Gaudi’s most creative works, and is renowned for its functional and constructional innovations.
Silly, silly me. I am still kicking myself for this mistake – Casa Mila, I will never underestimate you ever again. Perhaps the most impressive part of Casa Mila is its rooftop terrace, with its massive chimneys, designed to look like soldiers guarding the house – something I definitely wish I had seen!
In the evenings, a spectacular audiovisual show takes place on the terrace. Casa Mila’s rooftop terrace and stairwells are illuminated with multiple projections that are set to music – sooo cool! You can enjoy this performance with a glass of cava in hand, which comes with your ticket.
Definitely something on the list for next time I’m in Barcelona!
7. Casa Vicens
Rounding out Gaudi’s works on this list of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona is Casa Vicens, which is the first house he designed and perhaps the most colorful. It is also known as one of the first examples of the Art Noveau style of architecture.
The technicolored Casa Vicens was designed as a summer house for the Vicens family in the late 19th century, and is where Gaudi first unleashed his creative ideas and talents. It was considered a very innovative and groundbreaking piece of work at the time, as it broke all convention and was completely unique from any other building that stood in Catalonia at the time.
Like several of Gaudi’s works, it is inspired by natural elements, such as a representation of palm trees in the ornamental entrance gate and in the ceramic tiles of the facade. Gaudi draws inspiration from many of the decorative arts here, from ironwork, painting, ceramics, carpentry, mural decoration, and more. There are Moorish influences, as well as from Japanese and Indian styles seen on the house.
Several of the themes and elements seen at Casa Vicens were carried out on works throughout his career. Casa Vicens was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, but was not opened to the public until fairy recently in 2017.
Its truly unique and innovative style definitely makes this one of the best Barcelona Instagram spots!
Address: Carrer de les Carolines, 20, 08012 Barcelona
Hours: Monday 10am-3pm, Tuesday-Sunday 10am-7pm
Admission: €16.00, buy tickets here (skip-the-line privileges included)
8. Palau de la Musica Catalana
Yet another one of Barcelona’s architectural highlights is the Palau de la Musica Catalana, a shining example of the Catalan Art Noveau style. While the Palau is often mistaken as a Gaudi building, it was actually designed by Lluis Domenich i Montaner, a contemporary of his.
The Palau is the only concert hall that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since its opening in 1908, may world-class orchestras, composers, singers, recording artists, and other performers have graced its stage.
The only way to see the inside of the Palau, one of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona, is to watch a performance here, or via a guided tour. The hour-long tour takes you through the building’s halls, balcony, auditorium, and the impressive terrace, with its colorful mosaic pillars.
During the tour, you will learn about the history of the building and about Catalan Art Noveau architecture. But really, the highlight here is just being able to walk through the halls and admiring all the ornate details and beauty of the building. It is truly breathtaking, and definitely one of the most beautiful Modernist buildings in Barcelona.
I found it just a bit difficult to get photos on the tour, since I was a solo traveler and had to ask others to snap photos of me. However, if you have someone already there who can take photos of you, then it will probably be much easier!
You also only have limited time for photos before you have to move on to the next stop, and you have to contend with all the other participants on the tour, who are also wanting to snap photos for themselves. You have to be quick but also patient in order to get some Instagram worthy shots!
I have heard that booking the Catalan or Spanish tour has fewer participants, which makes it easier in trying to get photos if that’s all you care about.
Address: C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6, 08003
Hours: tours take place from 9am-3pm
Admission: €20; book tour here
9. Barcelona Cathedral
This stunning example of Gothic architecture is the focal point of the Gothic Quarter, and one of the best Instagram spots in Barcelona. While the Sagrada Familia holds the title for the city’s most popular church and tourist attraction, the Barcelona Cathedral is the city’s main Catholic church, the seat of the diocese of Barcelona.
The cathedral is formally known as Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, named after Saint Eulalia, its co-patron saint, along with Saint La Mercèbut . However, locals refer to it as “La Seu,” which means “the seat.”
The enormous cathedral is 93 meters (305 feet) long and 40 meters (131 feet) wide, and towers more than 50 meters (164 feet) high. The church is renowned for its impressive Gothic architecture, with its pointed archways, the ribbed vaults, and the many gargoyles, which can be seen on the roof.
The cathedral in its present form started construction in 1298, but a basilica has stood at on this site since 343 AD, back in the days of the Roman Empire. Because of wars and the black plague, construction of the cathedral took a very long time. The main building was completed in 1460, the Gothic facade in 1889, and finally, the central spire in 1913 – hey, good things take time, am i right?
It is almost impossible to take a crowd-less photo of the facade in its entirety unless you come veeeeery early in the morning, around sunrise time (which might be too late in the fall and winter months). However, you can still capture many of the Gothic details by getting up close to it, and shooting upwards – I shot my photo with my iPhone on a selfie stick.
The cathedral also has a rooftop, from which you can get up close to its spires, and enjoy a beautiful view of the city. While the inside of the cathedral is similar to many other in Europe, going up to the rooftop is a unique experience specific to the Barcelona Cathedral, and what makes it one of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona.
Address: Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona
Hours: Monday-Friday 12:30pm-7:45pm (last entry 7:15pm); Saturday 12:30pm-5:30pm (last entry 4:45pm); Sundays 2pm-5:30pm (last entry 4:45pm)
10. Pont del Bisbe
Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter is a fascinating neighorhood to walk through, with its winding labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets. One of the most iconic and most photograph structures here is the Pont del Bisbe bridge, located on a small backstreet, right behind the cathedral.
The Gothic Quarter dates back over 2000 years and still has some remnants of its Roman past; however, many of the structures in the area were built in the 19th and 20th centuries, including the Pont del Bisbe. The bridge was designed by architect Joan Rubió I Bellver, who proposed a plan to replace all the buildings in the area as Gothic style buildings; the plan was rejected, and only the bridge was built.
The Pont del Bisbe stands above Carrer del Bisbe and connects the Palau de la Generalitat to La Casa dels Canonges. Because of Rubio’s disappointment in having his proposal rejected, it is said that he has hid a skull and dagger inside; it is said that anyone who crosses the bridge and sees the skull will fall prey to an evil spell.
Fortunately, you don’t have to cross the bridge in order to appreciate one of the most Instagramable places in Barcelona. Keep in mind that the street is one of the most popular Barcelona photo spots, and can get crowded.
It is best to come as early as possible to get a photo of the street and bridge. If you don’t want to drag your butt out of bed at sunrise, with a bit of patience, it is possible to get a photo of the Pont del Bisbe without people in it – I came around 9am, waited for a little break in the crowd (which lasted all of maybe 10 seconds), and ran into the frame to get my shot!
Address: Carrer del Bisbe, 1, 08002 Barcelona
11. El Born neighborhood
If you choose just one neighborhood in Barcelona to wander in, make it El Born. It is also the most Instagrammable neighborhood in the city, with plenty of narrow medieval street, funky street art, intricate balconies, and colorful pennants hanging from above.
Definitely set aside a few hours during your time in Barcelona to just wander around and get lost in these charming little streets. You’ll be sure to find plenty of photo ops, every which way you look!
The little side streets and alleys are usually quiet, so you can stroll through El Born at any time during your Barcelona itinerary.
Address: 08003 Barcelona
12. The Plant House on Carre De l’Allada-Vermell
When I saw photos of this house on Instagram, I knew I would have to go find it. It is tucked into a little corner of the El Born neighborhood. I couldn’t get over all those gorgeous plants – it really makes me wish I had more of a green thumb!
Apparently, a couple moved into the house in 2008 and started displaying plants outside their residence. Since then, their collection has over 60 plants! Little could they have known that their house would turn into one of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona.
As it is a private residence, please, PLEASE be respectful and courteous!
The Carre De l’Allada-Vermell itself is also a cute pedestrian street that is fun to explore – lots of cafes and bars with outdoor terraces lines the street, so it’s a great spot to stop and rest your feet over a coffee or beer.
Address: Carrer de l’Allada-Vermell 12, 08003
You can’t go to Barcelona and not go to Barceloneta. The beach, palm trees, and the emblematic skyline make it one of the best Barcelona photo spots.
Passeig Martim is the main street here that goes down the beachfront, and is a great spot for a stroll. At the end of the path is the W Hotel, one of the most iconic buildings in the city.
Barceloneta is one of the most touristy spots in the city, so if you want a crowdless shot, you’ll have to come very early in the morning. However, I came around sunset – because Barceloneta is also full of beachside bars. Nothing better than watching the sunset with a sangria in hand after a long day of exploring the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona, am I right?
Address: Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 08003 Barcelona
I had never even heard of Tibidabo until I started seeing photos of it pop up on Instagram – I was initially drawn to the rainbow colored ferris wheel against that city view.
At over 500 meters tall, Tibidabo is the highest mountain in Barcelona. From here, you can enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the city, the hills, and the Mediterranean Sea.
Tibidabo is home to a communications tower, a church, and an amusement park, which is the oldest in Spain, the second oldest in Europe, and actually one of the oldest in the world!
There is an observation deck at the amusement park, but in my opinion, the better view is from the base of the church, which sits above the park (best part is it’s free!). From here, you can truly get a sense of how expansive Barcelona is – you can even see the towers of the Sagrada Familiar pop out in the distance, which I thought was SO cool!
If you want an even higher vantage point, you can also opt to go up to the top of the church’s towers.
The church has a fairytale-like facade, which is best appreciated from above. If you think you need a drone or a helicopter to get a shot like the above, think again. I found out later on that it just requires you to go on a sketchy ride in the amusement park (the one pictured to the left of the ferris wheel) – hm, yeahhhh.
Getting to Tibidabo is an adventure itself – to get there, take a RENFRE line L7 train to the Avenida Tibidabo stop. From here, you hop on to the Tibidabo tram, and then transfer to a funicular, which has pretty sweet views as well.
Address: Plaça del Tibidabo, 3, 4, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
Hours: varies depending on season, see here
Admission: free for panoramic area, €28.50 for amusement park, €3 for church towers
15. La Boqueria Market
Officially named Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, the La Boqueria market dates back to 1217 and is one of the oldest and most famous marketplaces in all of Europe.
It is also one of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona because of all the colorful produce, meats, spices, confections and more that are on display. Over 200 vendors sell their wares here, and walking up and down the aisles here is a feast for the senses – a harmony of sights, sounds, scents, and flavors!
It’s a perfect place to stop for lunch, or some snacks. I heard that the candy vendors here are the best, but they were all closed when I was there. The best things here are the fruit and the juices – they are all fresh, cheap, and delicious!
For a fun experience, take a tour through the market – which also comes with a paella cooking class at the end!
Address: La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Hours: Monday-Saturday 8am-8:30pm, closed Sundays
16. Sant Pau Recinte Modernista
Perhaps the most photogenic hospital…EVER! This was one spot that I had on my list of Barcelona Instagram spots to visit, but ran out of time for…and I’m still salty about it.
The Sau Pau complex houses 27 pavilions and was once a cutting-edge medical facility, which opened in 1916 and was in use as recently as 2009. Designed by Lluis Domenech I Montaner, the Gaudi protege behind the Palau de la Musica Catalana, the complex is the largest of its kind in the world.
Today, the site is an open-air museum and one of the shining examples of Modernist and Catalan Art Noveau architecture in Barcelona. The most photogenic of the buildings in the complex is the Administration building. Not only is the brick facade stunning, but the interior is filled with colorful mosaic ceilings, stunning stained glass windows, and grand staircases.
Address: Carrer de Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167, 08025 Barcelona
November – March: Monday-Saturday: 9:30am-5:30pm, Sundays and holidays: 9:30am-3pm
April – October: Monday-Saturday 9:30am-7pm, Sundays and holidays: 9:30am-3pm
Admission: €15 for self-guided visit (book tickets here), €20 for guided tour (book tickets here)
17. Bunkers del Carmel
Originally a site for anti-aircraft guns during the Spanish Civil War, Bunkers del Carmel is now known as one of the best spots to watch the sunset in Barcelona. Both locals and gather here, bring picnics, and enjoy the view – especially on warm summer evenings.
It sits a little bit outside of city center. To get here, you will have to take the metro (to El Carmel or Alfons X, depending on where you’re coming from), and either walk or take a bus up. I had fully intended to come here for sunset on my last day in Barcelona, but tired feet and fatigue won out and I headed to Barceloneta for sangrias instead.
If you’re up for it, it is well worth the trek for the 360 degree panoramic views of the city and beyond, which makes it one of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona. The view from here looks especially magical during blue hour, right after the sun falls below the horizon and the twinkly city lights come up.
Address: Carrer de Marià Labèrnia, s/n, 08032 Barcelona
18. Arc de Triomf
The Arc de Triomf is one of the most recognizable monuments in Barcelona. You can’t miss it as you walk down Passeig de Sant Joan. Built in 1888 when Barcelona hosted the Universal Expedition, it serves as sort of a gateway for the modern Barcelona.
What makes the Arc de Triomf unique from other arches of its kind (like the Arc de Triomphe, one of the most Instagrammable places in Paris), is that this one is built from red brick. One one side are reliefs that symbolize agriculture and industry, and commerce and art on the other. The shields of the 49 Spanish provinces, presided over a coat of arms of the city of Barcelona, stand on the top of the arch.
There will always a crowd of people surrounding the Arc throughout most of the day, so for the best photo ops, you will have to come at sunrise. Otherwise, the Passeig de Sant Joan is a pretty wide street, so you can get cool shots if you play around with angles. Unfortunately, I passed by the Arc while I was in the hurry, and came to realize I never even snapped a photo here – oops!
Address: Passeig de Lluís Companys, 08003 Barcelona
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19. Parc de la Ciutadella
At the other side of the arch is the Parc de la Ciutadella, a green oasis in the middle of a bustling city and one of the most popular Barcelona photo spots. The 74 acre park has a boating lake, a collection of statues, a tropical greenhouse, and is also home to the Barcelona Zoo and the Catalan Parliament buildings.
The highlight here is the ornamental fountain, which was designed by Josep Fontsere, with the help of a young Antoni Gaudi! There are many ways you can capture the fountain, from shooting straight on to capture a reflection of it in the water, or taking photos on the staircases on either side.
Address: Passeig de Picasso, 21, 08003 Barcelona
20. Casa Padua
I wish I had time to make it to this house, because it is just the prettiest! It’s tucked into a little street in the Gracia neighborhood. The green and red motif on the facade makes this one of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona.
It’s a bit hidden and hard to find if you don’t know about it – apparently even a lot of locals don’t know that this house exists! The origins and history of the house are somewhat of a mystery, but the building once housed a perfume factory until the 1970s. It sat abandoned for years until it was restored by Alonso Balaguer, who won an award for his restoration efforts.
Address: Carrer de Pàdua, 7508006 Barcelona
The Most Instagrammable Hotels in Barcelona
- Hotel Ayre Rosellon: I mentioned this hotel earlier on this list of the most Instagrammable places in Barcelona because of that epic view of the Sagrada Familia from the rooftop terrace. Not only that the hotel has a modern, cosmopolitan design and is centrally located, making it an excellent place to stay in Barcelona.
- Grand Hotel Central: This 5-star hotel sits in the heart of the city, and has a super Instagrammable infinity pool with spectacular views of the city! This award-winning hotel is elegant but modern and is praised for its exceptional service.
- H10 Cubik: Barcelona has no shortage of Instagrammable hotels with epic rooftop pools, and H10 Cubik is one of them. You can enjoy a beautiful view of the Barcelona Cathedral while soaking in the pool here, all while sipping on a glass of cava.
Best Gear for Photographing the Most Instagrammable Places in Barcelona
Most of the photos in this post were shot with the Nikon D7000 (which has now been updated to the Nikon D7500). I shot on this trusty camera for years and it has accompanied me on many of my travels!
Recently, I decided to enter the world of mirrorless cameras and purchased the Sony a6000. I am loving it because it is soooo lightweight – so perfect for travel! Sony definitely makes the best mirrorless cameras, and the image quality is excellent.
The vast majority of my photos are shot with the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 (for Nikon, Sony). The 28-75mm range covers much of what I need while I’m traveling so I only need one lens. The f2.8 means that it works great in low light and gets amazing bokeh (or that blurred background).
For phone photos:
I actually end up taking a lot of photos with my phone – I currently have the iPhone XR. It definitely shoots excellent images so you’d never know that they were shot on a phone! The newer iPhone 12 has an even better camera, so definitely look into it if you’re due for an upgrade and want to shoot better phone photos!
I love this lightweight tripod, which is cheap, easy to set up, and not super annoying to carry around. I also use this selfie stick tripod to help me take self-portraits on my phone! This is especially handing when trying to get self-portraits at places that don’t allow tripods.