During our photography tours in the city we cover a circuit around the best photography spots Barcelona has and I wrote this post to mention them and include other city views that definitely worth a photo. My personal advice is that booking a photography tour always saves time, is more fun and you can advantage from the expertise of a professional photographer. But if you prefer going on your own this list is a must.
After that, in the end of the post, you will find some tips about how to save money in your Barcelona visit, how to get around Barcelona, and most important of all, when to visit or the best time to visit the mentioned photography spots.
Best photography spots in Barcelona
2- Sagrada Familia
3- Boqueria Market
4- Gothic quarter
7- Casa Batllo
8- Magic Fountain
9- La Pedrera
10- Park Guell
Ramblas offers one of the most iconic city views with the crowd going up and down through one of the most universal streets in the world.
If standing at the top of Ramblas where it meets Plaza Catalunya, you can advantage from a higher point of view. you can go in the early morning when is still not as crowded and light is soft enough to capture nice backlights, but you can go later, or even at midday since Ramblas is covered by trees and buildings around and the sun light won’t disturb. Find our tips regarding the best equipment and settings to use in this post: Barcelona Gothic Quarter
Best time to visit: Morning, midday, afternoon
First thing that bothers always when arriving to Sagrada Familia are the cranes and covered towers indicating that the church is unfinished yet. But it’s still an iconic photography spot of the city that worth more than one photo. If you arrive from the façade closest to Barcelona center (the Passion facade) you’ll be able to get a better shot of the towers, that remain uncovered. But the best façade to photograph is the other one, the Naixement (Birth Façade) where the architect reached his highest moment of splendor.
If you cross the Plaza located in front of it (Plaza de Gaudi), you’ll be rewarded by a shot of Sagrada Familia reflected on the pool at the center of the park. Just mind that you’ll need a wide angle cause most of lenses are not wide enough to capture the whole scene.
Best time to visit: From all Barcelona locations this is one where I strongly recommend an early morning visit. Not only to get the best sunrise tones on the façade but to get some good shots before the crowds arrive (both outside and inside). In the afternoon the sun is on the other side, and we won’t have the sun falling on the façade but we can get a nice silhouette of the Gaudi building with the starburst effect on top of it.
This is one of the best locations in Barcelona to get environmental portraits combined with the authentic popular products of the mediterranean cuisine. Stands are colorful and nicely decorated and the expressions of the stand owners and people around are a nice way to capture the moment. Try to capture angles and corners cause they produce diagonals that will improve your photographs.
You can try also raising your camera above your head, it will change the traditional angle producing a dinamic image.
Sellers are on the dark side of the stand, so exposure can be challenging, this is a good way to practice with low light conditions
Best time to visit: Any time after 9am and before 7 pm.
This area is so full of interesting Barcelona photography spots that is one of the cases that I would recommend a guided tour. Unless you have a map you would probably miss the best locations to photograph. Magnificent medieval architecture will be waiting for you here mixed with old plazas, fountains, modernist cafes, graffiti, old windows and doors and gothic churches. If you want to know more about the best places to photograph in the Gothic quarter read this post: Barcelona Gothic Quarter
Best time to visit: In the morning you’ll be able to capture the shadow narrow lanes with rays of sun light falling down. Later at sunset hours you’ll be able to capture the artificial light and the look of the old medieval buildings.
From people exercising outdoor to a beautiful sunrise or sunset, Barceloneta has all the elements to provide good pictures and city views. They surely will include creative modern scultpures, the famous “chiringuitos” or cafes, the informal attitude of people and the beach feel with modern buildings, old houses, palm trees and a beautiful blue sky.
Best time to visit: Sunrise and sunset hours.
Here the main photography spot is architecture but you can exercise the shutter priority with the movement of skaters framed by the magnificent Macba (Museum of contemporary art) building. Let be seduced by the informal character of this “in” district full of modern stores, relaxed people, creative graffiti and nice cafes.
Best time to visit: Morning and sunset hours
Casa Batllo is a house designed by Gaudi and the tips to get a better photograph of the house applies to all architecture photography. Try to get interesting angles from below. Not only do the traditional shot to the façade, also go to the base of the house and raise your camera to the top, tilt your compositions. Try interesting shots with the building captured on the mirrors around.
Best time to visit: The light falls on it for a few hours in the late morning. In the night you’ll be able to catch it lit up
A spectacular city view with the fountain, the Museum (MNAC) and the light and colors attract a crowd that gathers around it at night. It is one of the best photography spots in Barcelona, just be prepared to find a lot of people trying to do the same. You can arrive a bit early to reserve a spot at the top of the hill and getting a wonderful city view from above. Once the show is on you can descend and get some shots of the people’s silhouette against the fountain around.
Best time to visit: Late afternoon and night.
Antoher Gaudi building, the best shot can be done outside across the street and on the top of the building to the chimneys and stone monuments above. Read this post if you want to know more about how to get best photos in this location: La Pedrera, Barcelona Gaudi photography
Best time to visit: Afternoon.
The park is located a little away from the city center on a northern hill. One of the best city views from above that can be catch at any time but is particularly beautiful during the sunset. Inside the park is also one of the best Barcelona photography spots due to the genious of Gaudi and the colorful “trencadis” that he used as a design for benches and columns.
Best time to visit: Any time.
Best way to travel around saving time and money during your Barcelona visit.
Barcelona is busy the whole year around. Now is more popular to visit Barcelona during the off season cause you can advantage from a cooler wheather that can be fairly cold in January and February but never below zero and still enjoy the sun out most of days. If visiting on July and August (high season) be prepare to find crowds on most of the places.
To use the public transportation system is quite safe and easy in Barcelona. Just try to secure your things and don’t leave them unattended. Buying the T10 card you can use the same card for 10 trips and the total cost will be 9.95euros. You can even use it with a partner and hand it back when crossing the door. It is better than buying the single ticket that costs 2.10 euro
You can purchase the Barcelona card to have free access to metro, buses and trains and a discount to enter museums and monuments. Here a detailed explanation about the discounts of the Barcelona card: http://www.artbarcelonatours.com/barcelona-card/