Instagrammable places in Barcelona
These days, an indication that a place is worth travelling to is when it’s deemed as Instagrammable. And when it comes to visually appealing travel destinations, few places are more picture-perfect than the city of Barcelona. The Guardian notes that Barcelona has become one of the most frequented cities in recent years. It’s partly because multiple influencers flock to Airbnbs and hostels there and show their thousands of followers how amazing of a place it is.
With the barrage of gorgeous travel photos from influencers, wanderlusts and travellers are even more drawn to this beautiful place. We can only expect this trend to continue once lockdown rules ease and flight travel go back to normal. Daydreaming in Paradise’s feature on influencers points out how a simple post can influence viewers’ travel goals. It just goes to show that social media has indeed become a driving force for tourism not just in Barcelona, but in a bevvy of other destinations across the world. In fact, data curated by Ecoconsultancy revealed that 40% of people under 33 prioritise a destination’s “Instagrammability” before deciding to go there.
Yet even before these influencers put the spotlight on the city, Barcelona has always held a certain charm. We can’t blame you if you want to visit for the gram! That said, here are some of the most iconic destinations in Barca that you may want to pay a visit once you’re there.
Hotel Ayre Rosellon Rooftop
The Sagrada Familia is pretty much a non-negotiable destination when visiting Barcelona, but if you want to admire it from afar, you can get the best view at the rooftop of the Hotel Ayre Rosellon. Deemed one of the most Instagrammable hotels in the city, it offers a perfect glimpse of the famous church and its towers. But while it’s pricey to book a room with a view, it does have a rooftop bar that you can visit for free. Pro tip: head on over to the bar and enjoy a cocktail while taking in the epic view of one of the most famous monuments in the world.
Situated in the neighbourhood of Gràcia, Park Güell is a stunning public park located high above the city. Going here will not only grant you awe-inspiring views of Barcelona, but you’ll also get to enjoy the gardens and architectural elements, both of which are definitely snap-worthy. If you want to take quality shots, try your best to come before 8:30am before the park officially opens for tourists. You will get free access and catch the sunrise — an ideal Instagrammable moment.
Pont del Bisbe
If New York City has Dumbo, Barcelona has Pont del Bisbe, a stunning neo-Gothic bridge that tourists often use as a backdrop in photos. Also known as the Bisbe Bridge, it’s right next to the Gothic Cathedral and makes for a beautiful photo setting. While the street itself is nothing noteworthy, the small bridge that connects two buildings makes it irresistible to both locals and tourists alike. Just make sure to wake up early to get the perfect shot as the street is not very wide and gets crowded quickly.
Jardins de Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer
If you want to escape the city crowds and head to a place more relaxing, you can’t go wrong with the Jardins de Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer or the Gardens of Mossèn Jacint Verdaguer. Famous for its ornate gardens, ponds, and lush flower beds, it doesn’t matter what seasons you plan to visit — the place will always bring forth full colourful blooms for you to enjoy. The many flowers planted here include a variety of tulips, crocuses, hyacinths, dahlias, and even water lilies, all of which are begging to pop on your Instagram feed.
Another awe-inspiring destination is the Casa Batlló, which is designed and remodeled by Antoni Gaudí in 1904. Prior to that, it was a previously constructed house and it’s thanks to Gaudí’s magic that it became a popular landmark. Featuring a castle-like structure, its facade is peppered with shades of mauve, blue, and green tiles, as well as embellished with wave-shaped balconies and window-frames. What makes it even more unique is that it rises to an unequal blue-tiled roof with a solitary tower. It’s really no wonder why it’s deemed as one of the most Instagrammable spots in all of Barcelona.
Written by Ara Melody
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