Meet Barcelona from the sky
Barcelona is a city popular for many things. Firstly, the city is the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous district in Spain. Secondly, Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and also the second most populated city in the country. Barcelona is also popular for its great sports history, especially in football. The city is the home ground of one of the world’s most popular and successful football clubs, FC Barcelona. In 1992, the City hosted the whole world for the biggest sporting event of every four years – the Summer Olympic Games.
Aside from these, Barcelona is famous for its beautiful skyline. As the seventh most populated urban area in the European Union, the city is an appealing spectacle. It is well-known that some of Europe’s best skyscrapers are located in Barcelona. This write-up will take you through some of the peak points of Barcelona where some of the loveliest views of this historical city can be seen and experienced.
The Best Viewing Points of Barcelona
Catch a glimpse of the amazing landscape of the cosmopolitan city in its architectural and artistic splendor through any of the following high-rise buildings or elevated terrains.
- Hotel Arts
This is one of the tallest buildings in the city. At 154 metres high, the Hotel Arts towers into the sky and accords the visitor a great panoramic view of the Barcelona landscape. Its construction was concluded in 1994 even though some people are of the view that the waterfront hotel was built to service the 1992 Olympic Games. The Hotel Arts is the choice place to have a feel of the stunning Mediterranean waterfront views of Barcelona. The building itself is an architectural masterpiece, designed to attract attention both to its aesthetics and its industrial orientation. The hotel is a 44-storey building with 483 rooms overlooking the sea. From this building, visitors can see the city in its majesty but can also see its inhabitants enjoying the pleasure of nature at the beaches.
- Torre Mapfre
This is a beautiful skyscraper located in Port Olimpic or Olympic Port in the coastal part of the City of Barcelona. The building is famous for having the highest helipad in Spain, making it an excellent option for visitors to have a sky-view of Barcelona. It is close to the Hotel Arts and was built in 1992. Its exact location of Galle Marina at the sea front of Barcelona also makes it an ideal point to take awesome aerial photograph of the natural side of the city epitomized by its lovely beaches. The Torre Mapfre has 40 floors and boasts of a very sophisticated security system for the safety of its occupants. A trip to the highest floor will take the interested person high enough to see the stunning views of Barcelona. The building is owned and mostly occupied by Mapfre, one of the largest insurance companies in Spain.
- Torre Agbar
The Torre Agbar is an impressive architectural work officially opened in 2005 by King Juan Carlos I. This beautiful skyscraper is another adornment of the Barcelona skyline that gives one ample opportunity to enjoy the sights of the city. It is considered by people in the city as one of the buildings that gives Barcelona a contemporary outlook. The building, which is cylindrical and shaped like a bullet, is such a glorious sight to behold at night when it is well-lit. Even though the platform of this tower is not open to the public, but it offers one of the best views of Barcelona from the skies. One can also take advantage of the exhibition in the lobby of the tower, seeing the history of water treatment in Barcelona there. The building is 142 metres in height and is made up of 32 floors of which 28 are used as office spaces.
Tibidado is the tallest mountain in the Collserola range of mountains located around the northwest of Barcelona and the highest point in the city. It is 512 metres high and its closeness to the city makes it a great option to view Barcelona high up the sky. It offers spectacular views of the city and its environs and people can see the coastline of Barcelona from there as well. The mountain has on its peak point some notable attractions like the Sagrat Cor Church, the Tibidado Amusement Park and a telecommunications tower. From the peak of this mountain, one can have a full view of Barcelona and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. Just the possibility of viewing Barcelona so clearly from a natural range is enough reason why someone should visit the Tibidado. The name of the mountain means ‘I shall give you’ and has Biblical connotations. Tourists can get to the Tibidado through the tram service or the funicular railway to enjoy the best aerial views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean one can have.
- Hotel Porta Fira
If you want to view the City of Barcelona from its south side, then the place to go is the Hotel Porta Fira. This skyscraper won an award for the World’s Best Skyscraper in Barcelona in 2010. The award was given by the Emporis Skyscraper Awards because of the uniqueness of the building’s design and the quality of its finishing. At 113 meters high, this hotel offers an opportunity for people to see the glories of Barcelona from the sky.
- Hotel W Barcelona
The Hotel W Barcelona is an iconic representation of the contemporary Barcelona skyline. In 2010, it was awarded the best exterior hotel architecture in Europe because of its outstanding looks. The entrance of the hotel is at the harbour in front of the Mediterranean Sea and the lovely beach called La Barceloneta. This makes it a unique location to have some of the most awesome views of the natural landscape of Barcelona.
Barcelona is a place every adventurer and lover of travel should aspire to visit. The city can be viewed from many angles and from many points from up the sky. Its beautiful landscape is an attraction whose aerial views would produce classic pictures.