Whenever you want to see the best views of Barcelona, I bet you think of some places you’ve probably already been. This can be a little bit boring. But from now on, the city is going to offer a new viewpoint. One you can’t miss. Something totally different from Tibidabo, Montjuïc o the Carmel Bunkers. Why? because you’ll enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view in the middle of the city.
Say hello to “Unlimited Barcelona”. A new viewpoint located at the top of the Urquinaona Tower, which will be open to the public from March 2022
Urquinaona Tower is one of the most famous rationalist-style buildings in Barcelona. This iconic skyscraper is the tallest building in the city center and was built in 1971 by the architect Antonio Bonet. Besides, it is included in the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia Inventory. It is 70 meters height and 22 floors.
Solve some of the enigmas of Barcelona
The new viewpoint will offer the most significant aspects of Barcelona’s history. The neighbourhoods, iconic places and of course the best kept secrets of the Catalan capital. Get ready to solve several of Barcelona’s enigmas… “Why is it one of the most densely populated cities in the world? Why is it so easy to find your way around it? Why is there no building that exceeds 172 meters in height? Or, what is the origin of the word “Barcelona”?, among many others.
A downloadable audio guide using QR codes will complete the tour. And you’ll enjoy an art exhibitions that will be temporarily organised inside the building, with pieces by local artists, too. In fact, for the inauguration there will be a sample of the work by Naxo Farreras and Pilar Correa.
What you are going to see at this viewpoint in Barcelona
Some of the reasons that make Unlimited Barcelona one of the best viewpoints in the city are its panoramic views and its large windows. You’ll be able to have a great view of Montjuïc, the Mediterranean, Ramblas and Plaça Catalunya. Another window allows you to see the Old Town district from above, with the Barcelona Cathedral and the Basílica of Santa Maria del Pi. Then, the Fàbregas building, Basílica of Santa Maria del Mar and the W Hotel.
Last but not least, the remaining observation points allow us to see the changes that the city has undergone since the 1888 Universal Exhibition until the 1992 Olympics. Facing the Eixample, the Sagrada Familia, the Olympic Village and the Ciutadella Park, among many others. The tour ends with the observation of Tibidabo and Sants, Gràcia and Poblenou neighbourhoods.
How you can get tickets to “Unlimited Barcelona”
“Unlimited Barcelona” will be open to the public during the weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (every day during July and August). It is necessary to book an appointment and purchase tickets online: the general price is €12.
Other 5 options to see the city while you have some drinks
Garden “El Palace”
This terrace is inspired by the romantic garden of the palace-hotel that Francesc Cambó built, as well as the paintings of the modernist painter Ramon Casas. If you want an accurate description of the place, we can say that the Rooftop Garden of the Palace is an oasis in the middle of Barcelona.
There are more than fifty types of plants, fountains, pergolas and a swimming pool with panoramic views over the city.
They have worked on a program of activities that you’ll enjoy for sure. Some of them are: open-air cinema sessions with an open popcorn bar, yoga and pilates and a combination of swimming pool and haute cuisine.
Make sure to check their agenda and reserve on their website.
Duquesa de Cardona Terrace
You can see the entire Barcelona sea line from the rooftop of this 1850s palace. Believe it or not, the view is worth your while. The best of it all is that you can enjoy some live music too.
On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m there are live performances. Also in vermouth hours on Saturdays and Sundays. The terrace is open from Sunday to Wednesday from 12 noon to 12 midnight. and from Thursday to Saturday from 12 to 1 h.
This terrace is called 360º and you can imagine why. On the 11th floor, almost forty meters high, the panoramic view of the city is going to take your breath away!
This place is open every day from 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. And yes, the bar and cocktail service are highly recommended.
1881 per Sagardi
This rooftop is in Barceloneta, on the fourth floor of the Museu d’Història de Catalunya. Even though it’s not located in a very tall building, the truth is that the view is amazing.
The restaurant is named after the year in which, inspired by English port constructions, the Museum building was designed.
What to spect ins this viewpoint? You can see the entire coastline of Barcelona, from the Montjuïc hill to beyond the Besós. And off course, great fish dishes prepared at the moment.
Hotel Royal Passeig de Gràcia
The terrace of the Royal Paseo de Gracia hotel is the highest in the Eixample. It’s a great spot to see Sagrada Familia, the Mediterranean and the Montjuïc mountain.
Besides this spectacular views, you can enjoy music shows on Thursdays from 9 pm, and DJ sessions on Saturday afternoons.
The menu goes from international ‘street food’ dishes to traditional tapas: ‘baos’ of ‘cochinita pibil’ together with Iberian ham croquettes.
Rooftop hours: Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 1am (with kitchen service for dinner) and Friday to Sunday from 12pm to 1am (with kitchen service from 12pm to 3.30pm and from 6pm to 11pm).
So, which is going to be your new favourite viewpoint in Barcelona?