If you do want to try and catch a glimpse of the sun as it disappears across the horizon, your best chance is to hike to the top of Tibidabo mountain. Here you’ll find the Sagrat Cor basilica alongside Tibidabo Amusement Park – the oldest of its kind in Spain. There are plenty of green spaces and secluded spots to lay down a blanket and enjoy the view over the Colserolla natural park located behind the mountain.
Plaça del Tibidabo, 3-4, Barcelona, Spain, +34 932 11 79 42
Like a little sophistication once in a while? Then opt to watch the sun set with a cocktail in your hand from the top floor bar of the W Hotel. Located on the 26th floor, the bar is open every day from 6pm until late at night when it transforms into a nightclub. You’ll be able to gaze across waters and admire the Mediterranean change colour as the sky turns pink, red and blue.
Plaça Rosa dels Vents, 1, Barcelona, Spain, +34 932 95 28 00
Bunkers del Carmel
Once upon a time the Bunkers del Carmel were a military-controlled defence point, but today they serve primarily as a viewpoint from which you can admire some of the best 360º panoramas of the city. To access the bunkers you’ll need to get either the metro or the bus before walking uphill via a path, so be sure to wear comfortable clothes. Upon arrival you’ll be greeted by a spectacular view of Barcelona as the sun descends across the city, while there’s usually someone there strumming a guitar to add to the ambience.
Turó de la Rovira, Carrer de Marià Lavèrnia, Barcelona, Spain, +34 932 56 21 22
The Olympic Park
Located on the heights of Montjuïc, the Olympic Park is composed of the Olympic stadium, the iconic telecommunications tower – designed by Ricardo Bofill – and the Olympic Museum. These architectural landmarks are a reminder of the event which transformed the face of Barcelona, making it the world-famous tourist destination it is today. The sight of the telecommunications tower on the backdrop of the sky at dusk is particularly striking.
Passeig Olímpic, 15-17, Barcelona, Spain, +34 934 26 20 89
Set halfway up Tibidabo mountain, Mirablau is a bar and restaurant which offers excellent views of the city stretching down beneath it. Arrive in time to grab some tapas and a drink on one of the tables by the large bay window area for a wholly romantic experience. After dark the atmosphere livens up as the venue becomes a popular cocktail bar with music to dance to until the early hours of the morning.
Plaça del Doctor Andreu, Barcelona, Spain, +34 934 18 58 79
Occupying the top floor of the Hotel 1898 on La Rambla, La Isabela is a cosmopolitan rooftop cocktail bar overlooking Barcelona. Although the terrace is open to both guests and non-guests, there reigns an intimate atmosphere which is a far cry form the hustle and bustle of the streets down below. The drinks are slightly pricier than what you would find in a regular bar but for the exclusivity and views, it’s worth it.
La Rambla, 109, Barcelona, Spain, +34 935 52 95 52
The Grec gardens
One of the most peaceful green spaces in Barcelona, the Grec gardens are located on the lower slopes of Montjuïc and are so named because of the open-air amphitheatre carved in to the rock. Come in the spring time and the garden abounds with fragrant roses, while later on in the year you can enjoy the smell of the orange tree blossom. Stroll through the garden to the sound of the water fountains while you watch the sun descend over the National Palace.
Passeig de Santa Madrona, Barcelona, Spain, +34 933 16 10 00