There’s no question about it: Barcelona has a seriously pretty skyline. What with the jutting turrets of La Sagrada Familia and the rooftops of Gaudi’s other whimsical houses, there’s plenty to catch your eye above ground level. But how do you get to see all this and soak it up from a prime viewing spot? Well, there’s Montjuic and Tibidabo, but if you want to kick back and relax with a cocktail and the creamy glow of the sunset, you’ll have to head to one of the city’s glamorous roof terraces. Here are some of the best.
Sky Bar at Grand Hotel Central
Even though many of Barcelona’s roof terraces climb above all the other surrounding buildings, there’s still often a limited view from their summits. However, at the Sky Bar views are pretty unrestricted – you can almost catch a glimpse of the entire city in one go. What’s more, it’s cheap for such a beautiful drinking hole.
The Pulitzer Terrace at Hotel Pulitzer
Situated just around the corner from Plaza Catalunya, one of the city’s busiest squares, the Pulitzer Terrace offers a natural retreat away from the crowds. Its lush greenery and collection of sweet cocktails make for the perfect place to chill out on a warm evening.
La Dolce Vita at Majestic Hotel
Elegance and class are the front-runners at the Majestic Hotel, where exclusivity and luxury are the name of the game. The La Dolce Vitae terrace follows suit, living up to the hotel’s grand reputation with incredible views of Gaudi’s masterpieces, and a restaurant served by Michelin-star chef, Nandu Jubany.
Wet Bar at the W Hotel
One of Barcelona’s most famous hotels is also home to one of the best rooftop terraces in the city. With spectacular ocean views, the Wet Bar acts as an uninterrupted look out over Barcelona with a glamorous atmosphere, cocktails, and laidback music.
La Terraza del Claris at the Claris Hotel
Boasting both indoor and outdoor seating areas on the rooftop terrace, La Terraza del Claris is the perfect haunt for every season. The bar and restaurant serve a selection of local cocktails and dishes, whilst the weekends play host to resident DJs until 1am.
Ayre Hotel Rosellon
If you want to see the spikes and turrets of La Sagrada Familia from a different perspective, head up to the Ayre Hotel Rosellon’s rooftop terrace, which is located just 200 metres from Gaudi’s architectural wonder.
La Terraza de Duquesa de Cardona Hotel
Situated in the glitzy port area, the Duquesa de Cardona Hotel is an upmarket 19th century offering close to all the city’s major attractions. From up top you can look out over the sparkling waters of the port, the ramshackle streets of Barceloneta, and the uniformed structure of the World Trade Centre.