Barcelona is globally recognizable by combining sea and mountain landscapes like no other city. The merger between the Mediterranean environment and the own environment of the mountains such as Collserola or the nearby mountains of Montserrat, Montseny and other exceptional places is a real treat for the senses, which allows within minutes going from the beach to the forest in a moment.
But the greatest charm of this city is without any doubt having within its own urban core a hill exploited for the benefit of citizens and visitors with the best views over the city. Which are the best hills of Barcelona?
Montjuíc: Queen of heights
While the Collserola and Tibidabo are the best places with views of Barcelona and to enjoy with the family, regarding the integration of the mountains in the city the absolutely queen without any doubt is Montjuïc. If you rent an apartment in Entença or around the mountain considered like magical, in five minutes you have nothing more and nothing less than:
- The MNAC, all a neoclassical palace which houses an excellent collection of art from all eras, highlighting the dedicated to the Romanesque and early Christian art and reproductions of authentic Pyrenean chapels.
- The Magic Fountain and its unforgettable spectacle of light and water to the rhythm of music.
- The Olympic Ring, where the most prestigious musical and sport events are held and where the great jewels of the 92 Olympics are hosted.
- The Poble Espanyol: a space with the best examples of architectural art of the country.
- The Castell: a perfectly preserved medieval castle which dominates the entire Mediterranean and put it at your feet.
- Gardens, Museums and leisure areas: cascades of ponds with water lilies and lotuses, Miró Foundation, a Greek theater, botanical garden … Montjuïc will surprise you in every corner.
Carmel Hill: viewpoint capital of Barcelona
If we indicate you the hill of El Carmel as one of the most visited in Barcelona, it may be that we will suggest absolutely all places. But if instead of its original name, I refer you this place like the place where we find the most famous park of Barcelona the story changes.
On the hill of Carmel stands the Park Guell, one of the most visited jewels of Gaudí’s and from where you can get wonderful views of the city.
The vast majority of visitors do so from the spectacular viewpoint which is situated on the pillared hall (the sea of columns flanked by the famous lizard of “trencadis” into the park entrance), but from the Turó de les Tres Creus, where three stones cross on a pedestal in the form of steps, even better views of the city are offered and the sunsets become magical.
Turó de la Rovira: history and pure local customs
The so called Turo de la Rovira has become in recent years a point of exception within tourist routes of Barcelona. To its proximity to the Park Güell is added the charm of being in a neighbourhood away from the tourist orbit: El Carmel, apart from hosting the remains of several bunkers used during the tragic Spanish Civil War and is today a memory and interpretation centre.
From this wonderful place you can not only appreciate the way of life of the most local custom of Barcelona, but also a horizontal perspective view of the entire Barcelona, where you can see in the foreground your nearby apartment in Sagrada Familia, Hospital de Sant Pau, Park Guell, Agbar Tower and the towers of the Olympic port.
La Creueta del Coll: when nature and human touch are united
On the hill called as Creueta del Coll, among the populous neighbourhood of Vallcarca and Gracia two very different elements coexist: on the one hand from its entrance, an urban park that features a stunning lagoon located between rocky walls carved into the mountain and where a striking sculpture by Eduardo Chillida hangs. This curious lagoon becomes the summer months in a local swimming pool when sun and warm temperatures arrive to Barcelona.
On the other hand, we find on the side that faces the Tibidabo, an almost virgin, just urbanized stretch of the mountain, where small houses of rural environment seem to give the back not only to the city, but to the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Barcelona and take us back to another century.