Barcelona’s skyline at dusk. (Photo: Stefano Politi Markovina / Alamy)
Shadows grow long, and daylight dims as the sun begins its nightly journey toward Barcelona’s horizon. As dusk transforms the sky to a palette of pinks, reds, and oranges, the city seems to take on a gentler vibe — with a hint of the after-dark energy still to come. Soak in the beauty of those magic hours from one of Barcelona’s most stunning spots to watch the sunset.
Medal-Worthy Sunsets at Olympic Park
In 1992 Barcelona hosted the Olympic Games, creating a sprawling complex of stadiums and arenas atop Montjuic hill known as Olympic Park. The site sits high above the city and offers remarkable views of the landscape below. Arrive well before sunset and spend time exploring the park’s remaining structures, including Olympic Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi sports hall, the telecommunications tower designed by Santiago Calatrava, the National Physical Education Institute (INEFC) and the Picornell swimming pools.
As dusk arrives, stroll through the park toward the tower. Designed to resemble an Olympian holding a torch, it lends a dramatic focus to your sunset photos.
Take a History Lesson at Castell de Montjuïc
Built atop one of Barcelona’s looming hills, 17th-century Castell de Montjuïc is a one-time fortress used to keep an eye on the city below, as well as a former political prison and execution ground. This grim past is highlighted in a series of interesting exhibitions at the site. Still, the best reason to head to Castell de Montjuic is for the views. The fortress’s perch grants it unobstructed views of the twinkling Mediterranean sea, bustling port, and city below. Wander along the Camí del Mar, a walking path, and enjoy the vistas.
Shopping and Sunsets at Las Arenas
Once a bullring and the site of raucous bullfights, today Las Arenas is a far less bloody venue: a shopping complex. While you’ll want to browse the shops, plan to make a beeline for the rooftop skywalk, which circles the round structure. You’ll have views of the striking Palau Nacional and Tibaldo Mountain. Bars and restaurants line the walkway. Give into temptation and grab a glass of sparkling wine as you watch the sky shift toward evening.
Views with a Quirky Twist at Park Güell
One of Barcelona’s must-visit tourist stops is also one of the premier spots for enjoying the sunset. Mosaic-encrusted Park Güell was designed by Barcelona’s most famous visionary, Antoni Gaudí. The colorful park is a wonderland that seems to have sprung from the pages of a Dr. Seuss story.
Curving walls tiled in vibrant patterns, spouting fountains, playful mosaic-covered creatures all come together, guaranteeing an unforgettable and enchanting visit. The park also sits along an elevated perch, and its whimsical design makes it a magical zone for capturing the sunset.
360-Degree Views at Bunkers del Carmel
Head to the hills! More specifically, the hilltop ruins of the Bunkers del Carmel. Built in 1938, the bunkers served as anti-aircraft fortifications during the Spanish Civil War. Rising from Turó de la Rovira hill, the bunkers were once topped with cannon and eventually left to crumble. But never underestimate intrepid trekkers. Locals soon discovered that the site offered unparalleled 360-degree views of the city below.
You’ll see the city’s most iconic buildings dot the landscape, like Sagrada Familia and MAPFRE Tower. Their increasing popularity meant that in the early 2000s, the viewpoint was refurbished. It’s a trek to reach the bunkers; pack a picnic (with wine, of course) and relax for a while before returning to sea level.