I went to Barcelona end of September and it’s been really lovely. Sunny enough but not too hot, the ideal climate to do a longer weekend photography trip.
Not sure about you but we walked a lot in Barcelona as we didn’t want to miss out on any photography opportunities. By day three my legs were aching from walking that much. However first thing I did was getting a T10 travel card at the airport for about 10 Euro which you can use within the whole city centre and btw you can use it to go from the airport to the city centre. They sell the tickets in the small newsagent shops.
Depending on how many days you spend in Barcelona I would say do the following attractions in any case:
1. Go to Antoni Gaudi’s Parc Güell (Metro Lesseps, L3) – book the tickets online and in advance as otherwise you will need to queue for hours. Avoid weekends. It is worth going inside! There is plenty to see and photograph just outside e.g. the park is full of trees and shrubs and as you walk around you'll see unusual and colourful sculptures, mosaics, walkways and tiling. You can also expect to see some fabulous views of Barcelona from Park Güell as the whole grounds are built on hill land. You might also be able to photograph some people running away from the incoming police as there are lots of people trying to sell you something in Park Güell.
2. Las Ramblas – have a stroll and enjoy Barcelona’s famous Boulevard Las Ramblas. It is a lot going on here. Just sit down in a café and watch. I am sure there will be plenty of photo opportunities.
3. Do not miss La Boqueria market whilst on Las Ramblas. I could have spent hours in here. Such vibrant colours of food and drinks and so delicious. You will for sure meet other photographers here! It’s a photographer’s heaven.
4. Centro Commercial Arenas (Metro Plaça Espanya, L1) is worth a visit and you can go up and enjoy the view on the Palau Nacional.
5. Palau Nacional (Metro Plaça Espanya, L1) – lovely area again with plenty of photography possibilities. One of the best ones I heard is the magic fountain display which unfortunately wasn’t on when we’ve been there. The magic fountain is a spectacular display of colour, light, motion, music and water acrobatics. A must do for a photographer in Barcelona.
6. Not to be missed in any case: Casa Battlo, Casa Mila (Metro Passeig de Gràcia, L3) unique photo opportunities.
7. La Sagrada Familia (Metro Sagrada Familia, L2, L5) is the most visited tourist attraction. Again it is probably wise to book tickets online in advance as we missed out on going inside due to massive queues. Also I had to photoshop the cranes out of the images afterwards as they were everywhere.
8. The Ciutadella park (Metro Jaume I, L4) is a charming and welcome green space in the heart of Barcelona. It has water displays including a beautiful fountain and small lake along with lots of grass verges to lie down and soak up the warm sunshine.
9. Port Olimpico (Metro Ciutadella Vila Olimpica, L4) is nice to round off a day, have a stroll, take some harbour pictures and grab a bite.
10. The giant Gothic Barcelona Cathedral is a focal point of interest in the Gothic quarter (historic old town). As you walk round the Cathedral you will see fine examples of Gothic architecture and Roman walls. The area around the Cathedral has a charm and beauty that makes this location a must visit when you come to Barcelona. It’s on my list for my next Barcelona trip as we didn’t have time to visit.
I hope you enjoyed my little Barcelona photography guide and hope you will enjoy your trip as much as I did! Adios!