In Barcelona, one of Europe’s most picturesque and atmospheric cities, soaking up the vibrant street life is as alluring as lounging and drinking in the cityscape from atop its eclectic jumble of buildings.
Take your pick from swanky enclaves on the crest of the city’s luxurious hotels, fanciful terraces perched atop Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces, fabulous roof gardens bursting with romance, or cheerful hangouts with refreshing pools, sunbathing areas, and sweeping views unfolding below.
From the trendy and teeming to the wonderfully whimsical, these are the best rooftop spaces in Barcelona.
El Cel de Gaudí Rooftop Bar
A highlight of H10 Casa Mimosa in the Eixample district of Barcelona, El Cel de Gaudí Rooftop Bar is the perfect spot to relax with a cocktail while contemplating the genius of Gaudí. The chill-out terrace spans the hotel’s top floor, offering unrivaled views across the fanciful chimneys of La Pedrera (Casa Milà), as well as chic outdoor seating and a sparkling plunge pool.
SkyBar at Grand Hotel Central
Cool vibe, breathtaking skyline views, and a dazzlingly lit infinity pool – whose edge seems to plunge into the medieval streets of El Born below – make the Skybar at Grand Hotel Central one of Barcelona’s best rooftop bars. Come sunset, the decked cocktail lounge opens its doors to non-hotel guests, and the sky is on fire with splashes of red, orange, and pink.
Casa Milà Roof Terrace
For an unforgettable evening in Barcelona, climb to the top of La Pedrera, where Gaudí’s whimsical art serves as a backdrop for magical light shows and live jazz concerts throughout the summer.
Also known as Casa Milà, this is one of the city’s most alluring and emblematic buildings, providing a fascinating insight into the architect’s brilliant, organic-inspired work.
Needless to say, dotted with fairytale stairwells, chimneys, and ventilation towers, the Roof terrace of Casa Milà is a one-of-a-kind vantage point, offering some of the best views of Barcelona.
Panoramic Terrace at Hotel Colón
Suspended high above Ciutat Vella, the panoramic terrace at Hotel Colón provides a serene retreat for sipping cocktails and listening to live music in the shadow of Barcelona’s splendid Gothic cathedral. There’s simply no better way to conclude a day of inspiring sightseeing and gastronomic indulgence in this vibrant city than with a view like this!
Rooftop Bar & Pool at Ohla Hotel
Complete with white leather loungers and chic cabanas, the Rooftop at Ohla Hotel makes for a sweet, stylish escape during the hot summer days. A dip in the glistening glass-sided pool affords a breathtaking panoramic vista of the cityscape, with all its majestic, albeit delightfully eclectic monuments.
Expect delicious tapas, exquisite cocktails, and all sorts of cool events (from live DJs to colorful projections to sleek fashion shows) throughout the summer. Just make sure you check with the hotel for hours when outside guests are allowed.
Rooftop Spa at El Palauet Living Barcelona
Overlooking the elegant shopping avenue Passeig de Gràcia, this guests-only rooftop spa entices those seeking relaxation in a chic, intimate environment. When not soaking in the saltwater hydro-massage tub, patrons can bask in the warm Mediterranean sunshine or enjoy a cold glass of cava in the chill-out area whilst surrounded by Modernist mosaic tiles, leafy plants, and beautiful Barcelona views.
Casa de les Punxes’ Rooftop
Located above one of the city’s most iconic Catalan Art Nouveau buildings, Casa de les Punxes’ Rooftop is not your usual elevated hangout.
Designed by famous architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, the sprawling 600 m2 space takes inspiration from ancient German castles, crowned by ancient bunkers and six medieval turrets pointed towards the sky.
Smack dab in the center of L’Eixample, the impressive terrace offers a privileged panoramic view over the Diagonal and the surrounding neighborhood.
La Terrassa de les Indianes at 1881 per SAGARDI Restaurant
An extension of 1881 per SAGARDI – a Mediterranean restaurant on the 4th floor of the Museu d’Història de Catalunya, La Terrassa de les Indianes is a trendy rooftop cocktail bar, complete with DJ and dazzling views across Barcelona’s Port Vell marina.
The Dragon Roof Terrace at Casa Batlló
Seeing Barcelona from the top of Gaudí’s masterpieces is a pretty unique experience, and Casa Batlló’s roof terrace assures a dreamlike journey, accompanied by drinks, live music, fanciful art, and awe-inspiring sunset views over the city.
The Magic Nights at Casa Batlló takes place until late autumn and might just be one of the best ways to spend a summer evening in Barcelona.
Relaxing spa massages, live DJ sets, and light, cosmopolitan cuisine by the pool await guests at Purobeach Barcelona.
Perched on the terrace of Hilton Diagonal Mar, this swanky urban oasis of white and happiness is the ideal place to spend the day relaxing and perfecting your sun tan, surrounded by beautiful people and sweeping sea & skyline views.
The Rooftop at Sir Victor
If a balmier rooftop getaway is more your style, look no further than the classy, design-forward Sir Victor, just off Passeig de Gràcia. With plush lounge chairs, a swimming pool, and gourmet delights, its rooftop terrace is a serene, welcoming spot to enjoy drinks with friends or dine al fresco as you take in views of Gaudí’s La Pedrera and Sagrada Familia.
83,3 Terrace Bar
It’s hard to beat the view from atop Hotel Royal Passeig de Gràcia, where the stylish 83,3 Terrace Bar serves up a spectacular city panorama, with its evocative architectural marvels standing out against the deep blue Mediterranean sky and sea.
This is the highest terrace in the Eixample, and thanks to its glass enclosure, it makes a wonderful year-round destination for sampling cocktails and tapas with Barcelona at your feet.
The Pulitzer Terrace
For a fantastic evening filled with good vibes, great music, and funky street food fare, head to Hotel Pulitzer’s sixth-floor terrace, right next to Plaça Catalunya. Throughout the summer, the atmospheric rooftop garden hosts fiery cooking shows and live DJ sessions by the best Catalan talents in hip, leafy surroundings.
Revel in the outstanding cityscape panorama as you take a dip in Terrat’s spectacular rooftop pool. This elegant oasis on top of Mandarin Oriental Barcelona features a top-notch Peruvian menu by acclaimed chef Gastón Acurio and prides itself on epic sunset views over Passeig de Gràcia.
La Dolce Vitae
Immerse yourself in the enthralling Mediterranean way of life with a visit to La Dolce Vitae, the sophisticated roof terrace of Barcelona’s iconic Majestic Hotel & Spa.
With elegant outdoor furnishings tastefully arranged around a calm, baby-blue pool, this glamorous outdoor hangout sets the scene for the ultimate Spanish feast – think modern Catalan gastronomy by Michelin-starred chef Nandu Jubany, exquisite champagne, “Majestic Sunset Sessions” by world-famous international DJ’s, and killer city vistas stretching all the way to Montjuïc.
Mirador de Arenas de Barcelona
A former Neo-Mudéjar bullring turned shopping center, Las Arenas de Barcelona is topped with a glorious viewing platform overlooking the Catalan capital. The circular roof terrace is lined with a variety of restaurants, and the 360° view from here encompasses Plaça de Espanya, along with the opulent Palau Nacional and the dancing Magic Fountain of Montjuïc.
Another delightful spot to while away a balmy summer day or evening in the City of Gaudí is the 8th-floor terrace at B-Hotel.
Located right across the street from the Las Arenas shopping center, the aptly named B_Pool comes appointed with solarium, sun loungers, and an infinity-edge pool looming over bustling Plaça Espanya and the never-ending Gran Vía. Perfect for a Spanish wine & tapas soirée in the heights of Barcelona!
The Onsider Roof Space
Whatever brought you to The Onsider Barcelona, you’re in for a real treat. A luxurious collection of extended-stay residences in the exclusive Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district, the complex is home to a splendid communal rooftop area, complete with swaying hammocks & Balinese beds, a panoramic 15m swimming pool, and an adorable open-air cinema for watching movies under the stars.
Pool & Solarium at Olivia Balmes Hotel
A stone’s throw from Avinguda Diagonal, Olivia Balmes Hotel makes the most of Barcelona’s unique architecture and glorious Mediterranean climate with a soaring sun terrace and infinity pool overlooking the well-designed Eixample district.
Also available on the 200 m2 terrace on top of the hotel is a modern gym and a relaxing chill-out space for soaking up the scenery. The only downside, you have to book a room to enjoy their urban terrace.
Peacefully positioned on the 7th level of Hotel REC, this rooftop space is a tranquil spot for an invigorating swim, a relaxed outdoor lunch, or a sundowner with friends.
With the historic rooftops of La Ribera in view, you can linger over cocktails and tapas with your amigos both indoors – in the contemporary, glass-walled REC Lounge, as well as outside on the terrace, where the swimming pool and solarium invite you to relax under the sparkling Spanish sun.
Roof Bar at Mercer Hotel
Decked out in plants and flowers, Mercer’s idyllic fourth-floor terrace provides a classy, intimate sanctuary within the buzz of the Gothic Quarter. Adjoining the Roof Bar is a delightful plunge pool surrounded by posh loungers and captivating city views (the mighty La Seu cathedral included). Open exclusively for hotel guests.
Azimuth Rooftop Lounge and Terrace
Take in a bird’s eye perspective of this picturesque Mediterranean city from the rooftop terrace and lounge at Almanac Barcelona. Sleek and cosmopolitan, Azimuth offers inventive cocktails with a view as well as dining under the stars in cozy, multi-tiered seating areas with an Art Deco flair.
The field of vision includes a glimpse of Sagrada Familia and stretches all the way to Mount Tibidabo. There’s also a rooftop pool and sun lounge, exclusive to hotel guests.
The Rooftop Garden at El Palace Hotel
For a glamorous, multisensory experience up in the skies of Barcelona, head to the delightfully romantic rooftop garden atop El Palace (former Ritz).
Decorated with over 50 species of plants and eye-catching paintings by the modernist artist Ramon Casas, the sprawling 1,500 m2 oasis is divided into 5 different spaces. You can dine amidst fragrant orchids and citrus trees in the magical Sagrada Familia Pergola; swim with a view in the César Ritz-designed pool inspired by ancient Roman baths; take in a dramatic sunset from the secluded solarium; or enjoy a classic movie under the sky in the open-air cinema.
360° Terrace at Barceló Raval
Combine cocktails and sightseeing with a dip in the pool at Barceló Raval’s Outdoor 360º Terrace. Equipped with a small, year-round plunge pool and solarium, the 11th-floor circular venue also serves as a vantage point, allowing magnificent panoramic vistas over Barcelona and its main sights.
La Terrassa del Duquesa
If you fancy a change of scene, swap your quaint Old Town views with serene vistas of the Port Vell waterfront at La Terrassa del Duquesa. Framed by lush Mediterranean greenery, this rooftop restaurant and bar on the sixth floor of Hotel Duquesa de Cardona is the place to be for poolside Catalan tapas & wine, hearty paellas, or yacht-spotting over cocktails.
Infinity Pool & Lounge at Hotel Arts Barcelona
Those looking to revel in Barcelona’s maritime spirit will want to check out the fabulous Infinity Pool & Lounge at Hotel Arts, where music and cocktails accompany the glittering views of the Med during the summer months.
Facing Frank Gehry’s emblematic Golden Fish sculpture, the exquisite chill-out area is equipped with an outdoor bar and plush lounge sofas. Once the sun goes down into the sea, live concerts and DJs keep the atmosphere upbeat.
Get a flavor of Barcelona of the past and present with a vermouth on Hotel Casa Fuster’s modernist rooftop deck. Hovering above the tree-lined Passeig de Gràcia, its luxe Mirador Terrace pairs colorful, sophisticated cocktails with jaw-dropping urban views.
A small, sexy pool keeps guests refreshed during those sultry summer days, while at night, this architectural balcony-like rooftop – designed by none other than Lluís Domènech i Montaner – morphs into a hip nightlife spot, complete with great music and sensational vistas of the city lights twinkling in the background.