Some hotels with rooftop terraces in Barcelona

The summer’s drawing to an end but we’ve still got time to enjoy Barcelona’s rooftop terrace bars. In an earlier post I mentioned a series of hotel rooftop terraces in Barcelona that offer a spectacular view of the city. But the list doesn’t end here… I’m now going to name a few more hotels with rooftop bars, where you can soak up some wonderful views with a drink in your hand.

I’ll start off with two terraces that opened recently and which are really worth mentioning.

'The Top' terrace of Hotel Gallery, BarcelonaIt is a terrace that looks over both sides of the hotel. A hospitable and pleasant atmosphere with a small pool, sun beds, restaurant area and cocktail bar. The views show an alternative version of Barcelona but, none the less, the sights at sunset are amazing. During the summer, every day of the week ‘The Top’ terrace offers an agenda full of activities which we can consult on their website.

Curiously, this hotel stands where my old offices used to be! What memories… So mentioning it now makes me feel twice as happy. To tell you the truth the rooftop bar, which opened only recently, like the one I have just mentioned, offers marvellous views. It has a cocktail list and it specialises in mojitos.

The rooftop bar of the Hotel Royal Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona

  • The rooftop, rather than the terrace, of the Hotel DO

The rooftop of this hotel has been turned into a terrace with a pool and restaurant. It offers a charming view of the Plaça Reial and the Gothic district in general, where you can spot the odd bell tower standing among the old buildings.

Views from the rooftop terrace of Hotel Do Barcelona

Hotel Miramar, standing half way up Montjuïc, gives visitors the chance to see some beautiful views of the Port of Barcelona, the cable car and the sea. It has a pool and terrace, but the views can be seen from the hotel gardens.

A terrace with a bar, pool and solarium with views of the open sea and the Golden Fish, by Frank Gehry, to keep you company.

Rooftop in Hotel Pullman Barcelona Skipper

Well, now you know where to find a few terraces with views of different perspectives of Barcelona. If you spend your summer in Barcelona, it’s impossible to get bored! 😉


Bomb shelter in the Plaça de la Revolució

During the Civil War, about 1,400 bomb shelters were built in Barcelona. The most well known, and which can be visited today after booking in advance, are the bomb shelter number 307 (refugi 307) in Poble Sec and the one in the Plaça del Diamant, in the district of Gràcia. But there is a third, unknown to most people, located in the Plaça de la Revolució, also in the district of Gràcia. The shelter can be visited free of charge and the most curious thing is that visitors have to go through the underground car park in the square to access it, after asking the cartaker for the keys.

Bomb shelter in the Plaça Revolució, GràciaIt’s really exciting! If you decide to go, make sure they don’t give you the wrong key, which is what happened to us today. Check the key ring says ‘Llave del refugio’ (shelter key). We were really excited about opening the door but after going down four levels (it’s on the bottom floor, 4B) we had to go all the way back up again to get the right key.

Once you’ve opened the door, the light switch is on the left. However, there are two rooms in darkness so you’ll have to bring a torch if you want a clearer view of this area. There’s not much left of the bomb shelter: an L-shaped passage with a bench where the refugees used to sit and two small rooms, which might have been the infirmary. On the ceiling it’s still possible to see what’s left of what used to be the shelter’s electricity supply. There was enough electricity to light the room during the air raid, which went on for about two hours, the time the battery lasted.

Civil War bomb shelter, BarcelonaApparently the shelter used to be longer but whilst they were building the car park, part of it was destroyed.

It’s really worth a visit so you can try and listen to the echoes of bygone days. Aah, if only walls could speak!


View Civil War bomb shelter on a larger map

Bellesguard Tower

Gaudi's Bellesguard Tower or Casa FiguerasLying on the mountainside of Collserola, not as well known but just as precious as any other of Gaudi’s works, is the Bellesguard Tower (Beautiful view in Catalan).

A magnificent small palace that reminds us of the castle where Martí l’Humà, a Catalan monarch who ruled in the 15th century, used to live during the summer months and which used to stand in the same place.

It was not until 1900 when María Sagués Molins, the widow of Jaume Figueras, asked Gaudi to redesign the neglected castle. This is the reason for its official name, Casa Figueras (the House of Figueras), although it is commonly known as the Bellesguard Tower.

Today, though it belongs to another family, the house is still private property. However, the garden gates are open to anyone who wants to peep inside. Especially this August, on Tuesdays, there are guided tours around the outside of the house and visitors are treated to a glass of cava and a concert for two violins, whilst on Thursdays, it is possible to enjoy a mojito listening to chill-out music in the background, allowing visitors to calmly contemplate the tower.

Visiting hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 18h to 21h (August).
Price: €20
Bookings: + 34 646 800 127 or bellesguardbooking@gmail.com

From September there will be guided visits every day.

I’ve had the chance to visit the place once and I’ve had no doubts about making a second booking, so they can give me a detailed explanation of the house with all its nooks and crannies.

As a matter of interest, the day was extra special because the clouds occasionally let the sky through, which lit up the Bellesguard Tower like an apparition. Until the rain suddenly appeared and finally a double rainbow filled the sky, crossing the house. Spectacular.

Rainbow over Gaudi's Bellesguard Tower

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