Here Comes the Sun: Top Sunrise Spots in Barcelona

With spring underway, Barcelona is entering its sweetest season, full of sunny days and progressively warmer nights that invite one to enjoy the famous Catalonia nightlife. This is also one of the best times of the year to catch the sunrise, either by the sea, or atop one of the city’s vantage points. Below, our top sunrise spots in Barcelona, plus a few alternative ways and tours to enjoy it!

Beachfront:

PHOTO BY ENRIC FRADERA

PHOTO BY ENRIC FRADERA

The first and most obvious place to go to enjoy the sunrise is the beachfront. Whether you are ending a night of non-stop dancing at CLDC, Pacha, Shoko or Opium Mar in the Barceloneta area, or just want to wake up early, any of the city's beaches are great spots to enjoy the sunrise. There are also sunrise running tours, and early sunrise yoga classes on the beachfront area for those interested in getting an athletic boost as well.

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Off the beaten path

The nearby beautiful little towns bordering the Catalonia beachfront are also great spots for a quick getaway and a more quiet sunrise. To the north of Barcelona, Calella is a great little village by the sea, and to the south, Sitges is well known for both its lovely beaches and lively nightlife.

High Up

Of course, another great way to catch the sunrise is to find a high vantage point from which to look over the city. To get to these hot sunrise spots you might have to venture out a bit more, but it will be well worth it.

Montjuic

The closest spot in the city is the Montjuic mountain which is well worth visiting for the sunrise and also because of its many attractions including art and ethnographic museums, a famous and unique cemetery overlooking the sea, and a military fortress.

Turó de la Rovira

This amazing spot in Bunkers del Carmel offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the city and is a great spot for sunrise snapshots. It is also a historical landmark with a museum that opens at 10am. More information on Turó de la Rovira here.

Park Güell

The famous Gaudí Park is a beautiful spot to get a full view of the city although the sun should already be up by the time it opens to the public at 8am, but if you try sunset, that is your best bet for a great view and great colours!

Collserola

Collserola is a little further out from the Barcelona city center, yet it is worth the visit, especially on weekends when you can enjoy the Tibidabo fun park as well. Also, you can take a sunrise tour to enjoy the skyline and nature!

Off the Beaten Path

PHOTO BY JUANEDC

PHOTO BY JUANEDC

The Prat de LLobregat airport is actually a great sunrise spot too so keep it in mind when you book your flights to and from the city!

 

Find Barcelona sunrise and sunset times here, or download this Sunrise Sunset App.

Also, here are some tips from Nikon for shooting sunrises and sunsets.  And when you’re done, make sure to stop at one of these recommended Barcelona Brunch Spots.