barcelona flight view

Barcelona is one of my favourite European cities. Known the world over as the home of Gaudi and Miro, Barcelona boasts some of the most famous landmarks in the world such as the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece. For visitors, Barcelona offers great shopping, world-class museums, a picturesque historic centre, a vibrant culinary scene, pumping nightlife and mile after mile of sandy beaches! I love this city and yes, I’m a big fan of the city’s football (soccer) team. On a recent trip, I was treated to some stunning plane window views of Barcelona on the approach.

View of Barcelona from a plane window

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Barcelona from a plane window. The clump in the middle of the photo are the Montserrat mountains.
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A panoramic view of Barcelona, with the snow-capped Pyrenees mountains in the background.

The Sagrada Familia can be seen in the upper left of the photo below.

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The towers of the Sagrada Familia.

The following photo shows the grid-pattern of Barcelona’s streets. In the foreground is Port Vell, Barcelona’s cruise terminal and yacht harbour. The W Hotel stands proud at the end of the beaches of Barceloneta. The last photo shows the main site of the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992 on Montjuic.

Read about things to do in Barcelona.

Barcelona and Port Vell
The Olympic Park on Montjuic.

Taking off from Barcelona at sunset

On my flight out, I once again got to enjoy a fantastic view of Barcelona from the plane window, this time by night!

Take-off from Barcelona at sunset.
The city lights right after take-off. The airport and its runways can be seen on the right.
An aerial view of Barcelona by night.

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10 Responses

  • i am gonna be at Borders Control weekend. it’s going to be at Tibidabo mountain (Grand hotel la Florida hotel) the view from there it’s outstanding, it will be such a great time!

  • Great photos, reminded me of my descent into Barcelona when I arrived here. Is definately one of Europes best cities for getting you excited about landing as you arrive by plane.

  • Barcelona is a city that has always intrigued me. The grid-like formation and urban planning is impressive. It must make for a fantastic city to stroll around.

  • Yes I agree, Barcelona is absolutely the greatest city in Europe! They truly have everything, parks, cultural events, the city and of course their beautiful beaches. Not to mention of course cheap delicious wine and a great nightlife. Have you had a chance to see Barcelona play? I was there during a Real Madrid match and it was a great experience, way different from our American football games in the states.

  • We just posted a blog on Monday about Barcelona… it definitely is a beautiful & fun city to visit!

    Great pics… we saw lots of these places when then there close up but from this perspective is very cool! 🙂

    Another great way to see the views of the city is from Tibidabo Mountain… highly recommended for any visitors.

    Thanks for sharing Keith!

    Nancy & Shawn

  • Beautiful images Keith! I love Barcelona as well. Amazing how you can actually really see the grid-pattern of Barcelona’s streets!

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