Best Locations for a Photo Shoot in Barcelona

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Best Locations for a Photo Shoot in Barcelona 2017-11-08T17:06:46+00:00

Best Locations for a Photo Shoot in Barcelona

Since 2011, when I started to work as a wedding photoghrapher and doing photo shoots in the city of Barcelona, I’ve been to many locations for a photo session. In each photo shoot I’ve learned something: how to take the best possible photo in every location, when is the best time to go there according to the light, when the place is colsed, and so on. So after more than a hundred photo sessions, here is a list of locations I like to go for an engagement (pre wedding) or a honeymoon (post wedding) photo shoot.

1. BARCELONA GOTHIC QUARTER

BARCELONA-GOTHIC-QUARTER-MAP

BARCELONA GOTHIC QUARTER MAP (see in Google Maps)

For me, Gothic Quarter is the essence of Barcelona: in many streets and alleys you can really feel you are walking a city in the 15th century, but cleaner! Haha! Here there are so many buildings and beautifull spots to take photos that I could spend hours just in here. Usually we stay only one hour or two, and we do all the quarter just walking.

Usually during a photo shoot we need between 1 and 2 hours to cover this area.

The following are some of my favorite spots in Gothic Quarter:

GOTHIC QUARTER 1 » BARCELONA CATHEDRAL (CATEDRAL DE BARCELONA)

The Barcelona Cathedral is very impressive, but is hard to take a clean shot (without “visual noise”=people! behind). Usually we don’t go inside to take photos; it’s better to take some photos in the stairs in front of the Cathedral, and some behind, and keep moving! The Gothic Quarter has so many nice buildings and corners!

  • Barcelona Cathedral. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Cathedral. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Cathedral. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Cathedral. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Cathedral. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Cathedral. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Cathedral. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Cathedral. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Cathedral. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Cathedral. Photo: Cesc Giralt

GOTHIC QUARTER 2 » PLAÇA SANT FELIP NERI SQUARE

Without any soubt, this is my favourite square in Barcelona. Evidence of  bombings from the Cicil War can be seen in the pockmarked walls of the church. Very very sad indeed…

  • Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Plaça Sant Felip Neri Square of Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt

GOTHIC QUARTER 3 » ARCHDEACON’S HOUSE (Casa de l’Ardiaca)

This old “Archdeacon’s House” is so beautiful and fotogenical. Since there are two floors, you can get very different angles and perspectives.

  • Casa de l'Ardiaca (Archdeacon's House) de Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Casa de l'Ardiaca (Archdeacon's House). Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Casa de l'Ardiaca (Archdeacon's House) de Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Casa de l'Ardiaca (Archdeacon's House) de Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Casa de l'Ardiaca (Archdeacon's House) de Barcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Casa de l'Ardiaca (Archdeacon's House) de Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Casa de l'Ardiaca (Archdeacon's House) de Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Casa de l'Ardiaca (Archdeacon's House) de Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Casa de l'Ardiaca (Archdeacon's House) de Barcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Casa de l'Ardiaca (Archdeacon's House) de Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt

GOTHIC QUARTER 4 »  “THE KISS” PHOTO MOSAIC: “The World Begins With Every Kiss”, from Artist/Photographer Joan  Fontcuberta

The photo mosaic was designed by Joan Fontcuberta using images snapped by residents of Barcelona. Catalan newspaper El Periodico asked people to send in photos representing “a moment of freedom”, so the mosaic is made of 6.000 images. “The Kiss” (how we the locals call it) is located very close to the Cathedral.

  • "The Kiss" by Fontcuberta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    "The Kiss" by Fontcuberta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • "The Kiss" by Fontcuberta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    "The Kiss" by Fontcuberta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • "The Kiss" by Fontcuberta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    "The Kiss" by Fontcuberta. Photo: Cesc Giralt

GOTHIC QUARTER 5 » BARCELONA ROMAN WALL

In the same big square where we find the Barcelona Cathedral, there’s part of the ancient Roman Wall. The origins of the defence towers and wall can be traced back as far as the 1st century BC and the 4th century AD.

  • Roman wall of Barcelona near the Cathedral. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Roman wall of Barcelona near the Cathedral. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Roman wall of Barcelona near the Cathedral. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Roman wall of Barcelona near the Cathedral. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Roman wall of Barcelona near the Cathedral. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Roman wall of Barcelona near the Columbus statue & Las Ramblas. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Roman wall of Barcelona near the Columbus statue & Las Ramblas. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Roman wall of Barcelona near the Cathedral. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Roman wall of Barcelona near the Cathedral. Foto: Cesc Giralt

GOTHIC QUARTER 6 » EL CALL: MEDIEVAL BARCELONA JEWISH QUARTER

Inside the Gothic Quarter itself, there’s El Call: the name of the old Jewish settlement in Barcelona. Here we have very little stone streets, and magical corners like this one I often like to stop, very close to a almost hidden tinny synagogue…

  • El Call: the Medieval Jewish Quarter of Marcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    El Call: the Medieval Jewish Quarter of Marcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • El Call: the Medieval Jewish Quarter of Marcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    El Call: the Medieval Jewish Quarter of Marcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • El Call: the Medieval Jewish Quarter of Marcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    El Call: the Medieval Jewish Quarter of Marcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • El Call: the Medieval Jewish Quarter of Marcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    El Call: the Medieval Jewish Quarter of Marcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt

GOTHIC QUARTER 7 » ARCHIVE OF THE CROWN OF ARAGON (Arxiu de la Corona d’Arago)

This is another place I would love to take take to take some photos. It has everything a photographer needs: upstairs and downstairs, a beatifull courtyard with water, a magnificent wooden roof, columns, green, arches… And it’s door takes you from the Barcelona Cathedral to the amazing King’s Square.

  • Archive of the Crown of Aragon in Barcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Archive of the Crown of Aragon in Barcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Archive of the Crown of Aragon in Barcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Archive of the Crown of Aragon in Barcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Archive of the Crown of Aragon in Barcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Archive of the Crown of Aragon in Barcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Archive of the Crown of Aragon in Barcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Archive of the Crown of Aragon in Barcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Archive of the Crown of Aragon in Barcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Archive of the Crown of Aragon in Barcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Archive of the Crown of Aragon in Barcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Archive of the Crown of Aragon in Barcelona. Foto: Cesc Giralt

GOTHIC QUARTER 8 » KING’S SQUARE (Plaça del Rei)

I love this 14th-century medieval public square. Everywhere you look, you travel soooo many years to the past! Except for a work of the Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida in one of the corners of the square, which as a photographer I use to “hide” the people visiting the square.

  • Barcelona King's Square (Plaça Reial). Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona King's Square (Plaça Reial). Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona King's Square (Plaça Reial). Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona King's Square (Plaça Reial). Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona King's Square (Plaça Reial). Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona King's Square (Plaça Reial). Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona King's Square (Plaça Reial). Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona King's Square (Plaça Reial). Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona King's Square (Plaça Reial). Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona King's Square (Plaça Reial). Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona King's Square (Plaça Reial). Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona King's Square (Plaça Reial). Foto: Cesc Giralt

GOTHIC QUARTER 9 » BISHOP’S BRIDGE (Pont del Bisbe) & BISHOP’S STREET (Carrer del Bisbe)

The Bishop’s Bridge (Pont del Bisbe) his is a picture-postcard bridge over the Carrer del Bisbe (Bishop street), so I can’t help to go there and shoot a postcard for your memories of your trip to Barcelona!!!

  • Bishop's Bridge (Pont del Bisbe). Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Bishop's Bridge (Pont del Bisbe). Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Bishop's Bridge (Pont del Bisbe). Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Bishop's Bridge (Pont del Bisbe). Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Bishop's Bridge (Pont del Bisbe). Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Bishop's Bridge (Pont del Bisbe). Foto: Cesc Giralt

GOTHIC QUARTER 10 » JUST WALKING THE STREETS OF GOTHIC QUARTER

All the buildings and old stones are great, but sometimes the best photos we get are in no-place in particular: we walk the streets and there’s a light over there, and I say “hurry up! Go there before the light disapears!” and I start taking photos as if I was possessed, or all of a sudden you do something crazy (ha!), or we find a festival, a flee market o a spontanious scene that must be captured right away… And that’s the reason you hired me in the first place!

  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the  Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the  Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the  Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in a street of the Barcelona Gothic Quarter. Foto: Cesc Giralt

 

2. BARCELONETA: BARCELONA BEACH & WATERFRONT

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BARCELONETA MAP: BARCELONA BEACH & WATERFRONT (see in Google Maps)

In Catalan, the original language of Catalonia, the name “Barcelona” can be splited in three different words with a significant meaning: “Bar”, which means just Bar, and there are plenty of them in Barcelona; “cel”, which means sky, and “ona”, which means wave. So we can say bars, a blue sky and the sea are what Barcelona is made of (haha!). And let’s face it: if you are coming from a cold country, you’ll love the beach and the sun. I was born in Barcelona and I love it too!

Usually during a photo shoot we need about 40 minutes to take photos in this area.

BARCELONETA 1 » SANT SEBASTIÀ BEACH 

This is my favorite beach spot in Barceloneta: Sant Sebastià Beach. The main reason is that from there, close to W Hotel, we have a good view of the city, something we don’t have in the rest of the beaches of Barcelona.

  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and  Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and  Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and  Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and  Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and  Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona Beach and Waterfront. Photo: Cesc Giralt

BARCELONETA 2 » W BARCELONA HOTEL

We the locals call the W Barcelona Hotel “Hotel Vela” which means “Sail Hotel”, because of its shape. As a photographer, I like very much to go shoot there with the couples, since there are many different angles and things to play with visualy.

  • Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photos around the W Barcelona Hotel in Barceloneta. Photo: Cesc Giralt

 

3. MONTJUIC AREA: MNAC MUSEUM & MAGIC FOUNTAIN

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MONTJUIC AREA MAP: MNAC (PALAU NACIONAL), MAGIC FOUNTAIN, (see in Google Maps)

OK, Gothic Quarter is great, but sometimes it’s like you can’t breath in there… You just want to see the sky, be in a really open space, and also have amazing buildings around and, why not?, some amazing views! This is exactly what you get in the Montjuic Mountain area, from MNAC Museum (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – National Museum of Art of Catalonia), in the amazing Palau Nacional Building, to Plaça España Square, with the Magic Fountain, the Four Columns, long stairs, a waterfall… You name it!

  • Photo taken in the Magic Fountain during the music and lights show. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in the Magic Fountain during the music and lights show. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • View from the MNAC Museum entrance. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    View from the MNAC Museum entrance. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • In front of the MNAC Museum.  Photo: Cesc Giralt
    In front of the MNAC Museum. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Funy photo taken close to the Magic Fountain. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • View of Barcelona from the Montjuic Castle. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    View of Barcelona from the Montjuic Castle. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in the Montjuic area. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in the Montjuic area. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in the Montjuic area. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in the Montjuic area. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in the Magic Fountain during the music and lights show. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in the Magic Fountain during the music and lights show. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Old canon in front of Montjuic Castle.  Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Old canon in front of Montjuic Castle. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • The re-erected Four Columns in Montjuic.  Photo: Cesc Giralt
    The re-erected Four Columns in Montjuic. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in the Montjuic area. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in the Montjuic area. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • In front of the MNAC Museum.  Photo: Cesc Giralt
    In front of the MNAC Museum. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • In front of the MNAC Museum. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    In front of the MNAC Museum. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo in The Four Columns ("Les Quatre Columnes" in Catalan).  Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo in The Four Columns ("Les Quatre Columnes" in Catalan). Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • View from the MNAC Museum entrance. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    View from the MNAC Museum entrance. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • The stairs from the Magic Fountain to the MNAC museum in Montjuic.  Photo: Cesc Giralt
    The stairs from the Magic Fountain to the MNAC museum in Montjuic. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Walking in the middle of the street with the Venetian Towers of Barcelona behind.  Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Walking in the middle of the street with the Venetian Towers of Barcelona behind. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • View from the MNAC Museum entrance. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    View from the MNAC Museum entrance. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in the Montjuic area. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in the Montjuic area. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo taken in the Montjuic area. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo taken in the Montjuic area. Photo: Cesc Giralt

 

4. BORN/RIBERA QUARTER

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BORN/RIBERA QUARTER MAP (see in Google Maps)

Born/Ribera Quarter is, like Gothic Quarter and Raval Quarter, part of the Old City of Barcelona, called “Casc antic”.

BORN/RIBERA QUARTER 1 » SANTA MARIA DEL MAR BASILICA (CATEDRAL DEL MAR)

To me, in Born/Ribera Quarter there is a Huge Star (belive me: I lived in Born Quarter for 10 years!) that shines by itself: the Santa Maria del Mar Basílica, also called “Santa Maria del Mar Church”, or “La Catedral del mar”.

Writer Ildelfonso Falcones wrote a novel about the construction of the church: Cathedral of the Seawhich sold milions of copies in many languages & many countries. And now they made a movie!

Usually during a photo shoot we need about 40 minutes to take photos in this area.

  • Santa Maria del Mar (Catedral del Mar-Cathedral of the Sea), Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Santa Maria del Mar (Catedral del Mar-Cathedral of the Sea), Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Santa Maria del Mar (Catedral del Mar-Cathedral of the Sea), Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Santa Maria del Mar (Catedral del Mar-Cathedral of the Sea), Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Santa Maria del Mar (Catedral del Mar-Cathedral of the Sea), Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Santa Maria del Mar (Catedral del Mar-Cathedral of the Sea), Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Santa Maria del Mar (Catedral del Mar-Cathedral of the Sea), Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Santa Maria del Mar (Catedral del Mar-Cathedral of the Sea), Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Santa Maria del Mar (Catedral del Mar-Cathedral of the Sea), Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Santa Maria del Mar (Catedral del Mar-Cathedral of the Sea), Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Santa Maria del Mar (Catedral del Mar-Cathedral of the Sea), Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Santa Maria del Mar (Catedral del Mar-Cathedral of the Sea), Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Santa Maria del Mar (Catedral del Mar-Cathedral of the Sea), Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Santa Maria del Mar (Catedral del Mar-Cathedral of the Sea), Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt

BORN/RIBERA QUARTER 2 » JUST WALKING THE STREETS

  • Photo of the Born Centre Cultural de Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo of the Born Centre Cultural de Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Born/Ribera Quarter. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Born/Ribera Quarter. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Born/Ribera Quarter. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Born/Ribera Quarter. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo in Passeig del Born. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo in Passeig del Born. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Born/Ribera Quarter. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Born/Ribera Quarter. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Born/Ribera Quarter. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Born/Ribera Quarter. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo in El Fossar de les Moreres. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo in El Fossar de les Moreres. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Born/Ribera Quarter. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Born/Ribera Quarter. Photo: Cesc Giralt

 

5. OTHER GREAT PLACES FOR A PHOTO SHOOT IN BARCELONA:

Besides the three areas we just talked about (Gothic Quarter, Beach/Barceloneta and Born/Rivera), there are a lot of other more specific locations to go.

OTHER PLACES 1 » BUNKERS OF CARMEL

These secluded and abandoned anti-aircraft defenses have become one the most scenic viewpoints in Barcelona. I love going up there, but I only recomend it if you want a photo session of at least 3 hours, because is a little bit far away from the center. See the location in Google Maps.

  • Bunkers del Carmel in Turó de la Rovira, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Bunkers del Carmel in Turó de la Rovira, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Bunkers del Carmel in Turó de la Rovira, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Bunkers del Carmel in Turó de la Rovira, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Bunkers del Carmel in Turó de la Rovira, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt

OTHER PLACES 2 » SAGRADA FAMILIA

The Sagrada Família Church is the most amazing builing of Barcelona. YOU MUST GO. And get a ticket and go inside, and buy also a ticket for the elevator to the towers, but maybe is not a good idea to go there with a photographer. It requires a lot of time, and the photographic result is always less impressive than what you actually see there; I have to admit it.

My suggestion is just to stop there for 20 minutes or so, and take some photos from ouside. See the location in Google Maps.

  • Photo in front of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo in front of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo in front of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo in front of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo in front of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo in front of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo inside of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo inside of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo in front of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo in front of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo inside of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo inside of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo in front of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo in front of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo inside of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo inside of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo in front of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo in front of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo in front of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo in front of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo inside of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo inside of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo in front of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo in front of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Photo inside of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Photo inside of the Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí. Photo: Cesc Giralt

OTHER PLACES 3 »PARK GUELL

Park Guell is even more far away from the Old City than the Sagrada Familia, but very close to the Bunkers of Carmel. And honestly, is nice, but quite overrated. 🙂 So you really have to want to go. And also buy the tickets!

Anyway, in one hour is enaugh in Park Guell.

  • Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Park Guell by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt

 

6. SHOPS & BARS IN BARCELONA:

Walking the streets can make you thirsty, so you go for a drink in a bar! Or you find a shop you can’t help to go in. Cheers!

  • Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • A tipical Spanish bar in Barceloneta. Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    A tipical Spanish bar in Barceloneta. Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
  • Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt
    Barcelona. Photo: Cesc Giralt