Barcelona is a city full of life and character. Its streets are filled with people at all times of the day – often, people head to work in the morning around the same time others are heading home from the club. It’s a city full of constant excitement, and it is infectious. However, now and again it is very nice to take a break from the hustle of the city, and enjoy a bit of tranquility. Luckily, Barcelona offers a solution (actually, multiple solutions) – one that doesn’t force you to leave the city to get away from the noise. That solution comes in the form of terraces. These oases let you relax in a place shrouded from the city, and enjoy the sunlight as you sample tapas or sip on some vermouth with friends. As your afternoon passes, you’ll forget you are in the second largest city in Spain.
Museu Frederic Mares – On the backside of the Museu Frederic Mares, an art and sculpture museum in Barcelona, you will find a lush and quiet terrace. Here, you can enjoy tea, beer, hummus, guacamole and other snacks, while enjoying a captivating peek at the Barcelona Cathedral.
Location: Plaça Sant Iu, 5, 08002 Barcelona
Hotel Neri Terrace Bar – Check out this garden-like terrace on the fourth floor of this boutique hotel, located in the Gothic Quarter. Looking like something out of a fairytale, this terrace is called Roba Estesa. Here you can enjoy fresh food and cocktails, all surrounded by lush, enchanting greenery.
Location: Sant Sever 5, 08002 – Barcelona
Fragments Café – Here you can enjoy great spanish wine and tapas in the heart of Les Corts. Many people flock to their patio, but you can also head to the back of this cafe, and discover their secret garden terrace.
Location: Pl.de la Concordia, 12, 08014 Barcelona, Spain
Antic Teatre – This enchanting and bohemian terrace is harder to come across – located near the Santa Caterina market, you have to head down a narrow street and enter through a small door. But the search is completely worth it. A true gem of Barcelona, this place may be more crowded with people than the other terraces, but that is part of the fun.
El Jardi Bar – Within a minutes walk from La Rambla, El Jardi is lovingly described as “an oasis in the Raval.” This hidden terrace is located in the gardens of the Old Santa Creu Hospital, which was built in the 15th century. Come here and enjoy some casual drinks with friends, surrounded by ancient Catalan and Gothic architecture of a past era. This is something you do not want to miss.
Location: Carrer de l’Hospital, 56, 08001 Barcelona
El Bar Jardí – This is NOT to be confused with the El Jardi Bar listed above. This El Jardí is slightly more difficult to get to – but well worth it. In order to get to this (truly) hidden terrace within the Gothic Quarter, you must enter through El Mercadillo (also known as El Camello), which can be easily identified by the camel sculpture that sits outside of it. At the back of the market you can find a staircase that leads you to this rustic, outdoor bar – here you can enjoy authentic tapas and drinks.
Location: Portaferrissa, 17, Barcelona, 08001
Hurry! Now is the perfect time to explore these beautiful terraces – the weather is spectacular and the city isn’t too crowded yet. Grab some friends and enjoy.