Is there anything more stylish than relaxing by a rooftop pool with views over the whole city?
We think not! Heading up to a fabulous rooftop pool might just be one of the most luxurious indulgences you can treat yourself to on vacation, and it won’t even break the bank. These incredible rooftop pools in Barcelona have it all: views, vibe, and so much more. Here’s where you’ll catch us relaxing this summer.
The five-star Hotel Ohla features one of the most magnificent rooftop pools in Barcelona on its top floor. The glass-sided pool and sleek terrace bar are Instagram-worthy in and of themselves, but we can’t get enough of the views! Enjoy sweeping panoramas over the storied Gothic Quarter as you swim or tan. As the sun goes down, stick around and order a delicious cocktail to sip as you watch the sunset. Non-accommodated guests can access the rooftop from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m.
Address: Via Laietana, 49
CEM Parc de la Ciutadella
Barcelona’s beautiful Parc de la Ciutadella has so much to offer visitors and locals alike. The park even has its own gym, which is home to one of the best rooftop pools in Barcelona! A single-day entrance pass (€15 for adults) to the CEM Parc de la Ciutadella gym gives you access to its wide range of facilities, including its tranquil rooftop pool. The atmosphere here is calm and quiet, making it a great option if you want to chill out and take some much-needed R&R time after a busy day sightseeing.
Address: Passeig de Circumvaŀlació, 1
Piscina Municipal de Montjuic
It’s not every day that you get to swim in an Olympic pool! The Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc isn’t exactly a rooftop pool, but it’s still an absolute must if you want great views. Originally used as the swimming and diving venue for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, it is now open to the public as one of the most unique pools in the city. From its privileged perch inside the Olympic complex on Montjuïc Hill, it offers views that will take your breath away for just €6.50 per adult. The pool itself is quite simple: just a no-frills space where people from all walks of life come to relax and enjoy the sweeping views over the city.
Address: Avinguda Miramar, 31
Duquesa de Cardona Hotel
Relax in the lap of luxury at the pool and lounge area atop the Duquesa de Cardona Hotel. As one of the best rooftops in Barcelona, it is open to the public during select hours. The pool itself is quite small (more of a splash pool than a swimming pool), but the space is gorgeous, as are the views over the harbor. The romantic atmosphere makes it a great place to chill out after dinner with that special someone as you sip G&Ts made with gins from all over the world.
Address: Passeig de Colom, 12
Skybar at Grand Central Hotel
An infinity pool, awe-inspiring views over Barcelona and tasty drinks: what more could you ask for? All that is yours at Skybar, which sits atop Grand Central Hotel. Non-guests are able to access the rooftop area in the evenings during the summer months for €20 (drink included). The minimalist, modern space exudes elegance and contrasts beautifully with the gorgeous views over the historic city center. For one of the most exclusive rooftop pools in Barcelona, this is the place to be.
Address: Via Laietana, 30
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Life is too short to speak one language and stay in one place. In 2015, this philosophy took her from familiar Ohio to sunny southern Spain. Usually drinking tinto de verano, reading Lorca, or attempting to dance flamenco (not all at once). Follow her blog, Viatic Couture, for more.