The Top Picnic Spots in Barcelona
A picnic? In Barcelona? Don’t mind if I do.
As an avid outdoors(wo)man, I’ve spent enough time exploring this charming city to know exactly where to take a pre-packed lunch for a meal under the Spanish sky.
There really are not many regulations when it comes to picnicking in Barcelona; just pick up after yourself and try not to throw any foods that are lethal to dogs on the ground. These include grapes, onions and chocolate. Shall we?
Ciutadella Park in Barcelona
Right in the heart of Barcelona’s Old Town is the very luscious and green Ciutadella Park.
Despite being a major tourist attraction, you’ll still find many locals frequenting this spot, hanging out in groups and even coordinating craft & sporting activities.
The park itself is exquisite; in your research of Barcelona you’ve likely come across images of the main water feature a number of times.
Picnicking is permitted anywhere inside of the grounds, and on weekends this is popular past time. There is also a giant lake in the park where one can rent a boat for €6 per hours; suitable for small children, couples and families.
Food vendors are usually seen roaming the pathways, but they also like to hike their prices knowing desperate tourists have no choice; I recommend brining everything along with you from the outside.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 10am to 10:30pm
ADDRESS: Passeig de Picasso, 21, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
METRO STATION: Arc de Triomf
Turó de la Rovira in Barcelona
This next picnic spot is sometimes referred to as the Bunkers of Carmel. It’s the most unique picnic spot you’ll find in the city, and is usually completely free of tourists or other human beings in general.
The Turó de la Rovira is a hilltop in Carmel, north of Gracia. It boasts panoramic views over the entire city, right through to the ocean. Getting up here requires a bit of a hike, so I don’t suggest brining along children or the elderly.
Once at the top you can settle in, feast and take in the breathtaking scenery of Barcelona as you’ve never seen it before.
Note: There is nothing available up here at all. All food and beverages must be brought from below. This spot by night is also magical!
OPENING HOURS: 24 Hours
ADDRESS: Carrer de Marià Labèrnia, s/n, 08032 Barcelona, Spain
METRO STATION: El Carmel
Sala Montjuic in Barcelona
Barcelona has no shortage of art house cinemas and they make for great entertainment on rainy days in the city. On the contrary, the Sala Montjuic makes for great entertainment, and a great picnic spot, on days when the sun is high.
This is Barcelona’s outdoor cinema. It’s a lengthy field ground with a giant inflatable movie screen at the forefront. In the summer, the Sala Montjuic puts on regular screenings of all kinds of movies, both art nouveau, classics and new releases.
You only have to purchase a €6.50 ticket to enter, and can bring along whatever makes you comfortable once inside. Lovers, families and friends picnic out here in the droves hours before the actual films start. It’s a very festive place to be in Barcelona’s warmer months.
OPENING HOURS: Seasonal
ADDRESS: Ctra. de Montjuïc, 52, 08038 Barcelona, Spain
METRO STATION: Poble Sec
Barceloneta Beach in Barcelona
It’s time we cut to the chase and talk about the only truly necessary picnic spot in Barcelona: the beach!
Why climb up hills and pay for cinema tickets when the beautiful beaches of Barceloneta are ready to welcome you any day, any time, any where.
Barcelona’s entire coast is mostly comprised of beach areas, with the main 4km stretch being that of Barceloneta; the manmade beaches that were constructed just twenty years ago. There are many things to do on the beach in Barcelona, and picnicking is high on the list.
Same rules apply when picnicking here: pick up your trash!
OPENING HOURS: 24 Hours
METRO STATION: Barceloneta
Serra de Collserola Natural Park in Barcelona
If you find Barcelona’s city parks and beaches a bit too public for your picnicking needs, then the Serra de Collserola Natural Park might be more up your alley.
This nature reserve is that expansive green space that takes up most of the land north of Gracia. There are many things to be explored here; many hikes to do, trails to run and plants to touch, and a picnic is well in order.
This natural park is made up of lush, green jungle with waterfalls and walking paths to keep you safe. It’s definitely a more intimate picnic experience as you are completely isolated from the city life.
For safety reasons, however, this park only opens for five and a half hours a day. You won’t be able to spend the entire day lazing about; a lunch picnic will have you packing up to leave by 2:45pm.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 9:30am to 3pm
ADDRESS: Ctra. de l’Església, 92, 08017 Barcelona, Spain
METRO STATION: Taxi Only
Park Güell in Barcelona
Of course we wouldn’t leave Gaudi off the picnic list.
The Park Güell is back in the city center, and despite being one of Barcelona’s most major tourist attractions, a peaceful picnic is still very possible here.
You’ll have to pay to enter Park Güell, but you can take whatever food and drink you need to inside. This is more of a romantic picnic spot, best suited to couples or small groups of friends who enjoy admiring this kind of architecture. For children, there isn’t much to do.
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Sunday — 8am to 8:30pm
METRO STATION: Vallcarca
If you didn’t already know, Barcelona is one of Europe’s most historic and beautiful cities. There are free guided walking tours daily that will give you a closer look at everything significant that it has to offer, I do recommend looking into one!