Famous Filming Locations in Barcelona

Barcelona tourists

Parc Guell ©ale3andro/Flickr

Ever wondered what two cities like Barcelona and Paris have in common? Well, in addition to being some of the most visited cities in Europe and even the world, they are also some of the most sought-after filming locations. Its amazing architecture, its distinct atmosphere and its lovely beaches have turned Barcelona into a very romantic destination, so no wonder many film directors prefer it as a location for their movies. In case you are planning a visit to Barcelona and are also a movie lover, then don’t miss out on these famous filming locations in Barcelona:

Bari Gotic

This is one of the main tourists areas in Barcelona, but also one of the most beautiful. Bari Gotic is the old district of Barcelona, which is so easy recognizable due to its narrow streets, richly ornamented facades, souvenir shops and busy cafes.

old church

Bari Gothic church ©ctsnow/Flickr

With such exceptional architecture, Bari Gotic makes a brilliant setting for any director looking to add a plus of atmosphere – and there weren’t few those who did. Michelangelo Antonini was one of them, choosing Bari Gotic as one of the filming locations in his cult classic ‘The Passenger’, featuring Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider.

Sagrada Familia

Despite it being one of Barcelona’s youngest attractions, la Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece of a cathedral, has become its most iconic landmark. Which is why a still of the cathedral is always a good hint towards the location of the characters in a movie. One well known movie in which the cathedral is shown is ‘All about my mother’, the popular drama directed by Pedro Almodovar.

Parc Guell

Another of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces, Parc Guell has become famous for its mosaics and few tourists ever leave Barcelona without taking a picture with the multi-coloured lizard at the entrance. It is also a famous rendezvous point and thus perfect as a setting for a romantic date. The scene in which Juan Antonio meets Vicky in the much-acclaimed Woody Allen comedy ‘Vicky, Christina, Barcelona’ was shot in this park.

Barcelona tourists

Parc Guell ©ale3andro/Flickr


La Rambla

Allegedly Barcelona’s most famous street, La Rambla is packed with attractions and shops. La Rambla is a popular place to buy souvenirs (although maybe not the cheapest) and is where many street performers show up every day or evening to enchant the tourists. Its characteristic buzz can be observed in ‘Biutiful’, a 2010 film directed by the famous Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

usual crowd

La Rambla ©slasher-fun/Flickr


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