One of the most welcome changes in the Barcelona hotel, bar and restaurant scene over the past couple of years, has been the opening up of the city’s "terrazas" or terraces to the general public. There are now dozens of spots across the city where you can enjoy a copa de cava and take in panaromic views over the city across the rooftops. Here we list the best place to enjoy a sundowner and a plate of "fuet". Quite a few of these place have pools. Ask at reception, because many of them do "day passes" – if you fancy a day off the sightseeing lounging by the piscina.
Enric Granados 83
This hotel is just around the corner from the flat. The terraza has a swimming pool and is open Sunday to Thursday from 6pm to 11pm for food and on to 1.30pm for drinks (copas).Well known or its extensive cocktail list.
Hotel Casa Fuster
Paseo de Gracia 132
Opening up its terrace in 2009. This terraza is spectacular with great views down Barcelona’s main shopping artery: Passeig de Gracia. Open every day until 1am. Ambient music, drinks and tapas.
Pere Quart 272-286
Head for the swimming pool terraza on the 6th floor. Open from 11pm until 3. Guest DJs on Sundays. Or head to the terrace of the Dos Cielos restaurant. Open until 1am for copas (drinks) and tapas.
La Rambla 109
A new terraza with tapas to 11pm and copas until 1am. Superb views over the old town and la Rambla.
Pau Claris 150
On the top floor, the terraza was one of the first to open its doors to the public and is still one of the top spots to have a sundowner and soak in the views. Open to 2am with live music once a week.
One of the best views in town. Open to 1.30 with tapas, drinks and light snacks. Live music on Thursdays and Fridays. Guest DJ on Saturdays.
Hotel Condes de Barcelona
Paseo de Gracia 73-75
Great views of the Sagrada Familia. Open from 11pm to 2am.
Hotel Duquesa de Cardona
Paseo Colom 12
The terraza here is called Brisa del Mar (Sea Breeze) on account of its location opposite the boat club. Ambient music, jazz or bossanova. Open until 11.30 pm.
Gran Hotel La Florida
Carretera de Vallvidrera al Tibidabo 83-93
Situated right in the gods on the hill at the back of town, this terraza has great views over the whole city.
Plaza Carlos Ibañez.
The terraza extends off a superb pool in the hotel gardens on Monjuic-the hill where alot of the Olympics took place. Open until 1am.
The Hotel Arts is one of the twin towers at the Olmypic Port. This hotel is bling bling bling, but they have a great pool and terraza with views out onto the Med. Live music on Thursdays.
Hotel AC Barcelona
Paseo Taulat 278
The terraza is called Natura Cafe and it’s on the 13th floor. Open all day until 8pm. Seaviews, with food and drinks.