In Barcelona, eating out is one of the favourite shared pastimes of most people. Great views serves as the perfect accompaniment to any meal, greatly enhancing the dining out experience. Fortunately, due to the mountainous terrain upon which Barcelona sits, there are numerous options for spectacular dining views.
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A particular favourite of mine is a little-known place, not in Barcelona itself, but a very short train ride from Plaza Catalunya. Located in the Collserola Natural Park, right up in the mountains yet only a short walk from the train station, is the InOut Hostel which has a big spacious and charming restaurant with the most spectacular mountain views. The Inout Hostel and restaurant is a hostel managed by a non-profit organisation whose staff is made up of people with some degree of disability. It is located on an estate with 5 hectares of gardens and woods and has a wonderful relaxed and tranquil atmosphere. The restaurant offers different types of menus, with superb quality food at inexpensive prices. It is a truly special experience and despite being such a short train ride from Plaza Catalunya, it feels like a real escape from the city. The surrounding village and countryside of Baixador de Valvidrera is lovely for exploring, with nice paths and beautiful lakes. Well well worth a visit!
Another place where you are guaranteed a fantastic combination of quality food and mountain views is at Can Cortes, a wonderful Catalan Masia located in the Collserolla mountains with stunning panoramic views of the Vallès and Montserrat. This is a real family friendly place, with entertainment and a large park to keep children happy. The menu offers modern Catalan cuisine at affordable prices.
Martinez- Harbour & Sea Views
If you are looking for an al fresco dining experience with views without leaving the city, head to Barcelona’s mountain in the city, Montjuic, where you can find the fantastic Martinez restaurant. This special venue can be enjoyed year round, due to their supply of cosy blankets and heaters during the colder months. Enjoy their specialty Paella and rice dishes, or anything else from their range of creative and unique dishes, while taking in the harbour and Mediterranean sea sprawling out below.