Famous movies filmed in Barcelona

While there is an endless amount of movies set in New York, California, Paris or London, Barcelona is not so famous for being a film location. However in recent years some productions have ignited a resurgence and interest to film in the city. We have selected five of our favorite movies filmed in Barcelona that depict a balanced overview of what the city is all about.

Vicky Christina Barcelona (Woody Allen, 2008)

Woody Allen continues his European adventure with Vicky Christina Barcelona, a romantic comedy starring Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz. Barcelona works as the backdrop of the story, with several locations appearing on screen, such as Santa Maria del Mar, Montjuïc, or Tibidabo.

Many complain that Vicky doesn’t portrait the “real” Barcelona, but without a doubt the city looks exquisite through Allen’s lens.

All about my mother (Pedro Almodóvar, 1999)

A streetcar named desire, a nun, a transvestite, Bette Davis’ All about Eve and a single mom who just lost her 17 year old son, all converge in this Almodovar’s Oscar winning film. Barcelona is shown quietly and subtly in the background, with beautiful shots of the Sagrada Familia and the Palau de la Música Catalana.

Biutiful (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2010)

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The director of 21 grams and Babel, chose Barcelona and its outskirts as the backdrop of this harsh story. Starring Javier Bardem, this one could easily be called the anti Vicky Christina Barcelona. While that one depicted the life of wealthy American girls, Biutiful is about a man coping with his own misery in a crime-ridden environment. A must-see if you want to see a darker side of Barcelona.

L’auberge espagnole (Cédric Klapisch, 2002)

This French film deals with an Economics student from Paris moving to Barcelona as part of the Erasmus exchange program. Starring Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris, gives a spot on depiction of foreign student life in Barcelona.

The city is shown profusely in many exterior shots, with scenes taking place in La Rambla, Parc Güell, Barceloneta, and many more, this is the film you should see if you plan to visit or stay in Barcelona.

Perfume: The story of a Murderer (Tom Tykwer, 2006)

Even though the film adaptation of this bestseller is set in eighteenth century Paris, it was heavily shot in some parts of the Gothic Quarter and Poble Espanyol in Barcelona, as well as other locations outside the city, like Girona or Figueres.

Nice to watch after you’ve been to Barcelona and try guessing all the familiar spots.



The best tours in Barcelona

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Flamenco show in Barcelona Flamenco Tapas Bar

Experience the magic and passion of a live flamenco show in Barcelona with front row seats. Enjoy a truly authentic show of this traditional Spanish art in the most intimate setting, with the company of accomplished dancers, guitarists and singers in the heart of Barcelona.

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Full Day tour: Torres Cellars, Montserrat & Sitges with Brunch

Join this full day guided tour that includes a brunch and wine tasting at the Torres Cellars in the Penedés region, plus the breathtaking landscape of Montserrat and the stunning city of Sitges.

Sagrada Familia guided tour + fast track entrance and towers

Admire the most famous monument in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia through this 1,5 hour guided tour that includes fast track entrance and visit to the towers for extraordinary views of Barcelona.

Day trip to Girona and Figueres with Dalí Museum

Enjoy Girona and Figueres, Salvador Dalí’s hometown in this guided full day tour. Walk through the picturesque streets of medieval Girona and visit the Dalí-Theater Museum in Figueres, the biggest collection of the surrealist artist.

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Entrance and guided tour to Sagrada Familia and Park Güell plus Casa Batlló and La Pedrera

Get the best of Gaudí in Barcelona in one single tour. Experience the creative genius of Gaudí with this 4,5 hour guided tour that includes entrance to Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, plus an exterior visit to La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.

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Park Güell Fast Track Entrance and Guided Tour

Visit one of Barcelona’s most amazing landmarks in this 1,5 hour guided tour of Park Güell. Learn all about this magnificent modernist work by Gaudi, one of the places that make Barcelona a unique city.

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Montserrat morning tour from Barcelona

Immerse yourself in the magic of Montserrat, one of the most special locations near Barcelona. This morning guided tour invites you to explore this mountain retreat, as well as its monastery, funiculars and mountain paths leading to spectacular views.

Highlights of Barcelona morning tour

Enjoy Barcelona to the fullest with this guided morning tour, featuring the best of Barcelona. Explore the Gothic Quarter, the Gothic Cathedral, Montjuïc, Poble Espanyol and much more.

Game of Thrones Girona guided tour

Experience the magic of the fabulous Girona’s historical center through the scenarios of Game of Thrones. Explore the medieval city, one of the settings of the famous hit TV show, in this 6 hour guided tour from Barcelona.

Sagrada Familia guided tour - Fast Track entrance

This 1,5 hour guided tour will give you instant access to Barcelona’s biggest landmark: Sagrada Familia. Enjoy the most impressive architecture and ornaments with a Fast Track entrance, no queues.


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