We teach a lot of people who are travelling around the world, and many who have settled here. The consensus is that Barcelona is one of the very best cities to live in and visit.

Because we’re always out and about in Barcelona with the photography courses, we definitely have a few favourite places and things to do. Some of these are surprises for your course, and we’ll share some here to help you plan your trip

We recommend Luxe Lifestyle’s guide to Barcelona for further reading.

The Barcelona Camera Shop

We recommend Casanova Foto in case you need to get any cameras, lenses or photography accessories in Barcelona. The main store is next to Placa de Catalunya on the Ronda Universitat. They sell film, tripods and lighting downstairs, and can print photos. Clients of our private tuition benefit from a year’s unbiased equipment recommendations; this has been known to save hundreds, so check with us before buying anything!

Film Developing and Photo Printers in Barcelona – e6 Slides, Digital Pictures and Black & White

Copia Lab

C/ Séneca 5
08006 Barcelona

93 415 20 00
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 9 – 14h and 15.30 – 19h


Prats de Molló 20
08021 Barcelona

93 201 63 88
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 9.30 – 19h

Primer Plano

Plaza Doctor Letamendi 29 Bajos
08007 Barcelona

93 453 66 85
Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 9h – 14h and 16h – 20h.

A Place To Relax

We love the bar/cafe in the Estacion de Francia. It’s opened fairly recently, and is still something of a secret. The station isn’t used much so it’s pretty quiet, the food and drinks are great value, and they have free wifi. And a pianist. And palm trees inside. Trust us – it’s worth a look! The nearest metro is Barceloneta and it’s near the Ciutadella Park.

A Quick Note About Theft

While there is little violent crime, Barcelona does have a well-deserved reputation for theft, mainly by pick-pockets. As long as you’re vigilant, especially around La Rambla and the Raval, you should be fine. We teach specific techniques on how to keep your camera safe on the course – and our clients have been fine when they’re with us. That said, we recommend camera insurance as we can’t be responsible for your gear. You can read some of our tips here –

A Bar For The Evening

Barcelona Pictures Hotel W Vela Barceloneta Beach

The Hotel W looks like a sail so the locals call it the Hotel Vela. The nearest Metro is Barceloneta but it’s quite a walk so you’d be better off getting a yellow and black Barcelona taxi. Get there after 7pm Spanish-time to enjoy the amazing views of the City from the Eclipse Bar, high above the port and beach. It’s a perfect place to unwind and relax; sometimes alongside star FC Barca football (soccer) players like Messi.

Gaudi’s Park Güell

Situated in El Carmel hill in the Gracia district, Park Güell is a garden complex designed by Antoni Gaudi, the famous Catalan architect. Not only is it a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but it also has some of the most beautiful views of the City of Barcelona.

We love Park Güell. It’s simply perfect for photography and even better for teaching a Masterclass. It’s full of incredible architecture, beautiful landscapes and plant life, street musicians, city views, bustling street scenes and more. There are also plenty of places to sit down and absorb information from your photography coach, as they teach you about the key elements of photography.

The closest metro station to Park Güell is LESSEPS on the GREEN LINE. The Park is about 20 minutes walk from there and very well signposted. Please note that, although well-worth the effort, the walk is quite steep!

Things to Do: Our Barcelona Photography Walk

We host a popular Photo Walk on the second Saturday of each month. It’s a great way to meet new people and share your love of photography. Find out more details here; Barcelona PhotoWalk

A Place to See: The Historic Centre

Ciutat Vella translates from Catalan literally as “Old City”. Numbered District 1 in Barcelona, it really is the center of the City and contains some of the most interesting and beautiful parts, including the famous(ly overrated) La Rambla street, the Barri Gotico – Gothic Neighbourhood, the original Roman city ruins and many of the city’s oldest churches and cathedrals like the La Seu and Santa Maria del Mar in the fashionable Born district.

Barcelona's Cathedrals Make Potentially Great Pictures

Barcelona’s Cathedrals Make Potentially Great Pictures!

Ciutat Vella is a great place to learn photography because there is so much diversity and interest between the old and new. We walk through narrow winding streets, with light streaming over the buildings and architecture; we visit hidden plazas, with their own unique stories and history; we pass the masses of locals and tourists, navigating the city and sharing a unique perspective gained only from thousands of hours photographing here.

You will discover the best places we have found on your Holistic Photography Essentials Course or Masterclass, as we share what we have learned about photography, and help you master your camera to create beautiful pictures. Where better place than Barcelona!

Join us in discovering the best of Barcelona while learning how to make the most of your camera. Check out our reviews and testimonials to see what people have been saying about us, then find out how you can take the next step in our Coaching section.

See you on our most popular Holistic Photography Essentials Gold Course soon!