Turó de la Rovira Anti-aircraft Bunkers | Barcelona Bus Turístic

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Turó de la Rovira Anti-aircraft Bunkers

The best view of Barcelona

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The remains of an anti-aircraft battery from the Spanish Civil War contain Barcelona’s best-positioned lookout point. The anti-aircraft bunkers, which were built in May 1937 to defend the city, have become one of the best places to enjoy a privileged view of Barcelona.

Why visit the anti-aircraft bunkers?

The bunkers contain the remains of an anti-aircraft battery that was built atop Turó de la Rovira hill during the Spanish Civil War to defend Barcelona, which was systematically bombed for two years. Now this site, which is a twenty-minute walk from Park Güell, is home to an exhibition on the history of Barcelona during the civil-war and post-war periods.

However, the most interesting aspect of the anti-aircraft bunkers is their impressive panoramic view of Barcelona. With a height of 262 metres above sea level and a 360-degree view, the space occupied by the anti-aircraft batteries is a privileged site to observe the city with the Mediterranean Sea in the background.

 

How do you get to the anti-aircraft bunkers?

Hop off at the Park Güell stop on the Blue Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic to get to the anti-aircraft bunkers by following Carretera del Carmel and Carrer de Mühlberg.

 

For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? After the war, the bunkers were abandoned and subsequently used for shelter by new arrivals in the city who were short of funds. In some parts of the construction you can still see the original floor tiles.
  • Local’s tip: Atop Turó de la Rovira there is nowhere to escape the sun, so it is advisable to visit early in the morning or at the end of the day. Its sunsets are impressive!
  • A must: For those who want to have Barcelona at their feet and discover a piece of the city’s history that had for a long time been forgotten.