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The Carmel Bunkers

Located at the top of the Turó de la Rovira hill, the Bunkers del Carmel are one of the most magical places in the city. And in addition to their interesting history, they offer impressive views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea. If you want to know a little more about the history of the bunkers and convince yourself why they are a must-see, keep reading, if you want others viewpoints in Barcelona 

Views from the Carmel Bunkers
Views from the Carmel Bunkers

History of the Carmel Bunkers

The origin of the Bunkers del Carmel dates back to the Civil War Spanish, which took place between 1936 and 1939. With the aim of protecting itself from the bombings of the Italian fascist aviation, the republican side He installed anti-aircraft batteries at the top of Turó de la Rovira. The same aviation that caused the famous shrapnel marks of the Sant Felip Neri squareFirst, two cannons were installed 105mm Vickers, although later, in 1938, two more were placed. These bunkers were strategic as they offered a 360-degree view of Barcelona and its surroundings. Finally, at the end of the war, the anti-aircraft base fell into disuse, and the bunkers were abandoned. Because of this abandonment, years later, a neighborhood of barracks known as “Los Cañones” would be established, which housed about 600 people.

Sunset in the Carmel Bunkers
Sunset in the Carmel Bunkers

One of the best viewpoints in Barcelona

In the 90s, the last barracks of “Los Cañones” were demolished, and the area once again fell into oblivion. Since then, as time has passed, the area has gained interest for both locals and tourists. And the views that the place offers are unbeatable. From the Bunkers del Carmel you can see emblematic places of the city. If we look at the sea we can see the Sagrada Familia, tower agbar, the port of Barcelona or the famous hotel W. On the other hand, if we look towards the mountain, we can see the Sierra de Collserola and the imposing Tibidabo Temple

Until recently, the Carmel anti-aircraft guns could be visited at any time of the day. However, the influx of visitors grew to such an extent that the Barcelona city council has been forced to close them at night. Even so, they can be visited during the day for free. In addition, it should be noted that in the bunkers there is a small exhibition of the Museu d'Historia de Barcelona about their history.

Sierra de Collserola and Tibidabo
Sierra de Collserola and Tibidabo

How to get to the Carmel Bunkers

Unlike other places in the city, the Bunkers del Carmel are not exactly one of the most accessible points in Barcelona. If you decide to go by metro, whether you take L4 (Alfons There is also the option of going by bus, both the 5 and the V24 that will leave you nearby. If you don't feel like walking, you can get there on the neighborhood bus 19 that will leave you just below.

Sunrise in the Carmel Bunkers
Sunrise in the Carmel Bunkers

In short, if you want to enjoy incredible views of the city and, in the process, learn a little bit of history, you cannot miss a visit to the Bunkers del Carmel. But be prepared for a good climb!