The Bunkers del Carmel are the remains of an anti-aircraft battery that was built on the top of the Turó de la Rovira hill in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War. From this vantage point, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city in 360 degrees. The Bunkers del Carmel are a popular attraction for locals and visitors who want to see Barcelona from a different perspective and learn about its history.
The ticket price for visiting the Bunkers del Carmel is free. You can access the site at any time of the day, but it is recommended to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid crowds and enjoy the sunrise or sunset. The Bunkers del Carmel are open every day of the year, except on January 1st and December 25th.
To get to the Bunkers del Carmel, you have several options. You can take the bus number 119 from Alfons X metro station (line L4) or from El Carmel metro station (line L5) and get off at Gran Vista – Turó de la Rovira stop. From there, you have to walk about 10 minutes uphill to reach the site. You can also take a taxi or a private car and park near the entrance of the Parc del Guinardó, where you will find signs that indicate the way to the Bunkers del Carmel.
There are no guided tours available for the Bunkers del Carmel, but you can find information panels that explain the history and function of the battery and its installations. You can also download an app called MUHBA Rovira that offers an audio guide and a virtual reconstruction of the site. The app is available in Catalan, Spanish, English and French.
What to see at the Bunkers del Carmel? The main attraction is the view of Barcelona that you can admire from different angles. You can see landmarks such as the Sagrada Familia, Montjuïc, Tibidabo, Torre Agbar and the sea. You can also explore the ruins of the battery, which include four cannons, bunkers, command rooms and dormitories. You can imagine how life was like for the soldiers who defended Barcelona from aerial attacks during the war.
Tips for visiting the Bunkers del Carmel: Bring water, snacks, sunscreen and a hat, as there are no facilities or services at the site. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, as the terrain is uneven and rocky. Respect the environment and do not leave any trash behind. Be careful with your belongings, as there have been reports of thefts at the site. Enjoy the view and take pictures, but do not climb on the structures or damage them.
Prohibitions at the Bunkers del Carmel: It is forbidden to camp, light fires, play music or make noise that disturbs other visitors or neighbors. It is also forbidden to graffiti or vandalize the site. The Bunkers del Carmel are part of Barcelona’s heritage and should be preserved for future generations.