One of Barcelona’s
best worst kept secrets is Los Bunkers del Carmel.
If you’re looking for an completely unforgettable view of Barcelona… look no further. While you can get great views from the more well-known Tibidabo, Parc Guell & Montjuic….the Bunkers of Carmel offer a completely different experience. The bunkers is the place for the best panoramic view of Barcelona.
Originally an anti-aircraft battery during the Spanish Civil War in 1938 the bunkers sit atop the hill of Turó de la Rovira were situated so that they could survey the entirety of the city. After the war, the guns were removed and the bunkers were simply left to crumble. Yet the view from the site was too lovely to stay ignored for long and eventually the old bunkers became known as a beautiful, if a bit remote, place to take in the historic city. Now it is becoming more and more popular, with many people enjoying an afternoon picnic while watching the sunset.
I must admit, the sunset view from the top of the mountain is incredibly beautifyl. There’s a 360º sight of Barcelona, which in my opinion is much better than any of the other ones you can find. You can see absolutely everything – the beautiful Mediterranean sea, the narrow streets of Barcelona, the city lights and the high mountain peaks. If you are a photography lover, this is the place to take amazing pictures of Barcelona!
How to get there:
So, the most important question – how to get there? You can see the location of the place on the map.
The closest metro stop is Alfons X (L4, yellow) and from then on you can walk.
or you can take the metro to El Carmel, take the Llobregas exit, and walk two blocks downhill to the bus stop, where you can catch the 86 bus (you can also walk the 1.2km uphill slog from El Carmel station); have the driver tell you when you’re near the Bunkers.
And if you need any more convincing that los Bunkers del Carmel are an absolute must during a trip to Barcelona… here are some more photos.