Undoubtedly, the best views over Barcelona are the ones that can be enjoyed from the so-called Carmel Bunkers. The viewpoint is located at the top of the hill known as Turó de la Rovira, in the neighbourhood of El Carmel, more than 262 metres above sea level.
During the Spanish Civil War, it was here where the republicans positioned their anti-aircraft artillery, and later it became one of the city’s last slum neighbourhoods. Although the place is popularly referred to as the Bunkers, there have never been any bunkers here at the top of Turó de la Rovira.
For many years this marvellous location was completely unknown to most local people and tourists alike. Today, it is open throughout the year and is a place not to be missed for all those who wish to appreciate the full beauty of the city, especially in the evening when you can enjoy the stunning sunset. Barcelona City Council is even actively promoting this area as a sightseeing point in order to draw people away from other popular and overcrowded tourist attractions in the city.
You can get to the bunkers by both car and bus, although you have to walk the last few metres and climb several steps. The buses that will take you there are the V17 and 119.