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Bunkers del Carmel: The Best Barcelona Viewpoint

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Looking for a Barcelona viewpoint straight out of a postcard?

If you need a romantic sunset or a day of quiet contemplation above the city chaos, look no further than the 257 meter (843 feet) high anti-aircraft battery called the Bunkers del Carmel.

Tourists and locals alike are slowly discovering this gorgeous panoramic, but trust me when I say that compared to places like Park Guell the bunkers are basically undiscovered.

a view of sagrada familia lit up at night from the bunkers of carmel in barcelona
View of Sagrada Familia from The Bunkers

What to See at the Bunkers del Carmel: Barcelona’s Best Viewpoint

So why am I writing this article about El Bunkers del Carmel?

Well, if you’re an outdoorsy person I’d like you to put it in your Barcelona itinerary because:

  • There’s a fantastic 360º city view with the Sagrada Familia, the sea, and Montjuic Hill.
  • It gives an interesting cross-section of Barcelona history.
  • It’s easily accessible with multiple Barcelona transport options.
  • It’s found in an unspoiled, natural setting that hasn’t sold out to tourists.
  • There are unparalleled photo opportunities.
  • It’s free!

This is one of the best things to do in Barcelona, especially if you’re looking for budget options.

people admiring the view of barcelona and the sea in day light from the bunkers of carmel
Bunkers del Carmel Barcelona Daytime

Bunkers del Carmel History

Once an abandoned Iberian settlement, the push to create modern Barcelona turned the Bunkers del Carmel (also known as ‘Turo de la Rovia’) into an important agricultural base of vineyards and almond trees.

Then it was repurposed during the Spanish Civil War.

After the bombing of Barcelona by the Italian Legionary Air Force destroyed 50 buildings, the local government saw the area’s viewpoint for its strategic importance and built seven circular gun platforms and a series of bunkers.

In the post-war period, Els Bunkers del Carmel were transformed into a squatter settlement called Els Canons – leading to over one hundred self-built houses.

These ‘shacks’ were all but destroyed before the 1992 Olympic Games.

Since then, Los Bunkers del Carmel has been refurbished and turned into a museum of sorts: handrails guide visitors upwards, five historic information panels dot the area, and the slopes of the hill have been reforested.

a view of barcelona on a full moon nigh tfrom the bunkers of carmel
Nighttime Panoramic Photo of the Bunkers del Carmel Barcelona

How to Visit the Bunkers del Carmel in Barcelona

The Bunkers del Carmel are free to visit so grab a seat on one of the massive concrete slabs, crack open your Estrella or a bottle of cava, and enjoy the top Barcelona viewpoint for free.

Public drinking is widely tolerated so you’ll have no problems. Just make sure to bring some water as well because the hike is a bit tiring.

Add some bread, chorizo, and cheese and maybe something sweet and you’ve got the perfect meal or sunset snack.

The closest supermarket to The Bunkers is Suma at Carrer d’Albert Llanas 30.

If you don’t bring food make sure you fill your stomachs at nearby Restaurante Delicias (the patatas bravas are to die for).

Bunkers del Carmel Opening Hours

Starting from May 2nd 2023, the archaeological site surrounding the anti-aircraft battery at Turó de la Rovira will begin to close at night.

The site will be open every day from 9 am to 7:30 pm during the summer schedule, and from 9 am to 5:30 pm during the winter.

As of 2023 a fence has been erected, its purpose to ensure safety and coexistence between a point of historical and scenic attraction and the people living in this environment.

Guided tours can be booked writing to [email protected] or by calling (+34) 93 256 21 22 (Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm).

The Turó de la Rovira History Museum

The MUHBA (Museum of the History of Barcelona) has included Turó de la Rovira in its network of historical points of interest for a few years now.

Here you can dive into the history of the Bunkers with this free exhibition space giving you access to some of the bomb shelters used during the war.

At the Bunkers Barcelona museum you’ll see:

  • The officer’s pavilion
  • The troop pavilion
  • The battery command post

Plus, you’ll read several informational placards about what the various spaces were used for.

The “Barcelona al límite” (Barcelona on the edge) series will tell you the story of city life during a very dark period.

The MUHBA is included in the Barcelona Card.

the barcelona hop on hop off bus at the bottom of la rambla the barcelona hop on hop off bus at the bottom of la rambla
See the entire city in two hours for the price of a paella.

How to Get to Bunkers del Carmel

How to Get the Bunkers by Taxi


To visit the Bunkers del Carmel by taxi, simply request a ride to “Bunkers del Carmel” or “Turó de la Rovira.”

Most taxi drivers know this popular viewpoint. Be prepared for a short walk, as taxis may not access the site directly. Use a ride-hailing app for convenience and fare estimates.

For more information of how to get a taxi in Barcelona, check out my Barcelona Taxi Guide.

How to Get the Bunkers by Bus

To reach the Bunkers del Carmel by bus, take bus lines V17, 22, or 24 to the closest stop near Park Guell, then enjoy a scenic walk up to the bunkers.

The walk offers stunning city views and takes about 20-30 minutes, leading directly to this historic viewpoint.

For more information on buses, check out my article on Barcelona public transport.

How to Get to the Bunkers from Plaça de Catalunya

If you’re coming from the Gothic Quarter or Raval grab the 24 bus from Plaça de Catalunya and continue about 20 minutes uphill and get off at the ‘Doctor Bové Gran Vista’ stop – it’s number 268.

The 24 bus also stops along Passeig de Gracia and its famous attractions Casa Batllo and La Pedrera and the well-connected Diagonal metro station.

How to Get to the Bunkers from Sagrada Familia

The least strenuous way to get to the Bunkers del Carmel from Eixample is taking the blue line (L5) of the metro to El Carmel. Head out through the Llobregas exit and walk down to bus 86.

You could also walk to the Verdaguer metro station and take the yellow line (L4) to Alfons X. From there follow the steady incline for 20-25 minutes, but remember this will be a decent workout!

How to Get to the Bunkers from Park Guell

If you’re visiting Europe’s best urban park it’s only a 20-25 minute walk for a place with less crowds and a superior view. Simply take the exit that leads to the bus parking lot and choose from one of three routes.

a man contemplating the view of barcelona at dusk from the bunkers of carmel
Bunkers del Carmel sunset

Los Bunkers del Carmel Barcelona FAQ

  • What is the best time to visit the Bunkers del Carmel?

    The best time to visit the Bunkers del Carmel is during sunrise or sunset for breathtaking views of Barcelona under magical light conditions.

  • Can you visit the Bunkers del Carmel at night?

    As of 2023, you cannot visit the Bunkers del Carmel at night.

    It closes at 7:30 pm in the summer and at 17:30 pm in the winter.

  • Are the Bunkers del Carmel free?

    Yes, the Bunkers del Carmel are free to visit, offering open access to everyone interested in enjoying panoramic views of Barcelona without any charge.

  • How much does it cost to go to the Carmel Bunkers?

    Visiting the Carmel Bunkers is completely free; there are no entrance fees to enjoy the panoramic views of Barcelona from this historic site.

Still Want to Visit the Bunkers in Barcelona?

I’ve given you the low down on the Bunkers del Carmel but maybe I missed something? Got anything to say on the issue?

If so get at me by writing a comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

And remember that doesn’t just cover Turo de la Rovia: any question you have about visiting Barcelona I am here!

20 comments
  • March 30, 2024 at 3:36 am
    Olivia Bernas
    Is it currently "summer" hours/open till 7:30pm?
    • April 1, 2024 at 7:54 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hello Olivia, To my knowledge it's still off season hours. No info on the official site though so it's just a guess! Cheers,
  • March 17, 2024 at 6:48 pm
    Anna
    I am coming to Barcelona mid-April and am hoping to see the sunset from the Bunkers one day. However I don’t understand if they close at 7.30pm but the sun sets at 8.30pm how this works?
    • March 23, 2024 at 9:34 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Anna, Yes, this is unfortunately the new reality... it wasn't so back in the day, but now in order to prevent large groups and the inevitable 'botellon' at sunset it now closes before sunset. That said, you're free to stay on any of the nearby hills to watch it!
      • March 28, 2024 at 11:46 pm
        Giovanni
        Hi Ash, nice to meet you, could you please tell me if these day it closes at 17:30 or 19:30? I'm coming this weekend. Than you in advance!
        • April 1, 2024 at 7:53 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Giovanni, Sorry for getting back so late... to my knowledge it's still off season hours until 5:30. I've looked high and low for the official cutoff but there's no info on the official page :(
  • December 19, 2023 at 3:31 pm
    CJ
    Hi Ash, I plan to go to bunkers del carmel on the 25th December. It is open right? Thanks in advance.
    • December 19, 2023 at 6:54 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi CJ, Yes, people are free to go up whenever they want as there are no gates :)
  • May 14, 2021 at 10:01 pm
    Josee
    Hi Ash, we are coming to Barcelona on end of July and planning to enjoy a sunset on Bunkers. Do you think visiting Park Guell before that around 7 pm is a good idea? Is there any market near to grab something to drink and fresh food? Thank you
    • May 16, 2021 at 3:42 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Josee, Visiting around this time sounds like a fine idea as the weather will generally be cooler - just keep in mind that you'll need at least 90 minutes for a proper visit to the park so you may even want to schedule for 6:30 so you can get to the Bunkers in plenty of time. As for drink and fresh food it's all a bunch of tourist trap stands and similar stuff... I used to live almost right outside the gates and there's a supermarket with all the basics quite near. The address is Carrer d'Albert Llanas, 30, 08024 Barcelona. If you're looking for fresh food though it'd probably be better to pack it in a bag and bring it up there. My two cents! Cheers, Ash
  • September 22, 2019 at 9:27 pm
    Orah
    Hi Ash, In your opinion, is it too much to do Sagrada Familia, Park Guell and the bunkers in one day? I'm landing at 10am and hoping to start my day by 1pm, I don't know if all three is too aggressive, but I do want to be at the bunkers for Sunset. I am a very slow walker and will need breaks Thanks, Orah
    • September 23, 2019 at 11:35 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Orah, By no means is it too much! Park Guell and the Bunkers are fairly close to each other. If you see Sagrada at 1:00 pm and are out for there by 2:30 (normal) you can be up at Park Guell by 4 with a little break. Then be at the Bunkers by 6 for sunset... of course, this depends on the time of year! Sunset can be around this time or much later. Ash
  • March 23, 2019 at 2:09 am
    Rukshana
    Traveling to Barce in two weeks, Can you drive own vehicle up there, is there an area for parking available?
    • March 23, 2019 at 9:56 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Rukshana, Yes you're free to drive up there... while I'm not sure that there is any designated parking for the Bunkers, there is plenty of parking within 5-10 minutes walking away. Ash
  • February 25, 2019 at 12:04 pm
    Meera
    Hi Ash, I'm travelling with my parents who are elderly. Is there a way to visit Bunkers Del Carmen using public transport without having to walk/hike much? Thanks, Meera
    • February 25, 2019 at 2:38 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Meera, Unfortunately outside of getting a taxi right to the Bunkers it will require a decent uphill walk. Even after taking the bus you'll still need to do around 15 minutes (some rough terrain)... if you're really really set on it I'd simply get a taxi. Ash
  • December 4, 2017 at 3:23 am
    Michael
    Hi Ash, I have checked the Carrer Mühlberg stop of bus 24 on the google street view (https://goo.gl/maps/Sp4aojbSnAN2), but I can't find the "spotted stairs on the left". Is there anything wrong? Thanks, Michael
    • December 4, 2017 at 3:56 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Michael, I didn't mean 'spotted' like dots... but spotted as in it is easy to spot. That said, it looks like they've done some construction there so the stairs may have been removed or are under construction. Just head uphill on that windy road with the cement truck and you'll be on your way. Ash
      • December 4, 2017 at 4:21 am
        Michael
        Hi Ash, Can we catch bus 119 near El Carmel staion, Line 5? I found Panorama - Marià Lavèrnia bus stop is at the top. Thanks.
        • December 4, 2017 at 8:05 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Michael, I haven't taken it myself but yes it looks like the correct option. I would get off at Gran Vista-Turó de la Rovira (the official Catalan name of 'the Bunkers') for the shortest walk. Let me know how it goes :) Ash
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