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“Best free view over Barcelona”

MUHBA Turo de la Rovira
Ranked #159 of 745 things to do in Barcelona
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Barcelona and its recent history from the Rovira hill with space antiaircraft battery archaeological Civil War and barracks built during the postwar
Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

A long time ago they used this place to defend/attack the city, with machine guns on this viewpoint. It is the best free viewpoint you can find in the whole city.

Some guide told us almost no tourist go here, if i remember correctly you can take bus 20 above it or make the climb through the park in front of it.

Thank kwantum
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Went here with some local friends and the walk was definitely worth it. We took a lot of stairs so it may not be easy for someone that isn't too physically fit but the view was worth it. Absolutely breathtaking. We went there for a sunrise hike so we got there around 6:45am. I would recommend this if want a good view of the city and away from the tourists.

2  Thank Allie L
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

The road to arrive is very nice, but also a little long and with declination but view is fantastic! This place is one of my favorites in Barcelona! On the way to the top you also have to cross a bridge, which i found very fascinating!

Thank N A
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

This is a site recently restored in collaboration between local neighbors, former residents, the MUHBA (Barcelona HIstory Museum), architects, and the Memorial Democratic. It was an anti-aircraft battery in use by the Spanish Republican government to defend Barcelona from aerial bombardments from fascist General Francisco Franco and his Italian Fascist allies. Barcelona along with Guernica were cities that suffered brutal bombardments that killed thousands of civilians. After the war, a shanty town existed at the site from 1930-1990. Residents included poverty-stricken immigrant workers displaced by the war, and others who were homeless after political purges carried out by the victorious fascist dictatorship. The site is unique in that it commemorates the efforts to defend the democratic Republic and the besieged city, as well as brings to light the forgotten histories of residents of the shantytown, one of several in the city. You may access the site on your own (Bus 28 from Passeig de Gracia takes you to the bottom of the hill - the main path to the site), or with wonderful guided tours offered by the MUHBA (a very small fee is charged, it's worth it!), the site also has lots of signs that are quite informative and they are in English/Catalan/Spanish. HIghly recommended! Note that this is not wheelchair accessible, it is a high point in the city, and requires a walk uphill and climbing of numerous steps to go around the site. There is a bar at the bottom of the hill, but no public restroom as of yet (a second phase will include a small museum, bathrooms, and other facilities).

5  Thank Miriam B
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Reviewed November 14, 2011

My husband and I were going to see Parc Guell and decided to walk from the Joanic metro station to the park in order to better enjoy the local neighborhood sights as well as our tourist destination. Fortunately, we took a wrong turn at some point and wound up on the other side of the mountain to the south of Parc Guell. The walk was uphill but not particularly difficult - paths are well used and easy to follow, and as we saw later, there is a street that goes right to the top. The top is a historic sight, having been an anti-aircraft battery during the Civil War as well as a community after the war, although no people live there now. Best of all, it boasts the only 360 degree view of Barcelona below - beautiful sights in every direction - Segrada Familia, Torre Agbar, the Mediterannean Sea. Later, we had difficulty finding the site on our tourist maps or on internet maps, although we did locate it on this one:

http://www.redguide.at/2/Barcelona/7294/turo-de-la-rovira-s-civil-war-antiaircraft-battery/

The area is being developed into a historic park with markers, safety barriers, and some sidewalks having been installed. When we were
there in mid October 2011, there were few people around, but this is
bound to change as it becomes better known as a historic destination
with fantastic views.

When we finally decided to leave, we happened to see a bus waiting at
a stop at the end of the street which apparently is the last stop on
this route ( Panorama-Labèrnia Bus 119). It took us down the other
side of the mountain and has a stop just above the new El Coll / La
Teixonera subway station on L5. This is an interesting station, have
to ride an elevator down 10-12 stories to reach it. If you didn't
want to make the hike we did, this would be an easy route to the site.
Catch the bus from this station and ride to the end of the route, just
a short stroll up the street to Turo de la Rovira from there.

7  Thank WobblyKitty
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