The Columbus Monument, which opened in 1888 during the Universal Exhibition, stands at the beggining of La Rambla, near the sea. Take the lift inside the column to the viewing gallery at the top, 60 metres above the ground, where you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the port.
Did you know that Christopher Columbus chose to disembark in Barcelona harbour when he returned from his voyage to America?. To commemorate the event, we suggest you visit the Monument dedicated to this illustrious figure. The statue commemorates this landmark achievement by supposedly pointing to the new continent, although, in reality, America lies in the opposite direction!
When you get to the top, you'll be able to enjoy stunning 360º views
. For instance, to the north, you'll see the Gothic Quarter with the bell towers of the Cathedral, Santa Maria del Mar and La Mercè or the bustling Rambla. To the south, you'll see Mount Montjuïc, with the castle at the top. Montjuïc is also the site of museums, gardens, theatres and the Olympic Ring. If you look down, you'll see the Royal Shipyards, the Drassanes, which are home to the Museu Marítim.
If you look east and follow the coastline, you'll be able to make out the modern Forum area with its characteristic photovoltaic roof and skyscrapers. Closer to you, the twin towers mark the entrance to the Olympic Marina. At your feet you'll see the old harbour, the Port Vell, and the industrial port. Finally, to the west, you'll see the Parc Natural de Collserola, the vast green "lung" that surrounds the city, with the Collserola Tower and Tibidabo Amusement Park at the top.
Ride to the top and you'll see!What does your Columbus Monument booking include?
To celebrate the Festival of the Roser, if you're called Roser or Rose, from 7th to 11th October, you'll be able to ride to the top of the Columbus Monument free of charge.
- Admission to the Columbus Monument
: daily, from 8.30am to 2.30pm (last admission to the the viewing gallery: 1.30pm). Closed
: 1st January, 11th September and 25th December.Meeting point
: Tourism Information Point at Mirador de Colom, plaça del Portal de la Pau, s/n. Metro: L3, Drassanes stop. Bus: 59, 120, D20, H14 and V13.
- Last lift departs 60 minutes before closing.
- Childs under 4 years old, free acces.