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Dear readers, here’s another tip for exploring Barcelona with us!
Are you tired of walking on the crowded roads of the city center? Are you looking for something different to do nearby? Let’s ask our chefs for a suggestion!

Tip #3: Have a little picnic in the Bunkers of El Carmel 

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Embark on a journey through time and history as you venture to the captivating Bunkers of El Carmel, a hidden gem at the top of Turó de la Rovira at 262 meters, where you can have a picnic with a breathtaking panoramic 360-degree view of Barcelona’s iconic landmarks, from the Sagrada Família to the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

But this isn’t just any viewpoint; it’s a place steeped in a rich tapestry of narratives, each layer revealing a different chapter in Barcelona’s history. Originally built as a defensive stronghold during the tumultuous years of the Spanish Civil War, the bunkers once bristled with anti-aircraft artillery, standing as silent sentinels against the threat of Fascist air raids. Today, as you walk on the path to its summit, you’ll find yourself enveloped in an atmosphere of tranquility contrasting with the tumultuous history that once defined this place.

Despite being called ‘bunkers,’ no bunker was ever placed at the top of Turó de la Rovira. Indeed, during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), this place was home to anti-aircraft battery fires: it was initially designed to host two cannons, but in the end, four cannons were placed there. During the war, the Republicans, helped by the Soviet Union and the International Brigades (composed of volunteers from the EU and USA), supported the democratically elected Government of Spain. In contrast, Nationalists – guided by Francisco Franco – were helped by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy to overthrow the Spanish Government. Large cannons were placed on the enormous concrete barriers to contrast bombing from German and Italian aviation.

After the war, the battery structure was used to build the neighborhood of Els Canons, lying within the area of the shanty housing of El Carmel, which was inhabited for almost half a century. However, before the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992, the Government gave public housing to the inhabitants of the barracks, and the shanty town was dismissed. So, people living nearby started to go there to enjoy the wonderful visit to the city from the top of Turó de la Rovira.

Here, atop this panoramic perch, you’re not just an observer but a part of the city’s symphony, where every breeze whispers tales of its history. As you admire the breathtaking landscape, your thoughts dance freely in the wind’s gentle caress. It’s not just a beautiful place to take pictures, but it’s also a magical getaway from the chaos of Barcelona. Here, time slows down, and the city’s essence unveils its secrets.

We’ll wait for you at The Paella Club to discuss your discoveries while sharing delicious cava!

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