Turó de la Rovira is the official name for ‘Los Bunkers’, as they are know by locals. Los Bunkers are a former anti aircraft battery built to defend Barcelona from fascist bombing raids during the Spanish Civil War. Perched high above the city, they attract visitors not only for their historical interest but also for the birds-eye view of Barcelona they offer.
The recently renovated bunkers allow visitors to delve into the history of the Spanish Civil War and the pivotal role Barcelona played in the war against fascism, on guided group tour organised by the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. The tour begins in the museum, starting with its collection of paintings, sculptures and engravings from the Civil War. It then moves onto the museum’s dramatic rooftop where anti-aircraft guns were once utilised against the Italian air force in the 1938 bombing of Barcelona, a tragic attack resulting in more than a thousand civilian casualties. Finally, the tour heads up to the Turó de la Rovira to learn more about the location’s role within the attacks.
See more information on the tours here. Tours are presently only available in Catalan.
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjüic, 08038 Barcelona
Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 7pm Sunday: 10am – 2.30pm