As you wander down Las Ramblas in Barcelona toward to the marina, there’s a column with a statue of Christopher Columbus on the top. It was made for the Exposicion Universal de Barcelona in 1888 to commemorate Columbus’ first trip to the Americas.
The base of the column is adorned with statues and figures, so there’s plenty to have a look at. But the real magic lies at the top – there’s a viewing platform! You wouldn’t think it to look at it, and it’s definitely not one for claustrophobes.
The smallish shop at the base of the column is hidden half underground and half in the base of the column, but there’s also a lift that will take you right to the top where you get the most amazing views of the city and the marina. It’s a pretty tight fit, and my boyfriend and I squeezed in there with the lift operative (yes…there’s a lift operative…) before popping out 60 metres above ground on the viewing platform. It’s a single person wide, and wraps around the column. The small windows give amazing views, and on a clear day you can see for miles.
In one direction you’re afforded views out to sea, with Barcelona Marina close by, and in the opposite direction you can see over Barcelona, with Las Ramblas stretching out in front of you and Sagrada Familia in the distance. You can also see out to Montjuic Hill, and over the well-known neighbourhoods of Barcelona.
If you really don’t fancy a trip up the column, it’s still worth a visit to check out the base. There are plenty of statues there, including a couple of lions and a plaque depicting the story of Christopher Columbus returning from his maiden voyage to the Americas.
Unfortunately my photos aren’t amazing from my trip to Barcelona, so next time I’m in the city I will definitely be revisiting this place to take advantage of the amazing views!
- It’s €4,50 a ticket for an adult, but if you buy them online before heading there you get a bit of a discount.
- As with all panoramic viewing towers – a sunny day is the best day to visit!