Half Day Excursion - Turó de la Rovira and Air Raid Shelter

9 September

Turó de la Rovira

One of the Iberian settlements near the future city of Barcelona was situated on a hill in the plain of Barcelona, the Turó de la Rovira. However, the main interest of this site lies in the fact that Barcelona’s antiaircraft defences were positioned there during the Civil War, from 1936 to 1939, and that, later on, the hill was occupied by a shanty town built by migrants. All these remains can be visited today and the summit also lays claim to some of the best views of the city.

Air raid shelters in Barcelona

Barcelona was the first city to be systematically bombed during the Spanish Civil War by the German and Italian air forces. This situation led to the design of a system of underground air raid shelters to protect the population. Many of them were bare-brick constructions featuring Catalan vaults that were able to resist the impact of the bombs, and with entrances in zigzag to absorb the shock waves and shrapnel.


08:30  Departure from CCCB by public transport
09:00   Arrival to Turó de la Rovira, guided visit
10:15  Departure by public transport
11:00  Arrival to air raid shelter, guided visit
12:30  Departure by public transport

Fee: 18€

Turó de la Rovira, Districte d’Horta-Guinardó. ©Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0

Turó de la rovira. Districte d'Horta-Guinardó. ©Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0