The Columbus monument stands at the end of la Rambla, near the sea.
Take the lift inside the column to the viewing gallery at the top and enjoy panoramic views of Barcelona, 60 meters above the ground.
If you look north, you’ll be able to make out the Gothic Quarter and the city’s historic building: the bell towers of the Cathedral, Santa María del Mar and La Merçè. You’ll see the bustling Rambla, which meanders up to the Plaça de Catalunya and marks the entrance to the Eixample district, where you’ll find the city’s main modernists landmarks and the Sagrada Familia church.
If you look towards the sea, to the east, and follow the coastline, you’ll be able to see the modern Forum district in the distance with its photovoltaic cell and tall buildings. Nearer to you, the twin towers flank the entrance to the Olympic Marina. The old harbour, or Port Vell, and the industrial port are below you at the foot of the monument.
To the south, stands Montjuïc Hill, with its castle at the top. Montjuïc is also the site of museums, gardens, theatres and the Olympic Ring. At the foot of the hill, just beyond the Reials Drassanes that house the Museu Marítim, you’ll see the three chimeneys at the botoom of the Paral·lel, and avenue which is a major retail, cultural and entertainment hub.
And finally, if you look west, you’ll see Collserola Natural Park, the vast green lung surrounding the city, with the Collserola Tower and the Tibidabo Amusement Park as its two stand-out attractions.
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Plaça Portal de la Pau (at the end of las Ramblas)
Metro Drassanes, line 3 color green
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