Mirador de Colom
Catalunya Bus Turístic
Routes include a day in Vic (€35), north of Barcelona, visiting the old town and huge weekly market; Girona and Figueres (€71); a...
BC Naval Tours
BC Naval is one of several companies running boat cruises from the dock near Mirador de Colom. The 75-minute catamaran tour takes you...
Aboard a large sailing catamaran, Orsom makes the 90-minute journey to Port Olímpic and back. There are three departures per day (four...
Bosc de les Fades
The 'Forest of the Faeries' is touristy but offers a whimsical retreat from the busy Ramblas nearby. Lounge chairs and lamplit tables...
Plaça del Portal de la Pau · interesting places nearby
Mirador de Colom information
High above the swirl of traffic on the roundabout below, Columbus keeps permanent watch, pointing vaguely out to the Mediterranean. Built for the Universal Exhibition in 1888, the monument allows you to zip up 60m in the lift for bird’s-eye views back up La Rambla and across the ports of Barcelona.
It was in Barcelona that Columbus allegedly gave the delighted Catholic monarchs a report of his first discoveries in the Americas after his voyage in 1492. In the 19th century, it was popularly believed here that Columbus was one of Barcelona’s most illustrious sons. Some historians still make that claim.