Wish we would have gone up to the observation area. Lots of history, very worth seeing.
It was too dark when i was there. Better go there during the day.
Stop by the Columbus Monument and take a photo and then continue on toward Rambla del Mar for a walk by the water.
The Monument a Colom) is a 197 foot tall monument for Christopher Columbus at the lower end of La Rambla. It was constructed for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona (1888) and is located at the site where Columbus returned to Spain after his first voyage to the Americas. The monument serves as a reminder that Barcelona is where Christopher Columbus reported to Queen Isabella and Ferdinand after Columbus' most famous trip.This Statue (and associated Traffic Circle) marks a dividing point between La Rambla and Coastal Barcelona. Gayle and I walked past a few times and was a convenient stop on our Bus Touristic route. However, if you want a more relaxing and local walk along La Rambla, Gayle and I loved the area on the other side of the Plaça de Catalunya.
In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. We stayed right by the Columbus Monument and decided on our last day that we'd visit. It's a tall tower with a statue of Christopher Columbus on top of it. There's an elevator inside that will take you to the top so you can view the city in all its 360 degree glory. Free with the Barcelona card, otherwise it's about €4 to ride the elevator. Great views but slightly claustrophobic.
Asked our taxi driver to take us to Columbus monument and he couldn't understand. No matter how many different ways I said Columbus!?!
Well the monument is ok, but it's near the beach side and that is an interesting place to go. It is very accesible by subway.
Surprisingly there is actually an elevator in the center column heading up to the statue! We did not find out about it until we were almost ready to leave Barcelona and decided to go up on one of our last days. It was really amazing because we were up there all by ourselves (it was the end of November) but the attendant who brought us up said that it is packed, with lines out the door and miserably hot in the summer. If you get the chance to go up by yourself in the off season it's really neat but during the summer I won't pay the fare to go up, there are many ways to get a better view of the city.