History of the Bunkers Barcelona (Bunkers del Carmel)

The history of the Bunkers Barcelona is full of surprising turns.

The Bunkers del Carmel were used as an anti-aircraft base during the Spanish Civil War, when the city was heavily bombed by the Italian fascists.


The Bunkers del Carmel were used to shoot down those attacking planes. Their location was of great strategic importance.

As one can see in the picture, the Bunkers lie at about 200m above the rest of the city, thus providing excellent ability to spot and gun down enemy aircrafts.

During the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) the Bunkers were used as an anti-aircraft battery base. Pic via MUHBA

History of the Bunkers Barcelona – Revisited

The city of Barcelona completed its renovation in 2011 within the scope of its Museum of the History of Barcelona. Initially an early Iberian settlement, the Bunkers served for centuries as agricultural land (vineyards, almonds, etc) and progressively saw the emergence of summer houses for downtown Barcelona’s citizens. Just about a hundred years ago, the areas surrounding the Bunkers saw the construction of cheap housing and slums; Barcelona was growing rapidly in the mid 20th century accommodating herds of migrants from other impoverished Spanish provinces.

Currently, the Bunkers are somewhat of a relic of warfare infrastructure and wild city development.

The bunkers are part of the Museu d’Historia de Barcelona.

Do not miss the opportunity to visit one of the most impacting sights in the city, still relatively off the beaten track. Please share with your friends.


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