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 commanded by Mussolini.
The history of the Bunkers Barcelona is indeed full of surprising turns.
The Bunkers del Carmel were used to shoot down those attacking planes. Their location was of great strategic importance.
The Bunkers del Carmel lie at about 260m above the rest of the city, thus providing excellent ability to spot and gun down enemy aircrafts.
History of the Bunkers Del Carmel
The city of Barcelona completed the renovation of the historical area of the Bunkers del Carmel in 2011 within the scope of its Museum of the History of Barcelona.
The area is now part of the MUHBA Turo de la Rovira museum.
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.
In the mid 20th century, Barcelona was growing rapidly and had to accommodate tens of thousands of migrants from other impoverished Spanish provinces.
The Bunkers Del Carmel Today
Currently, the Bunkers are somewhat of a relic of warfare infrastructure and wild city development.
The Bunkers del Carmel are also one of the best viewpoints in Barcelona, so don’t miss the opportunity to visit them while in Barcelona.
If you’re wondering how to get to the Bunkers del Carmel, check out the route here.