Bomb shelter route in Barcelona

Friday 6 November 2015


Today we want to show you how to discovery a hidden part of the city’s history. If you’re looking for a place to disappear or you just want to know more about what happened during the Civil War, you can’t miss this bomb shelter route in Barcelona.

1. Bomb shelter 307 in Poble Sec

Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 175, Poble Sec

This was one of the neighbourhoods that was most affected by air strikes. The bomb shelter is found in the foothills of Montjüic and is one of the largest in the city. It’s lit with gas lights and fits up to 2000 people. Visits are managed by the Museum of the History of Barcelona (MUHBA Museu d’Història de Barcelona).

2. The bomb shelter in Diamond Square

Plaça del Diamant 10, Gràcia

Some 90 bomb shelters were built in this neighbourhood, but this one is of the best conserved in Barcelona. It could hold up to 200 people and is 12 metres below ground. On top of that, you can see the black marks left by the candles that were used to light the space. Visits with reservation only.

3. The bomb shelter in Palacio de les Heures


This bomb shelter is the most chic in the city, if you can classify a bomb shelter as chic. This space guaranteed the safety of the President of the Generalitat, Lluis Companys, during the bombings in the city. This bomb shelter is still in good condition and maintains the original electrical installation. It now belongs to the University of Barcelona and the Diputación of Barcelona (Province of Barcelona).


4. The bomb shelter in Santa Isabel Mansion

Pg Sant Joan, 39

This building is located at Paseo Sant Joan with Carrer Diputació, and was built in 1887. In 1920 it became the headquarters of the Barcelona water company. The employees of the company built this bomb shelter with two entrances, one in the basement and another from a different company branch. The space has been decorated with photographs and shoes to symbolise the people that took refuge there.


5. Bernat Metge bomb shelter

Josep Tarradellas con París-Còrsega

Some previously unknown bomb shelters have been discovered when residents found the entrances. This was more or less what happened with this bomb shelter. It was discovered at the beginning of the construction of the underground parking on Avenida Josep Tarradellas. It is almost 11 metres below ground and measures some 139 metres in length, with bathrooms and nurse’s station. A luxurious bomb shelter!


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