The Columbus’ monument stands at the end of Las Ramblas, near the sea. Take the lift inside the column to the viewing gallery at the top and enjoy panoramic views of Barcelona, 60 meters above the ground.
If you look north, you’ll be able to make out the Ciutat Vella
District and the city’s historic building: the bell towers of the Cathedral,
Santa MarÝa del Mar and La MeršŔ. You’ll see the bustling Las Ramblas, which
meanders up to the Catalunya Square and marks the entrance to
the Eixample District, where you’ll find the city’s main modernists landmarks and
the Sagrada Familia church.
If you look towards the sea, to the east, and follow the coastline, you’ll be able to see the modern Forum in the distance with its photovoltaic cell and tall buildings. Nearer to you, the twin towers flank the entrance to the Olympic Marina. The old harbour, or Port Vell, and the industrial port are below you at the foot of the monument.
To the south, stands Montju´c Mountain, with its castle at the top. Montju´c is also the site of museums, gardens, theatres and the Olympic Ring. At the foot of the hill, just beyond the Reials Drassanes that house the Maritim Museum, you’ll see the three chimeneys at the botoom of the ParalĚlel, and avenue which is a major retail, cultural and entertainment hub.
And finally, if you look west, you’ll see Collserola Natural Park, the vast green lung surrounding the city, with the Collserola Tower and the Tibidabo Amusement Park as its two stand-out attractions.