The Columbus Monument – can’t be overseen really, at the end (or beginning) of the famous Las Ramblas. The monument dedicated to the probably most famous seafarer in history is not just a good picture opportunity – a lot of people don’t know that you can also go up to the top of it!
When you look at the monument with the statue on top, you would not believe that an elevator goes up inside the column, just until below where the statue of Columbus stands (inside the crown). The monument was built in 1881 in honor of Christopher Columbus who disembarked in Barcelona after his return from the Americas.
The entrance is through the souvenir shop at the bottom. You pay EUR 4.50 (January 2015) and then an employee takes you up in a small elevator where approximately 4 persons fit at a time. Also up there, they usually don’t let more than 10 persons at a time, since it is a tiny space. The views are spectacular, but note that there are windows and a few small spaces without glass for your picture taking.
Attention wheelchair users: The Columbus Monument has a wheelchair accessible entrance on La Rambla. Once inside, wheelchair users will have to transfer to a special chair which will take them along the corridor and up in the lift to the top. If you are a wheelchair user please advice in advance (Tel. 93 302 52 24).
My personal tip: go at night time (when it got dark) and you will enjoy the city lights. Good for a romantic moment with your couple!