The Columbus Monument was built in 1888 and is one of the most emblematic monuments of Barcelona.
It is located in the lower part of La Rambla and represents Christopher Columbus pointing to the Americas.
There is some controversy around the direction pointing, that points towards the sea and not to the direction in which the American continent really is.
What many people do not know is that the monument has a lift, which allows tourists to go up to the viewpoint. The lift is narrow and on the lookout there is no room for too many people, but it is worth to climb up.
How to get to the Columbus monument
One of the best ways to directly reach the monument, is to take the metro to "Drassanes" on line 3. However, we recommend the visitor to start its journey in Plaça Catalunya (Catalonia Square) and walk down La Rambla to get to Columbus Monument, located at the end point of the most famous street in Barcelona.
What's near Columbus Monument
The monument is near the port. You can walk up La Rambla to reach Catalonia Square, or take the Passeig Colom up to Via Laietana. You can also cross the wooden bridge that delimits the marina and you will arrive at the Maremagnum Shopping Centre. This option allows you also to reach the Via Laietana, but going through fast food restaurants, cinemas, the Aquarium of Barcelona and the Imax.
Comment that the Mall has paid public toilets, which are found on the right side of the lower floor. Another option is to walk towards the Paral.lel Avenue, if you have not seen this area.
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