The Columbus Monument in Barcelona is found in the Plaza del Portal de la Paz, in the Ciutat Vella district. In this area, parking is difficult, and trust us, they're quick to issue fines. Plus many streets have restricted access, including a number of pedestrian walkways. So if you’re planning a visit to the Columbus Monument, and you plan on parking in the street, well, don't say we didn't warn you. In fact, Barcelona is split into different parking areas, which only adds to the confusion. In the blue area you can only leave your car for up to four hours. After these 4 hours, you must move your car so that other people can park. Then, the green area is reserved for neighborhood residents, if you're not a resident, then you can only park there for two hours.... both of them are hardly ideal for a day exploring the Catalan capital, right? Not following these rules means you'll get a fine. So, if you want to make it easy for yourself, then book your parking space in advance with Parclick, in the location you want, and for however long you want too!
The Columbus Monument in Barcelona is sculpture located in the Ciutat Vella, in front of the port of Barcelona. The sculpture consists of four different parts: a circular base, decorated with beautiful works of art, a circular column, a semi-circle and the statue of Columbus himself. Gaietà Buïgas i Manravà sculptured and designed this monument. The construction of the Columbus Monument started in 1881 and was created as a tribute to Christopher Columbus, who chose the port of Barcelona for his return after completing his journey to America in 1492. The inauguration of the monument was on June 1, 1888, for the World’s Fair, which Barcelona hosted that year. The monument was built where the Las Ramblas meet the Paseo de Colón and were part of the improvement projects along the Barcelona coast at the time. Inside its impressive column, there’s an elevator, which allows visitors and tourists to go up to the semi-circle to see the fantastic view of Barcelona. In total, this statue is 57 meters high and is known as a cultural heritage site (Bien de Interés Local). The Columbus Monument is a must-see if you’re traveling to Barcelona!
Fancy checking out some more of the Catalan capital, a bit further in land? Well, you can easily, the closest metro station is Drassannes, which serves line 3.