The Calatrava tower

  • Torre Calatrava

    Torre Calatrava

  • Torre Calatrava

    Torre Calatrava

  • Torre Calatrava

    Torre Calatrava

The Calatrava Tower, also known as the Torre de Comunicaciones de Montjuïc or Torre Telefónica, is an iconic telecommunications tower in Barcelona, Spain. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the tower was built as part of the city's preparations for the 1992 Summer Olympics.

 

The design of the Calatrava Tower dates back to the 1980s, when Barcelona was undergoing a major urban transformation in preparation for hosting the Olympic Games. The tower was designed to serve as a key communication point during the Games and to symbolise the city's modernity and innovation. It was completed in 1992 and has since acquired great symbolic importance for Barcelona.

 

Calatrava Tower Barcelona

Torre Calatrava

 

Visit the Calatrava Tower

The Calatrava Tower has a number of architectural features. It consists of a slender steel structure with a characteristic spire-shaped top. Its overall shape is reminiscent of an athlete carrying the Olympic flame. The base of the tower is covered in white "trencadís" in homage to the mosaics used by the modernist architect Antoni Gaudí.

It offers a panoramic view of the city and the coast from its summit, providing a spectacular experience for visitors.

 

The tower is located on Montjuïc hill, a popular tourist spot in Barcelona. Montjuïc is home to a number of other attractions, including the Olympic Stadium, the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Poble Espanyol, the Joan Miró Foundation, the Botanical Gardens and Montjuïc Castle. The tower is therefore often included in Montjuïc's tourist itineraries.

Finally, the Calatrava Tower is often illuminated at night, adding to its beauty and making it a remarkable visual landmark in the city.

The Calatrava tower

Av de L'Estadi, 08038 Barcelona, Spain

Area: Sants / Montjuïc
Prices: Free entry
Metro/Bus: Metro: L1/L3 Espanya / Bus: 50, 61, 125
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a must-see for sports fans
Pet (18 Sep 2023 - 08:24)
A must-see for sports fans, Calatrava Tower i open everyday
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Last comments

Barcelona.com - 4 Jul 2024 - 08:02
@Dom
Hello Dom, For a week's stay, a very smart pass is the City Pass (the most complete and economical) or the Barcelona Essentials Pass with two must-see monuments and the public transport card.. Best,
Dom - 4 Jul 2024 - 07:52
Best pass for one week stay?
Hello, I'm staying in Barcelona for a week. Which smart pass would you recommend?
Barcelona.com - 1 Jul 2024 - 09:48
@Jacqui
Hello Jacqui, The Aerobus in Barcelona does not offer a specific senior discount for international visitors. Best,
Barcelona.com - 1 Jul 2024 - 09:48
@Colin
Hello Colin, Yes, there are pickup points near Terminal 2C at Barcelona Airport that you can access. Specifically, you can use the express car park located in front of Terminal 2, which includes T2C. This parking area allows for quick drop-offs and pickups and is situated conveniently close to the terminal entrances​ . Best,
Colin - 1 Jul 2024 - 08:56
Picking up passengers terminal 2 c
Is there pick up points near 2 c that I can access and do I pay
Jacqui - 1 Jul 2024 - 08:54
Seniors Card
Is there a seniors discount for visitors from other countries,
Barcelona.com - 25 Jun 2024 - 10:40
@Rebecca
Hello Rebecca, As of now, you do not need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or a vaccination certificate to enter Spain from the United States. Spain has lifted all COVID-19-related health controls at its entry points for travelers, making travel much simpler in terms of pandemic restrictions​. Best,
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5 comments

  1. a must-see for sports fans - Pet (18 Sep 2023 - 08:24)

    A must-see for sports fans, Calatrava Tower i open everyday

  2. erreur - gui (22 Sep 2012 - 09:45)

    Les JO ont eu lieu en 1992 et non pas en 1982

  3. olympics in bcn - milena (22 Jan 2012 - 15:30)

    1992 not 1982

  4. Calatrava Tower - Max Biddlecum (12 Jul 2011 - 22:30)

    i love this tower it is awe inspiring and i reccommed it to everyone that goes barcelona

  5. tower - zach marbury (4 Dec 2010 - 19:15)

    i think this tower is rather ravishing i wonder how much electricity that thing has in it

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