If you’re looking to include something a little different in your trip to Barcelona, we recommend visiting the enigmatic Refugio 307 bomb shelter. It is a place filled with history that will instantly transport you to one of the most turbulent times in our recent history: the Spanish Civil War. It is located in the middle of the Poble Sec neighborhood, just a few minutes’ walk away from our boutique hotel in Poble Sec. Without a doubt, Barcelona is full of surprises!
The History of Refugio 307
During the Spanish Civil war, more than a thousand bomb shelters were built in just the capital city alone to protect the inhabitants from air raids. The so-called Refugio 307 was one of these. These days it is open to the public for tours.
It was built in the strategic location of Montjuïc, taking advantage of the foothills of the mountain itself. The tunnels are about 400 meters long, a little more than 2 meters tall and 1.5 to 2 meters wide. But the most interesting part is that Refugio 307 has various facilities. It isn’t simply a network of tunnels. Rather, it houses a variety of different spaces that held bathrooms, a children’s room, a fountain, and an infirmary. Refugio 307 was built to house a total of 9,000 people.
How to Visit Refugio 307
During the tour visitors have the opportunity to learn more about the Spanish Civil War from one of many perspectives: the people’s fight for survival. You can get a sense of the conditions that the people who took refuge in the shelter lived in. Just a walk through the various rooms will be enough to understand the horrors of the war a little better.
Refugio 307 is affiliated with the Museo de Historia de Barcelona and was built in Nou de la Rambla 169 street. After the war it fell into disrepair, but it has since been revived as a historical interpretive center.
Groups can visit Monday through Saturday with prior reservation. The general public can attend any of the guided tours on Sundays at 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30.
Entry costs 3.50 €. The closest metro station is Paral·lel. This bomb shelter is certain to be an affecting part of your trip.
Don’t hesitate to ask more information to our team at Casa Vaganto for your visit.