Updated Apr 23 2020
One of the most symbolic buildings of the city, Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf (Triumphal Arch) was designed by the architect Josep Vilaseca i Casanovas. It’s a short walk from the El Born area, and from the Parc de la Ciutadella.
In spite of its name, the monument doesn’t actually commemorate a military triumph, but was built as a main gateway for the first Universal Exhibition of Barcelona, which took place in 1888. The monument can be found on the passeig de Lluís Companys, and it’s a meeting place for families and friends, people going on bike rides or roller blading, as well as for various events, due to being such a big open space.
For lovers of photography, this is an ideal place to take your camera, both because of the wonderful architecture, and detail by Catalan sculptor Josep Reynés, and also with the background of the passeig de Lluís Companys, which provides a perfect backdrop to the Arc de Triomf.
Although it’s technically possible to go to the top of the Arc de Triomf thanks to a lift, access is not available to the public, and permission is only granted in exceptional circumstances for specific purposes.
passeig de Lluís Companys, Barcelona.
You can’t visit the interior of the Arc de Triomf except on special occasions, but you can of course see the monument from the outside at any time.
How to get there
Metro: Arc de Triomf (line 1).
Renfe (Rodalies): Arc de Triomf.
Buses: 9, 13, 14, 39 and 51.
By foot: You can easily walk from the Plaça de Catalunya, and from other central areas of the city.