Barcelona’s Port Cable Road

Transbordador Aeri del Port

The historical cable road that binds the Old Port and Barceloneta with the Montjuic hill became one of the most fascinating landmarks of Barcelona. It was designed by the engineer Carles Buigas and was planned to be completed for 1929 World Fair. Due to the lack of capital the cable road started functioning only in 1931. During the Civil War, the cable car was closed, the cables removed and the towers became a strategic place for the defence of the port of Barcelona. There were appeals to dismantle the cable road but in 1963 it started operating again. Within the project of transformation of the maritime territories the cable road was restored in the 1990s and resumed its activity. The original red cars that seat up to 20 people are still used. There are no actual seats and even with 12 passengers aboard it is quite a challenge to get to the window to enjoy views of the city. It is always less crowded in the morning. In the afternoon one can spend over an hour in the line. Cars leave every 15 minutes.

The adventure begins in Barceloneta when you go up to Torre de Sant Sebastià (78 m) on special elevator. Further the car goes to Torre Jaume I (the second tallest cable road tower in the world – 107 m) where you can find an octagonal viewing platform and then goes further to the final stop at Montjuic hill - Torre de Miramar. Within 7 minutes spent 70 m above the ground you can enjoy absolutely magnificent views of the vast sea, the harbour, almost entire city and its neighbourhoods. It is better to buy a round-way ticket (about 17 euro) but remember that this trip is for those who has no fear of heights, though the cable road is the fastest way to get from the beach to the hill.

The red car will take you to Mossèn Costa i Llobera gardens, to a shorter cable road Telefèric de Montjuïc. The small cabin will deliver you to the very top of the hill to Montjuic Fortress. In the gardens visitors can look at the city through telescopes. Nearby there is Hotel Miramar Barcelona designed in the art nouveau style, Miramar restaurant where you can sit on the terrace and have an ice-cream or a drink and enjoy the beautiful panoramic city view, an expensive and terrace restaurant Martínez is also not far away.

Returning back with the cable road, you can treat yourself with the lovely dinner in the famous gastronomic restaurant Torre d'Alta Mar located in the port on the top of the tower with a 360º panoramic view.

Address: Passeig de Joan de Borbo Comte de Barcelona, 88
Opening hours: 1 Jan – 28 Feb daily 11 am-5.30 pm, 1 Mar – 2 Jun daily 11 am – 7 pm, 3 Jun – 8 Sep daily 11 am – 8 pm, 9 Sep – 27 Oct daily 11 am – 7 pm, 28 Oct – 31 Dec daily 11 am – 5.30 pm, 25 Dec closed
How to reach: from metro Barceloneta 15 min by foot or by bus 39, 64; from metro Drassanes, Paral•lel, Espanya by bus 150
Coordinates: 41.372976, 2.187812