Castell de Torre Baró

Cultural heritage

Castell de Torre Baró

Torre Baró Castle, built on top of a hill in the Collserola range at the start of the 20th century, but with a history that suggests we should look further back in time to the first castle in the area that the neighbourhood is named after, is an excellent viewpoint that offers some amazing views of Barcelona's lesser known neighbourhoods.

A historical name

Now one of Nou Barris most iconic symbols, Torre Baró Castle stands between the Roquetes and Torre Baró neighbourhoods. The name "Torre Baró" actually comes from another "torre" that no longer exists and stood on the site of the metro station, a mansion that belonged to Baron Pinós, the Baró de Pinós in Catalan, until it was destroyed in 1714 during the War of the Spanish Succession.

A centre for information and environmental education

Today it is a Parc de Collserola environmental education and information point. Among other activities, it offers guided tours of the castle, itineraries for discovering the surrounding area and education workshops for all ages. It is one of the best viewing points in Barcelona, offering visitors the chance to look out over Nou Barris, Horta, Sant Andreu, Sant Martí and, beyond them, the River Besòs and the foothills of Collserola, with the towns of Santa Coloma, Sant Adrià and Badalona.

A privileged viewpoint

Despite its medieval appearance, the Castell de Torre Baró, which dominates the neighbourhood, was built at the start of the 20th century. It was part of a plan to create a hotel at the centre of an urban development in the area, but the plan did not work and was abandoned before the building work was finished. Finally, in 1989, it was restored and declared a historical heritage site by Barcelona City Council, with a magnificent viewpoint being built round it.

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