Agbar Tower Barcelona
Here are five amazing things to do around the Agbar Tower
1.) Come to the tower for equinoxes
During the spring and autumn equinoxes, the illuminations are specific and even more impressive than during the rest of the year because the Agbar Tower was inaugurated a few days before the autumn equinox.
2.) Start a day trip from the Catalan Glories Plaza
This place is dedicated to the greatest episodes of the Catalan history and to the regional pride of the autonomous region. Indeed, the region has its own language and has always wanted to become independent from the central state of Spain. From this place, you can go wherever you want in the city as it is located just at the crossing of the three main avenues of Barcelona.
3.) Spend a night in Razzmatazz
This nightclub is one of the best in Barcelona! Located near the Agbar Tower, it also embodies the lively and modern Barcelona of the “Movida”. At night, there is always a great party atmosphere. If you like listening to any type of modern music, particularly electronic music, the Razzmatazz is definitely the place where you should hang out!
4.) Go shopping in the Glories District’s Mall
The Agbar Tower is in the modern district of Barcelona, surrounded by modern buildings and a much younger city. Hence, it is definitely the place to go shopping. Any great trip includes a shopping day, so just go there and find everything you have ever wanted to buy in Zara, one of the most famous Spanish brands around the world.
5.) Spend time in the Clot Park
In this park, you have a beautiful view over the neighborhood and all its modern buildings. Moreover, the architecture is really peculiar as you have both sports grounds and Roman aqueducts. This is why if you want to play basketball or any other collective sport, you should come here for the afternoon.
Facts about the Agbar Tower
The Agbar Tower was finished in 2005 after 6 years of work. The royal family of Spain inaugurated it just after the end of the construction. This embodied the paradox that defines modern Spain: attachment to traditions, such as the royal family, and a strong will to evolve, and develop modern architecture for instance. This building was designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel, who became quite famous for it afterwards.
It includes a modern technology, which makes it more eco-friendly, and it is much more beautiful at night than during the day. Indeed, there are more than 4,400 windows, which adapt their inclination depending on the sun so as to save energy for heating. Moreover, the windows are like little-LED lights (more than 4,000 of them) which shine at night, covering the building with sparkling colors. The tower is easily seen in Barcelona thanks to its height, which makes it the third highest building of the city! Actually, it is one of the only skyscrapers in Barcelona.
Nowadays, three-quarters of the building are used for offices and the rest of it is used for diverse functions, such as technical services of the city.
The Agbar Tower really represents the Spanish modernity. Even if it makes tourists and locals laugh about its shape. The glass windows and the iron structure are quite impressive. We Barcelonans are used to calling it “the giant suppository”. We love going near the tower, or on roofs around the city, for the sunset, and watch the reflections over the tower. Indeed, it creates beautiful colors like red or iron blue. Moreover, as it is one of the highest buildings in Barcelona and one of the most recently built, it is such a pride for us to show it to the tourists.”
How to get there
Metro L1, Glories
Tramway 4, Glories or Ca’ l’Aranyo
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From Monday to Friday: 8 am to 8 pm.
On the weekend and on bank holidays: 9.30 am to 3 pm.
1.) The Sagrada Familia of Barcelona:
This is also very emblematic of the modernity in Spain: it embodies both the faith of the Spanish people and the very original architecture of Gaudi. It is one of the most visited buildings in Spain.
2.) Barcelona’s zoo:
The zoo of Barcelona is a must on the itinerary of a family visiting the city. It will please the children and entertain the adults as well. Moreover, Barcelona’s zoo is very close to the beach and is therefore ideally located to make a “kids’ day” during your trip.
3.) Cataluña’s Parliament:
Cataluna’s Parliament is one of the most powerful in Spain. Indeed, the autonomous region is one of the most populated in the country and the Catalonian nationalist movement is quite influential in the region. In addition to its political importance, the building is really beautiful and the place facing it is very calm and inviting for a little break from your sightseeing.
4.) Born neighborhood:
Close to the Ciutadella Park, there’s the trendy neighborhood nowadays in Barcelona: the Born. It’s where the good restaurants are, the best place to go shopping and also a good place to go out at night to have a cocktail before Razzmatazz. There’s another club in the area if you like rock ‘n’ roll music: Magic. But if you don’t want to go to a club you can just keep visiting different bars, they are open until 3 am.
Why it’s worth visiting
- It is one of the most modern buildings in Barcelona.
- It is one of the only skyscrapers in Barcelona.
- It is beautifully illuminated thanks to a state-of-the-art technology.