Torre de les Aigues del Besos

Torre de les Aigues del Besos, Barcelona: Hours, Address, Torre de les Aigues del Besos Reviews: 4.5/5

Torre de les Aigues del Besos

Torre de les Aigues del Besos
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Observation Decks & Towers
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
La Torre de les Aigües del Besòs - the Besòs river water tower, is a landmark in Poblenou. It is considered as one of the beautiful water towers and it represents one of the first modernist buildings in Catalunya. Climbing its over 300 steps you'll discover an emblematic building in Barcelona, get to know its unique construction and history, and enjoy a stunning view from the terrace. We also host art exhibitions, showing a fusion of painting and sculpture with the architecture.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Barceloneta
Originally a fisherman’s quarter, this quaint area can’t escape its small village feel: laundry hanging over the narrow streets, old ladies clamoring at each other from their balconies and elder gentlemen playing games on short wooden benches gossiping the day away, Barceloneta could double as a film set. Artists line the boardwalk displaying their magnificently detailed sand structures making this the most visited beach in the city (the shirtless men working out might help too). You’ll know by the delicious aroma that you're in the right place to try some of the best and most authentic seafood including paella, Spain’s national dish.
How to get there
  • Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica • 6 min walk
  • Barceloneta • 9 min walk

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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
The tower is closed until the third quarter of 2019.

Originally conceived as a water tower to supply water to the inhabitants of Barcelona, this tower was never used for it's original purpose as it was found that the water was not safe for human consumption. Uniquely for a building of this nature, it's made entirely of bricks without any metal support. At 51 metres, the tower looks majestic, especially with the spiral staircase on the outside of the tower about 40 metres up. Shame it's currently being renovated.
Written 12 July 2019
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia5,547 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
This tower is a landmark in Poblenou. It was initially planned to reach a height of 80m but construction ceased at 51m. It was inaugurated in 1882.At that time it was the tallest building in Barcelona. Its purpose was to store and supply water to the city but due to poor quality the water was directed to industrial purposes. Refurbishment of the structured was completed between 2010/2012. The tower is brick construction with basic ornamental features. Good for a photo.
Written 30 May 2018
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Ines V
barcelona, Spain6 contributions
Jan 2018
Off the beaten track. Great context to connect with the area of Poblenou.
Historic details and great views.
Written 22 January 2018
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Melissa M
Barcelona, Spain19 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
The last Saturday of the month they offer a night tour finishing with an amazing and romantic view all over the city of Barcelona and a glass of cava. As it was only my partner and me, the tour guide, who by the way was so passionate about the history of this tower, even offered to do the tour for us in English. The tower is designed by famous architect of modernism Pere Falqués who also designed the benches you find around the street lamps of paseo de gracia. After making our way all up to the top of the tower we enjoyed an amazing night view all over the city and finished the tour back down having a nice chat with the tour guide while having a glass of cava.
Written 31 December 2017
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Peter M
Faversham, UK15 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
Stumbled across this, if that is possible for such a large object. It was free on the day but 2 Euro to view from the top from where you could see all over Barcelona. Lots of interesting art and sculptures with friendly helpful staff. The building itself is redundant water tower built entirely of brick and had a solid beauty all of its own. The climb is quite steep and not for the faint hearted.
Written 6 July 2016
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Thanks for your visit and review, Peter! We are glad you liked it!
Written 10 September 2016
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rdrozd7
Boston, MA594 contributions
Nov 2015
Good for a little walk after lunch.Interesting architecture around, pleasant pedestrian surroundings .
Written 17 January 2016
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Thanks for your comment. We are glad you liked the area. We invite you to visit the inside and climb the stairs to the top, the history and the view won't dissapoint you!
Written 26 February 2016
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Stephen D
Manchester, UK586 contributions
Jan 2016 • Friends
Well worth the €5 despite my Catalan de less than basic. Guide included us with references to Manchester and the industrial growth of late 19th century.
Excellent engineering, great architecture, impressive display of artisan skills.
Of course the views from top are wonderful but there is much more than that to appreciate
Written 16 January 2016
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Thanks for your visit and for your kind comments Stephen! We are glad you enjoyed the visit. Thanks for sharing.
Written 26 February 2016
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Len P
Barcelona, Spain169 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
La Torre de les Aigües was built in 1882 by Pere Falqués, one of the many "modernista" architects in Cataluña at the time (think of Gaudí for example). It now stands out as a contrast to the new, hyper-modern Diagonal Mar.
The tower was supposed to provide water for parts of Barcelona, but because of the closeness to the sea the salinity level became too high, and the tower was closed down in the 1890s. It was then used by an industrial company until the late 1900s. This part of Barcelona used to house hundreds of factories; for this reason Barcelona was called "Spain's Manchester".
Restoration work finished this year (cost about 3.5 million euros), and there are now regular visits to the tower. It is over 60 metres high and has four levels. From the observation deck you have an excellent view of the northern part of Barcelona. In an extension to the tower there is now the historical archives of Poblenou.
As far as I know the visits (some in the evening) are mainly in Catalán, and only on Sundays in Spanish. There might be a possibility of group visits with an English guide if you contact the administrators (see web site below).
By the way, the clock on the outside of the tower doesn't show the time, but the capacity of the water tank!

For further information, consult: www.torredelesaigues.cat
Written 12 July 2014
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Thanks for your visit and for your kind comments Runeberg! We are glad you enjoyed the visit. Thanks for sharing.
Written 26 February 2016
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