Montjuïc is one of the most beautiful places to spend the day during a tour of Barcelona. Its name "Mount of the Jews" is due to the fact that there was apparently a Jewish cemetery in this area. Today in a place with a lot to offer: museums, parks, sports facilities, a castle and even a cable car. Do not forget to take a walk through Montjuïc You'll love it!
What to see in Montjuïc
Before making a list with the main attractions of Montjuïc you should know that To at least know a large part of this area you will have to spend the day touring it. Designate a full day to your itinerary. You can not miss these corners that encompass the history and present of a wonderful area of the city:
1. National Museum of Art of CataloniaNational Museum of Art of Catalonia - Brian Kinney
If you arrive at Montjuïc in the subway, you will run into Plaza España and from there you will walk a few minutes towards the mountain.
On this way you will see not only the beautiful water fountains, but also a majestic building. It is the headquarters of the Museum of Art, created in 1929 and with an area of 32,000 m². It has collections of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and modern art, among others.
«Human work cannot overcome the Divine, that is why the Holy Family will be 170 meters high, 3 meters less than Montjuïc Mountain.»
- Antoni Gaudí -
2. Montjuic CastleMontjuïc Castle - TTstudio
To reach the top of the mountain you can either walk, or get on the cable car (most recommended) that even has a combination with a funicular that connects to the subway.
The castle was used as a fortress since 1640 and then he was employed for example as a prison in the twentieth century. It currently belongs to the City Council and is a beautiful viewpoint.
3. Spanish peopleSpanish Village - Catarina Belova
It was built in 1929 for the International Exhibition and It is a space that represents the beautiful landscapes of the Spanish geography. It has more than 100 buildings, streets and squares, as well as artisan workshops.
It is a perfect tour of the country without leaving Barcelona. It will take you a few hours to explore it, so it can be a separate visit to Montjuïc.
4. Botanical Garden
It was created in 1930, although between 1986 and 2003 it was closed to the public for renovation works. It is located in the Foixarda area, behind the Museum of Art and is easily recognizable for its large number of trees.
In addition, it presents plants from Catalonia, Balearic, Pyrenees and medicinal islands. Since you're by the Foixarda, We recommend you take advantage of the climbing tunnel of a thousand square meters of surface.
5. Lluís Companys Olympic StadiumOlympic Stadium - Mikhail Nekrasov
In the Olympic sector of Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games were held, there are several outstanding facilities. One of them is the stadium that was inaugurated in 1920 and rebuilt almost completely in the 80s, with free admission.
But there are other Olympic venues: Palau Sant Jordi, the Municipal Baseball Field, the Museum of Olympism, the Sports Palace and the National Palace.
6. Montjuïc Cemetery
It occupies the southern slope of the mountain and has more than 150,000 graves. It was inaugurated in 1883 to solve the problems of small cemeteries in the city. It is divided into 14 sectors, each with a name.
Several tombs and pantheons are of interesting artistic value. Two of the prominent sectors are the Fossar de la Pedrera, used as a common grave during the Franco regime, and the Funeral Carriage Museum.
7. Fountains and waterfallsMagic Fountain - Neirfy
The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc is located in the Plaza de Carles Buigas, one of the highlights of the entire walk, between the Plaza de España and the National Palace (Museum of Art of Catalonia) on the Avenida de la Reina María Cristina.
It is the main element of a set of waterfalls and ponds that during the night they turn on with a play of lights. It was built in 1929 and rebuilt in 2010.
8. Joan Miró Foundation
It was created in 1975 to know the works of this artist and learn about modern art. Currently the collection consists of 14,000 pieces (sculptures, paintings, textiles, drawings and ceramics) not only by Miró, but also by other local contemporary artists.
In your walk through Barcelona, do not hesitate to use a day to get to know Montjuïc. Will not disappoint you.