Here are five amazing things to do around Montjuic
1.) Castell De Montjuic
Could you possibly imagine making your way up to Montjuic without visiting its castle? This is just not possible! Come, stay, and enjoy a café and a nice walk. While strolling around this International Peace Centre you will enjoy a really nice moment in the city. The picture (above) is not from the castle it’s from the MNAC Museum.
2.) Enjoy the botanic garden
You should know that this garden is in fact almost a forest! You will have the chance of both admiring the view and having a nice walk, but also spending a fun afternoon in this urban playground full of Attractions for Kids and Families in Barcelona!
3.) Visit Font Magica
Font Magica, the magic fountain, was inaugurated in 1929, during the World Fair. You may wonder why it bears this mysterious name? It may be linked to its history, but also to its architecture. Indeed, more than 3000 workers were hired during the construction. It was so ambitious that no one believed the workers would ever finish it. During the summer, you cannot miss the light and sound show… It’s truly magic.
4.) Visit Olympic Stadium Lluís Companys
Just like the Font Magica, this beautiful Stadium was constructed for the World Fair, in 1929. However, it was entirely renovated in 1992 for the Olympic Games. Nowadays it welcomes both football and rugby games. Its architecture is also really impressive, which makes this Olympic Stadium one of the best things to do and to see in Barcelona.
5.) Enjoy a good restaurant up the Montjuic Hill
As other European countries such as Italy and France, Spain is one of the most famous countries as far as cooking is concerned, because of all the specialties they offer. As a reward for the hard walk up the hill, once you get there you should go to La Font del Gat – Passeig de Santa Madrona, 28 – in order to enjoy some real Spanish food in a real Spanish atmosphere.
- Inside the park, you shouldn’t miss the Miro Museum. This is one of the best museums in Barcelona and its views are amazing.
- The cable car costs €6 one way, €8.30 return.
- If you wish to reach the highest point of Barcelona, you should go to Tibidabo, Barcelona’s amusement park!
- There are days when you can get free admissions into the botanic garden, for example the first Sunday of each month. Have a look at the website!
Facts about Montjuic
More than 180 meters high, beautiful and well-kept, Montjuic (or Montjuich) is a magnificent hill surrounding Barcelona, its port and its old city. “Montjuic” means the “Jews hill”. While walking on the hill, you will have the chance to see the place where the Olympic Games took place in 1992. Nowadays, Montjuic also offers a luxurious and truly interesting botanic garden.
There is no other part of the city where you will be able to get such a beautiful view of Barcelona. Take the funicular, stroll around the Gaietà Buïgas fountain and appreciate the real Barcelona, far from the crowd.
The first time I discovered Montjuic, it was at night. I was strolling around Guell Park, looking for something to do, somewhere to go. In the distance, I saw some lights up the hill. The next morning I decided to discover what those lights were and so I made my way through the entire city and I saw what I nowadays consider as the most beautiful neighborhood of Barcelona: Montjuic.”
How to get there
Castell de Montjuic: Metro Parallel then funicular & cable car
Joan Brossas Garden: Metro Parallel, then funicular
Font Magica: Funicular Parc Montjuïc or bus 55
Muser de Carrosses Funebres: Metro Marina
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Castell de Montjuic:
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm.
The opening hours depend on the season. It is mainly open between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm but even later from March to October (from June to October, it is open until 9:00 pm)
The garden is open from Monday to Sunday. The opening hours change according to the month. From October to March, it is open between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm, but it is open longer between April and September.
1.) Telefèric de Montjuic:
Take the funicular (small cable cars) which will take you up to the castle without even having to take the steps. The view is just breathtaking.
2.) Museu de Carrosses Funebres:
The creepiest museum ever! Ask for the visit at the reception and be ready to follow a strange guide down to carriages and ornaments from the 18th century… Quite peculiar but impressive.
3.) The port, the beach:
What would Barcelona be without the Mediterranean Sea? Go to the port and walk to the Barceloneta if you want to enjoy a sunny afternoon at the beach in Barcelona!
4.) Museu d’Art Nacional de Catalunya (MNAC):
This is on the top of the hill and is the national museum of Catalunya where you’re going to find catalan art from the Romanesque until now. Amazing views also from the top and the restaurant.
5.) Cinema a la fresca:
In summer you can go to “Cinema a la fresca” which is cinema at night in VO organized by Sala Montjuïc. (http://www.salamontjuic.org)
Why it’s worth visiting
- Because up the hill you will have an astonishingly beautiful view: you will be able to see Barcelona, its beaches, its city center, its parks and gardens. What else is there?
- The old town is perfect for spending a pleasant and quiet afternoon in Barcelona.
- Because the Olympic Village is truly impressive and offers a nice view.