The Palau Nacional,is located on bottom of Montjuic mountain.This is another of most beautiful parts of Barcelona,specially by nightime,when all lights on fountains are on.You can have some nice views of the whole palace,from Plaza de Espanya probably you'll see the best perspective of this beautiful building,with the stairs and fountain at main entrance,is the best place to take some nice pictures.That photo was taken from one of numerous lookpoints that you'll find on Montjuic mountain,so you can't see the fountain here.
Inside the Palau Nacional,as from 16th December 2004,you can see one of best museums in Catalonia or even in all Spain.
It is named "Museo Nacional de Arte de Catalunya" (MNAC),and right now is one of largest museums in world,it has 1,700 paintings and 45,000 sq.m.And after three long years of restauration,the build works are done and the Palace is ready to be open to public on that date.
Take the funicular halfway up the mountain, then cross the street to the cable car station. Hop on and enjoy a spectacular ride up to the top.
Montjuic is home to the Military Museum, the Fundacio Joan Miro, the Poble Espanyol, the Olympic Ring, and am amazing cemetery, clutching the south side.
It is worth a day to walk and explore, all the while looking out to the sea, and the maze of streets below.
Fondest memory: The cable car ride was a hold-your-breath thrill. When we arrived at the top and saw the view, we had an "OH My God" moment. You can see for miles, and it was fun to pick out the landmarks around the city, and see the looming spires of the Sagrada Familia in the distance.
Please click on the photo, it is a panoramic shot.
The mountain of Mountjuic is the green area of Barcelona. You will find parks, pavilions, and sport stadiums. High in the mountain the Olympic facilities from 1992 are located.
In my opinion you will find the best views from the city here. If you like Miro, don't forget to vist Fundacion Joan Miro.
Because of it's location on the Mediterranean, the skyline of Barcelona is certainly quite unique. While it is a large city, it houses just a small number of skyscrapers (mostly hotels) allowing other buildings (like the Sagrada Familia) to stand out in the skyline. With Tibidabo or the Mediterranean as the backdrop, you can only start to imagine what a wonderful view this must be. The best places to soak in this splendid view is either from Montjuïc or from the hills of Tibidabo.
Fondest memory: When this picture was taken, Liz and I had just arrived in Barcelona earlier that day and had decided to explorer Montju?c. Fortunately, we made it to this lookout point before the sunset had begun. The view was spectacular and it was the first sign that this trip was going to be great.
This is currently a Modern Art museum located in an old government palace, in Mont Juic (a hill/mountain located in the west side of the city).
Fondest memory: The building is beautiful as you can see, and the long avenue that leads to it has a couple of "Venetian Towers" on both sides of the entrance, which makes you think you're entering a royal palace... There are electric stairs that climb the mountain so you don't get so tired while going uphill! And there are some beautiful fountains located around the avenue leading to the palace and some more right in front of it, too... Please look at the tip called "The Magic Fountain of Mont Juic" posted in the Off the beaten path section for a more detailed description.
Montjuic was the Jewish area of Barcelona: in the past it used to host a Jewish cemetary and a Jewish community - the name, in fact, means mountain of the jews. It starts more or less at Plaça d'Espanya
Fondest memory: Today Montjuic is a green 212 m high hill which has entetered the history of Barcelona as the site of 1992 Olympic Games. On top of some sports locations there are also interesting museums to visit (Joan Miro, National Archaelogical Museum, National Museum of Catalunyan Art, the Archeological Museum of catalunya).
The building was designed by Mies van der Rohe as the German pavillion for the Universal Exhibition held in 1929. This pavillion was indentified as a paradigm of modern architecture because of the perfect harmony achieved between interior and exterior space.
This is the rebult one.
The most important thing that we did was visit the Olympic Stasium.
Fondest memory: The best memory that I have from Barcelona was the day that we went to the olympic stadium becase it was neat to see a stadium where olympics have taken place.
You hardly need me to tell you about Gaudi but it is as good as they say at the Sagrada Familia and the Parc Gruell - (and much better than photos can show - so here is one from the hill at Monjuic which you must go to as well. The large building houses what is probably the world's best collection of romanesque murals from small Pyrrenean churches and is easily accessed from the Plaça de Espanya (sic)
The Miro Foundation nearby is also worth seeing - and do hire a pair of headphones!)
Fondest memory: Parc Guell at sunset.
Favorite thing: Here we are at the Fortress upon Montjuic (Mountain of the Jews, fort apparently built on an ancient Jewish cemetary). This is my best friend Monica, displaying the lovely gardening done in the one-time moat. This site provides great views of Barcelona, since it is on quite a hill.
Another breathtaking panorama of Barcelona can be snapshot from Montjuic Hill, where the 1992 Olympics were held. The top is ascendable via funicular and cable car from the waterfront. Apart from the Olympic Center, there are also several important museums including the National Museum of Catalan Art and the Archaeological Museum.
Barcelona is literally as gorgeous as what I had imagined it to be. I will be looking forward to go back again, to take in the sights, sounds and smells of this brilliant city. If this is one of where you plan to stopover, you sure have planned to make a home run.
Fundació Joan Miró. Naturally I loved this place since he's one of my favorite artists.
You can find the Fondació in Parc de Montjuic, a large parc which, among other things, consists of the Olympic Stadium from the 1992 games.
Take a cable car up to the Castle on Mount Juca. Only then did I fully appreciate the full scale of the city. A most breathtaking vista.
Fondest memory: Like Madrid, the atmosphere is superb, nothing quite like it. La Rambla, whilst overrated (imho)is a good place to people watch.
Montjuïc, the hill overlooking the city centre from the southwest, is home to some fine art galleries, leisure attractions, soothing parks and the main group of 1992 Olympic sites. Approach the area from Plaça d'Espanya and on the north side you'll see Plaça de Braus Les Arenes, a former bullring where the Beatles played in 1966. Behind it lies Parc Joan Miró, where stands Mir´'s highly phallic sculpture Dona i Ocell (Woman and Bird). Nearby, the Palau Nacional houses the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, which has an impressive collection of Romanesque art. Stretching up a series of terraces below the Palau Nacional are fountains, including the biggest, La Font Màgica, which comes alive with a free lights and music show on summer evenings. In the northwest of Montjuïc is the 'Spanish Village', Poble Espanyol. At first glance it's a tacky tourist trap, but it also proves to be an intriguing scrapbook of Spanish architecture, with very convincing copies of buildings from all of Spain's regions. The Anella Olímpica (Olympic Ring) is the group of sports installations where the main events of the 1992 games were held. Down the hill, visit masterpieces of another kind in the Fundaci´ Joan Mir´, Barcelona's gallery for the greatest Catalan artist of the 20th century. This is the largest single collection of the his work.
The picture is the view from top of the Montjuïc.
Poble Espanyol was fun...it had a lot of interesting Spanish style buildings and crafts...
It's a type of open air museum with lots of different Spanish architecture and crafts etc.