Favorite thing: The cost for the card is 20 Euro for entry to sites on the hill. The cost individually for MNAC art museum and Miro Contemporary ARt museum is 8 Euro and 8 Euro, so the card really costs more in the long run
Montjuic is the part of Barcelona that is located on the hill in the south of the city, overlooking the harbour. It is home to some of the city's most important art collections and museums, and was here that most of the action took place during the 1992 Olympics.
At the very top of the hill is the Castell de Montjuic, a castle or fort which dominates the skyline in this part of town. It is worth a visit even just for the magnificent views from up there.
Take a walk past the Estadi Olimpic (the Olympic Stadium, which was closed when we visited), and take some photos of my favourite thing in this part of town - the Torre Calatrava, which is a space-age looking communications tower.
Fondest memory: Relax for a while in the Jardi Botanic or have a browse in the Jardi de les Escultures, an unusual sculpture garden.
Art fans could pay a visit to the Fundacio Joan Miro, or head to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - which is housed in a hugely impressive looking building.
For the young, and young at heart, a visit to the Font Magica should be on your agenda. See this fountain in all its colourful, musical glory on certain nights throughout the year. Just keep your fingers crossed that the wind isn't blowing in your direction!
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.
Fondest memory: So there I was, enjoying a moment of quiet solitude atop beautiful Montjuic Park, when all of a sudden....BOOM! It sounded like someone firing a shotgun but something told me there were no hunting grounds nearby. I followed the sound of a couple more booms and found it coming from an unexpected fireworks display out over the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. I don't know why they were doing it, perhaps it had to do with ongoing New Year's festivities. Like many digital cameras mine has significant shutter lag, making 'action' shots nearly impossible. Yet, with a bit of remarkable luck I was able to capture one firework just as it exploded in a burst of white lights.
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.
Fondest memory: You can also have excellent views of the whole city from the Montjuic park. I guess this statue must be pleased with the location they chose for it. It must be hard to stand always at the same point, but if you have to, choose at least a beautiful view.
Fondest memory: There are many view points from where you can get an excellent overview of the city: Montjuic, the Tibidabo and the Park Güell are the most famous ones. The latter is specially popular among tourists and another famous work by the omnipresent Antoni Gaudí. You can see more pictures in the travelogue.
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.
Barcelona is recorded as a grimy, pinched city full of the smell of drains and casual cruelty.'
The epic of the Spanish Civil War is known worldwide; more present in the collective memory of Barcelona, though, is the long posguerra or post-war period, which lasted nearly two decades after 1939. The Barcelona of these years is best recorded in the novels of Juan Marsé, a grimy, pinched city full of the smell of drains and casual cruelty, in which any high idealistic expectations had given way to a fatalistic concern for getting by from one day to the next.
Barcelona was impoverished, and would not regain its standard of living of 1936 until the mid-1950s; food and electricity were rationed. Nevertheless, migrants in flight from the still more brutal poverty of the south flowed into the city, occupying precarious shanty towns around Montjuïc and other areas in the outskirts.
Reconstruction of the nearly 2,000 buildings destroyed by bombing was slow, for the regime built little during its first few years in power other than monumental showpieces and the vulgarly ornate basilica on top of Tibidabo, completed to expiate Barcelona's 'sinful' role during the war.
Some underground political movements were able to operate. Anarchist urban guerrillas such as the Sabaté brothers attempted to carry on armed resistance, and March 1951 saw the last gasp of the pre-war labour movement in a general tram strike, the only major strike during the harshest years of the regime. It was fiercely repressed, but also achieved some of its goals. Clandestine Catalanist groups undertook small acts of resistance and rebellion - underground publications, secret theatre performances.
Some Catalan high culture was tolerated: the poet Salvador Espriu promoted a certain resurgence of Catalan literature, and the young Antoni Tàpies held his first solo exhibition in 1949.
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.