If you explore enough on Montjuic, you can find a lot more than a castle and the Olmpic Stadium. Nestled away in the trees near a soccer field is a tunnel speckled with rocks for climbers, designed by a retired police officer. Its a strange sight, especially in a place where you don't expect to see many other people, to find a bunch of men and women hanging up-side down in a tunnel that leads to a soccer field, and more climbers scaling the rocky walls. Continue exploring and you just might find the pony stables, where you can ride for a fee, or just admire them. There's a bar there too if you're just in the mood for an equestrian atmosphere.
Spanish Village is in fact an open-air museum of some 136 reproduction buildings from different regions of Spain. It was built in 1929 for the World Exhibition.
So if you'd like to see Spain in one place, this is it!
This is also a place where you can see how some glass figurines are made.
Entrance: 8.5 EUR (July 2009)
All the mountain is full of good reasons for visiting it: from museums (including the MNAC) to the olympic facilities, botanic gardens, terraces and bars, exhibition centers, a millitary fortification, and many, many paths to just walk by and have nice views and relaxing time. On the city side, not far away from two venician twin towers, you may find eventually the so called Font Màgica (magic fountain), a great spot to see at night when some music+water performances are played (usually close to weekends or holidays, at about 21h, but better ask at some information desk); believe me, not to be missed if you have the occasion to meet there!
The Olympic Stadium. I'm sure many people come here, but it was so quiet when we were there I have to list it as off the beaten track. The view from the front of the stadium towards the Telefonica antenna is like something out of a science fiction movie. The perfectly manicured lawns and water features along with the strange sculptures and paved areas leading down to the antenna, which stretches into the blue sky like a rocket ready for launch, make this a view of utopia unlike any I've seen. If I'd seen a UFO land on the grass, I wouldn't have blinked!
The German Pavillion for the World Exposition held in Barcelona in 1929 is a masterpiece of modern architecture. It was designed by Mies van der Rohe. When the expo finished it was dismantled because nobody seemed to have interest for this rather small building. However, given its outstanding architectural interest, the local authorities decided to rebuild it years afterward using the original plans. They could not have had a better idea, because there are not many human constructions where the use of espace, light and volumes is as achieved as in this small pavillion. By the way, the famous Barcelona chair, an icon of contemporary furniture design and still fashionable after so many years, was also designed by Mies van der Rohe for this pavillion.
Back when I visited this attraction not many people knew about it -- at least I never heard about it in my first visit to Barcelona, but on my 2nd visit I got to see it and I LOVED IT...!! There weren't too many people going to see it but this time, 9 years later (2011), there were A LOT of people watching it and apparently it has become really popular.
The main picture of this tip was taken from a postcard I bought there because my film camera was unable to catch all the colors of the fountain water, and the postcard showed the fountain the way it really looked like at night. You will see a nice laser behind the Modern Art Museum, and the fountains will "dance" along with the music they play, make lovely figures and display many different bright colors.
So on my last trip (2011) I had to go back and see the fountain again. This time my digital camera was able to take some really nice pictures and even a short video of the show. I still wasn't able to take a good picture of the modern art museum with the laser behind, but the fountain pics were pretty decent.
The shows start every thursday, friday, saturday and sunday (during the summer) at 9:30 PM and there is one every 30 minutes until 11:30 PM -- although I think they were more frequent than that -- something like every 15 minutes or so. During the winter (October to May or so) the shows are only during the weekend (Fri-Sat-Sun). It's something really worth seeing, and it's FREE!
This is the entrance to the "Poble Espanyol" (which means "Spanish town" in Catalan), which is a replica of an old Spanish town where there are handcrafts workshops, restaurants and stores... Located in Mont Juic, just a short walk uphill from the Modern Art Museum!
This is the inside of the "Poble Espanyol" -- charming, as you may see! You really feel as if you were in an old village... At least when I was there it wasn't crowded at all, so it also felt as being in a "ghost" town -- almost deserted!
What you will find inside this place, besides these nice buildings, is a bunch of little workshops and stores where they sell ALL kind of typical Spanish souvenirs. You can buy jewelry, fans, clothes, glass stuff, embroideries, and many other things made by the locals. There are also a couple of places to eat. Of course, what you buy here is not included in the entrance fee.
My friends from Brazil. We were at Parc De Montjuic (I think, if I remember correctly!). Behind you see the Sculpture of Sardana dancers.
Photo: Communications' Tower in Montjuïc, in one of the Olymics areas, where is placed as well the 'Palau Sant Jordi' Dome.
There is a lot to do and see at Monjuic, strolling through 'Poble Espanyol' is one of them.