After spending a morning looking at modern art and the Olympic stadium, take the cable car down from Montjuic.
There is a great view of the city, and you arrive near some great restaurants for lunch.
The cable car to Montjuic (or Telerifico de Montjuic) provides the best views over the whole city of Barcelona.
You can catch it down by the beach and get a return to Montjuic for €12.50 adult return. There are a few things worth seeing in Montjuic or you can stop off for a bite to eat before returning but even if you go just for the journey, it's a worthwhile trip.
Montjuïc is translated as Hill of the Jews in the medieval Catalan language, or as a corruption of Latin Mons Jovicus (that is, hill of Jupiter).
View of Montjüic (Barcelona) from Park Güell Barcelona's Montjuïc is a broad shallow hill with a relatively flat top overlooking the harbour, to the southeast of the city center. The eastern side of the hill is almost a sheer cliff, giving it a commanding view over the city's harbour immediately below. The top of the hill (a height of 173 metres) was the site of several fortifications, the latest of which (the Castell de Montjuïc) remains today. The fortress largely dates from the 17th century, with 18th century additions. In 1842 the garrison (loyal to the Madrid government) shelled parts of the city following disturbances. It served as a prison, often holding political prisoners, until the time of General Franco. The castle was the site of numerous executions. In 1897 an incident popularly known as Els processos de Montjuïc prompted the execution of anarchist supporters, which in turn lead to a severe repression of the workers' struggle for their rights. Later, Spanish republicans and nationalists were executed, having been held by both sides during the Spanish Civil War. Catalan politician Lluís Companys i Jover was also executed there in 1940.
Take the cable cars up Montjuic and go to the military museum at the top. This place offers the best views over all of the city. The military architecture and exhibits are interesting too and fun for all ages.
I went here on a rainy day so the view was not so spectacular as it would be everyday. But nevertheless it was worthy.
Montjuïc mountain (Jewish mountain) has been, throughout its history, the protagonist of many events, some glorious and victorious, others less so. The historical symbol and oldest monument (end of the 17th century) is the Castell de Montjuïc (Castle), from where there are beautiful views of the city. The castle, which now houses the Museu Militar, has been, in part, a symbol of oppression oven the centuries, as it was used to torture and execute the leaders of the Setmana Tràgica in 1909 and Lluís Companys, president of the Generalitat de Catalunya in 1940, among others.
Although you can get to Montjuïc with the number 61 bus from Pl. d'Espanya, your best bet is the Transbordador Aèri , which offers spectacular views of Barcelona from the air. You can also take the funicular from Paral.lel and the teleférico which goes all the way to the castle. From Pl. d'Espanya to the Columbus statue runs Avenida del Paral.lel, inaugurated in 1894, which became famous as a synonym of entertainment, the Montmartre of Barcelona. Here you will find the Molino (a music hall), and several other theatres.
One of the highlights of my siteseeing in Barcelona was the trip on the cable cars that run over the port and up to Montjuic. Although the cable car was packed, everyone had a good view. We rode the cable cars at sunset and had beautiful views of Montjuic, the port, the ocean and the city. It is an incredible trip!
I believe we paid EUR 7.50 for a one-way trip on the last car, normally it is EUR 9 return I think. DO NOT start at the Jaume 1 tower by Columbus... you will only get half a trip!
Barceloneta is a lovely area to stroll round. From the seaside to the quayside and round to Port Vell, the rejuvenated port area, it is well worth a visit. For the best views take the aerial tramway from Barceloneta to Miramar, but be warned, it's not for the faint hearted. The views are excellent though if you can stand the heights.
I don't like heights and from that perspective I would warn anyone with issues similar to my own that this will be a trying experience. You pick up the cable car in Barcelonetta, Port Vell or Mont Juic by going up rather ancient looking iron towers that didn't inspire me with great confidence... I am reluctantly forced to conclude that this is the best view of the city you can get.
By the way the tower in Barcelonetta also houses a fashionable restaurant with great views!
The funicular and cable car ride to the top of Montjuic is a great way to see the whole city. The view from the top is spectacular. Then walk down the mountain to the Parliament building and see the fountain.
A very nice link between the port and Mont Juic. When the sky is clear (would it ever be not clear over there??) you have a marvelous view over the city and the coastline.
This was the view from the cable car overlooking the harbour area.
It cost 7.50 Euros each for a single trip,it was good value for money.