The Montjuic offers the nicest views of Barcelona and what was built for the Olympics is worth a visit as well. The best is to climb the hill from behind the Drassanes, enjoy the panorama of port and city and to stroll via the Olympic buildings to the Palau Nacional and down to the Placa Espanya.
The funicular from Montjuic over the port is a rip-off.
Montjuïc is a broad shallow hill with a relatively flat top overlooking the harbour, to the southeast of the city centre.
The top of the hill (height of 173 metres) was the site of several fortifications, the latest of which (the Castell de Montjuïc) remains today.
The oldest sight on the Montjuïc is the Castell de Montjuïc, a large 18th century fortress. Originally built for the defense of Barcelona but often used against the city at the foot of the hill, the fortress now houses the Museu Militar (military museum).
Naturally wooded, the slopes of the Montjuïc were traditionally used to grow food and graze animals by the people of the neighbouring Ciutat Vella. In the 1890s the forests were partially cleared, opening space for parklands.
We went to the hill on Cablecar and down by foot. You can enjoy the beautiful views though the glass-wall of cable-car cabin.
Single ticket adult: 5,70€
Single ticket children (4-12 years): 4,50€
Round trip adult: 7,90€
Round trip ticket: (4 a 12 years): 6€
The castle itself charges no admission fee.
Admission to the Comics Museum and Military Museum: 2,5 € for anyone over the age of 7.
Tuesday through Sunday: 10:00h to 19:00h
Mondays closed except holidays.
Let your worries melt away, and let time pass by without a care in the world while listening to spanish guitar, sitting on the step of this grand museum! While the day turns to night, overlooking the metropolis that is BARCELONA! The grand gates opening to the wide avenues, with quality trees lining the streets, huge and providing a beautiful and comfortable canopy overhead.
Come here for the magic water fountain, at 7 o'clock until 930 to hear the amazing loudspeakers playing relaxing classical music, while the water fountain displays an amazing show with water shooting 30 ft in the air (unfortunate for the bystanders when a gust of ocean wind arrives!~!!) haha
omg. the beauty of the world. Come here to fall in love with life again. Take at least thirty pictures of the Vantage point city pictures, all around, when its lit up at night, and the excellenet water fountain.
Originally the stadium was built to stage the 1936 Olympics which were subsequently cancelled due to the Spanish Civil War. The stadium ws built by Pere Domenech i Roura.
The stadium was refurbished for the 1992 Olympic Games and the capacity was increased to 70,000. The stadium is now home to Espanyol Football Club.
the trip to the top of Mount Juic is well worth the effort, not a lot of effort if on a coach tour or have taken the cable car from the harbour area. The view is worthwhile though. Clear panoramic views over the city, spread out below and crawling over the hills in the distance.
Barcelona's Montjuïc is a broad shallow hill with a relatively flat top overlooking the harbour, to the southeast of the city centre. 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 Montjuïc was selected as the site for several of the venues of the 1992 Summer Olympics, centred around the Olympic stadium. Extensively refurbished and renamed the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, the 65,000-seat stadium saw the opening and closing ceremonies and hosted many events.
The ornate Palau Nacional houses the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, an extensive showcase of Catalan painting and sculpture. (Source: Wikipedia)
Okay - so the truth is that I met my boyfriend the first time in Barcelona, and he took me to Montjüic, where he showed me the beautiful view of Barcelona from the castle, and yes; he gave me - or we gave eachother the first kisses! Not a bad memory to have from these so romatic surroundings...
Or so it seems, since nobody mentions it. Behind the castle there's a small brick buliding (or you can follow the 'picnic area' signs. Behind the building lots of pretty comfy chairs, not-so-good bbq but either a DJ or other kind of live music, cool staff, chilled and relax...check lacaseta.org
This stadium which comfortably hold 65,000 was built originally for the 1929 Exhibition. It was completely refitted by Catalan architects for the 1992 Olympic games. The Galeria Olimpica has on display items from both the opening and closing ceremonies.
Take the cable car up to the top of Montjuic. The castle which sits atop the hill has been around since the mid sevententh century has served as a miltary base as well as a prison after the civil war. It is currently the Museu Militar - the Miltary Museum.
The Montjuïc was selected as the site for several of the venues of the 1992 Summer Olympics, centered around the Olympic stadium. Extensively refurbished and renamed the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys. The 65,000 seater stadium saw the opening and closing ceremonies and hosted the athletics events. Around it was build the Anella Olímpica (the "Olympic Ring") of sporting venues, including the Institut Nacional d'Educació Física de Catalunya (a center of sports science), the Piscines Bernat Picornell (the venue for swimming and diving events), and the striking, telecommunications tower, designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava.
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 GüellBarcelona'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.
The ornate Palau Nacional houses the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, an extensive showcase of Catalan painting and sculpture.
The top can be reached using a funicular and then a cableway. Part of the slopes are covered with a well attended park and gardens. The hill is often used for amateur cycling
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.
for me the greatest event of the olympics was the Basketball DREAM TEAM of the USA with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Air Jordan!!!
general info about the Olympic games 1992 (copied somewhere ;-| ):
The year IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch brought the Olympics to his native Spain marked the first renewal of the Summer Games since the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany in 1990.
A record 10,563 athletes from 172 nations gathered without a single country boycotting the Games. Both Cuba and North Korea returned after 12 years and South Africa was welcomed back after 32, following the national government's denunciation of apartheid racial policies.
While Germany competed under one flag for the first time since 1964, 12 nations from the former Soviet Union joined forces one last time as the Unified Team.
This was also the year the IOC threw open the gates to professional athletes after 96 years of high-minded opposition.
Carl Lewis earned his seventh and eighth career gold medals with a third consecutive Olympic win in the long jump, and an anchor-leg performance on the American 4x100-meter relay team that helped establish a world record. Gail Devers of the U.S., whose feet had nearly been amputated by doctors in 1990 as a result of radiation treatment for Graves' disease, won the women's 100 meters.
Other track and field athletes stumbled, however. After Olympic favorite and world champion Dan O'Brien failed to even make the U.S. team, Dave Johnson, the new favorite, settled for the bronze. Ukrainian pole vaulter Sergey Bubka, who had dominated the sport for the past decade, was the heavy favorite, but he failed to clear any height.
China's Fu Mingxia, 13, won the women's platform diving gold, becoming the second-youngest person to win an individual gold medal. In gymnastics, Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus, competing for the Unified Team, won six golds. Cuba made its Olympic return rewarding, capturing seven boxing golds as well as the gold in baseball.
Let's say that Parc de Montjuic is a very big park full of green and art. You can fin here the MNAC, Fundacio Miro, Pavello Mies van der Rohe, Poble Espanyol, The Military Museum, The Greeek Theatre, The Botanical Garden, Swiming pools, a lot of gardens, a lot o statues and many others... U can buy a Montjuic card for one day and visit everything. One of those gardens in the pic ...
There are several locations in Barcelona and its surrounding hills where one could enjoy stunning views of the city and the Mediterranean. Examples of such locations would be Parc Güell, Montjuïc and the roof of la Pedrera. Attached are photos of some of those beautiful views.