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"5A" MONTJUIC CASTLE [FORT]
Part 2 of our journey and on alighting from the Gondola, was a short walk to Montjuïc Castle. This Castle is located high above Barcelona and has wonderful views of the Harbour, Barcelona and surrounding area. It is easy to see why this site was chosen for the Castle.
THE CASTLE HAS QUITE A HISTORY.........................
It was built in 1640, but between the years 1705 and 1714 it was a key site in the War of the Spanish Succession. It was from this castle, that Barcelona was bombarded with mortar bombs, and then later it was bombed again. People were tortured, shot and murdered here.
In latter years, it was used as a military prison until 1960. There is more info on the web-page.
Inside the Castle I was able to make my way up to the top level for some more excellent views. For me, this seemed to be the main reason for coming here, plus it was kept very nice with lawns and flowers in the moat.
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Cactus Gardens, Montjuic
The Jardins de Mossen Costa i Llobera [cactus gardens] are in Montjuic but most tourists miss them. Signposting is not a national strength.
From the castle, walk down from the seaward ridge of Montjuic and strike for the port cable car station (spot where the cables come down to earth). The station is (haphazardly) signposted. Bear right on the road running down the hill. The cactus gardens are on the steep mountain flank overlooking the port and immediately to the left of the cable car station, looking seaward. The entrance to the gardens is narrow and goes down a steep flight of steps [unsuitable for wheelchairs or for the frail and elderly!]
There are cacti and succulents from all around the world and some stand 20 feet high. It is a remarkable collection of plants. Curiously enough, it is only made possible by the garden's micro-climate. Shelter from northerly winds makes it 2 degrees warmer than the rest of the city. It is a sobering thought that the rest of Catalonia might soon end up looking like this if global warming continues unchecked.
When I first visited the gardens, you could hear the odd hissing sound as small objects rained down. Explosive seed pods, I thought innocently, musing on the wonders of Nature. It turned out to be a fine rain of shotgun pellets. You see, the clay pidgeon shooting club is a little way up the hill and this was the fallout! The cactus didn't like it (there were lots of "burn" holes in the plants) and it certainly put the wind up visitors. I didn't notice it on my last trip. Maybe it has finally dawned on the Council that tourists do not take to this kind of lead pollution.
Entry is free and the park is open from 10 to dusk. I have included a link to the city's Parks and Gardens web site (unhelpfully only available in Catalan - so much for the city's much-trumpeted commitment to the Information Society). The bottom right of the page gives directions (Situacio = "Map", Com anar-hi = "How to get there").
Have fun and don't touch the plants.
Miramar gardens are a nice place to see some exotic plants, to watch panorama of seaside of Barcelona. Also there is nice bar near the Miramar gardens.
Plants of Miramar are not only native, Mediterranean, but also even from more Southern places of Africa, so on. If you hiked to Miramar gardens it is possible to get to Montjuic castle, it is just more up to go.
A great walk with great views
You can walk aound the fort at the top of montjuic - there are beautiful gardens and a great view of Barcelona harbour's industrial section. Best of all there is no charge. There is also a small coffee bar where you can rest after you walk.
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Mountain gardens, amphitheatre & views
Jewish Mountain - Montjuic - so called because there was a Jewish cenetary and maybe settlement here. It is a very long walk from the bottom to the top although with a fenicular and cable car one does not have to get up there the hard way! There are wonderful views of the city as you climb up.
This is where you will find the Olympic stadium
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BARCELONA - Poble Espanyol,
In the event I am correct what your site is leading you too, then that would be the Poble Espanyol de Montjuic which predominently would be various collection of many different styles of houses, homes, buildings of all over of Spain. It will appear as a small little barrio or a small tiny village (something like a suburbs or town. To would be well appreciated if one has been to many little towns, citys or suburbs of Spain that way you are able to relate to each of the interesting artistic as well as the architecture and character planned shown. However, remember don't let it fool you, you will be charged to see and enjoy it, as the saying goes "nothing is really free in this world". Personally I have been in Poble Espanyol about twice and both times I was just invited and someone paid for my entrance but all I can recall are shops and more shops and more coffee shops are now establishing. Personally I would rather spend my time elsewhere to think that there is so much interesting things to see and do unless you have been to all. Have a safe and HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Since you will be here for the holidays, why not spare few Euros and buy a ticket of EL GORDO do you all know, you tourists, that El Gordo has the largest prize pool of any and all of lottery in the whole wide world. According to the media, well, last year totaling over two billion euros! So, don't you think it's all worth putting aside few box as the saying goes "YOU NEVER KNOW" or You can't win it if your not in it! Oh! one more thing you can even purchase your EL GORDO through internet...isn't that great! GOOD LUCK TO ALL VT'ers! :) :) :) :) CHEERS!
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The top of the hill
Montjuic is a hill you will see shortly after arriving in Barcelona. Montjuic translates as "The Hill of the Jews". However I do not know why or how it became known as that. On top of the hill there's an old fortress dating back to the 1600's. The fortress houses a military museum and offers great views of Barcelona. Not being a huge military history enthusiast, I have to say that my favorite part of being at the fortress was the trip to it. The trip to the top of Montjuic is via a cable car (unless you feel like climbing up on foot). Hanging over the city in a small compartment and being swayed by the wind was definitely exhilarating, and the trip was long enough to appreciate the situation. The second photo shows two cable cars arriving at the fortress.
COOL RESPITE ABOVE THE CITY
If your time in Barcelona is not terribly rushed, I think it is very worthwhile to go to this park area overlooking the city; either by walking up, which we did (although it is not that easy) or taking the Monorail, or via bus fromthe city. Places to sit and walk around under huge shady trees, overlooking both the city and harbor. There is a cafe' and then you can walk or take the shuttle up the road to various museums, such as the Joan MIRO (see other tip).
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Montjuic is a hill in the Barcelona . In Medieval Catalan language it has been called as the Hill of The Jews and in Latin as Mons Jovicus meaning hill of Jupiter. The hill being near to the center of Barcelona features more number of attractions like Montjuic castle, Spanish village and so on. The hill is flat topped, broad and shallow and gives fantastic view of the Barcelona . This 213 meter high hill was used as a ceremonial place by the Romans. The large number of features that hill has are the attractions originated for the two major international events- International Exhibition in 1929 and Summer Olympics of 1992.
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the castle of Montjuic
The first two days in Barcelona I was watching the castle of Montjuic from the center so the third day we decided to visit it. We enjoyed the short ride up to the top of the hill (height is about 170metres) with the teleferic and then we walked into the Castle (free entrance).
We took several pictures of the city and the port from many view points around. The castle was build in 1640 and I’ve read that it’s the only place where you can see Franco’s statue! L.Companys, the president of the Generalitat de Catalunya was executed here in 1940. The castle is open Tuesday-Sunday 09.30-19.00
The castle also houses the Military Museum (only 3 euros entrance) that has a collection of guns (dating from the 15th century), cannons and costumes and war uniforms. The miniatures/castle models part was interesting too. It is open 9.30-17.30 (march-october till 20.00)
There is a small café in the open courtyard of the castle but if you go up the top terrace you will have some more great views of Barcelona.
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Fountain show by night
The fountain show that starts every evening at the foot of the Montjuic hill is fabulous. When I decided to witness the show, I had no idea of how lovely it was going to be. Its a show that beautifully combines light, music, colours and water and the sound of falling water. the best place to witness the show is from the stairs of the Palau nacionale.
Montjuic is a hill overlooking the Barcelona from the South-West. It has various museums, parks and the Olympic stadium. The palace on top of the hill is the Palau Nacional that was constructed for 1929 World Exhibiton. It has been converted into the national museum of Catalunya. It houses some nice art collections. This palace is also important as it hosted some important events during the 1992 Summer Olympics. Its a great idea to spend one evening on the stairs of the Palace looking at the beautiful colourful fountains: a show that starts at 6/7 pm everyday and continues till 9.30 pm. This is the time that the palace has the maximum crowd. look at the picture for an idea.
Mont juïc is a hill located in Barcelona, Spain.The hill is relatively flat top overlooking the harbour, to the southeast of the city centre. The eastern side of the hill is almost a sheer cliff, giving it a commanding view over the city's harbour immediately below.
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. Around it was build the Anella Olímpica (the "Olympic Ring") of sporting venues, including the Institut Nacional d'Educació Física de Catalunya, a centre 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
Olympics and fine views
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.
Montjuic 2. Olympic Area. Olympic Stadium
This Stadium was created in 1929 and rebulit for the 1992 Olympic Games, it was the main venue for Athletics, and also held the Opening and Closing ceremony. Now named Lluis Companys Olympic Stadium in honour of a former president of Generalitat the Catalunya executed by Franco near there.
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