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
There are some great places to get panoramic views of Barcelona. The rooftop of La Pedrera, The rooftop of the Cathedral, Parc Guell, the far edge of the harbor, the top of the Mirador de Colombus, the Aerial Tramway, Tibadabo, and Montjuic. We chose the top of Montjuic because from atop the castle you can take in nearly all of Barcelona, from the harbor to well east of town, to some great views of the La Sagrada Familia. While it is not the highest point in the city, which distinction goes to Tibadabo it still is a great place to view the city.
There is a great little cafeteria on the ground floor of Montejuic Castle that offers everything from nice hot lunches to a variety of snacks. Seating is in the grounds of the castle.
The magical mountain, Montjuic, on April 12 will sell a ticket that will allow you to visit:
- Joan Miro Foundation
- Mies van der Rohe Foundation
- Olympic gallery
- Botanical garden
- Spanish village
- Ethnological museum
- Caixa Forum
The Montjuic Card include a swim in Picornell swimming pool and allow to take the little train and aerial tramway all for 20 euros.
Looking up from the port, the Montjuïc mountain (Mount of the Jews) is pretty impressive. You can almost see cannons firing from the Castell de Montjuïc (Castle), at its’ top to protect the city from an invading fleet. Unfortunately, It wasn’t built to protect the city, but was built in the 18th century by the Spanish Central government to keep Barcelona in line. Franco also used it to execute hundreds of political prisoners. The Castle is not the only thing on the mountain. It also holds a 20 minute water show on the weekends at the Fountains (Font Magica); a tacky mock Spanish Village (Poble Espanyol); A Catalan Art Museum (Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya) featuring art from remote Catalan village churches in the Pyrenees; and finally a museum showcasing the art of Joan Miro (Fundacio Joan Miro).
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
For stupid people like me, you ignore all this and take a stroll from the Columbus Monument. Let me tell you that it looks much easier on the map than it is to walk. But what the heck, walking a city is the best way to see it, or at least I read it somewhere.
Montjuic, the mountain of the Jews, sorry to say that we did not find any Jews there even though we searched.....^O^
But what we did find was a cable car to take us to Barceloneta and a coffee shop just on the edge of the mountain that gave us a great view over the city.
For lack of time we had to forgo, for this trip at least, a visit to all that Montjuic has to offer, Poble Espanyol (Spanish village) which also has restaurants and entertainment, Fundació Joan Miró (Catalan artist),Palau Sant Jordi (Olympic facilities), the Estadi Olímpic, the Galería Olímpica and Torre de Calatrava, you can check them out at the website:
What we did do was take the Funicular from the Metro Paral-lel station, up to the level where it meets the Teleferico (cable car to Montjuic Castle), from there we walked to the cable car that takes you to Barceloneta.
The Funicular was free with our Barcelona Card, but both cable cars cost full price (it was about 9 Euro per person.
Montjuïc is a hill where there are several interesting places: art museums, a stadium, a thematic park. There is a castle on the top, where is a military museum. A cable-car takes you to the top.
Montjuïc es una colina en donde se encuentran varios sitios interesantes: museos de arte, un estadio, un parque temático. Hay un castillo en la cima, en donde se aloja un museo militar. Un teleférico lleva hasta la cima.
At the westside of the city is a hill called Mont Juïc. From this hill you have wonderfull views of the city. Besides that there is more to see there like a fort, the olympic stadium and the national palace. More about this attractions in the next tips.
To get to the top of Mont Juïc, there are several options:
One is the funicular followed by the teleferic, a cablecar.
Access: Metro Paral.lel (L2 and L3)
Links Av. Paral·lel with the Montjuïc cable car
1,65 € one way; 2,40 € round trip
From the upper Montjuïc funicular railway station.
3,00 € one way; 4,21 € round trip
Or just walk to the fort (Castell de Montjuïc) on the top. Certainly in spring it is worth to walk and enjoy the green surroundings.
Montjuic is one of the hills overlooking the city that offers a splendid respite from the big and busy ways of Barcelona. The gardens and views of the city are worth a trip up into the hills for some peaceful meandering. The Hotel Miramar is located there along with a companion restaurant. There are cafes around close by too, all offering some splendid views of the city (especially at night). Have a drink, some tapas or a meal and enjoy the view. This area is not within walking distance from the city center. It is accessible by funicular or taxi. If you take a taxi, make sure you have written directions where you wish to be taken as many drivers in Barcelona speak only Spanish. You will definitely get a different perspective of Barcelona from here.
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.
This mountain is the place of two main historic events: 1929 Barcelona universal Exposition and 1992 Olympic Games.
As opposite to the other Universal Exposition celebrated in Barcelona on 1888 around Parc de la Ciudatella, there are many remains of the 1929 Exposition.
The palaces at both sides of the Avenida Maria Cristina hosted the main events.
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
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.
Montjuic, the hill overlooking the city centre from the southwest, is home to some fine art galleries, leisure attractions, soothing parks and the main group of 1992 Olympic sites.
Montjuic has gardens, forest and cultural spots like Palau Nacional, Olympic Stadium and the foundation of Joan Miro. Besides all that the view over the city of Barcelona is magnificent.
Start your trip from the Placa d'Espanya (check out my review) and walk your way up to this fabolous mountain.
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.
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.