As you enter Montjuïc from Plaça d'Espanya, you will walk through 2 very impressive towers. These twin Venetian-style towers formed the main entrance to the Universal Exposition of 1929. Unforutantely you can't go up and see the view from within. You can however take in there simplistic, yet elegant design as you walk towards the Palau Nacional.
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
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.
If you come across a huge swimming pool at the top of Montjuic, you can't really miss it, take a closer look, and you'll notice that Kylie Minogue shot her video Slow at this place. :)) All those cute guys lying around the pool, lucky her!!!
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.
"La Sardana" is a typical Catalan dance, and it has its own monument at La Sardana Circus in Montjuïc. It is one of the stops of the cable-car that takes you to Castell de Montjuïc, and from there you can enjoy an awesome of Barcelona.
La Sardana es un baile típico catalán, y tiene su propio monumento en la Plaza de la Sardana, en Montjuïc. Es una de las paradas del teleférico que lleva al Castell de Montjuïc, y desde allí se aprecia una impactante vista de Barcelona.
The area of Montjuic is very beautiful. I am sure that in the summertime it is quite lovely and the parks are great places to stroll. There are a number of gardens and viewpoints to stop at even if you have a private car. It is quite worth the effort.
One of the main attractions in Montjuic is the castle situated at the very top of the hill which you can reach easily by cable car. Buying a ticket for the cable car is easy - you can do so using one of the many automated machines situated at the entrance of the funicular station at Montjuic. If you need any assistance, there is a tourist information kiosk as soon as you exit the metro station before you enter the cable care building. Unfortunately, there aren't many people in Barcelona who can speak English, including the cable car attendants. They will try to help you as best as they can, but they will do so in Spanish.
Cable car adult tickets (with return) are approximately €9.30. You can choose to buy a one way ticket and then walk back down to the metro station.
A beautiful park surrounds the area around the castle. If you have time to spare, a stroll through this park should be worth your time. Admission to the castle is free of charge.
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
The Montjuic hill (213 m) is a nice area for a stroll above the city. It includes the Castell de Montjuic, the Olympic village and the Archeological Museum. Last but not least you can enjoy scenic views of the city and its harbour.
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.