Montjuic Hill and District of Barcelona is popular area to visit as this hilly part of Barcelona has a number of Public Parks, the site of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with different Olympic Venues, fortress at Montjuïc, Archaeology Museum of Catalonia , Museu Etnològic , on the lower slopes are the Palau National, four columns, magic fountain, Fira De Barcelona, Torre Des Venecianes, etc. the Hill is relatively flat and with the tallest height at 185 meters above sea level (607 feet). Montjuïc is translated as "Jew Mountain" in medieval Catalan. along the hill are severl vista points along the different gardens where you can have panoramic views of Barcelona and the Harbor.
Fantastic view of the huge cruise ships in port.
We sat and watched with envy of the passengers, but then realised they would most likely only have limited time in Barcelona and not enjoy this wonderful city as we have during our 6 day stay.
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.
Montjuic hill has a series of nice public gardens, and it is a pleasant place to wander away from the hustle and bustle of the city below. The area used to be industrial, and the interesting pavement designs in the garden areas were made from recycled bits from torn down factories—gears, metal strips, and even buttons. There are good views of the city and the harbor from up there.
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.
Located on a slightly rolling hill above Barcelona, the Olympic Park provided us with a long relaxing walk. Some of the main buildings of the park can be easily viewed from the sidewalk but others such as the stadiums were closed off from view when we were there. The entrances to the park are very grand and were obviously made to carry a lot of people in and out of the park.
The most prominent feature of the park is the Montjuïc Communications Tower (Catalan: Torre de Comunicacions de Montjuïc). This 446 foot white tower was constructed by Santiago Calatrava, from 1989 to 1992. It was built to transmit television coverage of the Olympic Games. It is designed to look like an athlete carrying the Olympic flame.
The landscaping around the Olympic Stadium is amazing...this little courtyard looks quite mystical. There is a funicular and cable car which goes right to the top, but it is a pleasant walk too. On the way up you pass the Joan Miro Foundation museum, and the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics centre, Diving Pool and the space age looking plaza behind the Stadium.
Montjuic is a place with a very welcome much slower pace than downtown Barcelona. The term Montjuic means "Mountain of the Jews." Geographically speaking, Montjuic is a very gentle hill can be most easily reached by taking the metro southwest from downtown to the Paral-lel Metro stop. From the metro stop there is a funky funicular that takes you all the way up to the top of the hill (no need to buy an additional ticket to go up).
When you get off the funicular there are several options. You can walk up to the Castle of Montjuic for some commanding views of the city. The views of the harbor, downtown and over to the La Sagrada Familia are definitely worth several photo shots. The fort itself really isn't much worth seeing but it does have a good little cafe on the ground floor. You can also take the bus or walk over to the Olympic Stadium. A final choice is to go left and see the Catalan Art Museum. Because of our interest in the Olympics we decided to walk all around the Olympic Stadium. Be prepared for a long walk or if not up to walking there is a bus that goes around the area.
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.
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.
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
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.