If you're like me, one of your favorite things to do in any big city is spend some quality time in its city parks. I just can't get enough of these places, and from the looks of it neither can the locals. There's something wonderful about finding a tranquil respite just steps away from all the hustle and bustle.
And when it comes to cities, Barcelona's got plenty of that maddening rush to get away from on occasion. It's also got some of the finest city parks in Europe in my opinion. Ciutadella, Parc Guell, and best of all Montjuic are a few of the biggies. It's an expansive park, and I haven't really explored it thoroughly myself. But on each of my two visits, including on this last trip in Jan '04, I was able to spend a couple of hours there and highly recommend it to any visitor.
As the name implies, Montjuic park sits atop a small mountain on the edge of the city. Barcelona is rimmed by mountains, some rather distant, but this one rises up just along the edge of the old part of town and the waterfront. This unique positioning provides views of the city that are unparralled. Want a memorable photograph or two? It's the place to go.
My tip on getting there: take the metro. While there are bus routes as well, they require transfers and are far from the quickest option. When you look up at the promontory from the city below, you might think "no way you can get there by metro", but you can indeed. The train (in this case called a 'funicular') goes right to the top, tunnelling through the hillside quite impressively. I believe the stop you pick it up at is Avenida Paral-lel. Walking out of the station at the top puts you squarely in place for jaw-dropping views. To make it even better, due to its geographical position, the sun sets on the other side of the mountain and bathes Barcelona in golden backlight, only adding to the visual bliss.
There are gardens, a historic castle, the 1992 Olympic grounds and much more. Consult the maps at the top for a complete list of all the things to do and see in the park.
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.
Montjuic is a mountain 200 m high. It had only military significance for a long tim.
The most popular sight of MOntjuic is POBLE ESPANYOL, an exhibition of Spanish art and architecture in the form of an artificial village designed to show off the beauty of different styles of Spain regions.
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.
"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.
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.
There is a lot to see in a area of Mounjuic. Best way to go there is with a cable car if you don´t affaired high places. It is just Great!!!! Pls look at the picture!
The area took place when the World Expo was held here in 1929. After that it has been very popular place to visit. The most interesting part of Mountjuic is Poble Espanyol, which is like a spanish village. There you can see the whole variety of Spanish architecture in a one day and there is some handcraft shops and other nice boutiques. Also the National Museum of Catalunya is in the area.
The fountain in Plaza Carlos Buigas is magnificent, especially on night time. When we were there, we game there in a right time, when the colorful light and music show begin about 9pm. It was just coinicidence that we happend to be there that time, it was spectacular. I recommend it!
After the Olympic games in 1992 Mountjuic is also called Mount Olympos.
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.
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.
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.
But before dinner, as the sun goes down, is nice to take a walk on Montjuic, where a castle lies in the highest part of the city. Here there are no cars and the quiet helps to relax and in front of you the landscape of Barcelona, with the port, the Maremagnum area, the Sagrada Familia, Tibidabo – the amusement park, and the whole view upon all the lives that compose this endless, changing and fresh city.
Montjuïc mountain and Montjuïc castle
Take a Cable car (teleric) to the top of this mountain. You will find a nice historical castle and some ruins. But the best thing there is a nice view all over the city.