Montjuic

Montjuic Park in Barcelona

Montjuic & The Barcelona Olympics

Overlooking the lovely harbor of Barcelona is the wonderful park of Montjuic.  At the foot of the hill,  under the Palau Nacional,  is the popular Magic Fountain (Font Magica).

Take the bus or teleferic and you’ll be rewarded with the most stunning views of this lovely city.

montjuicWhilst you are in the area you can also visit two of Barcelona’s most important museums:

Fundació Joan Miró, Centre d’Estudis d’Art Contemporani (Joan Miro Foundation).  Museum of modern art honoring Joan Miró.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) IS  housed in THE Palau Nacional at the foot of the hill.

Montjuic Attractions

  • Don’t miss the popular Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village) – an exhibition of Spanish art and architecture of the various regions of Spain.
  • The 18th century fortress castle was originally built to defend Barcelona but is now a Military Museum (Museu Militar).
  • There are many other places to visit such as the Greek Theatre and Botanical Gardens.

barcelona harbor from montjuicMontjuic is on a hill overlooking the city so a great place to chill out and enjoy the amazing views of the harbor. You can also enjoy walks in the natural surroundings.

Escalators near Palau Nacional in BarcelonaOn the walk down the views are spectacular and the mountain air invigorating.

Once you reach the Palau Nacional (which is in front of the Magic Fountain),  take the steps and escalators down and you’ll soon be back in Plaça d’Espanya.  This is where you can catch the metro or bus back to Placa Catalunya.

Montjuic & The Magic Fountain (Font Màgica)

font magic barcelonaBuilt in 1929 as part of the Universal Exhibition it is one of the most spectacular attractions in Barcelona.  Times : Thurs-Sunday 8pm until 12pm during summer/7-9pm from Oct-April).

Getting Here

  • Take the bus or metro to Plaça d’Espanya or the funicular from Paral-lel metro station.
  • From the beach take the teleferic at Torre de Sant Sebastià to Miramar.
  • Buses: 50, 55 or 61
  • Tourist Bus
  • Walking – Take the escalators at the foot of Palau Nacional

Barcelona’s Cable Car ~ Teleferic

montjuiccablecarmontjuic-telefericBarcelona Cable Car,  not to be confused with the  Port Cable Car (Transbordador Aeri del Port), has recently been refurbished Montjuïc with new stations and mobile material.

Take the cable car to the top of Montjuïc and you will be rewarded with amazing views of the port and city.

There are 3 stations ~ Parc Montjuic, Mirador and Castell.

Departure point :  Parc de Montjuïc Station,  Av. Miramar s/n  –  (Opposite the Montjuïc Municipal Swimming Pool).

Montjuic Hotels

hotel miramarThe Hotel Miramar is just ten minutes from the fashionable shopping, restaurants, and nightlife of the city centre.

This avant-garde hillside palace has endless Mediterranean views, striking rooms with balconies and Jacuzzis, Wi-Fi Internet access, 24-hour room service and much more.

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Montjuic & The Barcelona Olympics

The Olympic Stadium was built in 1927 for the 1929 International Exposition.The People’s Olympiad was due to take place in 1936 (protest against the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin)  but was cancelled due to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 and not used as an Olympic Stadium until the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

The 65,000-seater stadium was home to the opening and closing ceremonies and also hosted many events.   In 2001 the stadium was renamed Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys after the former president of the Generalitat de Catalunya who was executed at Montjuïc Castle in 1940 by the Franco regime.

The nearby Anella Olímpica (Olympic Ring) is an area full of sporting venues. The center of sports science, a venue for swimming and diving events

Torre CalatravaThe Montjuïc Circuit was where the Spanish Grand Prix was held on four occasions.

However, since the horrendous accident in 1975 the Spanish Grand Prix has never been held on the Montjuic Circuit again.

On the left is a photo of the telecommunications tower which was designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava.

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