Montjuic is a prominent hill overlooking the Barcelona harbour, that for ages played a strategic part in the defense of the city. Nowadays the area is a touristic magnet for Barcelona and there are so many things to do in Montjuic you just can’t miss on your trip to Barcelona!
How to get to Montjuïc
This funicular railway connects Montjuic with the Metro Transportation system at Paral·lel Station, Lines 2 and 3. It’s the fastest an easiest way to get to Montjuic when you’re in the Metro, taking just 2 minutes to climb the mountain. The trip is already included on your regular Metro ticket.
Did you know that at the time of the Montjuic’s Funicular opening in 1928, it was said to be the fastest cable railway in the world? It moved around 6000 people to Montjuic Mountain in just one hour!
Montjuïc Cable Car (the fun one!)
Once you’ve reached Montjuic’s Mountain any which way, you can reach the Castle by two means of transport. Exiting the Funicular Station, there’s the Montjuic’s Cable Car, that takes you directly to the Castle with photogenic views of Barcelona. Option number two, is taking regular bus #150 which also stops at the Castle. Check this page for Montjuic tickets with discounts.
Barcelona’s Port Cable Car
Built in 1931, these three towers operate a cable car system that connects Montjuic and Barceloneta. The journey lasts around ten minutes and it’s the fastest way to get to Montjuic from Barceloneta Beach. The view of the seaport and Barceloneta from 70 meters high is priceless.
Things to do in Montjuic
We recommend starting your journey right at the top of the mountain. In the castle you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Barcelona harbour. You can take a 360º tour and enjoy some of the continuous exhibitions showed about the Castle’s history. There is a snack bar service as well as restrooms. General admission / ticket price: 5€.
Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer Gardens
Montjuic is not all about sports, nature also plays an important part of this park, and these Gardens located right next the Funicular, are the perfect setting for enjoying a picnic or a stroll.
Montjuic Municipal Pool
Right on Miramar Avenue and located diagonally to the Funicular, these pools hosted the diving and water polo events at the Olympics and in 2003, became the set of Kylie Minogue’s music video for “Slow”.
Grec Theather Gardens
These park was also built for the 1929 International Exposition, and features a famous amphitheater that hosts performances at the Barcelona Grec Festival. Easily one of the most beautiful parks in Barcelona.
If you keep heading west on Miramar Avenue, you’ll find 400 meters ahead the museum dedicated to the one and only Catalan artist Joan Miró, featuring works from every stage of his career.
Sleeping in Montjuic
Montjuic is a huge open park, meaning that there aren’t any apartment buildings, houses or hotels. However, it’s possible to find accommodations near Montjuic in the surrounding areas, such as Plaza España.
Barcelona’s “Jewish Mountain”
Many of these attractions were constructed in Montjuic in order to celebrate the 1929 International Exhibition, however it is believed that before it was turned into the big compound of today, there was a jewish cemetery somewhere around the mountain, therefore earning the name of Montjuic, meaning “jew mountain” in catalan.
If you want to take a deeper look by joining the Montjuic Electric Bike Tour, and learn all the secrets to Barcelona’s “Jewish Mountain”.
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