SCENIC, GREEN OASIS ABOVE THE CITY
Montjuïc is a hill located just a few minutes from the Barcelona city centre. It has a long and exciting history that defined Barcelona’s spirit, but today it’s primarily an area used for recreation with some beautiful, world-known sights and attractions. This green oasis offers marvellous views over the city, picturesque gardens, museums, Olympic sites, sport facilities. Visiting this particular spot is for many travellers a highlight of their travel to Barcelona.
Plaça de Espanya, located at the foot of Montjuïc, is a perfect starting point for exploring this area by foot. Avingunda de la Reina Maria Cristina connects this stunning square with the slopes of the hill. This avenue is the place where the renowned Magic Fountain is located. During summer, nightly music and light shows of the fountain are the spectacles no one should miss. Before ascending, take a detour and visit Poble Espanyol or Spanish Village. It offers a unique stroll through Spanish architecture presenting 117 buildings and squares from all around the country. Built for the 1929 World Exposition, this open-air museum presents Spanish architectonic diversity. At the hill of Montjuïc you can see Palau Nacional, a breathtaking neo-baroque palace, built for the same occasion. It houses one of the most beautiful Barcelona museums, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalyuna.
For those in good shape and ready for a fitness challenge, experience a beautiful hike to the top of the hill instead of taking the cable car. Up there you’ll have an opportunity to enjoy sensational views of the Barcelona port and the surroundings.
GREAT TOURIST ATTRACTIONS ON EACH STEP
Montjuïc hosts an impressive number of must-see sights. Anella Olimpica or the Olympic Ring consists of numerous sport facilities, all built for the 1992 Olympic Games. In the central part there is the Barcelona Olympic Stadium that dates from 1929 with the interior completely rebuilt for the Olympics. Next to it you can find a real gem- Nou Jardi Botanic, a botanic garden with more than 2,000 different plants. There are cemented paths everywhere providing a perfect stroll. Don’t miss the nearby Fundació Joan Miró with more than 14,000 of his amazing works. It was founded in 1968 as the artist wanted to make his work always available to the art lovers.
One of the most impressive sights is surely Castell de Montjuïc, eighteenth century fortress built by the Bourbons. Originally constructed for the city’s defence, it was often used against it. It was the military prison and the symbol of the Franco’s regime suppression. The castle is now used for the cultural activities, different exhibitions and events for the whole family.
Spend a memorable day at your own pace, have a perfect sightseeing – strolling around or adding some speed and hiking through the scenic surrounding. Regardless how you tackle this area, you’ll experience one of the best Barcelona walking tours.