Montjuic is a mountain located on the ocean side of Barcelona. Specifically, in the southwest of the city.
Montjuic etymologically means "Mount of the Jews". This name probably comes from the medieval Catalan, although there are discrepancies about it and some say it comes from "Mount of Jupiter" or "Mons Iovis" in Latin.
Montjuic is a lush green garden that hosts lots of artistic, cultural, sports and tourist spaces. For several years, this mountain has been coining the official name of Parc de Montjuic.
Attractions at Montjuic Park
In Montjuic Park you will find places for all ages and all tastes.
You will find many cultural venues such as museums, exhibition halls, theaters, many parks for relaxing walks or for strolling with a partner, places where children can run and play, many sports facilities of all kinds and also spectacular places like the castle in their highest part or the wonderful Magic Fountain, very close to Spain Square as well as the majestic National Palace.
HappyBarcelona.eu has compiled the following list containing the main attractions you will find in Montjuic Park.
Maybe it's the first thing that strikes the visitor who is located in Spain Square facing the top of the mountain.
The National Palace in Montjuic is one of the great icons of Montjuic Park and also of the city of Barcelona. It hosts the MNAC, a must-see museum for all art lovers.
The Magic Fountain (La Font Màgica de Montjuic)
Halfway between Spain Square and the National Palace, is the wonderful Magic Fountain of Montjuic.
To visit this fountain at the foot of the National Palace is one of the attractions you cannot miss on your visit to Barcelona. It is a spectacle of light and water, sometimes accompanied by music, which you will hardly forget.
Undoubtedly it should be part of a top ten list of Barcelona attractions especially for summer nights.
Barcelona Olympic Park in Montjuic
These are the main facilities where the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992 took place. The Montjuic Olympic Park is located in a privileged area of the mountain.
The space occupied by the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi and the Telecommunications Tower in Europe Square makes it a place of high tourist interest.
Montjuic Olympic Stadium
Its official name is Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium and it is the leading exponent of the Barcelona Olympic Park.
In addition to hosting sports events, it is one of the main stadiums used by rock stars for their multitudinal concerts in Barcelona.
Palau Sant Jordi
Partner of the Olympic Stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi is an indoor sports palace where in addition to sports events, take place major cultural events. It is considered a masterpiece of the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.
In front of the Palau Sant Jordi there is a sculpture of the wife from its architect, Aiko Miyawaki, winner of the Catalan Association of Art Critics in 1991 for its design and its integration with the urban landscape. This sculpture is called Utsurohi, which means, “change” or “transition” in Japanese.
The Montjuïc Telecommunications Tower and Europe Square
Also called Torre Calatrava, as it was designed by this controversial architect. Its base is constructed using the art noveau technique called trencadís and it has the shape of an athlete raising the Olympic torch.
This telecommunications tower behaves like a giant sundial, as it casts the shadow of the torch to Europe Square, a privileged place to disconnect from the city.
From HappyBarcelona.eu we consider it a must for visitors. The Montjuic Castle has been actively involved in the history of the city of Barcelona and you will find it at the top of the mountain.
If you go with kids, it's a good place to spend an afternoon with them, but you should take some precautions with the little ones, because it has places with risk of falling.
You have many ways to get to Montjuic Castle and from the top you will have wonderful views of the city.
Fundació Joan Miró (Joan Miró Museum)
This is another of the museums art lovers should visit and particularly lovers of the Catalan painter and sculptor as well as all lovers of the Surrealist movement.
The Joan Miró Foundation presents more than 10,000 pieces, including paintings, sculptures, tapestries, drawings, etc.
The Botanical Garden
The Barcelona Museum of Natural Sciences has various centers across the city. The most famous one is the Blau Museum in the area called Parc del Forum.
But in Montjuic Park there is located another of its sites, the Botanical Garden of Barcelona, not far from the Olympic Park.
The Poble Espanyol
It is an architectural and cultural open-air museum that reproduces various buildings, squares and streets of the Spanish geography.
The Poble Espanyol is located relatively close to the Magic Fountain and also offers diverse cultural events and an important range of entertainment options for both daytime and nighttime for those who want to enjoy its bars, restaurants or discotheques.
MNAC - (Catalonia National Art Museum)
Known by its acronym MNAC, it is one of the most visited museums in Barcelona and whose headquarters is the imposing National Palace.
In addition to visiting the palace, the MNAC offers one of the most important collections of Romanesque art in the world and becomes one of the must see places if you're in Barcelona.
Ending the visit of the MNAC at sunset and admire at the exit of the museum the stunning Magic Fountain of Montjuic with its show of water and lights, will make you to remember the Montjuic Park and the wonderful city of Barcelona forever.
Archaeology Museum of Catalonia
The Catalonia Archaeology Museum consists of various sites throughout Catalonia. The one corresponding to Barcelona is located in Montjuic Park.
Located in the former Graphical Arts Palace, the museum approaches to its visitors the roots of Catalonia from its first inhabitants to the Middle Age.
Ethnological Museum of Barcelona
Based in the Montjuic Park, the Ethnological Museum presents the visitors a tour about the various cultures of the world.
You will find everyday objects collected on all five continents.
Olympic and Sports Museum
The Joan Antoni Samaranch Olympic and Sports Museum was built in Montjuic Park using the available space after the conclusion of the 1992 Olympic Games.
It presents a journey through the various editions of the Olympic Games that for sure will please all sport lovers.
Mies Van der Rohe
Also called the German Pavilion because it represented this country at the Barcelona International Exposition in 1929, the pavilion built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is considered one of the highlights of modern architecture.
This pavilion located in Montjuic Park also hosts various itinerant exhibitions.
It is one of the most representative theaters of performing arts in Spain and has one of its headquarters in the former Palace of Agriculture in Montjuic Park, a building influenced by the Italian Renaissance.
In its halls they combine theater with dance and music.
The Greek Theatre is an outdoor theater that was built in 1929 for the International Exposition in Barcelona. During the months of July and August, the theater becomes the main stage of the Grec Festival, a must for all lovers of the performing arts in Barcelona.
It is a museum and exhibition hall of La Caixa Foundation and one of the most visited in Barcelona.
The CaixaForum is located very close to the Poble Espanyol and the Magic Fountain of Montjuic.
Currently, it is used as the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family during their official stay in Catalonia.
Viewpoints in Montjuic Park
Montjuic is a mountain and as such it is raised about the general level of the city. In this sense, it is easy to find places with good views of Barcelona in many corners of Montjuic Park.
In addition to all natural areas you can find, in Montjuic there are other places that due to their location and orientation allow you to obtain fantastic views of the city of Barcelona and which can be recommended as viewpoints of the city.
One of these places is the National Palace and specifically its terraces, which have been upgraded to be visited by the public. Some call these terraces, the MNAC Viewpoint.
At the Montjuic Castle, located in the highest part of the mountain, you'll also get fantastic views of Barcelona. If you stroll around the castle, you will reach a path leading to the end of the mountain that are oriented to the Mediterranean Sea. At that point you will have stunning views of the trading port of Barcelona. It is possible to go up to the Watchtower of the castle, but for that you must hire the castle tour. It is the highest point and where obviously the city views are unrivaled.
In the southern part of Montjuic Park, there is the Miramar Viewpoint, one of the classic viewpoints of Barcelona.
Down the street next to the Olympic Park, at the height of the Sant Jordi Square on the left side, you'll obtain great views of L'Hospitalet, which is one of the towns close to Barcelona.
How to get to Montjuic Park
You have many ways to get to Montjuic Park, it all depends on where you want to go and how you want to do it.
The visitor who moves around by public transport such as the metro or bus, should get to Spain Square (Plaça d’Espanya) and from there go up between the two Venetian Towers.
If the place you want to reach is the castle on the top of the mountain, you should read the article that explains how to get to the castle of Barcelona.
The metro stop which is named Paral.el, connects with the Montjuic Funicular Railway who in turn connects to the cable car ending its journey at the castle and it is an interesting route from the tourist perspective and another way to go up to the top of Montjuic Park.
We recommend you to have a look at the article that describes in detail how to get to the Montjuic Park.
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