Montjuïc is a hill in Barcelona that is located at the foot of the Mediterranean Sea. Although its origin dates back to 17th century to the construction of Montjuïc Castle, the most important development of this hill took place at the beginning of the last century, when Barcelona celebrated the 1929 International Exposition. At this time the Parc de Montjuïc developed with the construction of many buildings. However, at the end of the century, the hill was the protagonist again of another celebration, in this case, the 1992 Summer Olympic Games.

Due to those two events, Parc de Montjuïc is nowadays one of the most important recreational areas in Barcelona because you can visit a lot of gardens, viewpoints, museums, art-galleries and buildings. There are many things to do in Montjuïc, so you should spend one full day in this park.

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Montjuic park- visitors guide

What is Montjuíc?

Montjuic is more than one of the best parks in Barcelona. It is an area with a long history, and it is very likely that Romans settled already in the area. Montjuic is a hill located next to the Mediterranean sea and on the southern part of the city of Barcelona.  It offers an enormous green area to the city and protects and splits the city from the industrial area located further south of Barcelona.

Is Montjuic one of the top sights to visit in Barcelona? 

Montjuic itself is not a place to visit since it is very large. So to be clear about what Monjuic offers we should think of it more as a district where some of Barcelona´s top attractions gather, and this includes two of Barcelona´s most important art-galleries.

How much time is needed to visit Montjuic?

 If you are interested in only one of the sights in Montjuic then the answer is simple since your time in Montjuic would equal the recommended visit time for that sight plus time to get there and back. But since many interesting attractions gather in the area you may decide to visit more than just one sight in Montjuic. In such a case you will eventually need to dedicate a full day to your visit Montjuic. We would not recommend visiting Montjuic if you only have to build a two-day itinerary in Barcelona

How to get to Montjuic?

Your first option is to walk to Montjuic. To do this you should get to the Ciutat Vella district. This district is located at the end of the famous Las Ramblas street. From the very end of La Rambla you will have some 700 meters to get to the most eastern side of Montjuic. Get to Avinguda de Rius i Taulet to make use of the escalators that run all the way up to the Palau Nacional.

A second option is to get by bus (lines 50, 55 and 61 will get you there)

A third option is to make use of the metro to Plaza de España station and walk from there to Foundation La Caixa.

Our favorite option is to enjoy the cable car with some of the best views in Barcelona. This is one of the favorite activities to enjoy with children in Barcelona. 

 

Cable car to Montjuic

The cable car will let you next to the Castell de Montjuic. In order to get to the Cable car you will need to get to the station Parc de Montjuic. To get there by metro stop at Paral lel metro station and take the funicular railway that leads to Station Parc de Montjuic. The bus turistic also stops at Parc de Montjuic and regular buses 55 and 150 will also get you there.  

Things to do in Montjuic

If you plan to visit Montjuic the best alternative and more fun way to get there is to arrive with the Cable car, but buses provide also an excellent service to take you to Monjuic. The metro or underground also gets to Montjuic (Espanya metro stop)

 If you would like to visit the area with a certain depth you will need one day to cover the most important venues and sights.

This is a one-day itinerary to enjoy Monjuic main sights.

Caixa Forum

This is the closest important sight to the Metro station. Caixa Forum is an art gallery in Barcelona that belongs to La Caixa bank. It has a wide offer of exhibitions that change regularly.

Pavello Mies van der Rohe

To introduce this fantastic building we should remind you that the area of Montjuic was used as the home of the Universal Exhibition in Barcelona in 1929. This building has an interesting story behind it. It was built as part of the German pavilion for this international exhibition. Architects Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe and Lilly Reich were in charge of the construction. The building was disabled when the exhibition was finished but in 1983 reconstruction work began due to the influence of this building in the works of the Bauhaus and Famous architect Van der Rohe himself. Barcelona is home to the Van der Rohe foundation

Poble Espanol

This replica of Spanish traditional architecture was put in place for the 1929 Universal exhibition too. It provides with examples of the different styles of architecture that can be found through Spain. This is portrayed with replicas of some of Spain´s most famous buildings at the time the Exhibition took place in 1929.

The Poble Espanyol offers a great introduction to Spain´s culture in one single area. A very relaxing visit and one of special interest for children since there are usually artisans working.

The Montjuic magical fountain

This fountain is located below the Palau Nacional de Montjuic and near both the Plaza de Espanya and the Poblet Espanyol. The fountain was also developed for the occasion of the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona. The fountain uses both light and music to provide fantastic shows at night. The fountain was designed by artist Carles Buigas. Up to 3,000 workers were used to get the fountains ready at the time of the Exhibition.

Museum of National arts of Catalunya

This museum is located at the impressive building of the Palacio Nacional, which was the main piece of architecture for the 1929 International Exhibition. The architect was Puig i Cadafalch.  We have prepared this complete guide to the National arts museum of Catalunya 

Fundacio Joan Miro

The museum covers the art of this famous artist. It is one of the children´s favorite art visits in Barcelona. We have prepared a complete guide to visit the Fundacio Joan Miro in Barcelona.  

Map of Monjuic in Barcelona

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