Montjuïc is a large hill (some call it a mountain) in Barcelona, Spain, immediately south of Parallel (the street) and Plaça Espanya. It is southwest of Las Ramblas and El Raval.
Montjuïc is home to some of Barcelona's most exciting museums, including the Miró Foundation and Poble Espanyol, a full-size Spanish model village. It's also the home of the Olympic Stadium and Montjuïc Palace. Read on for the top things to do in Montjuïc in Barcelona.
How to Get to Montjuïc
There are three main ways to get to Montjuïc:
- Walk from Plaça Espanya up to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.
- Take the cable car from Barceloneta.
- Take the funicular railway from Parallel.
Once you get to Montjuïc, there is a second cable car that goes to the castle at the top of this 755-foot hill. This is a leisurely 20-minute ride to the top with nice views along the way.
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Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
Something spectacular happens to the plaza fountains in Plaça Espanya in the evening. Thanks to a thrilling light show, they begin changing colors. The show, set to music, lasts about half an hour.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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The much-battered and sieged 17th-century castle has seen more than its fair share of action. It was where Catalan patriots were tortured and shot by Fascists after the Civil War. Its gardens are a joy, with beautiful views over the Mediterranean and there's an interesting museum with military artifacts and dungeons were prisoners were held.
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The Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya is a portal into Catalonia's distant past, with a fascinating glimpse into Megalithic Spain and important remains of Greek Civilization on the Catalan coast from the ruins at the Greco-Roman city of Empúries. This museum is in the former Palace of Graphic Arts, an Art Deco building constructed for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition.