Top 10 Things to Do In Montjuic, Barcelona

What to do on that great big hill overlooking the city

Montjuïc is a very large hill (some call it a mountain) immediately south of Parallel (the street) and Plaça Espanya. It is southwest of Las Ramblas and El Raval.

Montjuic is home to some of the city's most exciting museums, including the Mirò Foundation and Poble Espanyol, a full-size Spanish model village. It's also the home of the Olympic Stadium and Montjuic Palace. Read on for the top 10 things to do in Montjuic in Barcelona.

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How to Get to Montjuïc

There are three main ways of getting to Montjuïc:

Once you get to Montjuïc, there is a second cable car that takes you to the castle at the top of the hill. However, it is a leisurely 20-minute to the top with nice views along the way.

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    Catalonian National Art Museum (MNAC)

    MNAC museum on Montjuic, Barcelona
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    The Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya has astounding collections covering everything from Romanesque frescoes saved from deteriorating Pyrenean churches to works by masters such as Velasquez and Rubens right up to the 20th century and the Catalan modernists and impressionists.

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    Miró Foundation

    Miro Foundation, Barcelona
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    One of Spain's finest collections of contemporary art is stored in Josep Lluis Sert's beautiful minimalist building. Highlights are a mercury fountain and the hundreds of paintings, sculptures, and ceramics by the iconic Miró.

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    Poble Espanyol

    Poble Espanyol on Montjuic
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    Created for an international exposition in 1929, this is a village showing different architectural aspects of Spain. You enter through a fortified gate modeled on Avila, before exploring anything from a Galician townhouse to a Jerez wine cellar.

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    Illuminated Fountains In Plaça Espanya

    Fountains on Montjuic
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    Something spectacular happens to Plaça Espanya's fountains on Thursday and Saturday nights. Thanks to a thrilling light show, they begin changing colors. The show lasts about half an hour.

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    Barcelona's Olympic Stadium

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    The Olympic Stadium stands next to the Olympic Gallery, which tells the story of the 1992 Olympics with interesting artifacts. Next to the Gallery is the amazing Palau de Sant Jordi, Arata Isozaki's futuristic indoor exhibition hall, which has big concerts all year round.

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    Montjuic Castle

    Montjuic castle
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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.

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    Sala Montjuic

    Sala Montjuic open-air cinema
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    In summer crowds flock to this open-air cinema in the grounds of Montjuic's castle. You can catch a movie Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Sadly, it's only on in July.

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    Caixa Forum

    Caixa Forum on Montjuic, Barcelona
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    With its portal by Arata Isozaki, Art Nouveau design and excellent art exhibitions, this one-time textile factory is a winning way to spend a couple of hours of your time.

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    Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya

    Artefact at the archeology museum in Barcelona
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    The Archaeological Museum 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 Empúries.

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    Barcelona Rock Museum

    A new museum in the revamped Arenas bullring, the Museu del Rock has a vast collection of rock n' roll memorabilia and interactive exhibits.