Montjuic Hill is a widely visible reference point in the city; its cliff falls almost vertical towards the busy Barcelona harbor, providing visitors with an impressive view of the area.
Attractions in Montjuic neighbourhood
1. Montjuic Castle
Montjuic Castle, or Castell de Montjuïc has a fascinating history which you will get to know as you walk round the castle. The Castell that stands here today used to be a prison for political prisoners far into the 20th century.
Ctra. de Montjuïc, 66, 08038, ;+34 932 56 44 45
2. Barcelona Pavilion and Poble Espanol
Besides by its military heritage, the Montjuic neighborhood was shaped by two other important events in the city. For the World Fair of 1929 the Barcelona Pavilion was constructed, designed in a sleek and modern style by German-American architect Mies van der Rohe.
Another remnant of the World Fair is the Poble Espanol, built to showcase different styles of Spanish architecture.
3. MNAC museum
MNAC Museum (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya ) houses the largest collection of Catalan art in the world.
4. Magic Fountains
Magic Fountains, also called Font Magica was built as part of 1929 World fair.
The other major influence for the Montjuic were the Olympic Summer Games of 1992. The neighborhood became home to the Anella Olimpica and the stunning Olympic Stadium, the Palau Jordi.
Attractions also include the Olympic pools and the extraterrestrial-looking communications tower designed by Santiago Calatrava. The pools are open to the public, the perfect place for a refreshing
bath after a long day of sightseeing. During the summer months, movie screenings are held in the pools. Did you ever dream of watching a good movie while swimming? Now is your chance!
Even getting to Montjuic is an experience. This post expands on how to get to Montjuic Mountains.
Other Must see Montjuic Attractions:
1. La Foixarda
If you enjoy climbing, then you will love this place. It was created by the local climbers themselves to enjoy climbing close to home. It is located in a tunnel and there are usually competitions and training for the little ones (or for the beginners).
2. Miró Foundation
If you like the artist Joan Miró, you should visit this place, as it is where you will find most of his work (more than 10,000 pieces, including other artists). The library is well worth a visit.
3. Montjuic Botanical Garden
You should visit this wonderful garden if you like nature, as it houses more than 800 kinds of cacti, along with other exotic plants from all over the world. It has excellent views of the city of Barcelona and an incredible exhibition of bonsai. The first Sunday of each month is free!
4. Barrio Satalia
This neighborhood is considered the "town of Montjuic", it is very charming since it is full of old houses and it seems that time has not passed by there. It has beautiful stately homes of the time. Highly recommended, as it is a charming town.