In the antiquity, it was used as a fortress. Mount Montjuïc was completely renovated for the 1929 International Exposition and then again for the 1992 Summer Olympics, transforming the mountain into a fascinating zone with plenty of things to do and see.
Things to do in Montjuïc
Montjuïc houses several excellent viewpoints that offer impressive views over Barcelona and the ocean. It also includes several tourist attractions that are worthwhile visiting:
- Magic Fountain (Font Màgica): Located between Plaça d’Espanya and the impressive Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Montjuïc’s Magic Fountain is famous due to its music and light shows that take place every weekend. It has impressed its visitors for over eighty years.
- Monjuïc Castle (Castell de Montjuïc): The Montjuïc Castle sits at the top of the hill. It is an old military fortress that has always been linked closely to the city. It is now used as an observation deck from which visitors can get a fantastic view over Barcelona. You can either walk up to the Castell or take the cable car.
- Poble Espanyol: The Poble Espanyol is an interesting open-air museum with replicas of some of the most traditional Spanish buildings. It was opened for the 1929 International Exposition.
- Anella Olímpica: Is Barcelona’s Olympic Park that was built for the 1992 Summer Olympics. It includes the Palau Sant Jordi, the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, the Bernat Picornell swimming pool and the Torre de Calatrava.
- Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya: The National Museum of Catalan Visual Art is housed in an impressive building. It features various types of art and covers a long historical period. In our opinion, it is well worth visiting.
- Fundació Joan Miró: This space is dedicated to the Spanish artist Joan Miro’s work and contemporary art.
- El Jardí Botànic (Botanical Garden): Barcelona’s Botanical garden has over 2,000 plant species. It sits on a former municipal dumping site and has been transformed into a surprising green oasis.