The famous mount facing the Mediterranean Sea has plenty to do, you can spend a whole day exploring its different faces. Here you can find a list of ten things to do in Montjuïc: a guide for all ages and tastes, from historical buildings and art to sport and leisure.
This cemetery was built on the rocky walls of Montjuïc in the mid nineteenth century due to the lack of space in the Poblenou cemetery. If you walk around you’ll find many of Catalonia’s most famous people buried here such as Catalan president Lluís Companys, painter Joan Miró, writer Santiago Rusiñol or FC Barcelona’s first president Joan Gamper.
The cemetery is also important for its architecture. There are many classic and Gothic monuments as well as Modernist tombstones and pantheons that have lots of architectural value.
If you want to get to Montjuïc in an original way this is the perfect transport. The Montjuïc cable car return tickets cost 10.80€ but it is well worth the trip as you get incredible views of Barcelona, from the coast to the Collserola national park.
The 1992 Olympic Games changed many parts of Barcelona and Montjuïc was one of the most benefited by this great event. Still standing is the Lluís Companys Olympic stadium which was originally built in 1929 and was the main stadium for the Olympics. It also features the museum of the Olympics.
Right next to the stadium we can find the Palau Sant Jordi, an indoor stadium where many concerts are held nowadays and the Communications tower, the highest monument in Montjuïc and a reminder of the 1992 games. On the hill we can also go swimming in the Picornell swimming pool, used for the Olympic water sports and still home to many water competitions.
Hidden along Montjuïc’s winding road we can find a climber’s dream: 1000 m2 of climbing surface in a tunnel including an area prepared for learning, speed training and difficulty competitions. This climbing area was born spontaneously and created by many local climbers to find a space where they could practice this sport without leaving the city.
The museum that stands out the most is the MNAC (national art museum of Catalonia), in a majestic building built for the 1929 Exhibition. In it you’ll find an impressive collection of Romanesque paintings and work by great Catalan artists such as Llimona, Tàpies or Casas. If you prefer a free alternative, go to Caixa Forum where there is always plenty of interesting exhibitions, plus it’s located in an incredible modernist building by Puig i Cadafalch. Last but not least in the art department ins Fundació Miró, a building conceived by the artist and that is home to most of his work and also has great artwork by Rothko, Calder or Tàpies apart from a whole section dedicated entirely to upcoming artists.
If you’re planning to learn a bit more about the Catalan culture, the Ethnology Museum is the place to go. In a pavilion from the 20’s you can discover how Catalan communities and culture has evolved along the years.
One of the most visited features in Montjuïc is this massive fountain built in 1929 by Carles Buïgas that welcomes you to the mount. This monumental fountain has crazy water and light features that are accompanied by music and fireworks once a year for the festivity of “La Mercè”. A must see.
Another of the attractions built for the 1929 Universal Exhibition was this kind of open-air museum depicting buildings from all parts of Spain, to show the richness of Spanish architecture. Along its narrow streets you’ll find plenty of restaurants, bars and professional artisans who still work in their small workshops crating blown glass, jewelry, baskets…
If you still haven’t had enough of art, there is also the Fran Daurel museum, a private collection where we can find paintings by Picasso, Dalí, Miró or Tàpies.
The first structure of this fortress was built in 1640 and was demolished by the borbonic troops during the eighteenth century. Since the late XIXth century it worked as a prison where many were executed for political reasons, such as Lluís Companys during the civil war.
The visit also features exhibitions and activities for kids.
The Mossen Costa i Llobera Gardens are a massive 6,15 ha full of different species of cactuses from all over the world. This garden was created in the 70’s and has 800 species of cactus, twelve types of palm trees and some subtropical exotic plants. Close to the castle is the “Mirador de l’Alcalde”, a garden built on many levels from which we can enjoy great views of the city of Barcelona while enjoying nature and its incredible water features.
This famous marble and red onyx pavilion called “the German Pavilion” was originally designed and built by this German architect for the 1929 Universal Exhibition to home the German part of the Exhibition. Although after the event it was dismantled, it was rebuilt and now houses a great collection of his work such as the Barcelona chair, designed exclusively for the 1929 fair.
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