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16 things to do and see in Montjuic area.

Montjuic, "Jewish Mountain", is the mountain behind the port of Barcelona with the fortress at the top. Historically Montjuic was a jewish settlement and farmland but was transformed because of two events in Barcelona, The 1929 International Exposition and the 1992 Olympics.

The 1929 International Exposition brought about the building of the Barcelona Pavilions (Fira 1), The magic fountains and at the top the spectacular Palau Nacional (MNAC). The mountain was extensively landscaped to make the Mediterranean Montjuic gardens and the quarries that provided the stone were converted into a Greek Theatre and Historic botanical garden. On the lower slopes of Montjuic a replca walled village was constructed called Poble Espanol to illustrate some important Spanish architecture and the different styles used in the different autonomous regions of Spain. It houses craft shops, workshops and many varied restaurants and cafes.

The 1992 Olympics transformed the upper parts of Montjuic with the creation of the Olympic Stadium and Palau Sant Jordi arena. The Olympic diving swimming pools "piscinas de salto" were also constructed and open to the public in summer with amazing views over the city. Behind the Olympic sadium is a modern Botanical Garden that is part of the sciences museum of Barcelona.

The far side of Montjuic also has a historic cemetery which is still in use today. Within the cemetery is the Historic Funeral Carriages Museum.

Montjuic is linked to Barceloneta from the Mirador de Miramar (sea viewpoint) via a red cable car that goes over the port of Barcelona. Montjuic is also served by a funicular from Parallel to the Olympic diving pools. From here there is a cable car to Montjuic castle.

Happy Exploring!

Historic Funeral Carriages museum Montjuic Cemetery

Historic Funeral Carriages museum Montjuic Cemetery

Public display of funeral carriages. Museum dates from 1970, moved in 2012 to its current building, located within the grounds of Montjuic Historic Cemetery.

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Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Montjuic Gardens

Montjuic Gardens

Scenic romantic gardens with multiple city viewpoints. Early Gardens built for 1929 International Exposition with more recent gardens for 1992 Olympics.

Views: 463
Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Historic Sensorial Botanical Garden

Historic Sensorial Botanical Garden

A small garden nestled in the hollows of two disused quarry pits situated on the shady side of Montjuic behind MNAC.

Views: 451
Updated: Sep 20, 2021

Museo Nacional Art Catalunya MNAC

Museo Nacional Art Catalunya MNAC

Museum of visual art located in The Palau Nacional, built for 1929 world exhibition. Collections include Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, Modern and many more.

Views: 406
Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Miramar to Port Cable Car

Miramar to Port Cable Car

A 1931 cable car that runs from Miramar hotel and gardens to Barceloneta with a mid-point tower at the world trade centre Ferry and cruise ship terminal.

Views: 402
Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Magic Fountains Venetian Towers and Fira 1

Magic Fountains Venetian Towers and Fira 1

Magic Fountain by Carles Buigas. Venetian towers modelled on the campanile of St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. Exhibition halls. All built for 1929 International exhibition.

Views: 398
Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Montjuic Castle Fortress

Montjuic Castle Fortress

1640 Military fortress, former prison and execution site from the civil war. Army Barracks till 2007 when ownership transferred to Barcelona city council.

Views: 396
Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Caixa Forum Barcelona

Caixa Forum Barcelona

Art gallery, museum & exhibition space. Former textile factory of entrepreneur Casimir Casaramona. Built 1911 by architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

Views: 386
Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Poble Espanol Replica Walled Village

Poble Espanol Replica Walled Village

A walled village Built in 1929 for the universal exhibition containing scale reproductions of buildings, squares and streets of different regions of Spain.

Views: 382
Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Montjuic Cactus Garden

Montjuic Cactus Garden

The Mossen Costa i Llobera Gardens offer a spectacular panoramic view of the city's coastline and port. The garden specialises in low water consumption succulent plants.

Views: 382
Updated: Sep 20, 2021

Montjuic Botanical Gardens

Montjuic Botanical Gardens

Modern 1999 open-air botanical gardens. Exhibits from regions with a Mediterranean climate such as Australia, Chile, California, South Africa, Canary Islands.

Views: 381
Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Montjuic Funicular and Cable Car

Montjuic Funicular and Cable Car

1928 TMB mountain railway from Metro Paralelo to Montjuic. Gondola cable car from Montjuic station to Montjuic castle.

Views: 379
Updated: Sep 18, 2021

Teatre Grec

Teatre Grec

Former quarry converted for 1929 International Exhibition by Ramon Reventos. Used for plays and dance by Festival Grec de Barcelona in summer. Space for yoga classes.

Views: 379
Updated: Sep 20, 2021

Museu Olimpic Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch

Museu Olimpic Esport Joan Antoni Samaranch

2007 Museum dedicated to sport & 1992 Olympic games. Museum houses many sports exhibits, old and modern, and has an interactive zone on the lower floor.

Views: 374
Updated: Sep 20, 2021

Montjuic Olympic Stadium

Montjuic Olympic Stadium

Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys built by architect Pere Domenech i Roura for the 1929 world Exhibition and extensively remodelled for the 1992 Olympics.

Views: 365
Updated: Sep 19, 2021

Palau Sant Jordi

Palau Sant Jordi

By Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and opened in 1990 for the 1992 Olympics as the largest indoor arena in Spain. Today it is predominantly a live concert venue.

Views: 360
Updated: Sep 20, 2021

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