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Montjuïc Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium

Barcelona Olympic Stadium & concert venue in Montjuïc mountain. Visit the Stadium. Montjuïc Grand Prix history

Updated: Mar 8, 2023 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 1.7k

About Montjuïc Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium

The Barcelona Olympic Stadium, Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc has the full name of Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys and what you see today is one of many structures built around Barcelona for the 1992 Olympic Games.

Montjuïc Olympic Stadium History

1929 Barcelona International Exposition

The first incarnation of a Staduim in Montjuïc was built by Pere Domènech i Roura for the 1929 World Exhibition where Montjuïc was the venue for various event halls.

The idea behind building a stadium for the 1929 world Expo was to re use it several years later for the 1936 Summer Olympics. This plan did not work out because of the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939. The 1936 Olympics were held in Berlin.

At the End of the Spanish Civil War, Spain became a dictatorship under General Franscisco Franco And the presdent of Catalunya was Held prisoner in Montjuïc Castle. On the 15th October 1940, the Francoist Regime Executed Lluís Companys by firing squad.

In the 1950s, Montjuïc stadium was the centerpiece of the 1955 Mediterranean Games, and in 1957 it hosted the only national football cup Final between FC Barcelona and RCD Espanyol, the two local clubs.

1968 to 1982 Spanish Grand Prix and Motorsport

In the 1970s, Montjuïc stadium was disused, and the stands deteriorated and the stadium was used as a paddock for the Spainish Grand Prix.

In 1968, Montjuïc was selected as the venue for the Spanish Grand Prix, which had previously been held at the Jarama circuit in Madrid. The First Montjuïc Grand Prix was on 4 May 1969. The hilly anticlockwise 3.7 Km course had one half slow and the other very fast, making set up of the cars a challenge.

The 1975 Spanish Grand Prix was a tragedy. Many drivers felt that the circuit was unsafe. Two time world champion Emerson Fittipaldi declined to take part. On lap 26 the Embassy Hill-Lola car of Rolf Stommelen left the track, killing four people.

The circuit of Montjuïc was also the scene of the 24 hours of Montjuïc, a motorcycle endurance race from 1960 to 1982.

Montjuïc Motor Racing Circuit

Montjuïc Motor Racing Circuit Overlayed on a Modern Map of Montjuïc

Since 1991, the Spanish Grand Prix has been Held at the Montmelo Racing circuit, about 30 minutes outside of Barcelona.

1992 Summer Olympic Games & RCD Espanyol

The stadium was extensively remodeled for the 1992 Olympic Games with only the façade being preserved. It was renamed Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys.

The Montjuïc stadium was the home of football club RCD Espanyol from 1997 until 2009 until they moved to the new stadium in Cornella de Llobregat.

The Montjuïc stadium is currently the provisional home of FCB Barcelona while the Camp Nou stadium is being rebuilt. The stadium is also used for summer concerts by large bands.

Visiting Montjuïc Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium

It is possible to visit the interior of the stadium. It is not possible to walk all the way round the grand stand but you can go inside via the main entrance for free and see the stadium.

Behind the main outdoor arena is a smaller hall called Sala Sant Jordi that hosts rock concerts. I have seen Gary Moore, Deep purple and Motorhead here.

What to take with you for Montjuïc Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium

Montjuïc Olympic Stadium Tourist visits can be accessed step free from the main entrance arch in 56 Avenida del Estadio, with the habitual tourist route being via entrance 14 accessible via about 10 steps. The tourist route is all one level on the ground floor.

No other access restriction are in force.

There is a cafeteria inside the stadium tourist visit area. I would recommend taking a bottle of water if exploring on a budget.

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Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult Zone 1 T-casual FREE Child T-familiar FREE Notes Free entry as viewpoint. See website for events.

Getting to Montjuïc Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium

Address: Passeig Olimpic 15-17, Barcelona. 08038

Montjuïc Olympic Stadium can be reached by bus or by walking.

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Montjuic Public Transport and Attractions Map

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Metro Map Montjuic Olympic and Botanical


Wikiloc Trail for Montjuïc Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium

BCN08 - Olympic Montjuic

City walk in barcelona via Olimpic Montjuic. Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC), Palau Jordi, Olimpic Stadium, Botanical gardens, Olympic museum of sport and Olympic diving pools.

Distance: 7.07 Km

Difficulty: Easy

Return Travel Fare: T-Casual Zone 1

Transport Network: Barcelona Metro

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