Montjuic Hill - Attractions, Museums, and Beautiful Views


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Montjuic is the name given to a hill in Barcelona which is located near downtown, in front of the Port of Barcelona. We recommend you go to the hill and enjoy beautiful harbor and city views, as well as visit the various attractions including the Miro Foundation, Cable Car, Poble Espanyol and the Montjuic Castle, a historic fortress dating back to the 17th century. The entire family will enjoy this opportunity to get some fresh air and see the city from a different perspective.


The cable car called Teleferic de Montjuic brings you to the top of the hill

The cable car called Teleferic brings you to the top of the hill

Don't Miss the Views from the Cable Car

The Montjuic Cable Car, or Teleferic de Montjuïc, takes people from the Estaciò Funicular up the hill to see the Castle. The cable car offers simply stunning views. However, one word of caution, if you are afraid of heights, you might find the cable car to be a bit intimidating.

But it is well worth the initial scare! In fact, you can see the whole city and even famous landmarks in the distance, such as Sagrada Familia. It's also very conveniently located to Estaciò Funicular, so you can take the metro to Paral-lel station and then the Montjuic Funicular uphill to this attraction.

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Montjuic - The Olympic Ring and Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Ring and Olympic Stadium

Montjuic Was a Host for the 1992 Summer Olympics

Barcelona was thrilled when it was selected as a site for the Olympics back in 1992. This part of the city was chosen for several events, and the Olympic stadium turned out to be the perfect venue for various activities.

Not only did the stadium host athletic competitions, but also the opening and closing ceremonies were held there.

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Montjuic - The Joan Miro Foundation is one of the sightseeing highlights in the hill

The Joan Miro Foundation is one of the sightseeing highlights in the hill

The Miro Foundation in Montjuic

Many people visit the hill simply to see the art museum dedicated to the famous modern artist Joan Miro. Established in 1975, the Fundacio Joan Miro is conveniently located on the hill. It stands out among the ancient attractions due to the fact it is located in a newer building. Plus, in the 80's there was an expansion that included an auditorium and library. At the Miro Foundation, you can see an extensive collection of Miro's work, as well as temporary exhibitions by other modern artists.

If you select our Museum Pass, you will receive free admission to 6 important museums including the Miro Foundation. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to skip waiting in the lines. (And this is quite a significant advantage since lines for the Miro Foundation can be quite long.) The Articket can also be used for the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Picasso Museum, and MACBA or The Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, among the other best art museums in the city.

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Montjuic - The Castle at the top of the hill

The Castle at the top of the hill

What is Montjuic Castle?

Once, this military fortress was a real castle, with extensive involvement in various wars and uprisings. Later, the castle became a military prison. However, in 1963, it was returned to the city as a government facility to be used for social and cultural purposes.

A small fee has to be paid to enter the castle, and it's a famous spot to visit when you're on the hill. From the castle, you can see tranquil and relaxing views. The building is surrounded by beautiful landscapes.

Children will love a chance to take the cable car up to see the castle, and there is a lot of space for them to run around and explore.

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The Magic Fountain is a beautiful free attraction for the family

The Sights and Sounds at the Magic Fountain of Montjuic

Another attraction that you will undoubtedly enjoy is the Magic Fountain, which is right below the Palau Nacional on the hill. This fountain was originally designed by Carles Buigas for the Exposition and is still used to this day.

You can see a light show and music at the fountains. Usually, the performances will include film music, or classical. However, be sure to check a schedule beforehand as the show schedule varies depending on the time of year.

Since the Montjuic Magic Fountain is an entertaining highlight that is totally free of charge, we frequently recommend it to tourists. Check the show schedule of Montjuic Magic Fountain here.

Montjuic - Partial view of Barcelona from the hill

Partial view of Barcelona from the hill

The Hill and the International Exposition of 1929

One of Montjuic's claims to fame is that it was selected as the host of the 1929 International Exposition. At that time, there were a variety of interesting additions to the hill. Many are still standing today, including the Palau Nacional, home to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, the Olympic Stadium and the Magic Fountain.

Additionally, Poble Espanyol was created for the Exposition. This authentic Spanish village showcases interesting architecture and is very popular with tourists. Also located in this area is the Mies van Rohe's pavilion, which was originally built at the foot of the hill. While it was demolished shortly after the exposition, it was rebuilt in 1988 in time for the Olympics.