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Barcelona Area Guide: Montjuïc

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MNAC at Montjuïc
MNAC at Montjuïc

Montjuïc, which means Jewish Mountain, is a useful point of reference when, like me you haven't got the best sense of direction. It lies opposite Tibidabo and has become a tourist attraction in itself. The castle (Castell) on the top offers fantastic views over the city and now also holds the military museum.

Montjuïc was strongly affected by two large events that occurred in Barcelona. The first being the 1929 World Fair and the second the 1992 Olympic Games. The 1929 World Fair brought about the building of the Barcelona Pavilion by German architect Mies Van de Rohe, towering over that, the spectacular Palau Nacional.


The stunning Palau Nacional makes a beautiful backdrop to Plaça España and is also known as MNAC, a museum which has the largest collection of Catalan art in the world. The museum is well worth the visit, and not to worry there are escalators the whole way up if you can't manage the many stairs.

Just round the corner from the Palau Nacional is another popular tourist attraction and a remnant from the World Fair: Poble Espanyol. Poble Espanyol was created to illustrate some important Spanish architecture and the different styles used in the different autonomies of Spain. It houses craft shops, workshops such as glass-blowing that you can watch, and many varied restaurants and cafes. At night there are also 2 clubs which open up which makes for quite a bizarre experience.

In front of the Palau Nacional I can also not fail to mention the Magic Fountain which is always popular with all the family and consists of the beautiful fountain lighting up in different colours to a background of classic music. It's free and well worth the trip.

Magnificent View of Barcelona from Montjuïc
Magnificent View of Barcelona from Montjuïc

Now to the Olympics and what they produced in the area. One of the best things to do in the summer months is to go and make use of the Olympic swimming pools which are up on the side of Montjuïc and are open to the public. During the summer they also have an event where they project movies onto the wall so you can swim and watch at the same time. Also in the same area is the large Olympic stadium and Palau Sant Jordi.

There are also some lovely picnic spots and an outdoor bar up on Montjuïc near the mirador which is where you can see out onto the sea.

Transport to Montjuïc is varied. There is a metro stop at Plaça España which is perfect for visiting the Palau Nacional and the surrounds. There is also the Funicular de Montjuïc which takes you from Paral.lel metro stop to near the castle. Or there is also the cable car that also leaves and arrives from near the castle and mirador and travels all the way to Barceloneta.

Location map showing the attractions in Montjuïc

Map showing the car parks nearest to Montjuïc in Barcelona, Spain. Click on the blue car park lables to be taken to a detailed information page on that car park.

Centro Comercial Arenas de Barcelona
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 373 - 385
Caixa Forum
Avenida de Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, 6-8
Plaça España
Castell de Montjuïc
Carretera de Montjuïc, 66
Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc
Fundacio Joan Miró
Parc de Montjuïc
Palau Sant Jordi
Passeig Olimpic, 5-7
Telefonica Tower Barcelona
Barcelona Pavilion
Avinguda Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7
Barcelona Olympic Stadium (Estadi Olimpic)
Avinguda de l'Estadi, 52
Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
Plaça de Carles Buigas, 1
Jardi Botanic de Barcelona
Carrer del Doctor Font i Quer, 2
España Metro
España Metro
BSM Ciutat del Teatre Car Park
BSM Rius i Taulet Car Park
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Accommodation Hotels Near Montjuïc

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B Hotel Barcelona - 3 stars
Catalonia Hotel Barcelona - 4 stars
InterContinental Barcelona Hotel - 5 stars

Parking in Montjuïc

We created a parking map showing the secure parking facilities in Montjuïc district. You can click on any parking icon on the map to see detailed information about each car park facility. To ensure your parking space is available when you need it you can book your parking space in advance. Follow the link below for more information.

Parking in Montjuïc

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Highlights of area

Castle + mirador
Palau National (MNAC)
Mies Van de Rohe Pavilion
Poble Espanyol
Olympic Stadium / Pools
Cable Car

Barcelona City Pass

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