Montjuïc is a place for the whole family, for art lovers there is Fundació Miró, for the outdoor lovers – the botanic gardens, for history lovers the Montjuïc cemetery with many famous graves and for sports fans the Olympic sites. Not to mention the magical fountain light show!
Yes, Montjuïc has everything, so what are you waiting for? Head to the magical hill of Montjuïc for some some greener parks, fresher air and amazing views of the city!
Montjuïc has some great attractions. The funicular railway is the quickest and shortest way to reach Montjuïc from the city. Catch the train from Paral·lel Metro Station for the one-stop ride. The Funicular counts as part of the main public transport system and as such you may use your travel card to make the journey up to the Montjuïc parks, and the attractions of the Olympic and Sports Museum, Olympic Stadium and Joan Miró Gallery.
The Cable Car runs from the Montjuïc Funicular station to the Mirador overlooking the port and then on to the Castle at the top of the Montjuïc hill. The cable cars accommodate up to 8 people and you can purchase a single ticket as you may prefer to walk back down.
Montjuïc a family day out: For the kids
The perfectly preserved Montjuïc Castle dates back to the 18th century and was in use in the Spanish Civil War as prison, commands an excellent view of the Barcelona harbor and city below. Kids can run over the stone bridge through the gate with heavy studded door, walk around the ramparts, and admire the left-over artillery.
Uphill from the cable car entrance are the lovely gardens of Jardins de Mossen Cinto Verdaguer. With its ponds, grass and shade, the park is a good pick for an afternoon picnic and play. Across the road from the park’s entrance you can enter the gardens of Jardins Joan Brossa. This park is popular for hosting children’s parties with its wooden playground of sand pulleys, climbing frames and water pumps.
Barcelona’s castle sits at the top of Montjuïc. You can visit the castle and take a pleasant walk around the moat or the the port view path to arrive at the Mirador del Migdia. Along the way you will have great view of the city. A short walk away from the Port Cable Car arrival point at the Miramar is the little-explored Cactus Gardens of Barcelona. On the side of Montjuïc facing the port and at the far end of the square in front of the Miramar hotel you will find an entrance that takes you down a few steps into the delightful gardens of Mossèn Costa i Llobera. The kids will have great fun exploring this 3 hectare wonderland of desert, sub-desert and tropical plants.
The kids will also love Montjuïc’s municipal pool, right on Miramar Avenue and located diagonally to the Funicular, these pools hosted the diving and water polo events at the Olympics and in 2003 and has one of the most stunning panoramic views of Barcelona.
Montjuïc a family day out: For the adults
Why not have a romantic lunch? From Mirablau you can gaze at a panoramic view of the city while enjoying a drink and international Spanish cuisine. The restaurant has two floors and a terrace where you can sit facing the exquisite view. The menu has an array of creative dishes and tapas at a reasonable price.
Maybe you prefer some of Montjuïc’s amazing art museums and galleries. Miró Foundation being one of the most popular at the top of Montjuïc, but the mountain also houses the Museum of National Art of Catalonia (MNAC) a Neo-Baroque palace. The MNAC has the most important collection of Catalan art from the 19th Century and the first decades of the 20th Century. Several phases of art history changed in this time: neoclassicism, realism, modernism (Catalan Art Nouveau).
Located in an old textile factory designed by Puig i Cadafalch. One of the most dynamic, active and lively cultural spaces in the city, CaixaForum has an extensive social, cultural and educational programme featuring first-class exhibitions, from art and films to music, performance and multimedia art.
The Poble Espanyol is an open-air architectural museum in Barcelona, approximately 400 metres away from the Fountains of Montjuïc. Built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, the museum consists of 117 full-scale buildings, which recreate Spanish villages. It also contains a theater, restaurants, artisan workshops and a museum of contemporary art.