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Montjuic - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Panorama showing part of Montjuic in Barcelona. The picture was taken from the top of an escalator descending towards the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya.

Montjuic - FURTHER INFORMATION

Montjuic - Barcelona visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Montjuic' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Catalonia.

The low, 213m high hill of Montjuïc lies a little west of the center of Barcelona. Originally covered in forest, Montjuïc was settled by Iberian Celts thousands of years ago and also used during Roman times. Today, Montjuïc contains several important tourist attractions which draw many visitors. On the hill are numerous museums, gardens and the Olympic arenas.

Attractions on Montjuïc:

  • Castell de Montjuïc - an 18th century fortress and former prison open to the public. Contains various exhibitions and great panoramic views over the city. Fee paying attraction.
  • Poble Espanyol - Open air museum built as part of the 1929 Expo containing buildings in different styles. Inside visitors roam through various alleyways lined with arts and crafts shops, a number of restaurants and the Fundacio Fran Daurel. Entrance fees apply.
  • Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya - Built in 1990 and contains the best collection of Romanesque murals in the world. Entrance fees apply. Below it is the Magic Fountain (Font Màgica) which has light displays in the summer months.
  • Fundacio Joan Miro - Museum of the works of Joan Miro as well as other contemporary artists. Some works displayed in the associated gardens.
  • Jardins del Laribal - Gardens in the former estate of Josep Laribal. Open to the public, entrance free.
  • Anella Olímpica - 'Olympic ring' built for the 1992 Olympic Games, contains various arena, sports facilities and the Olympic Stadium, which is open to the public, entrance free.
It is thought that the name 'Montjuïc' may either be a reference to the 'Hill of the Jews' or the 'Hill of Jupiter'.

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE

Metro: Placa Espanya (L1, L3) and then walk
Funicular: Montjuïc funicular from Paral·lel metro station.



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