Montjuic Walking Tour, Barcelona

Montjuïc is a hill in Barcelona which offers a variety of great attractions of historic, cultural, and architectural value. Here, you can watch a magic show by Font Màgica de Montjuïc, visit the place where matadors faced the bulls in the past, explore the Castell de Montjuic with its spectacular views, and much more. Discover the best spots of Montjuïc with this tour today!
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Guide Name: Montjuic Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Barcelona (See other walking tours in Barcelona)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Author: RoseC
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Plaça d'Espanya

1) Plaça d'Espanya (must see)

Possibly one of the most important squares in Barcelona, the Placa d’Espanya is a must visit for tourists. The main building was completed in 1929 and was constructed especially for the occasion of the International Exhibition which was held at Barcelona’s Sants Montjuic district.

Placa d’Espanya is one of Barcelona’s largest squares and hence one can fathom the importance that it holds. The mastermind behind the designing of this impressive structure was the famous Josep Amargos. The square includes a fountain as well as some statues which were designed by Josep Maria Jugol and Miquel Bay respectively. Nicolau Maria Rubio i Tuduri was responsible for designing the rest of the buildings in this square.

The site at which Placa d’Espanya is located today was once used for the purpose of public hangings, complete with gallows. The Ciutadella fortress was also built here in 1715. This fortress was later demolished when the idea of Placa d’Espanya was conceived. The square was designed in 1915 for the Universal Exposition and reached its completion in 1929. The fact that it connects many prominent destinations and buildings in Barcelona gives the square great importance in the city today.

Why You Should Visit:
Transportation hub with shopping, dining, views, hotels, and lots of people. A great place to cool off and restore your energy while touring Barcelona.

Tip:
Nice over day and night – try both! As dusk approaches, the fountains might be switched off while illuminations begin, and this provides a totally different atmosphere.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
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Arenas de Barcelona

2) Arenas de Barcelona (must see)

Previously a bullring in Barcelona, the Arenas de Barcelona is now a commercial complex located close to the Placa d’Espanya. The former bullring was built somewhere during 1889-1900. The designer responsible for this project was the Spanish architect by the name of August Font i Carreras. One of the most prominent features of this arena is the horseshoe-shaped entrance which has been adorned with beautiful tiles. The arena itself has been constructed in the Moorish style, which was typical for Carreras.

The huge arena has the capacity to accommodate over 16000 spectators. Its total diameter is around 171 feet (52 meters). Conventionally a bullring, this arena has also played host to many other events such as concerts. One such memorable concert was held in 1966 when the Beatles performed live.

One surprising fact is that this area was built for the purpose of being used as a bullring, but bullfighting never caught the attention of people in the city as much as it was expected to, and the last bullfight took place in 1977, after which the arena remained unused for years. Plans were then made to turn this into a recreational and shopping complex, as seen today.

Why You Should Visit:
Exclusive shops, a leisure area with 12 multiplex cinemas, a cultural auditorium, a sports and thermal center of the prestigious Metropolitan chain and several restaurants that offer panoramic views. Even the external structure has been maintained in its splendor and is a particular architecture to admire.

Tip:
To go directly to the top, it is possible to take the panoramic elevator for €1, which can be recovered by taking lunch or anything else at the restaurants on the top deck.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-10pm
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Fira de Barcelona

3) Fira de Barcelona

The Fira de Barcelona was inaugurated in 1932. This piece of land was allotted for the purpose of being used as a ground for trade fairs in Barcelona. The organization and management responsible for Fira de Barcelona have managed to successfully organize over 80 shows, allowed over 40,000 companies to come together to participate and attracted nearly 3.5 million spectators and visitors to date.

Spanning over an area of 365,000 square meters, this is perhaps the biggest trade fair ground of its kind in all of Europe. It has been divided into two main areas, one is located at Montjuic spanning over an area of 165000 square meters, whereas the other is situated at the Gran Via business district which occupies 200,000 square meters of exhibition space.

The latter was inaugurated in 2007. The management here constitutes a position among the top five companies in all of Europe. This industrial trade fair ground is a platform and forum for economic growth and progression in Barcelona. It also promotes various organizations, industries and allows different companies to come together and communicate in order to make progress in the field. The Fira de Barcelona is still being used for trade fairs.
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Palau de Congressos

4) Palau de Congressos

Situated in the prominent Avenida Diagonal in Barcelona, the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya is the city’s financial and business centre. Because of its location and importance, the structure is surrounded by the most spectacular and picturesque gardens in the entire city.

The Palau de Congressos is basically a part of the Rey Juan Carlos I Hotel. The complete structure, which includes the hotel and resort, is counted amongst the most luxurious and splendid hotels in the world. Though Barcelona is rich in history with the presence of hundreds of structures based on gothic, medieval and renaissance architecture, this particular building is a classic example of contemporary Barcelona. The designers behind this breath-taking project are Cartana and Ferrater, who in 2001 were presented with the National Architecture award. The building is designed in such a way that it utilizes natural light to the highest degree and lights up spaces with natural sunlight.

The building consists of over thirty five rooms and halls. The auditorium of the building has the capacity to seat over two thousand people. It also features an exhibition space spanning over 4000 square meters which is often used for banquets and can accommodate over three thousand people.
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Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

5) Magic Fountain of Montjuïc (must see)

A fact that is little known about the Font Magica de Montjuic is that it still uses the plumbing that was installed when the fountain was first built. Perhaps one of the most spectacular sights to see in the Catalan capital, this fountain has over 3500 tubing pieces and is illuminated by over 4500 bulbs. The fountain works its magic after sunset when the water dances to different tunes from different ages.

The Font Màgica de Montjuïc is located near the Avenida Maria Cristina at the Montjuic district of the city. The famous landmarks in the vicinity of the magic fountain are the Palau Nacional and the Placa d’Espanya. The purpose for this fountain construction was to make an impression at the International Exposition held in Barcelona in 1929, and to complement many other buildings and structures in the city.

The mastermind behind the designing of this marvelous fountain was Carles Buigas who is known for his work on fountains with spectacular lighting. The site where the fountain stands today was previously occupied by the famous Four Columns which were demolished in 1928. There were 3000 people involved in the construction of this project because the time given for its completion was rather short, and hence, the fountain dazzled its first round of spectators when it displayed its magic for the first time on the 19th of May, 1929.

Why You Should Visit:
Good (free) entertainment!

Tip:
Bring food/beverages and try to get a good spot at least 45 minutes in advance, as it does get very crowded

Operation Hours:
Jan 1 - Jan 6: Thu, Fri, Sat: 8pm-9pm
Jan 7 - Feb 28: CLOSED
Mar 1 - Mar 31: Thu, Fri, Sat: 8pm-9pm
Apr 1 - May 31: Thu, Fri, Sat: 9pm-10pm
Jun 1 - Sep 30: Wed - Sun: 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Oct 1 - Oct 31: Thu, Fri, Sat: 9pm-10pm
Nov 1 - Dec 31: Thu, Fri, Sat: 8pm-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC)

6) Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) (must see)

The National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC), locally known as the Museu d’Art de Catalunya or Museu d'Història de Catalunya, is one of the most interesting museums in Barcelona. The MNAC is the centre for visual arts at the Palau Nacional. It is located on the Montjuic Hill, and was declared the National Museum in 1990 following the merger of two museums, the Museu d’Art Modern and the Museu d’Art de Catalunya. The unification of the two resulted in an impressive collection containing Gothic, Renaissance, Romanesque and Baroque art.

The museum comprises various departments including the department for prints and drawings, the numismatics department, the department for photography and the Biblioteca d’Historia de l’Art (the Library for Art History). All these departments were not present at the museum originally but were added later as a part of the expansion project.

The inauguration was held in 1995 when the museum displayed its section of Romanesque Art. The addition of the section for Gothic Art came in 1997, and the Baroque and Renaissance sections were opened in 2000. In 2004, when the building was complete with all the sections and addition of various departments, the official opening took place.

Why You Should Visit:
An absolutely magnificent museum, newly updated and modernized for the contemporary tourist.
Reasonably priced; plenty of lifts/stair lifts/toilets, and comfortable leather sofas dotted here and there when your feet ache.

Tip:
The restaurant has a magnificent view of Montjuic and good price/value ratio.
Do not forget to visit the roof – the view will be multiplied!

Operation Hours:
Tue-Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: 10am-3pm
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Palacio de Albéniz

7) Palacio de Albéniz

Palacio de Albéniz is a royal palace, built in the Novecentismo architectural style in 1928. It was designed by Juan Moya. It is the official residence of the Spanish royal family when they visit Barcelona. There is an interesting fountain in front of the building, decorated with sculptures. Featured paintings by Salvador Dali are inside the palace. Only the gardens surrounding the palace are open to the public.
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Fundacio Joan Miro

8) Fundacio Joan Miro (must see)

The Fundacio Joan Miro, or the Joan Miro Foundation was established in 1975. It is basically a museum that showcases modern art dedicated to the work of Joan Miro. The museum is situated on the Montjuic Hill in Barcelona. The idea behind the creation of the museum was conceived and developed by Miro in 1968. The foundation itself was formed by Miro, in partnership with a friend called Joan Prats.

The main purpose behind the creation of the building was to encourage new and upcoming artists in exploring and creating art, who wished to experiment in contemporary art. The designer of the building was Josep Lluis Sert. This also paved the way for Sert as the building itself showcased his talent and expertise in the area. The building comprises various terraces, courtyards and paths which make every corner of the structure easily accessible to the visitors.

The foundation of the edifice was laid on Montjuic on the 10th of June in 1975. The architect of the structure was a close friend of Joan Miro. The museum was created in a way that the people of Barcelona could easily gain knowledge and inspiration from their heritage and culture of their city.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the world's best combinations of artwork & architecture. Spare, light and airy.

Tip:
Please try to take the bus or use the funicular line up to Montjuic when you visit, as the climb to the museum is long.
There are two areas to relax – one with beach type chairs – to give a nice break from the art.
There is also a great view at the rooftop of the gallery with more sculptures integrated into the setting.

Opening Hours:
Tue, Wed, Fri: November to March: 10am-6pm;
April to October: 10am-8pm;
Thu: 10am-9pm;
Sat: 10am-8pm;
Sunday and public holidays: 10am-3pm
Closed on Monday, except public holidays
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Castell de Montjuic

9) Castell de Montjuic (must see)

The Grand Castell de Montjuic is standing atop Mount Montjuic, the famous hill of Barcelona. The view from this location is truly breathtaking as one can see the port, the entire city and then the sea. The Castell de Montjuic was constructed somewhere in the late 18th century and still stands in all its glory.

Initially, it was used as a military prison before being made part of the city in 1960. It is now home to the Museum of the Military History and attracts a great number of locals and visitors alike. At this very site, the very first castle was created in a short span of only 30 days in 1640. At that time, it was used as a fortress. Several years after that, in 1694, this fortress was made into a proper castle with the walls of the previous fortress reinforced.

The Montjuic is already a very famous location for all tourists that visit Barcelona, but the museum at the Castell provides a comprehensive insight into the history of this area and the military history of Spain. One can gain tremendous knowledge from the museum, and one can also enjoy the truly spectacular view that Castell de Montjuic has to offer.

Why You Should Visit:
Ideal for a lazy afternoon and quite fun to get to, taking the funicular railway first, then either the cable car (quite expensive but great views) or the bus (not so scenic but free on a T10 ticket).

Tip:
If you would rather climb by foot, there is a lot of walking up/downstairs, so wear good shoes.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12:00am-11:59pm

Walking Tours in Barcelona, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

Create Your Own Walk in Barcelona

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Gracia/Eixample Nightlife

Gracia/Eixample Nightlife

One thing that is clear about Barcelona is that this city doesn't sleep. Here you will find every kind of night club you might be looking for, from classy jazz to modern euro-techno. This walking tour is the perfect opportunity to visit the best discos and bars in the Gracia and Eixample districts of Barcelona.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Eixample Souvenir Shopping

Eixample Souvenir Shopping

It's a pity, if not a crime, to leave Barcelona without visiting the local specialty shops. Check out this Eixample souvenir shopping tour for some gifts and souvenirs unique to Barcelona that you may want to bring home to your loved ones from this wonderful city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
La Rambla Walking Tour

La Rambla Walking Tour

La Rambla is the street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and locals alike. Seemingly endless, it is filled with cultural and historic landmarks, as well as shops and cafes. The Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once said about La Rambla, "The only street in the world which I wish never ended." Take this tour to explore the most famous sites on La Rambla, Barcelona.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Montjuïc Museums Tour

Montjuïc Museums Tour

Montjuïc is a hill in Barcelona, located just southwest of the city center and overlooking the harbor. Besides the great view, it also offers visitors many interesting and significant museums such as the Poble Espanyol, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport, and others. Here, you will learn many interesting facts about the history and culture of Catalonia, Barcelona and Spain in general. Don't miss the opportunity to tour the great museums Montjuïc has to offer.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Barri Gotic Walking Tour

Barri Gotic Walking Tour

The Gothic Quarter of Barcelona seems like a cut above the rest. It boasts a number of famous buildings, cathedrals and monuments. The area has many peaceful squares where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings. Take this tour to travel back in time and discover all the secrets of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Ciutat Vella Nightlife

Ciutat Vella Nightlife

It is safe to say that Barcelona is one of those cities that never sleeps. Whatever kind of nightlife entertainment you may think of – a classy music joint or a swanky club to have a drink in and more – you will find it all in Barcelona. This walking tour takes you to some of the best discos and bars in the Ciutat Vella district.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km

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