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MONTJUIC; DISCOVER THE HEART OF BARCELONA!

Updated: Apr 18, 2023

Hello everybody and welcome to Barcelona!! We are thrilled to guide you through one of the most beautiful cities in Europe! 😍 In this post, we decided to show you the aesthetic Montjuic area; a very beautiful part of the city dotted with attractions that will need an explanation. Just follow us, and enjoy your reading! 😉


It is important to know that Montjuïc means "Jewish Mountain" in medieval Latin and Catalan. This zone is located up a hill in Barcelona and it has a very important history; It was the birthplace of the city, and its strategic location on the Mediterranean and the Llobregat River has made it rather important throughout history. The hill has a medieval Jewish cemetery, that is the reason for its name. As we will mention below, Montjuïc held the International Exposition in Barcelona in 1929.


1) Fuente Magica

We will start by this fountain. In order to give this amazing effect, the fountain sprays 700 gallons of water every second!! Moreover, the highest water spout reaches 51 meters!!

Since it lights up only during the evening, you can come during your free time to enjoy the show, if you’d like.

Fact: the fountain is built in the site where the Four Columns (in front of you) have been previously built, but they were then demolished in 1928 because they are an important symbol of the Catalan movement, which has always been very controversial in Spain. Subsequently, they have been rebuilt in the site where we will lead now.



2) Four Columns (4 Torres)

We are now to the Four Towers, very important for the Catalan community. In fact, those columns represent the Catalan flag (the four stripes, see comparison below), and that is why, as mentioned before, they were initially demolished during Primo Rivera’s dictatorship in 1928.

After years of campaigns and efforts by the Catalan pro-independence corporations, they were newly erected here in 2010.














You can here compare the columns with the flag: it's an authentic representation!



3) National Palace (Palacio Nacional)

This stunning palace is the symbol of the Montjuïc area, as you can imagine. It was built only in 3 years (from 1926 to 1929), which is incredible considering how big and detailed it is. The reason for this quick construction is the 1929 International Exhibition taking place in Barcelona.

The style is mainly classicist, mixed with some elements of the Spanish Renaissance.

Since 1934, it has housed the National Art Museum of Catalonia, a very big museum that hosts around 250,000 works. In fact, it is famous for being very complete, notably when it comes to Romanesque art.

If you turn around, you will have a great view of the city; but keep in mind that inside the museum you could enjoy an even better one, because there is an open area at the top!


Opening hours: 10 AM - 6 PM.

NOTE: On Saturday after 3 PM, the entrance is free, don’t miss it!!

Price: €12, https://www.getyourguide.com/barcelona-l45/museu-nacional-d-art-de-catalunya-ticket-t83292/




4) Poble Espanyol

‘Poble Espanyol’, in Catalan, literally means ‘Spanish Town’ in English. It is an open-air museum that was also built for the 1929 Barcelona international exposition. The reason for the name is easy to guess once you enter: this museum consists of 117 full-scale buildings that are replicated from all around Spain, which forms a very typical Spanish atmosphere. Not only those buildings: it also contains various restaurants, artisan workshops, theaters and a museum of contemporary art.


Opening hours: 10 AM - 12 AM

Price: €9 for the entrance, https://tickets.poble-espanyol.com/en/?_ga=2.62855208.547263469.1681816703-560019519.1681816703




5) Olympic area

Here we are to our last sightseeing in Montjuic: the astonishing Olympic Area!

Barcelona Olympic Park (Anella Olímpica de Montjuic in Catalan) is a series of sports facilities that were built primarily for the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. After the Olympics, many of these facilities have become home to innumerous cultural events, receptions, and conventions, in addition to sports use.

This complex consists of multiple constructions as follows:


  • Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium

It holds approximately 56,000 spectators. Numerous sporting events, as well as many internationally renowned musical pop/rock concerts, have been hosted by The Olympic Stadium of Montjuic.


  • Palau Sant Jordi

The Palau Sant Jordi can provide seats for about 24,000 people. It is a covered pavilion and is also considered an architecture masterpiece. It is curious to know that It was built by a Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki.



  • The Telecommunications Tower

A characteristic feature of this telecommunications tower, as you can see, is its shape, which represents an athlete holding up the torch, always in honor of the ‘92 Olympic Games. It is also widely known as Torre Calatrava (Calatrava Tower).

Because of its specific position, the tower appears as a giant hourglass. That way, the tower casts the shadow of the central needle into Plaça d’Europa.


  • Olympic Museum of Barcelona

If you are interested in the Olympics or you want to go more into detail, this museum might be the right choice for you.

Opening hours: 10 AM - 6 PM

Prices: €3,60 for students, https://www.museuolimpicbcn.cat/en/tickets/


That is the end of our visit to Montuïc, dear students! I hope we made you travel a bit with your imagination into the mesmerizing neighborhood of Barcelona 🥰.

If we inspired you and now you are craving a ticket to Barcelona, do not hesitate to join us for our weekend trip! You will find the tickets on our website! We are excited to have you with us; we will have soo much fun😍

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