Barcelona | A walk on Montjuïc
Montjuïc is a great place to escape the noisy city life and relax in the many green areas and parks. The possibilities are wide on the small mountain of Montjuïc and it is easy to find a quiet place for a family picnic.
For athletes, Montjuïc is “the place to be.” Most sports facilities were built for the Summer Olympics 1992 and are still in use today. I can recommend the outdoor swimming pool Montjuic, with its wonderful view of Barcelona or the Open Camp, where children can try over 25 different sports activities.
But now, I would like to show you one of my favorite walk in Barcelona, where you come across some of the best places and views on Montjuïc. We start at the Castillo de Montjuïc. and to get there you have 3 options: 1. take the bus n° 150 from Plaza España and stop at the castillo. 2. Take the metro to station Paralell and there change to the funicular. 3. Take the cable car from Port Vell up to the castillo and enjoy the fantastic view on Barcelona and the sea.
At the top of the Castillo de Montjuïc (185m), the view is simply mind-blowing. When the weather is clear you can distinguish the costs of the Costa Brava or observe the activities of the port of Barcelona. The visit of the Castillo is only worth because of the stunning view you have from the top view-points. The long history of the place is unfortunately not shown in a deserved way.
During the summer months, the Sala Montjuic takes place in the garden of Castillo. This popular outdoor cinema starts always with live music. Friends and families gather together for a picnic, to listen to music and at dusk the movie session begins. Don’t miss it and reserve your tickets in advanced here.
We continue our walk downhill through the Jardin de Joan Brossa where you come along charming ponds with aquatic plants and you may spot dragonflies and frogs. When you arrive at Avenida Miramar, you will see the Miró Foundation.
FONDATION JOAN MIRÓ
The Fundació Joan Miró was created by Miró himself and built in collaboration with the architect Josep Lluís Sert. You can recognize the complicity between the artist and the architect, making the collection integrate wonderfully into the white building and underlines the work of Miró in a very positive way.
Fundació Miró | Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona
The walk then continues towards Plaza España through the Jardins de Laribal. A walk through this garden is a real pleasure. The lush vegetation, the water that gently flows out of small fountains and between the stone walls, ornate benches and small places to rest constitute an extraordinary beauty.
The path continues to the National Art Museum of Catalonia. It stands out primarily for its exceptional displays of Romanesque and Gothic collections, which are among the finest in the world. For a visit, you should plan at least one full afternoon. But let’s go past the imposing building and take the escalators down to Plaça de les Cascades. This area of Montjuïc is more touristy and very busy during the summer months. To experience the Font Màgica, the spectacle of the magical fountain, you should come after sunset. The lights and water games last about 15 minutes and are repeated several times in the evening.
Plaza España is only a 10 minutes walk away and from there you have many bus and metro connections.
Duration: the walk alone lasts about 1 hour. But for the whole excursion with a visit of the castle and the museum, you have to plan a good day.
Drink/Eat: Montjuïc does not have many restaurants but we can recommend 2 chiringuitos:
El Cims | Passeig dels Cims, s / n | 08038 Barcelona
The Caseta del Migdia | Mirador del Migdia, s / n | 08038 Barcelona
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