What It Is:
A lovely break from the urban congestion of the city center. Montjuïc is a short trip up the hill and offers an array of excellent museums, vistas and gardens for a different perspective on the city.
Where It’s Located:
In the foothills just south of the city center, past the neighborhood of Poble-Sec. (See tips below for exactly how to get there.) | Google Map
Why We Love It:
If you’re short on time but are looking for a mix of beautiful museums, green spaces and vistas, the options available to you in Montjuïc are hard to beat.
- Miró Foundation – €12 for a regular adult admission. If you love museums, consider the Airticket BCN to save money on some of the city’s best!
- Jardins de Laribal – a free park with sculptures, paths and overlooks which connect many points of interest in Montjuïc. The Greek Gardens are a highlight.
- National Museum of Catalonia – €12 for a regular adult admission
- Montjuïc Castle – now home to a military museum, the main attraction is the best panoramic view in Montjuïc. Accessible by bus, taxi or hiking.
How To Get There:
- Included in your Metro ticket, you can take the funicular to Montjuïc (look for the forest green icon), which leaves from the Paral.lel metro stop.
- You’ll exit the station less than 5 minutes’ walk from the Miró Foundation.
- The main city tour buses also hit several sites in Montjuïc.
- If you’re in a real rush, a taxi can get you there for around €12 from the city center.
- If you plan to visit a few museums, consider the Airticket BCN, which includes admission to the Miró Foundation and the National Museum of Catalonia.
- Food options are limited up there, so hit up a local market or grocery and put together a picnic of local delicacies to carry with you. Here’s our checklist for the perfect Barcelona-inspired picnic.
- There’s a lovely terrace in front of the National Museum of Catalonia that looks out over the city. It’s a good spot for a drink and to admire the view.
- From that same terrace, the Magic Fountains are in plain view. Throughout the year, they put on a free 15 minute show (on the half-hour) of colored lights and music with a lot of water.
- May-Sept on Thurs-Sun from 21:00-23:00
- Oct-April on Fri & Sat from 19:00-20:30
- From the Magic Fountains, you’re less than 10 minute walk from Plaça Espanya – a major Metro hub. While there, you’ll get a glimpse of Las Arenas, a former bullfighting ring-turned-shopping-mall. Progress.
For More Barcelona Travel Recommendations…
Check out our Gimme Some Barcelona Travel Guide, which includes a constantly-updated list of our best recommendations on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in Barcelona. Plus, we’ve also shared a bunch of our best Barcelona-specific travel tips, so that you can navigate the city like a local.
Also, feel free to download our Gimme Some Barcelona Google Map, which includes all of the recommendations listed in our travel guide.