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
- 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.
- 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. At specific times 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 and 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.
- It’s worth looking into either the Airticket BCN and the Barcelona Card, which include admission to the Miró Foundation as well as the National Museum of Catalonia.
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.