Castell del MontjuicMy assessment: 3.5 stars+ The view from the Castell is amazing – 360 degrees of Barcelona! And, while you’re up there, you might as well visit the museum.
- Since September 2015, this view is no longer free. Too bad.
Piece of advice: Free on Sundays after 3:00 p.m.!
Last updated: 27 Feb 2020 | Celine Mülich
Audioguide: no Tours: Private tours have to be booked in advance: 0034-93 256 44 40 or firstname.lastname@example.org Public tours in English: Monday - Friday, 1:00 p.m., price 5 Euro
How to get there: Bus 150 to Castell de Montjuic; Or: from Parall-el Station with the Funicular up to the "Teleferic de Monjuic" and further up the hill (with a great view over Barcelona)
And what's there to see?
You can investigate this defensive fortress’s history, which begins in the 17th century, in one of many little rooms, its large collection of weapons, and its varying uses over the years. However, the real reason to come and visit is the view – 360 degrees of Barcelona!
Photogallery of Castell del Montjuic
A history of the Castell del Montjuic
The Montjuic is Barcelona’s own mountain, meaning it’s part of the city, and has a lot to offer all by itself. It doesn’t only host the Castell, it also used to secure Barcelona’s port, and nowadays there are several museums, parks, and former sports facilities, the latter of which are currently used as concert venues as well. The Montjuic was home to 1929’s World’s Fair, and the Olympic Summer Games of 1992 were held here, too.
The Montjuic quarry also provided the stones used in the construction of the Sagrada Família, for the sandstone found in the Montjuic has a rather special structure.
The Castell itself was built in the 17th century, and was especially important during the War of the Spanish Succession. Under Franco, the Castell de Montjuic was used as a prison and execution site for his enemies.