Take an in-depth look at this often-overlooked part of Barcelona – Montjuic. While visiting the top of this hill has increased in popularity since the cable car was renovated and re-opened in 2007, many visitors will miss out on seeing the incredible things hidden atop this seaside spot. From the streets below, you can see the Castle of Montjuic, an old fortress with a fascinating history; once you arrive to the top of the hill, so much more is revealed.
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A Historic Hill: View from the Top
Jutting up 600ft above the harbour, Montjuïc has outstanding views over the city and port. Twice remodelled, first for the International Exposition in 1929 and later for the Olympic Games in 1992 this mountain-park has many exceptional sites to visit.
The cultural highlights include the finest collection of Romanesque art in Europe housed in the National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC), the art gallery and cultural centre, Caixaforum, housed in a Modernist textile factory, Mies Van der Rohe’s German Pavillion, the Greek Theatre and many other museums, including the iconic “Poble Espanyol”, the Spanish Village. If you can’t bear to leave the Spanish Village, why not stay after your tour and take in a Barcelona flamenco show? While this firey dance form did not originate in Barcelona, wonderful shows can be found in the city and the evening Tapas and Flamenco Show at the Spanish Village is a fabulous way to experience the passion of flamenco.
The Sports attractions are found at the Olympic Ring with the Olympic Stadium, Sant Jordi Sports Pavilion and the Picornell swimming pools. All this is set among thematic parks and gardens, including the Botanic Gardens, and crowned by Montjuic Castle at the very top. Before we embark on the tour of Montjuic, we will stop in the port area and waterfront, making the tour a more comprehensive look at the area and revealing how it has developed over the years.
Barcelona: 2000 years to discover
The sights this tour will take in are:
- The Waterfront
- Plaça d’Espanya
- The German Pavilion
- Olympic Ring (includes the stadium, INEFC, Picornell Swimming Pools, Pavilion, Calatrava Tower)
- Montjuïc Cemetery
- Montjuïc Castle
- Mirador de l’Alcalde (the Mayor’s Lookout)
- Miró Foundation
- Poble Espanyol.
Be sure to ask if you would also like to take a ride on the cable car!
- Port, Placa España, Olympic Ring, Montjuic Castle, Poble Espanyol.
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