Montjuïc - Barcelona, Catalonia


Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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Montjuïc is a large hill and wooded area located southeast of the center of Barcelona in Spain. Parts of Montjuïc overlook the Mediterranean Sea. Montjuïc is a big place, but the best metro access comes on lines 1 and 3 at the Espanya stop. No matter from where you leave the park, you should be able to find bus service. The Montjuïc area is open all the time, but timings vary for its different attractions. Make sure to do some research before planning your trip.

Montjuïc is a haven of fresh air and quiet in the busy city of Barcelona. There are pedestrian friendly paths throughout the entire area. At the top of Montjuïc is the Castle, constructed as a watchtower in 1679. From there you have a sweeping view of Barcelona and the sea.

There are a number of museums throughout Montjuïc, any of which will take a half day or more to tour. They include: The Museum of Popular Arts and Industries, The Archeological Museum, The Miró Foundation, The National Museum of Catalonian Art, The Ethnological Museum, and The Military Museum.

Montjuïc also holds many buildings used in the 1992 summer Olympic games. The Sant Jordi Palace held the gymnastics events. Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys was the main stadium for the Olympic Games and held the closing ceremony. Today it hosts the Espanyol football club. There is also an Olympic swimming pool.

At every turn in Montjuïc, you will stumble upon statues, foundations, sculpted gardens, and other pieces of public art.
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