11 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Montjuïc
This scenic hilltop neighborhood of Barcelona draws many tourists who come to enjoy the sensational views, beautiful gardens, and excellent museums. Named after the old Jewish cemetery that was once on this site, Montjuïc stands more than 200 meters above the sea, with its cliffs plunging into the stunning blue Mediterranean waters. The most famous attraction is the Tibidabo Amusement Park, complete with a classic carousel, old-fashioned trams, and a dramatic funicular ride. Many of the other popular tourist sites are found in the Parc de Montjüic, an expansive parkland with the Castell de Montjuïc on its summit. Also in this park is the dazzling Montjuïc Magic Fountain that features spectacular light shows, and the Museum of Catalan Art that focuses on artists of the Catalonia region.
See also: Where to Stay in Montjuïc
1 Parc d'Atraccions du Tibidabo (Amusement Park)
The most popular attraction on Montjuïc, Tibidabo is a 100-year-old amusement park that lies in a picturesque location on Barcelona's northeastern slope. Tibidabo offers 25 exciting rides including roller-coasters, bumper cars, flying chairs, a classic carousel ride, an old-fashioned tram ride, and a vintage-inspired airplane ride. Other fun attractions include the Mystery Castle, a Ferris wheel, and trampolines. The park also has a picnic area, restaurant, and an open-air theater used for outdoor performances. Many tourists enjoy taking the scenic funicular ride, the Tibidabo Sky Walk. At 500 meters above the city, this ride boasts stunning panoramic views. Tibidabo Amusement Park is accessible by public transportation or by car. There is a parking lot on the grounds.
Address: 3 - 4 Plaza del Tibidabo, Barcelona
2 Castell de Montjuïc
The entire summit area of Montjuïc is occupied by the extensive buildings and grounds of the Castell de Montjuïc. This formidable fortress is surrounded by impenetrable ramparts. The fortress has several large-calibre guns that were used to defend the port area. Visitors can take a walk round the flat roof of the citadel, a vantage point that offers commanding outlooks over the sea, port, city, and mountains. The corner bastions of the ramparts also offer sweeping panoramic views across the whole metropolis of Barcelona. On the west side of the grounds is an ornate memorial to Francisco Franco. An archery ground is now found in part of the former moat.
Location: Parc de Montjuïc, Barcelona
3 Museu d'Art de Catalunya
Housed in the grandiose Palau Nacional (National Palace) in the Montjüic Park, the Museum of Catalan Art displays an extensive collection from all periods of history. The collection begins with the medieval era (11th-13th centuries) and continues through the centuries to modern times and avant-garde pieces. The assortment of Romanesque art is particularly impressive. This section features magnificent frescoes from many churches in the Pyrenean region of Catalonia. The frescoes from Tahull are shown in a special room with the nave of the local church of Santa Maria completely reproduced. Other highlights of the museum are the paintings by Catalan artists and other Spanish masters including El Greco, Francisco de Zurbarán, Diego Velázquez, Mariano Fortuny, Antoni Gaudí, Ramon Casas, Joaquin Torres-García, Julio González, Salvador Dalí, and Pablo Picasso.
Location: Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjüic, Barcelona
4 Magic Fountain of Montjuïc
Surprisingly monumental in size, the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc graces the plaza in front of the Palau Nacional. The Magic Fountain was inaugurated on May 19, 1929 for the Great Universal Exhibition. Carles Buigas was commissioned to create a "colossal" and "costly piece of work." To get a sense of the fountain's enormous size, consider that the pool of water is 50 meters by 65 meters. The most innovative feature is the use of light to illuminate the fountain as a form of embellishment and entertainment. This impressive fountain delivers spectacular light shows and dancing water acrobatics accompanied by music. More than 100 hydraulic valves are used to spout water and some 4,000 lights illuminate the fountain. The fountain light & music shows are held Thursday through Sunday during the summer months and Friday and Saturday in winter.
Address: Plaza Carles Buïgas, Barcelona
5 Fundació Joan Miró (Museum)
Nestled in a lovely section of the Parc de Montjuïc, the Fundació Joan Miró is dedicated to the work of the famous Surrealist-Abstract artist. Opened in 1988, the museum is housed in a sleek modern building illuminated with skylights. The building also has two inner courtyards, adding to the impression of spaciousness and brightness. The museum's extensive collection contains around 5,000 items, delighting visitors with Miro's endless creativity. The museum is well designed for tourists with a cafeteria and bookshop.
Location: Parc de Montjuïc, Barcelona
6 Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village)
Another tourist sight in the Parc de Montjuïc is the Poble Espanyol. Like the Magic Fountain, this little Spanish Village was created for the 1929 World Exhibition. The charming miniature village features buildings in the architectural styles typical of different provinces in Spain. The village includes picturesque little streets, alleyways, courtyards, and houses grouped around a main square, the Plaza Mayor. Near the entrance are information kiosks, the branch of a bank, a bookstore, and souvenir shops. Artisan workshops are also found in the village, and tourists will enjoy shopping for traditional handcrafted products: glass, ceramics, enamel-work, textiles, leather goods, and prints. The Spanish Village is also used as a venue for cultural performances and outdoor events.
Address: Avda. Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, 13, Barcelona
7 Plaza d'Espanya
With a continuous flow of vehicles passing around it, the Plaza d'Espanya is the main traffic junction in the western half of the city. The busy thoroughfares of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes (known as "Gran Via" for short) and the Avinguda de la Parallel intersect here. In the center of the square stands the lavish memorial fountain España Ofrecida a Dios (Spain dedicated to God). On the southern side of the square is the entrance to the Exhibition Grounds, with two towers modeled on the bell towers of Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice. The Plaza de Toros (bullring) is found on the northern side of the square.
8 Mies Van der Rohe Pavilion
The Barcelona Pavilion in Montjuïc Park is an emblematic work of the Modern Movement designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe of Germany for the 1929 World Exhibition. Built from glass, steel, and marble, the pavilion was created as an official reception hall to receive King Alfonso XIII of Spain. The Fundació Mies van der Rohe is now housed in the pavilion. This foundation educates visitors about the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion as well as topics related to contemporary architecture and urban planning.
Address: 7 Avenue Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, Parc de Montjuïc, Barcelona
9 Olympic Grounds
In the Parc de Montjuïc, the Olympic Stadium and the Exhibition Grounds are the venues where the 1992 Summer Olympics were held. The competition venues include the Anella Olimpíca (Olympic Stadium) as well as complementary venues such as the sports university - INEFC (Institut Nacional d'Educació Fisica de Catalunya), the Foixarda and Serrahima Stadiums, Palau Municipal d'Esports, Montjuïc Municipal Swimming Pool, Montjuïc Shooting Range, and Parc del Migdia. Tourists may visit the Olympic Stadium year round.
Address: Passeig Olimpic, Parc de Montjuïc, Barcelona
10 Museu Arqueològic de Barcelona
Near the Exhibition Grounds at the foot of Montjuïc is the Archaeological Museum of Barcelona. This pseudo-Classical circular brick building was originally built as the Palau de les Arts Gràfiques for the 1929 World Exhibition. In 1932, the building was enlarged and converted to a museum. The collection's archaeology exhibits include artifacts from the Catalan region and show the influences of other cultures from the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean (such as ancient Roman civilization).
Address: Passeig de Santa Madrona 39, Parc de Montjuïc, Barcelona
11 Museu Etnològic
The Ethnology Museum is near the Exhibition Center in Montjuïc Park. Built in 1973 and specially designed for exhibitions, the building features large windows providing natural light that is ideal for exhibit displays. The impressive collection contains around 20,000 items. The collection represents the cultures of Asia, Africa, America, and Oceania, with a special focus on the ethnographic and social aspects of each region.
Address: Passeig de Santa Madrona, Barcelona
Where to Stay in Montjuïc for Sightseeing
We recommend these great hotels in convenient locations near the top sights in the Montjuïc neighborhood:
- Crowne Plaza Barcelona - Fira Center: modern luxury, spacious rooms, spa with steam bath and sauna, well-equipped fitness center.
- Hotel Brummell: mid-range boutique hotel, steps from Montjuïc Park, stylish design, outdoor pool, sauna and massage services.
- Ayre Hotel Gran Via: affordable rates, handy location, full or express breakfast options, large showers.
- Hotel Paral-lel: budget hotel, contemporary decor, buffet breakfast, multilingual staff.