Montjuic has always been conceived as Barcelona’s mountain. With 600 feet, the views over the city are outstanding from all its angles. It a fortress from the 18th century; at the top, you have a fantastic view of the harbor and the coast. The Montjuic area was part of the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition and many buildings were built for that big event, such as the beautiful Palau Nacional, the Mies Van De Rohe Pavilion and the awesome Magic Fountains where an outstanding performance of music and water create a unique atmosphere after sunset.
Montjuic Tour Barcelona
What to expect on this tour
Full of gardens and green areas, this walking Montjuic private Tour Barcelona has many options, depending on your preferences: Barcelona 92 Olympic Stadium, the Montjuic Castle or even enjoy the views over the city with the Montjuic Cable Car gondola. It is also a lot of fun to enjoy an evening show at the Magic fountains.
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Fonts màgiques and Palau Nacional
Mies van de Rohe pavilion
Cable car gondola
Meeting Point - Transportation
Starting from L3 Plaça Espanya metro station
The tour is done outdoors, but is possible to do in the rain, if necessary.
In case of heavy rain, it is recommended to find another indoor tour
An old military fortress, from the 17th Century was built on top of Montjuïc hill. Its first purpose was to control the city from the most strategic area of the city: its highest point that could reach both the city and the sea access. Thru the centuries, in all rebellions and battles of the modern history, the castle has become a key element to control the city in different battles, like the Spanish Civil war in 1936 or the Napoleonic invasion in 1808. Today, the Castle is an exhibition centre that offers some of the best sights over the city.
Palau Nacional, the icon of Montjuïc
Montjuïc has one of the most iconic views of the city: The Palau Nacional. This building contains the Catalan National Museum (MNAC) and is very well known around the city for the big city lights that can be seen during the evenings.
The building was the main pavilion built for the World Fair of Barcelona of 1929. The opening ceremony, chaired by the king Alfonso XIII, took place in its oval room, to this day still used for public events. It became a museum in 1934, and nowadays strolling around its rooms means walking through thousands of works and centuries of art history.
One of the most iconic drawings from the Modernism period from 1897. In the painting, Ramon Casas (the author) and his friend Pere Romeu were riding a tandem cycle with the Barcelona skyline behind. This paining was placed in the beer-hall "els quatre Gats" where both members, together with other intellectuals, used to discuss the big topics of their era. Today you can enjoy it in the MNAC https://www.museunacional.cat/
Unique textile factory close to barcelona center
Nowadays it is known as the Caixa Forum, a cultural center, but its history dates back to the beginnings of the XX century, when it was built as a textile factory by the great Modernist architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch. The architectural style is typical of that period, with exposed bricks and some ceramic and iron decorations on the towers, where we can read the name of the owner. The towers themselves were built not just as a mere decoration, but they were used as water deposits to extinguish possible fires. Last but not least, it was an innovative structure, as the factory used to work thanks to electricity; the architect kept in mind the employees’ wellbeing and working conditions, that’s why there are big windows and high ceilings. Unfortunately, the factory didn’t last long, as in 1920 it went bankrupt and closed its doors. During the 1929 International Expo it was used as a warehouse; later on, as a unit for the national police, until it was bought by the foundation “La Caixa”, that restored the entire building, preserving its original aspect. More information in (Spanish website): https://caixaforum.org/es/barcelona/p/el-edificio
Fundació Joan Miró
Joan Miró was an artist focused on abstract and surrealist fantasy. He became very popular after the 2nd world war. Many of his artwork can be found today in the Tate Modern (London), MOMA (New York) or the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
In Barcelona there is also a big collection in the Fundació Joan Miró thanks to a donation made by Miró himself, and then enlarged thanks to other private and public donations. It helps to understand his artistic life and evolution.
Apart from the works of Miró, there is also a collection of contemporary art, a part of which comes from a tribute made after his death.
Another beautiful historic painting from the XII century that can be found in MNAC This painting is one of the masterpieces of the European Romanesque painted in a small church in the Pyrinees, it was moved to Barcelona in 1919 with other Fresco elements of the romanique churches. https://www.museunacional.cat/
Barcelona version of the Venice Towers
They are known as the Venetian towers for their resemblance with the San Marco belltower in Venice which, as a matter of fact, was used as a model by the architect Ramon Reventós to build these ones. The reason of their construction was the International Expo that took place in Barcelona in 1929. This Expo represented a chance to develop the area around Montjuïc, at that time in the outskirts of the city, characterized by open fields and some factories. The towers were built as a decoration of the main entrance to the exhibition area, to which people would access from Plaza de España. Still nowadays they are part of the skyline of this area, welcoming all those people who want to discover Montjuïc and its many facets. These towers can be seen in our Montjuïc private tour with other interesting attractions such as Mies van de rRohe Pavilion, magic fountainsor MNAC museum.
The Iconic tower in Barcelona
The Olympic games that were celebrated in Barcelona in 1992 left many iconic buildings and structures in the city. One of the key examples is the Torre Calatrava. This tower was built in Montjuïc, close to the Olympic stadium and is 136 meters high (almost 500 feet). The tower was built to cover the Olympic games efficiently, since they were held in the middle of Montjuïchill, that has not communication coverage at the time. The particular share of the tower has a meaning: it represents an athlete carrying the Olympic torch with the flame. The base of the tower is covered by Trencadís, the technique used by Gaudí 100 years ago.