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City visit of the district of Montjuic in Barcelona

City visit of the district of Montjuic in Barcelona

How to visit Montjuic ?

Montjuic is a mountain inside the city. A true bowl of air.

You will have access to a splendid sight of Barcelona from all sides. The hillsides are covered with flowers, exotic trees and giant cactus. The luminous fountains of Gaietà Buïgas create a magic environment. This old district is ideal for a Sunday walk. 

 Our visits are made such as you start from one point and arrived to another logically.
 Follow from one address to another and do not hesitate to stop by our best addresses like restaurants and shops, this is also part of discovering a city.

 

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 Have a good journey in the erea of the Montjuic:

 

1- The Mies Van der Rohe Pavillon. Pavello Mies Van der Rohe ***

Mies Van der Rohe Pavilion - Museum

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Mies Van der Rohe Pavilion

Go to Montjuïc to visit the Barcelona Pavilion, a work emblematic of the Modern Movement: just great!
The Foundation Mies van der Rohe was set up in 1983 by the Barcelona City Hall with the initial purpose of reconstructing the German Pavilion, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition.
Besides conserving and disseminating knowledge about the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, this place today also fosters debate on and awareness of themes related to contemporary architecture and urban planning.

Learn about the Barcelona chair created by Mies van der Rohe for the same international Exhibition in 1929.

Articket: Art Passport Card for 6 Art Museums in Barcelona from 30€

 A video about Mies van der Rohe works and life:

 

A video on The Mies van der Rohe's Pavilion:

Address : Avenida Françesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 7
Opening hours : Monday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm
Phone : +34 93 423 40 16
Metro/Bus : Metro : L1, L3 Espanya - Bus : 13, 50, 61, 100, 193 Plaça Espanya - FFCC: Plaça Espanya

2- The Spanish Village. Poble Espanyol **

Poble Espanyol - Monument

Built for the Universal Exhibition of 1929, the Poble Espanyol is a life-size reproduction of different Spanish villages. Located in one of the most emblematic areas of Barcelona and a few meters from the renowned Fountains of Montjuïc, the Poble Espanyol is one of the major tourist destinations of the City with its unique attractions: architecture, crafts, contemporary art, shopping and gastronomy. All in a festive, as well as an informative environment, is an ideal place for adults and children alike to visit.

 

What to see at the Poble Espanyol

 

 

 

All Spain architectures in one village.

Poble means village in Catalan. The primary vocation of Poble Espanyol is to show the architectural and cultural wealth of Spain in one place. This village is therefore a life-size reproduction of all the most representatives types of houses that you can see in Spain. In total, this village consists of 117 buildings representing 33 different Spanish regions. Along the streets, alleys and squares, you can admire a typical Andalusian neighborhood, a fragment of the path of Santiago de Compostela, typical Catalonia house like those of Tarragona.
A real tour de force of this Spanish museum village, one forgets that the houses are reproductions. The constructions imagined by the architect Puig i Cadafalch have not changed in time, it is said that some buildings today serve as a model for the restoration of original houses scattered throughout Spain. 

« Feeling Spain » : Since 2017, immersive audiovisual installations, located in different places of the village, allow you to discover 5 typical regions, and for example, you will be able to immerse yourself in the central part of Spain, in La Mancha with Don Quixote, with its mills and medieval castles.

A concentrate of Spanish crafts and its gastronomic products

As in any village, the Poble Espanyol is a place where one can go shopping. Here the emphasis is on local crafts and as we speak of all Spain, you will have the pleasure to be able to buy objects from all over the country. More than 20 artisans from these different regions work in the village. You will see them at work in their workshops. They offer ceramics, glass, leather, wood, jewelry, baskets, textiles, embroidery, guitars, gourds .. Unique pieces with the possibility of having them shipped abroad.

The pleasure of shopping souvenirs all year round since the village is open 365 days a year.
The gourmets are not forgotten. You will be able to find gourmet products from all over Spain: wine, olive oil, honey, bread, charcuterie, “jamón de Jabugo”, not to mention the countless cheeses of country!

 

Traditional cooking

Restaurants, bars and small terraces. Traditional Spanish cooking and its main recipes are on the spot: you can take a break in front of a paella, tapas or a plate of Iberian ham.

 

Discover Spain Contemporary Art

The ultimate mission of Poble Espanyol is to disseminate contemporary art, with 3 spaces dedicated to it.

  • The Fran Daurel Museum inaugurated in 2011 offers more than 300 works of renowned Spanish contemporary art such as Picasso, Dalí, Miró, Tàpies, Barceló or Chillida. On 2500m2, paintings, sculptures and installations offer a global view on the contemporary art of the country.
  • Guinovart Espace is devoted to one of the great sculpture works by the artist Josep Guinovart (1927-2007), one of the greatest representatives of the current informal art. It is the work « Contorn-Entorn» whose pretention was to integrate art with reality.
  • The Garden of Sculptures. Finally, walk thru the Poble Espanyol garden where 36 sculptures of 27 different contemporary artists are exhibited.

 

Activities

Festivals, Concerts, Flamenco, Jazz, cinema ... Something always happens at Poble Espanyol, also having the reputation of going to bed very late.
You will find all the programme on the official website but be aware that every year there is the Biergarten (beer festival) but also a Jazz festival. There are three discotheques in the Spanish village, including the famous La Terrazza which opens only in summer (an absolute must).
If you like short films and entertainment, do not miss the Mecal outdoor film festival in summer. A great idea to go out at the evening.
A big party is organized every year for New Year's Eve too!.
Finally in the Andalusian alleys of the village one can attend a dinner show of Flamenco in Tablao de Carmen every day at 6pm and 8:30pm.

 

Practical information

Entrance ticket prices to Poble Espanyol

  • Adult 13+: 12.60 €
  • Adult 13 years and over + Audioguide: 16.10 €
  • Children from 4 to 12 years old: 6.30 €
  • Adults over 65: 9 €

We advise you to buy an entrance ticket to the Poble Espanyol online before going on site to avoid queuing. We do not propose a guided tour of the place itself but you can choose with the ticket of entry below the option with or without audioguide for a different discovery of the village: 

Buy your tickets now for the Spanish Village from 12,60 €

 

Poble Espanyol Timetables

  • Monday from 9am to 8pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 09am to 0am
  • Friday from 09am to 03am
  • Saturday from 09am to 04am
  • Open 365/365 days

 

How to get to Poble Espanyol ?

The Poble Espanyol is located on the hill of Montjuïc. It is outside the city but the access is relatively simple :

  • By metro: stop Plaça Espanya (L1 and L3) and then a ten-minute walk
  • By bus: buses numbers 13, 23 and 150 stop right outside the village
  • By tourist bus: stop Poble Espanyol (red line)
Address : AV del Marquès de Comillas.
Opening hours : Monday 09:00 a 20:00 Tue - Wed - Thurs. 09:00 a 24:00 Fry de 09:00 a 03:00 Sat de 09:00 a 04:00 Sun de 09:00 a 24:00
Phone : 93 508 63 00
Metro/Bus : Metro: Parada Espanya, Línia 1 i Línia 3. - Bus: Parada Poble Espanyol de les línies 13, 150 i 23

3- The National catalan Art Museum** Museu Art Modern (MNAC)

Catalan National Art Museum - MNAC - Museum

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Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya

Catalan National Art Museum (MNAC) is housed in the magnificent palace overlooking the fountains of Montjuic.

 

You will found there Catalan works of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance arts from 11th to 18th century. Very interesting museum even though quite long to visit.

 

The MNAC embraces all the arts (sculpture, painting, objets d'art, drawing, engraving, posters, photography and coinage) and has the task of explaining the general history of Catalan art from the Romanesque period to the mid-twentieth century.

 

In the case of the Romanesque and Gothic collections, this discourse is characterized by the Catalan provenance of most of the pieces, although, particularly in the Gothic, comparisons are made with art from other provenances.

 

With regard to the Renaissance and Baroque collections, the works included lead to a more international discourse, with the work of great painters, such as El Greco, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Cranach, Rubens...

 

The MNAC art collections from the end of the nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth century are once again mostly made up of the work of Catalan artists, forming a discourse which explains Modernisme, Noucentisme and the Avant-garde, always taking into account all the arts.

Tickets for Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya Admission Ticket at 12€

Address : Parc de Montjuïc
Opening hours : Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 7pm; Sunday & holidays:10am - 2:30pm. ; Mondays closed (except holidays) ; Closed 25th Desember, 1st January and 1st May
Phone : 00 34 93 622 0360
Metro/Bus : Metro: L1 and L3 Espanya / Bus: 13, 37, 50, 55 and 9, 27, 30, 37, 56,57, 65, 79, 109, 157, 165

4- The Sant Jordi Palace. Palau Sant Jordi *

Sant Jordi Palace - Monument

Palau Sant Jordi

Palau Sant Jordi

Palau Sant Jordi

Sant Jordi Palace was the house of the gymnastics at the time of the Olympic Games and from then on a concert hall. Splendid building with a metal roof by the Japanese Arata Isozaki. It has to be seen also at night for its superb lighting.

Address : Passeig Olímpic, 5-7
Opening hours : Depending on the event
Phone : +34 93 426 20 89
Metro/Bus : Bus: 125, 193

5- The Calatrava tower. Torre de Calatrava

Calatrava Tower - Monument

Torre Calatrava

One can see the Calatrava tower from anywhere in Barcelona. It is the telecommunications tower and the symbol of the Barcelona Olympic Games (1982) according to its creator Santiago Calatrava of the XXI century.

Pointing towards the sky, it opens the way to new galaxies.

Address : Av de L'Estadi
Metro/Bus : Metro: L1/L3 Espanya / Bus: 50, 61, 125

6- The Olympic Stadium. Estadi Olimpic *

Olympic Stadium - Monument

Olympic Stadium - Barcelona

Olympic Stadium - Barcelona

Olympic Stadium - Barcelona

The Olympic Stadium of Barcelona was ready in 1929 but history decided something different. It is in 1992 that this stage was finally used. Meanwhile Correa, Milà, Margarit, Buixadé, Gregoretti architects of different nationalities had collaborated in its rebuilding. It can accommodate 65 000 people it is the stadium of the 2nd team of football of the city: "Espanyol".

Address : Avinguda de l'estadi, 60
Phone : +34 426 06 60
Metro/Bus : Bus: 125, 193

7- Joan Miró Foundation. Fundacio Joan Miró ***

Joan Miro Foundation - Museum

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Fundació Joan Miró

Joan Miro Foundation is one of our favourite museums in Barcelona. Be there once is an obligation.
The building designed by Josep Lluís Sert offers you a moment of calm and beatitude: experience of light and beautiful spaces.

 

Among the trees, you will have a stunning sightseeing of the city and a particular moment to see again or discover the work of Miró who throughout his life took a particular interest in the diversity of materials, forms and colours. It led him to explore and experiment with different art forms such as painting, sculpture, printing techniques, ceramics, theatre and tapestry.

A central work exposed in this permanent collection.

Buy tickets for Joan Miro Foundation: Skip The Line starting at 12€

Address : Parc de Montjuïc
Opening hours : Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 - 19.00 (October - June) /Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 - 20.00 (July - September)/Thursdays, 10.00 - 21.30/ Sundays and public holidays,10.00 - 14.30 / Closed on Mondays (except public holidays)
Phone : 00 34 93 4439470
Metro/Bus : On Montjuïc "mountain". Bus: 50, 55, 193 stp "Parc de Montjuic" / Cavle Car (take it at Paral·lel)

8- Montjuïc Castle. Castell de Montjuïc*

Montjuïc Castle - Monument

Castell de Montjuïc

Castell de Montjuïc

Castell de Montjuïc

Montjuïc Castle is an imposing castle that dominates the city since 1640. It was primarily used to repress the people during two centuries. Repression of the anarchists in the XIX century and prison for the political prisoners under Franco. In 1940 Lluis Companys was executed here. He was the president of the Generalitat of Catalonia. Nowadays is the only place of the city where you can see a statue of Franco. It also shelters a military museum.

 

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Address : Avinguda del Castell
Opening hours : From 1st Octobre to 31st March opened from Monday to Sunday from 9am to 7pm / 1st April to 30th Septmebre opened from Monday to Sunday from 9am to 9pm
Phone : 00.34.93 329 86 53
Metro/Bus : Bus: 193
Last comment
Bus 193
Doreen Cameron (26 Aug 2016 - 09:10)
Might be time to update the website. I believe bus 193 no longer runs. There is a bus 150, but I'm not sure where it culminates.

When updating the site, besides having someone whose first language is English to correct the grammar, you may want to include a picture of that wonderful spot somewhere near the castle where we had a 360 degree view of Barcelona in all its magnificence, and if that were not enough, a more calming 180 degree of the ocean.

What a wonderful city!
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3 comments

  1. Bus 193 - Doreen Cameron (26 Aug 2016 - 09:10)

    Might be time to update the website. I believe bus 193 no longer runs. There is a bus 150, but I'm not sure where it culminates.

    When updating the site, besides having someone whose first language is English to correct the grammar, you may want to include a picture of that wonderful spot somewhere near the castle where we had a 360 degree view of Barcelona in all its magnificence, and if that were not enough, a more calming 180 degree of the ocean.

    What a wonderful city!

  2. Montjuic - David Cohen (31 Jul 2016 - 09:38)

    I find it disingenuous that no where in a Spanish web site do I find anything relating to the slaughtered Jews who were buried here during the Inquisition. Spain lines to whitewash these horrid events.
    To quote Simon Scharma in his wonderfully written book,"What still exists is Monntjusic, a nice park for tourists and once the cemetery of the Jews, hence its name. It's stones are scattered about Barcelona,extracted for the construction of this and that building in the elegant town."
    Come on Espana! Tell the real story!!

  3. Good Overview - B Dunning-USA (31 Aug 2011 - 09:45)

    This is a good presentation of the sites on the hill area. It could help to have a map display

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