Practical information on Montjuïc
Address: Montjuïc, 08038 Barcelona, Spain. Note that Montjuïc is a hill located in the southwest of Barcelona, Spain.
There are several ways to get to Montjuïc from Barcelona city centre:
Metro: The metro lines L1, L2 and L3 stop at Pl. Espanya, Paral-lel, Poble Sec stations at the foot of Montjuïc. You can then take the Montjuïc fucicular up the hill.
Cable Car: The funicular car connects the Paral-lel metro station to the top of Montjuïc hill. It is open every day of the week and timetables vary according to the season. The cable car at the top of the funicular takes you even further up the mountain.
By bus: There are several bus routes to Montjuïc, including routes 13, 50 and 150, which can be taken from various parts of the city.
By car or taxi: If you prefer, you can also take a taxi or your own car to Montjuïc, although parking can be difficult to find on Montjuïc.
Where is the Montjuïc in Barcelona?
Montjuic is a mountain in the city. A real breath of fresh air. From all sides, you have access to a magnificent view of Barcelona. The sides of the hill are covered with flowers, exotic trees and giant cacti. A magical atmosphere created by the luminous fountains of Gaietà Buïgas. Even getting there is a bit of an adventure. The cable car, for example, which leaves from the castle at the top of the hill, offers a spectacular panoramic view of the city and the Mediterranean Sea.
An ideal place for a Sunday stroll or for cultural visits in which Montjuïc is the setting.
Montjuïc is an emblematic cultural and sports venue in Barcelona.
Montjuïc Castle is a major point of interest and offers a military museum and a breathtaking view of the city. Just below the castle is the Palau Nacional, also known as the MNAC, which houses the largest collection of Catalan art in the world. The nearby escalators make it easy to get to the museum for those who do not wish to climb the stairs.
A short walk from the Palau Nacional is the Poble Espanyol, a village built for the 1929 Universal Exhibition that exhibits different styles of Spanish regional architecture. The Magic Fountain, located in front of the Palau Nacional, is a free and popular attraction that lights up in different colours to classical music.
Montjuïc was also the site of the 1992 Olympic Games. The Olympic stadium, the Palau Sant Jordi and the Olympic swimming pools on the hillside are must-sees for sports enthusiasts. In summer, open-air film screenings on the walls of the Olympic pools are a popular activity for locals and tourists. Take time to visit the Joan Miró Foundation, a museum dedicated to the great Catalan artist.
Finally, Montjuïc offers green spaces and picnic areas to enjoy a moment of relaxation with family and friends.
Montjuïc Tourist Route
Here is a small selection of places to discover on the Montjuïc mountain.
1- The Mies Van der Rohe Pavillon. Pavello Mies Van der Rohe ***
A visit to the Barcelona Pavilion, an emblematic work of the modern movement, is a must.
The Mies van der Rohe Foundation was set up in 1983 by the city of Barcelona with the aim of rebuilding the German pavilion, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) for the 1929 Universal Exhibition in Barcelona. Mies van der Rohe influenced generations of architects with his ideas on simplicity, clarity and harmony in architecture. His contribution to modern architecture is invaluable.
Today you can visit the Pavilion, which showcases the work of Mies van der Rohe and has also become a centre for research and reflection on contemporary architecture.
>> Practical: The red route of the Hop on Hop off Barcelona bus drops you off in front of the Pavilion at the CaixaForum - Pavelló Mies van der Rohe stop.
History of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion from 1929 to the present day.
The Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, also known as the German Pavilion, is a major emblem of modern architecture.
Its history began in 1929. Designed by the German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with the help of his collaborator, Lilly Reich, the pavilion was built for the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona. It was the German pavilion for this exhibition.
The pavilion was not intended as a home or workplace, but rather to represent the new Weimar Republic of Germany as a modern, democratic and culturally progressive nation. Its design is characterised by its simplicity, open plan, extensive use of glass, steel and different types of stone, including marble and onyx.
After the Exhibition ended in 1930, the pavilion was dismantled. However, because of its importance in the world of architecture and its significant influence on the modern movement, there was an interest in rebuilding it.
However, it would be many years before it was rebuilt.
In the 1980s, thanks to the initiative of a group of Catalan architects, a decision was taken to rebuild the pavilion. Architects Oriol Bohigas, Ignasi de Solà-Morales and Cristian Cirici oversaw the reconstruction. The pavilion was rebuilt in its original location, using the original plans and photographs as references.
Today, the Mies van der Rohe pavilion is a monument dedicated to architectural and cultural reflection. It serves as a point of reference for architecture students and professionals from all over the world, and also hosts events, conferences and exhibitions.
The pavilion's design has had a major influence on modern architecture, and it is often cited as a key example of the International Style. Its principles of clarity, simplicity and harmony have become pillars of modern architectural design.
A video on the life and work of Mies van der Rohe:
A video about the Mies van der Rohe pavilion in Barcelona:
Lilly Reich's collaboration with Mies van der Rohe on this pavilion
Although Lilly Reich was an essential partner to Mies on this and other projects, she has not always received the recognition she deserves in historical accounts, largely because of the predominance of men in the field of architecture at the time. However, recent research and studies are placing greater emphasis on her essential role and contribution to twentieth-century architecture and design. Facts that we are correcting today.
Lilly Reich (1885-1947) was a German designer who worked closely with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for almost 13 years. Their collaboration began in the 1920s and encompassed several projects, including the famous Barcelona pavilion.
For the Barcelona pavilion, Lilly Reich played a crucial role in the pavilion's interior design. She contributed her expertise in exhibition design, furniture and interior detailing.
Together, Mies and Reich designed some of the most iconic pieces of 20th-century furniture for the pavilion, including the famous Barcelona chair. This chair, with its elegant design in chromed steel and leather, has become one of the most recognised pieces of modernist furniture and is still produced and sold today.
Finally, Lilly Reich had extensive experience in exhibition design and brought this expertise to the project. She contributed to the overall layout, choice of materials and staging of the various elements of the pavilion.
The life and work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) is one of the most influential architects of the 20th century.
Early career in Aachen: Born in Aachen, Germany, Mies began his architectural career without any formal training in architecture. He worked in various architectural offices in Berlin.
Berlin period: In the early 1920s, Mies emerged as one of the leaders of modernism, partly through his role in the Bauhaus movement and his avant-garde designs.
Bauhaus: Mies was the last director of the Bauhaus, Germany's innovative school of art, design and architecture, from 1930 to 1933. Under pressure from the Nazi regime, the Bauhaus closed its doors in 1933.
Emigration to the United States: Faced with the rise of Nazism and after the closure of the Bauhaus, Mies moved to the United States in 1937. He played a crucial role in introducing and adapting modernist ideas in America.
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT): In Chicago, Mies was appointed head of the architecture department at IIT, where he developed his approach to teaching and designed several buildings for the campus, consolidating his aesthetic of steel and glass.
Post-World War II architecture: Mies became famous for his "Less is more" philosophy. After the war, his designs for steel and glass skyscrapers, such as the Seagram Building in New York, became emblematic.
Notable projects: In addition to the Seagram Building, other notable works include the Lake Shore Drive Apartments in Chicago, the Farnsworth House, and the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.
Later life: Mies continued to work and teach until his death in 1969 in Chicago.
Opening hours : Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. - last admission 7 p.m.
Phone : (+34) 93 215 10 11
Metro/Bus : Metro : L1, L3 Espanya - Bus : 13, 50, 61, 100, 193 Plaça Espanya - FFCC: Plaça Espanya
2- The Spanish Village. Poble Espanyol **
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!
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.
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.
Entrance ticket prices to Poble Espanyol
- Adult 13+: 14 €
- Adult 13 years and over + Audioguide: 17.5 €
- Children from 4 to 12 years old: 7 €
- 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:
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)
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) 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.
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 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.
Opening hours : Depending on the event
Phone : +34 93 426 20 89
Metro/Bus : Bus: 125, 193
5- The Calatrava tower. Torre de Calatrava
The Calatrava Tower, also known as the Torre de Comunicaciones de Montjuïc or Torre Telefónica, is an iconic telecommunications tower in Barcelona, Spain. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the tower was built as part of the city's preparations for the 1992 Summer Olympics.
The design of the Calatrava Tower dates back to the 1980s, when Barcelona was undergoing a major urban transformation in preparation for hosting the Olympic Games. The tower was designed to serve as a key communication point during the Games and to symbolise the city's modernity and innovation. It was completed in 1992 and has since acquired great symbolic importance for Barcelona.
Visit the Calatrava Tower
The Calatrava Tower has a number of architectural features. It consists of a slender steel structure with a characteristic spire-shaped top. Its overall shape is reminiscent of an athlete carrying the Olympic flame. The base of the tower is covered in white "trencadís" in homage to the mosaics used by the modernist architect Antoni Gaudí.
It offers a panoramic view of the city and the coast from its summit, providing a spectacular experience for visitors.
The tower is located on Montjuïc hill, a popular tourist spot in Barcelona. Montjuïc is home to a number of other attractions, including the Olympic Stadium, the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Poble Espanyol, the Joan Miró Foundation, the Botanical Gardens and Montjuïc Castle. The tower is therefore often included in Montjuïc's tourist itineraries.
Finally, the Calatrava Tower is often illuminated at night, adding to its beauty and making it a remarkable visual landmark in the city.
Metro/Bus : Metro: L1/L3 Espanya / Bus: 50, 61, 125
6- The Olympic Stadium. Estadi Olimpic *
Built in 1929 for the World Exhibition, the stadium was originally known as Estadi de Montjuic. However, it was renovated and expanded for the 1992 Summer Olympics and was then renamed Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys after the president of the Catalan government during the Spanish Civil War. The stadium has since been the host of major sports events, concerts, and political rallies.
Barcelona's Olympic Stadium new home for FC Barcelona 2023/2024!
Barcelona's Olympic Stadium is about to become even more famous than it was before. In addition to concerts and major cultural events, the 2023/2034 season will see the stadium host all FC Barcelona's home matches. The famous Spotify Camp Nou will be undergoing renovation work during this period. The Olympic Stadium will be Barça's new temporary home!
Soccer fans need not worry, as this stadium has all the qualities required to host top-level matches such as Champions League competitions and during the renovation work you can still visit Camp Nou
Barcelona Olympic Stadium capacity: the stadium can currently accommodate 55,926 spectators for sporting events and up to 68,000 for concerts. That's less than Camp Nou's capacity of 99,354 seats, but still very respectable!
The Architecture and Design of the Olympic Stadium Barcelona
The Olympic Stadium's design is attributed to the architects
Pere Domènech i Roura and renovated bay Gregotti Associati International. It is a masterpiece of modernist architecture, characterized by its elliptical shape, simple curves, and minimal ornamentation. The stadium is constructed of reinforced concrete and is designed to seat 55,926 spectators. The most distinctive feature of the stadium is the tower that rises above the main entrance, which provides a stunning view of the city of Barcelona.
The Sporting Significance
The stadium has been the venue for numerous sporting events, including the European Athletics Championships, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final, and the World Aquatics Championships. It has also been the home stadium of the RCD Espanyol football club and the Barcelona Dragons American football team. The stadium is still used for major sporting events today, and visitors can enjoy guided tours and even attend live events.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can visitors tour the Olympic Stadium?
A: Yes, visitors can take guided tours of the stadium, which include access to the press room, locker rooms, and the stadium's interior.
Q: What other attractions are near the Olympic Stadium?
A: The Olympic Stadium is located in the Montjuic Park, which offers a range of attractions, including the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Joan Miro Foundation, The Poble Espanyol or the Montjuic Castle.
We recommend a visit: The Olympic Stadium in Barcelona is a must-visit for history and sports enthusiasts alike. Its unique modernist design, historical significance, and sporting legacy make it a true gem of the city. Don't miss the opportunity to witness this landmark firsthand and discover the stories that have made it a symbol of Barcelona's past and present.
How do I get to Barcelona's Olympic Stadium?
There are several ways to get to the Olympic Stadium, but the stadium is not very well served directly. For example, there is no metro station near the stadium!
1 >> By direct bus :
Only 3 buses take you directly to the Barcelona Olympic Stadium: lines 150, 55 and 13.
2>> All public transport Via Pl. Espanya
The easiest way to get to the Olympic Stadium is in two stages, first going to Pl. Espanya.
How to get to Pl. Espanya
By BUS: Lines 13, 91, 52, 55, D20 and H16.
By Metro: Lines L1 or L3
By FGC train: Lines S3, S4, S8, S9, R5, R50, R6 and R60.
How do I get from Pl. Espanya to the Olympic Stadium?
On foot: it's a 20-minute walk with escalators.
By bus: take one of the 150, 55 or 13 buses.
3>> All public transport from Zona Franca
You can also reach the Olympic Stadium from Zona Franca
By BUS: Lines 109, H16 and V3
By Metro: Line L10
How to get from Zona Franca to the Olympic Stadium?
By bus: Line 13
On foot in 20 minutes.
4>> All public transport from Av. Paral-lel
How to get to Av. Paral-lel?
By Metro: Lines L2 and L3
How to get from Av. Paral-lel to the Olympic Stadium?
Take the Montjuïc Funicular, then walk for 10 minutes.
Opening hours : Summer (from 1st April to 31st October): from 10 am to 6 pm. // Winter (from November 1st to March 31st): from 10 am to 5 pm.
Phone : (+34) 93 426 20 89
Metro/Bus : Pl. Espanya >> Estadi Olímpic : Bus 13, 91, 52, 55, D20 and H16 // Metro L1 and L3 // FGC S3, S4, S8, S9, R5, R50, R6 and R60.
7- Joan Miró Foundation. Fundacio 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: an experience of light and beautiful spaces.
Among the trees, you will have 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 colors. It led him to explore and experiment with different art forms such as painting, sculpture, printing techniques, ceramics, theatre, and tapestry.
A central work is exposed in this permanent collection.
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 is an imposing star-shaped castle that has dominated the city since 1640. For two centuries, it has been used mainly to repress the people: repression of anarchists in the 19th century and a prison for political prisoners under Franco. In 1940, Lluis Companys, the very popular President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, was executed here. It is currently the only place in the city where a statue of Franco remains. It houses a military museum.
History of Montjuïc Castle in Barcelona
Montjuïc Castle has a rich and complex history dating back to the 17th century. It was originally built as a military fortress to protect the city of Barcelona from invasion. Over the centuries, it was used for military purposes and played a key role in several conflicts, including the War of the Spanish Succession and the Spanish Civil War.
One of the darkest periods in the castle's history is associated with Franco's repression during the Spanish Civil War. Many political prisoners were detained and executed here. However, after the end of Franco's dictatorship, the castle became a symbol of democracy and freedom.
Montjuïc Castle today
Today, it is visited for its impressive architecture, which features imposing military architecture with thick walls, watchtowers and cannons. Visitors can explore its fortifications and admire the military engineering of the period.
Inside the castle, there are exhibitions tracing its eventful history, with particular emphasis on its role during the Spanish Civil War. Visitors can see photographs, historical documents and testimonies relating to this dark period.
But one of the highlights of the visit is the panoramic view over Barcelona. From the top of Montjuïc, you can admire the city, the port, the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding mountains. It's a great place to take some memorable photos.
And don't forget the gardens and surrounding area: Around the château, there are beautiful gardens and green spaces where visitors can stroll and relax. These gardens also offer breathtaking views over the city.
Finally, Montjuïc Castle occasionally hosts cultural, artistic and musical events. Open-air concerts and art exhibitions are held here, making it a versatile venue for culture and leisure.
Opening hours : 1 March to 31 October, 10 am to 8 pm - 1 November to 28 February, 10 am to 6 pm - Closed on 25 December and 1 January.
Phone : 00.34.93.256.44.40
Metro/Bus : Bus: 193