Montjuïc is one of the lush green gardens of the city of Barcelona and one of its best viewpoints. This place visited by the vast majority of tourist who came to the city, as well as locals, who are attracted by the large amount of history, gardens, museums, cultural facilities and Olympic facilities makes it a unique place. The imposing hill that it occupies from the neighborhood of Sants looks towards the port and offers an impressive vantage point for the landscape of the city. And what’s more, it’s located just minutes walk from HelloBCN Hostel.
Standing on a vantage point 173 metres above the port, Montjuïc Castle commands stunning views of the city. Now a peaceful place, the memory of this fortress endures in Barcelona as a symbol of repression but also of the city’s struggles during different periods in its history. It has a fascinating history by its very nature as a fort is full of battles, architectural renovations, and politics. The top of Montjuïc is ideal place with 360º views, both of the coastline and other points in the city, which makes it one of the most amazing viewpoints in Barcelona. This beautiful castle is open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm that also includes public holidays. Ticket is €5 but you can also visit for free on the first Sunday of the month or every Sunday after 3pm.
Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium is a sports arena that was constructed in 1927 and was the main stadium for the 1992 Summer Olympics. The stadium is on Montjuïc hill which overlooks Barcelona from the south of the city. If you are arriving to Barcelona by air, then you will probably pass Montjuïc mountain on your way to the center of Barcelona. The Olympic Stadium is open in the summer, daily from 10am to 8pm and in the winter, daily from 10am to 6pm. Good news is that admission to the Olympic Stadium is free.
The Barcelona swimming pool has one of best swimming pool views in the world. It is only open to the public in July and August. The Olympic diving and swimming pool has a seating capacity of 4.100 spectators and the panoramic views of the city provide a unique backdrop for diving events. There are no sun-beds or deck chairs for sunbathing so bring a thick towel to lie on. There is a small cafe with chairs and tables that serves refreshments. Pool is open only from end of the June till beginning of September. It’s open every day, from Monday to Sunday 11am till 6:30pm. Price for pool is €6.50.
El Pueblo Español is an open-air architectural museum located on the mountain of Montjuïc in the city of Barcelona (Spain), a few meters from the Magic Fountains of Montjuïc. Created for an international exposition in 1929, this is a village showing different architectural aspects of Spain. It is a museum that offers contemporary art, architecture, crafts and gastronomy. It is a Spanish village with an open-air museum comprising of full scale replicas of 117 buildings from all over Spain, including Castile, Andalucia, and the Basque Country, as well as, of course, Catalonia. The village also has to offers restaurants and cafés, and even the occasional flamenco show. As far as ticket prices goes you should look it up on the official web page.
The largest ornamental fountain in Barcelona created in 1929 on the occasion of l’Exposició Internacional offers us a show that combines music, water movement and colorful light games with more than 50 variations. One of the most popular attractions in Barcelona, Font Mágica comprises of waterfalls and ponds which display color, light, motion, music and water acrobatics to create, as the name suggests, a truly magical show. The show lasts about half an hour and it’s for free.
After a busy day exploring Montjuic, nothing is better than relaxing with a nice cold beer in La Caseta, a simple bar with great views – a very special retreat located in the Mirador del Migdia, just minutes from the craziness that is Barcelona.