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Montjuïc Hill: Nature and Art in the Heart of Barcelona

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COVID-19 UPDATE 06/29/20: The Montjuic Teleferico is back up and running today!

Whoever visits Barcelona can’t help be charmed by its artistic side, the splendor of its churches, and the energy that blows effortlessly through the city air – something that goes right to the top of Barcelona’s biggest hill.

This urban green lung is the closest escape from the city chaos and a must for any tourist.

Let’s help plan a day of exploration on epic Montjuïc Hill.

Montjuïc Hill

In Catalan Montjuïc can be translated simply as “Jewish mountain”. It was named this way due to the Jewish cemetery found there during medieval times.

The 184 metre tall flat top hill was traditionally the home of military fortifications, prisons, and the unfortunate execution site for political prisoners.

It was only with the 1929 World’s Fair that the area began to blossom. The once barren hill is now a space to walk around and take in some of the best panoramic views of the city.

Here you’ll find some of Barcelona’s biggest tourist attractions, art galleries, museums, some amazing gardens, and some important leftovers from the 1992 Olympic Games.

Montjuïc Attractions

Montjuic Castle

For centuries Montjuïc Castle was used to look down upon enemies and invading armies, until 1640 when it became a true fortress for Barcelonians against the troops of Philip IV (‘El Grande’).

After the War of Spanish Succession the castle fell into the hands of the Bourbons, who shaped it into the form we observe today.

From 1800 until 1960 the castle was used to imprison political dissidents or for mass executions. It was here that Franco tortured and later killed the Catalan leader Lluis Companys.

From the top of castle you’ll get another great panoramic view of the city and port that’ll leave you speechless.

  • General admission: €5.00.
  • Discounted: €3.00 for disabled visitors.
  • Under 16: free.

To book your ticket simply go to the Montjuic Castle website.

Hours:

  • November 1st to February 28th: Mon-Sun (10:00 am to 6:00 pm, last tickets 5:30 pm)
  • March 1st to October 31st: Mon-Sun (10:00 am to 8:00 pm, last tickets 7:30 pm)

Montjuic Castle is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

There is free admission Sundays after 3 pm and all day the first Sunday of every month.

The Magic Fountain

This is one of Barcelona’s most spectacular attractions, and best of all it’s free.

The music, light, and water show here has been dazzling visitors since the 1929 World’s Fair though it was really taken up a notch after a restoration for the 1992 Olympic Games.

A great place to cool off in the summer.

Poble Espanyol

In this mini city you’ll find a reconstruction of a typical Spanish town using architectural styles from each of the country’s 15 regions.

Here you’ll be able to visit the classic all-white alleys of Andalusia, take in the emblematic stone houses of Aragon, or see any of the marvelous monuments made famous in the region of Castilla.

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Montjuïc Cable Car

Upon arrival you’ll find the cable car station right next to the Montjuïc Funicular.

The difference between the two lies in the cable car being suspended in the air, much like a ski gondola, while the funicular finds itself on a track.

The cable car gives you an amazing birds eye view of the area during the seven minute trip.

You’ll enjoy the cable car on three stops:

  • Parc Montjuic – Fundació Joan Miró, the Catalonian National Art Museum, Poble Espanyol, and the Olympic ring.
  • Castell – Montjuic Castle, Botanical Gardens, Joan Brossa Gardens.
  • Mirador – all the green zones including Mirador de l’Alcalde and Miramar Gardens.

The cable car is not included in any of the transport discount cards but you can get the cheapest price buying using the button below.

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IMPORTANT: bus 150 and the Montjuïc Funicular are included in the Hola Bcn discount card as well as the Barcelona Card.

Open Air Cinema

Why wouldn’t you want to project the best films of all time on the walls of Montjuic Castle?

Not only will you get original version movies in English but short film fests, concerts, and the ability to picnic with your own food and booze. You’ll get more than three hours of entertainment for €6.50.

This seasonal affair typically runs June through August and listings and tickets can be found here.

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Montjuïc Museums

The Joan Miró Foundation

This foundation created by Mirò himself was envisioned as an artistic space that would guarantee a voice to contemporary artists of the area all the while hosting international exhibitions.

Here you’ll be able to see the different phases of Mirò’s craft and appreciate more than 10,000 paintings, sculptures by Miró and many others.

MNAC (The Catalonian National Art Museum)

This museum is home to one of the most complete romantic art collections in the world. It was born from the union of the Modern Art Museum and the Museum of Catalan Art in 1990.

Today you’ll be able to find more than 250,000 pieces at the MNAC divided into different historical periods.

Two real hits here are the Gothic section and the area dedicated to Catalan modernism. The museum is conveniently situated in the towering building in front of the Magic Fountain. If you decide to take in the show you’ll be rewarded with an amazing panoramic view.

The Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion

This building is also known as the Barcelona Pavilion and is one of the main works of celebrated German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It was built to represent Germany at the 1929 World’s Fair.

The beauty of this building is the variety of materials used for its construction (glass, stone, and wood) and in its geometric simplicity. For lovers of design and architecture this is a must.

Tip: the MNAC and Joan Miró Foundation can be had for 45% off using the articketBCN museum discount card.

Montjuïc Gardens

Jardines de Laribal

Probably the most spectacular of the whole lot. Here you’ll find a distinct Mediterranean feel with its fig trees, pines, persimmons, oranges, geraniums, roses, lavender, and rosemary.

From an architectural standpoint you’ll be able to see some very feminine statues, plant covered arbors, stairs, a ton of flower pots, and even a few small waterfalls.

Jardines de Teatro Grec

Right next to the Jardines de Laribal you’ll be able to see a replica Greek theatre from close up, walk through yet more arbors, and see a ravishing rose garden.

You’ll also find a spectacular overlook that faces nearby Sierra de Collserola, the mountain range just to the north of Barcelona that’s home to the largest urban park in the world – 22 times larger than Central Park in New York!

Jardines de Joan Maragall

One of the most beautiful of the Montjuïc gardens even if its not that well known. Here you’ll find regal style gardens with massive tree-lined avenues, amazing fountains, all sorts of ornamental sculptures, and big well-manicured lawns where you’ll be able to relax.

It’s only open only Saturday and Sunday.

Jardines de Mossen i Costa i Llobera

Here it’s a little like being in a desert, with more than 600 species of cactus and other plants from the world’s desert and subtropical zones.

From here you’ll have an amazing view of the Mediterranean coast and the port of Barcelona.

The Botanic Gardens

Spread out over 14 hectares is this garden displaying a collection of plants from all the world’s continents that share the same micro-climate as Barcelona. For those passionate about botany this is a place you’ll be able to go wild.

Here you’ll see the beautiful harmony of so many plant species from all over the world coexisting in the same place: from Australia to California to North Africa and the Canary Islands… a trip here is like a trip around the world!

Here you have to pay to get in. It’s €3.50 a head and free for minors under 16.

Jardí Botànic Històric

Not far from the Jardines de Maragall is this veritable hidden gem that’ll take you back in time to the peaceful rural life described in Greek poems.

There’s hardly a better place to seek refuge from the burning summer sun than between the rocks and shaded benches of the most fascinating gardens of the park.

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The 1992 Barcelona Olympics

Montjuïc hill was actually the main site of the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Today you’ll see the remnants of the events here all within the Anella Olímpica – Barcelona’s Olympic park. You’ll find it between the Catalonian National Art Museum and l’Avinguda de l’Estadi, easily reached from Plaça Espanya with bus 150.

Here are a few Olympic highlights you won’t want to miss:

Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium

This is Barcelona’s second biggest stadium by capacity after the legendary Camp Nou. Until 2009 it was the old home of Barcelona’s second football club Espanyol.

What’s unique here is the massive contrast between the outside facade (built in 1929) and the interior of the stadium which was renovated for the Olympics in 1992. Totally worth a look.

Palau Sant Jordi

One of the most important modern architectural works in all of Barcelona, let alone Montjuïc hill. Inside you’ll find it to be one of Barcelona’s biggest events centres playing host to concerts, sporting events, and more.

Montjuïc Communications Tower

This imposing structure was built by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava for the Barcelona Olympic Games.

It’s easy to spot this landmark for its protruding 136 metre height and its unique oblique shape, something uncommon with communications towers. It is meant to represent the Olympic torch being carried in an athlete’s hand.

Montjuic Map

It’s a big space so I’ve created a handy Montjuic map which you can use clicking the button below:

How to Get to Montjuïc

Bus

A standard city bus which to my knowledge is the easiest and most convenient method of transport to reach the hill. You can catch bus 150 from Plaça Espanya (metro: Espanya).

From here you’ll be able to get to some of the biggest attractions on Montjuic: Poble Espanyol, the Miro Foundation, the Olympic Stadium, the Teleferica del Montjuïc station, Palau Sant Jordi, and Montjuïc Castle.

The route takes 21 minutes and runs between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm.

The Bus Turistic

Barcelona’s hop on hop off tourist bus is also a great option to see some of the most important Montjuïc landmarks.

This option would be ideal for families with children, people with mobility issues who won’t be able to walk around the park easily, and for anybody who’d rather enjoy the sights and sounds from the top of a double decker bus.

You’ll find multiple Bus Turistic stops on Monjuic on the red line: MNAC, Poble Espanyol, Anella Olimpica, Fundacio Joan Miro, Caixaforum, and Teleferic de Montjuic.

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The Montjuïc Funicular

This can be caught from the Paral-lel metro stop (green line L3 or purple L2).

It’ll leave you on Avinguda Miramar where you’ll be able to visit the surrounding garden. Right outside the exit of the funicular you’ll find the Montjuïc Cable Car.

People have asked me about Montjuic funicular tickets but remember: these don’t exist! It’s part of the Barcelona transport network and accessible with any standard ticket.

Teleferico del Puerto

Also known as the port cable car – this method of transport can get you up the hill with an amazing panoramic view of the city. Just make sure you’re not afraid of heights.

The 1300 meter long ride starts in the port area and allows you to see Sagrada Familia church, the Barcelona Cathedral, Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s beaches, the Gothic Quarter, and much more.

It’ll drop you off at Montjuic Castle at the Miramar stop.

Cost: €11.00 single (€16.50 return).

More info here.

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Montjuïc Hacks

  • Make sure to bring a bag lunch or something to snack on.
  • Set aside an entire day if you want to see everything.
  • Alternatively, do a half day of a few highlights and have a picnic lunch with a view.
  • Time your visit with the sunset for added visual value.
  • If you’re visiting Barcelona with kids Montjuïc offers a ton of play spaces.
  • To avoid a big uphill battle make sure you start at Montjuïc Castle and work your way down.
  • Make sure your cameras and phones are charged! The photography from here is insane.
  • Avoid after a night at Barcelona’s best clubs – you’ll need rest because you’ll be walking a lot!
  • Bring a hat and sunscreen in summer.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Take your own water bottle – the prices are steeper than the hill!
  • If you’re taking the cable car get a one way ticket (cheaper) then walk down the way back.
  • At the entrance to every Montjuïc hill park you’ll find a sign with a small map of the area – it’s a great way to get your bearings and navigate your way through its many gardens.

Get at Me in the Comments Below

It has been a lot to swallow but did I miss anything?

If you have any questions about what to do at Montjuïc hill or anything else on your Barcelona holiday I am here to answer it in the comments below.

And don’t be afraid to join the Montjuic discussion by first giving me a like on Facebook and then joining my group I’m Off to Barcelona – here you can ask any questions, air out grievances, and chat with thousands of Barcelona travelers.

Anything goes!

74 comments
  • July 13, 2019 at 1:17 pm
    Aly Owida
    Hi Ash, I really like all your posts. They are very helpful and well detailed. Thank you. I just need some help/advice regarding the cable car. I am confused because it seems there are two different cable cars. So I don't know which one to take and also when and from where is the best to do so. I also would like to share my plan so you can give me an effective answer. We are a family with different ages (kids, youth and seniors). We will stay at Barcelona for one night to take the cruise ship and then stay another four nights after the ship. Before the cruise, we already rented cars and will drive to La Roca Village and stay there for most of the day. On the morning of the cruise, we will visit Diagonal Mar and return the car before going to the port around 14:00 for cruise check-in. After the cruise (we don't have cars and we are staying at Placa de Catalunya), my plan is to take the bus Turistic for 2 days. Since we will check-out from the ship in the early morning (7:00-9:00), we will hop-on the Blue line where we will hop-off at Sagrada Familia (without entering), Park Guell (I will take the guided tour), and Tabidabo Amusement Park (spend some time). We will hop-on the Red line on the second day where we will hop-off at Casa Batllo (without entering but we will walk around to enter the Egyptian Museam), Poble Espanyol (spend some time there), Zoo, Parc de la Ciutadella (to walk and enter the chocolate museum). I know that we can take the cable car while we are on the Red line but can't decide which one and from where to where. On the third day, we are planning to visit the Camp Nou (using public tranportation, not sure which ticket to buy ... may be a day pass) and returning to Placa de Catalunya to start walking and exploring different streets and places (La Rambla, Boquera Market, Gothic Quarter, Placa Reial, Placa del Pi, The Born, Raval .... not sure about the best order to do so). We also would like to ride bikes (especially the ones with several seats to take the kids behind me). Then visiting the Magic Fountain at night (show time 21:30-22:30). Our plan for the fourth day is to visit either Illa Fantasia water park or Port Aventure Theme park. We also have around 3-4 hours on the morning of the fifth day before going to the airport, I think we can explore the shopping streets (Passeig de Gracia and Portal del Angel). In case we missed anything in the plan, we can do it on that morning. Thanks again for your posts :)
    • July 13, 2019 at 3:50 pm
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Aly, Thanks for the kind words and being very specific with your itinerary... I can imagine it now! :) Let's see, there are indeed two cable cars. The Cable Car finds itself completely on the mountain of Montjuic and is used to get around the mountain. The other one (The Port Cable Car) goes all the way down to the port, near Barcelona beach, and has more of a panoramic view of the city. It terminates at the top of the hill and Montjuic Castle To me the better one is the Port Cable Car because it's more exciting and the view is superior... you could easily walk over to the port cable car from Ciutadella... it would take about 25 minutes or so. That said, if you're seeing Poble Espanyol you'll already be half way up the mountain so it doesn't seem all that necessary if you're using it for transport to Montjuic. My question to you then is... what are you looking to get out of it? A nice view? Transport? As for the transport... I would recommend simply getting a T-10 card as it gives you 10 trips for about 10 euro and is interpersonal. If you only have one day this would be optimal. Cheers, Ash
      • July 13, 2019 at 5:06 pm
        Aly Owida
        Hi Ash, Thanks for your reply and your advice. I am not using the cable car for transportation, I want to see a nice view for the city. My understanding is it’s better to ride the port cable car. Please correct me if I am wrong. Also it’s none sense to ride the montjuic cable car if I am going to poble España. What I need to know is what is the best stop (on the Red line turistic bus) where I can take the porte cable car? Is there a better option than Ciutadella (if we cannot walk for 25 minutes)? I also don’t want to miss something special on the red bus tour, so shall I take the porte cable car two ways? Thanks again.
        • July 15, 2019 at 1:19 pm
          ashley
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          Ash
          Yes indeed you're right... for the view and the ride the port cable car is far superior. You could take the port cable car to the top of the mountain and work your way down to Poble Espanyol on the other side, that way you fit in both attractions. I would only take it one way since the round trip won't really add anything to the trip since it's the same. That said, if there's something important you've missed on the red line it's fine to go back. The closest red line stop looks like the Museu d’Història de Catalunya stop... so I would get off there and do the short walk. Cheers, Ash
  • July 7, 2019 at 11:45 pm
    KK Yeo
    I just bought tickets for Montjuic castle for 8 July. Do I need to print any ticket or voucher to bring along or just showing it on my smart phone will suffice? Thank you
    • July 8, 2019 at 9:17 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi KK, I've been looking high and low for this information and I can't find it :( If you had access to a printer I would do it just in case... otherwise I am sure something can be worked out with a phone copy. Is there a bar code on the ticket by any chance? They should be able to scan it. Ash
      • July 8, 2019 at 11:06 am
        ashley
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        Ash
        I stand corrected KK! I just checked with a friend who had recently bought and on the tickets it does say that you can show them on a mobile phone. You're good to go :) Ash
        • July 9, 2019 at 7:52 pm
          KK Yeo
          Thanks for the info. Luckily I was able to get access to a printer so I got it printed just in case. Enjoyed the visit to the Montjuic Castle.
          • July 10, 2019 at 11:49 am
            ashley
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            Ash
            Great to hear! :)
  • June 25, 2019 at 10:35 pm
    Mark Rosenblum
    Hi Ash, Thank you for your amazing and very helpful site. I will be travelling with someone who cannot walk great distances and am having trouble gauging the walking distances on the mountain and plotting out a plan. Ideally, I'd like to take the cable car up from the port and then go straight to Jardines de Laribal and then straight to Poble Espanyol. 1. It seems like the cable car has 3 stops on the mountain - is that correct? If so, which stop do I get off at if I want to start my walk at Jardines de Laribal? 2. How long of a walk is it from exiting the cable car to get to Jardines de Laribal? 3. How long of a walk is it from Jardines de Laribal to Poble Espanyol? 4. If necessary - are there generally taxis waiting on the top of the mountain that could drive us from the cable car exit to Jardines de Laribal and then (if needed) to Poble Espanyol? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Many, many thanks!!! Mark
    • June 26, 2019 at 8:45 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Mark, Thanks so much for the kind words :) My first thing to say would be don't confuse the Montjuic Cable Car and the Port Cable Car... the port one naturally departs from the port and has only one stop which is at the Miramar Montjuic. From here to get to the Jardines de Labiral is about a 25 slightly downhill minute walk. If you're looking to see the castle this would be a decent option. That said, if somebody isn't good at walking long distances over uneven terrain you'd probably be better off taking the Montjuic Funicular from Paral-lel metro station because from here it's only a 6 minute walk to the gardens. From Jardines de Laribal to Poble Espanyol it'll be about a 15 minute walk. To my knowledge I don't recall seeing any taxi stands up there... but on the main roads they're definitely not unheard of. I would download the app MyTaxi or maybe count on asking somebody at any of the attractions to call one for you however since flagging one probably will be difficult. Ash
      • June 26, 2019 at 3:20 pm
        Mark Rosenblum
        Super helpful. Thank you!
        • June 27, 2019 at 10:35 am
          ashley
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          Ash
          No problem at all! And thanks for being polite and saying thanks... you'd be surprised how many people don't after I take the time to carefully respond :)
          • June 30, 2019 at 4:11 pm
            Mark Rosenblum
            That's a sad reflection on the state of our world today. Saying "thank you" is the very least anyone can do when another person offers free advice out of the goodness of his/her heart. We need more "good people" like you in this world. THANK YOU AGAIN!
            • July 1, 2019 at 10:16 am
              ashley
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              Ash
              I agree Mark! I remember growing up and getting kicked under the table by my grandfather if I didn't say thank you at restaurants... maybe it's a different generation and people (me included) have become accustom to having free information at their fingertips. That said, I try my hardest to craft individual responses and resist templates etc. because I feel that's what sets this site apart. At any rate... thank YOU! Any more tips needed, I'll be here.
  • June 12, 2019 at 4:44 pm
    naomi
    Hi. I am planning to go on Sunday at about 10am. Do I need to buy tickets for the museum before? Or if I show up when they open there won't be a line? Also, I'll be with 3 people, so the 4 of us I figured its worthwhile to take a cab - do cabs go up to the museum? Or Id still need to take something to get up to the top? And then walking down, is there a route you suggest that we see the most we can see? One of my friends has a flight in the afternoon so we've got to only stay about 2 hours, so I figured museum then walk down and pass by all the things you mentioned ... are the gardens free and / or what should our walking path be?
    • June 13, 2019 at 11:45 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Naomi, My first question would be... is it the first Sunday of the month? If so it'll be free all day but the online tickets for July, August, and September have already sold out. You'll have to line up and it could be quite awhile. For other Sundays the morning should be fine just to show up at the ticket windows... since it's free after 3 am on Sundays most of the crowd will be arriving in the afternoon so it's not likely to have any kind of line. Taxis can get you pretty close, maybe 300 meters away from the Castle. If you're looking to skip out on the uphill walk there it's a perfectly fine option. In walking back I would take a route that would allow me to see the Jardins Joan Brossa (my favourite), the Joan Miro Museum, and the Olympic Stadium, and maybe even Poble Espanyol. This walk will take about an hour and I've mapped it out using Google Maps here. The gardens are free and the walk will take about 50-60 minutes. Ash
  • June 10, 2019 at 2:14 am
    Ayesha
    Hi Ash Thanks for all the info I will be in BCN for only 3 days from afternoon of 30 June, and on a very limited budget - coming from a country where the Euro literally costs R17 or more. Since the magic fountain show happens on Sunday, I plan on taking the bus or funicular (which gets me closer to the castle?) to the hill at around 5.30 or 6 pm and touring the castle (hopefully the queues aren't too bad seeing as it's free from 3pm), then walking through one of the free gardens to reach the fountain by around 9pm to get a good vantage point. Is this a good plan, and if so, which garden or gardens would you recommend? Will carry some water and food as you've advised. Would have loved Poble Espanyol but too pricey. I intend rather spending a bit of money two days later to come back for the movie screening. Would really appreciate your guidance. Ayesha
    • June 10, 2019 at 10:43 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Ayesha, First of all I like your plan of combining these attractions and it's certainly a good idea to start at the top at the castle and work your way down. No problem with this at all, in fact it's recommended. The bus will get you considerably closer to the castle than the funicular (not to mention it's much cheaper) so I would take that. Just grab the 150 from Plaça Espanya and it'll take you within about 30 meters of the castle (at the 'Castell' stop). If I had to choose just one garden I would make it the Jardines de Laribal simply because, in short one short word, it's the most spectacular! Ash
  • June 7, 2019 at 9:15 pm
    Arnel Monzon
    Hello Ash, We were just at Monjuic this afternoon. We had no problem going up from Plaza España (escalators going up), but had hard time going back. I have limited mobility using a walker to help me walk, unfortunately, there were no one there to ask around if there is another way down than going down the steeps road going down and steep stairs. My daughters have to carry my walker down and my wife aided me going down the steps. But, the place was wonderful, we would not go back unless there were another way down than the steps of stairs and steep road going down. Thank you for all your info, but I guess you need to include more info for those who will be visiting Montjuic with limited mobilty.Once again, thank you.
    • June 8, 2019 at 8:51 am
      ashley
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      Ash
      Hi Arnel, I am glad you had a great time but sorry to hear how it all ended up :( I guess what I would have recommended in this situation was to get yourself to the funicular to get back down... not sure where you were at in relation to it but from most of the sites it's probably a 20 minute (hopefully lateral and not so steep) walk. I will try and add a piece to my article on visiting Barcelona with limited mobility keeping your advice in mind... thank you! Ash
  • February 25, 2019 at 1:21 pm
    Meera
    Hi Ash, I noticed that the cable car is shut for repairs. Any idea when does it reopen? I am planning to visit Barcelona between 9-13 March so I'm hoping it's open now! Thanks!
    • February 25, 2019 at 2:44 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Meera, This is the message I received from them a month back: We inform you that the service of Telefèric de Montjuïc will remain closed temporarily between February 4 and 24, both included, due to technical inspection and maintenance. Is it really still closed? It should be open.
  • October 31, 2018 at 4:22 am
    Sri Santhanam
    Thank you for a very informative site. What would be open on new year’s day in Montjuïc. We will be in Bcn for only 3 days over the New Years. Contemplating where we should spend New Year’s Day as many of the museums will likely be closed. But maybe some of the many gardens will be open. Regards Sri
    • October 31, 2018 at 12:08 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Sri, Typically shops and attractions have limited hours on New Year's Day and to my knowledge you can still visit Poble Espanyol and take the cable car up, two of the biggest attractions. Unfortunately the castle and the botanical gardens will be closed plus the fountain will not be operating. You won't get the full experience but there is certainly still stuff to do! Ash
  • October 27, 2018 at 11:43 pm
    CAMILLE
    Looking for your thought on a plan. I would really like to see the Magic fountain and I arrive in Barcelona on Sunday, eta 1215. I am staying in Gracia. I figure with transport, checking in and freshening up I could leave may hotel around 4pm. I was thinking I would be able to fit in the Cable car, Monjuic Castle and maybe walking around the area for a few hours before catching the fountain show. Planning on taking Metro for this, would I be able to travel from Gracia to Monjuic with enough time to see the castle before it closes at 6pm ( I am traveling in November)
    • October 28, 2018 at 5:03 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Camille, I would try and leave the hotel ASAP and if that includes hurrying a bit to leave at 3:30 it would be all the better. It should only take you about 45-50 minutes to get from the metro in Gracia (depending on which one? Fontana?) to the Cable Car and up to Montjuic You could then spend 45-60 minutes there and you won't feel totally rushed. Again though keep in mind that Gracia is a very large neighbourhood so depending on where you're coming from it could take a bit more time. If you're still confused shoot me your exact location and I'll let you know about the times. Ash
      • October 30, 2018 at 4:22 pm
        CAMILLE
        Thanks Ash!, I could probably leave earlier, I am just not sure about getting out of the airport and to my hotel, etc. My hotel is close the plaza del sol.
        • October 31, 2018 at 12:16 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          OK great... luckily Plaça del Sol is just a 200 meter walk from Fontana metro station on the green line. If you grab the Aerobus right away then take the green line from its terminus stop Plaça Cataluna (metro "Catalunya") you'll get up to Gracia in about 15 minutes then only have a 5 minute walk. In all you could get to your hotel from the airport in about 50-70 minutes depending on how well the connections go etc. Ash
  • September 26, 2018 at 6:49 pm
    Katie
    Hi Ash, Just left you a question on another post... I have one for this too :) First, THANK YOU for all your super valuable info. We have pretty much planned our whole family trip using your site. We are trying to figure out the best way to see Montjuic and then the Fonta Magica show with 3 little kids. We are staying out in Eixemple, so we'd like to do Montjuic and the Fountains in the same afternoon/ evening to save us the back and forth with the metro. Our plan (but please adjust/ advise) is to spend an a late afternoon/ evening to take the Metro to the funicular, & then the cable car and ride up to the castle. 3 small boys? Castle exploration will be a HIT! Then, walk back down, exploring the gardens at leisure, ending with the Olympic Stadium. How do we time & plan this in order to grab some dinner and then watch the show (at 9pm, correct?)? Also, anywhere in particular in that area you'd recommend for dinner (nothing too fancy, but the boys are adventurous eaters)... and of course we'll be needing some ice cream or gelato before the show as well. Thanks for any help you can provide!
    • September 27, 2018 at 11:02 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Katie, Thanks so much for your kind words :) Let's see... I like your idea for Montjuic and this is totally doable. If you're going to walk down from the castle to the fountains with a little garden exploration I would leave approximately 70-80 minutes so maybe leave there around 7:30 to be certain. It's a downhill walk and quite nice if the weather cooperates (it usually does!) so no worries about that. Unfortunately the restaurants on Montjuic are tourist traps and I wouldn't recommend much, and the pickings are slim. Usually Spaniards eat at around 9:30/10 pm so I would suggest going for dinner after the show... because you'll be in an area with more restaurant options. You could just bring some snacks along to keep the kids energized until then. For food in the area I recommend Plata Bistro or l'Amfora or if you want to walk a bit more Tasqueta del Blai (kids love the cool and creative pintxos and there are things for all tastes). As for ice cream on Montjuic I wouldn't know this only that there are some vendors selling the same types of ice cream you'd find at supermarkets so it's nothing special, and overpriced. Up on the mountain a lot of commercialization is discouraged so there isn't much option in this respect... I'd get the ice cream before you go up. About 300 meters from the station you get the funicular is Artico Gelateria Italiana which has some amazing options. OK! Hope this gets you in the right direction :) Ash
      • September 27, 2018 at 3:46 pm
        Katie
        Thank you, Ash! While it's hard to look at on a map, is the path from the castle to the Olympic Stadium pretty fool proof? I like the look of ALL of those restaurants. I think we'll try to eat at one of them prior to the fountains. Our goal for the week is to push the kid's dinner time to 7:30-8pm-ish from their usual 6pm. If we try to get them all the way to 10pm, when they are usually in bed, I think we'll have cranky kids all week. Plus, once they are all in bed, we can enjoy some Cava on our balcony! Thanks for the gelato recommendation too - we plan to try as much gelato and churros as humanly possible.
        • September 27, 2018 at 6:22 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Katie, It is very fool proof since there is tons of signage and also probably the most common walk. I wouldn't stress it too much. That's a pretty brave endeavor pushing kids' dinner times but hey it makes the trip more authenic, am I right? ;) No harm having the dinner around 7:30 before the attractions then... in fact you'll have the advantage of dining in restaurants that aren't very busy! Anyway, enjoy the balcony cava and let me know if you need any other suggestions, thanks :) Ash
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