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View from the Terrace of the Museu Nacional

Rising over Barcelona's south end, the long ridge of Montjuïc has always provided some much needed leg room for the city on the plain. No one can decide if its curious name comes from ‘Mons Jovis’ (the mountain of Jove) or from the ‘mountain of Jews’ for the large medieval Jewish cemetery once located by the castle. Its quarries produced much of the city's light coloured building stone, quarries that today shelter gardens offering a cool retreat from the hustle and bustle below.

Gardens on Montjuic

The hill's foyer is the Plaça d'Espanya, a main node of metro and bus links, although you can also arrive by cable car or funicular. The big hill has some of the city's best museums—the remarkable Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, filled with ten centuries of often extraordinary Catalan art, the Fondació Miró, the archaeology museum, and the CaixaForum, an art centre in a stunning Modernista factory. Montjuïc's castle has seen its share of often somber history (today it's a summer favourite for al fresco movie nights); the Civil War air raid shelter, Refugi 307 at the base of the hill is another.

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1929 International Exhibition

Barcelona would never be the same

Anella Olímpica

Ring around the mountain

Arenas de Barcelona

Enter the ring and shop your way out


The Bank of Culture

Castell de Montjuïc

The dark castle on the hill

Cementiri del Sud-Oest

The most peaceful place in town

Cruise Ships: Moll Adossat

The Gate of Europe

Fira de Montjuïc

All is fair by the magic fountain

Font Mágica

Aquatic boogie-woogie

Fundació de Arte Contemporáneo Fran Daurel


Fundació Miró

Going beyond painting

Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera

A prickly place

Jardins de Mossèn Jacint Verdaguer

Poetical and playful gardens

Jardins Joan Maragall

Royal gardens and the Palauet Albéniz

Jardí Botànic

In the Mediterranean zone

Jardí Botànic Històric

Historic Botanic Gardens

Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

Mies shows BCN something different indeed

MNAC (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya)

A Thousand and One years of Catalan art

Montjuïc Cable Car

Float up to the summit of Montjuïc

Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya

Archaeology Museum of Catalunya

Museu de Cultures del Món, Parc Montjuïc

Mangas and shrunken heads

Museu Olimpic i de l'Esport

Race against Carl Lewis

Plaça d'Espanya

Monjuïc's foyer

Poble Espanyol

Fake is better than real

Port Cable Car

Vertigo sufferers, abstain!

Sala Montjuïc

Film and Music Festival in a Moat

Teatre Grec and Around

Outdoor Theatre and Gardens

Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Images by David Davis, Juanedc