Montjuïc: the cultural and landscape jewel of Barcelona
Surprise yourself with Montjuic treasures
The mountain of Montjuïc with 173 meters high above sea level is probably the area with the greatest concentration of cultural and landscape wealth in Europe.
An amazing environment that would deserve a whole week to enjoy and discover it in depth.
Montjuïc: a paradise for garden lovers
An incredible urban park of 400 hectares in which we can find large forest spaces and gardens that were mostly created on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of Barcelona in 1929.
Such as the Viver Tres Pins, the Mirador del Migdia, the Gardens of Joan Brossa, the Font Florida Park, the Mirador Poble Sec Park, the Spring Park, the Laribal Gardens, the Teatre Grec, the Mossèn Cinto Verdaguer or the Mossèn Costa i Llobera.
The visit to the Joan Maragall gardens in the Albéniz Palace is highly recommended. This was also built for the 1929 exhibition. It housed the representation of the Spanish Royal House, later it became the residence of the Kings of Spain during their visits to the city.
They are only open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays in the morning. In addition, from 11 am to 2 pm you can enjoy the ornamental fountains, designed by Luisa Granero in 1970. Access is free.
If you are a garden lover, you cannot miss the Botanical Garden of Barcelona. Located on a gentle slope of the Parc de Montjuïc, it puts within reach of the visitor a different walk in each season of the year through the vegetation of the five regions of the world with Mediterranean climate.
The garden is part of the Botanical Institute of Barcelona whose objective is to promote research, conservation and dissemination of the richness of our flora as well as respect for nature.
The surprising museum wealth of Montjuïc
The Joan Miró Foundation, the Museum of Archeology, the Ethnological and the National Museum of Art of Catalonia-MNAC are undoubtedly the greatest cultural attractions of Montjuïc. We also find temporary exhibitions of various kinds in CaixaForum, as well as the Joan Antoni Samaranch Olympic and Sports Museum.
It is essential to visit the MNAC (National Museum of Art of Catalonia)
Built for the International Exhibition of 1929, it opened its doors in 1934 as bringing together the medieval collection.
Later, in 1995, the new Romanesque art rooms were inaugurated and the public presentation of the funds was successively expanded, a process that culminated in 2004 with the new presentation of modern art.
The MNAC houses the best collection of Romanesque mural painting in the world and the most representative artists of Catalan modernism, such as Gaudí or Casas.
Gothic art, great European painters of the Renaissance and Baroque, for example, Tiziano or Velázquez, and the photography collection complete the background.
It is a museum adapted to all visitor profiles. We highlight their recreational activities combined with pedagogy designed for families with children such as the treasure hunt or the resolution of some puzzle through tests and riddles, very fun!
The magic fountain of Montjuic, simply spectacular
Located in the Plaza de Carles Buïgas, between the MNAC and the Plaza de España, and where the Four Columns of Josep Puig i Cadafalch were located, which were demolished in 1928 by the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera.
In 2010, they were rebuilt a few meters from its original location. It was also built on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1929 and took less than one year to build.
In the 80s music was incorporated, and shortly before the 1992 Olympics they were completely restored.
If you come to Barcelona, the Fountain of Montjuïc is a must see, you will enjoy a set of light and water games that will not leave you indifferent.
El Pueblo Español, an enclosure where to discover the most beautiful places in Spain
Surprise yourself with this open-air architectural museum located on the mountain of Montjuic a few meters from the Magic Fountain. El Pueblo Español is an enclosure where you will find 117 buildings on a real scale, from corners of Spain, with its streets, squares, relevant buildings …
You will also discover artisan workshops such as leather or glass and you can enjoy a wide range of restaurants and leisure activities.
In this post we have offered you a stroke of the most relevant attractions that you can enjoy in the MontjuÏc mountain.
In another publication we will expand it talking about the richness of its castle, the Olympic stadium, the cable cars and the Calatrava tower. They all deserve a new publication!
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