Standing on a vantage point 173 metres above the port, Montjuïc Castle commands stunning views of the city. Now a peaceable 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.
The top of Montjuïc is the ideal place for a bastion of defence, with 360º views of the city below. However, this military enclave wasn’t built until the Reapers’ War in 1640. In 1652, the fortress, which stands on the site of a watchtower, came under royal ownership and, some 50 years later, was one of the key defence points in the War of the Spanish Succession, between 1705 and 1714.
In the middle of the 18th century, the military engineer, Juan Martín Cermeño, was commissioned to restore the castle which had been badly damaged during the war, and its current appearance dates from this time. The castle has launched bombing raids on the city on a number of occasions and it has also been used as a prison. On 15th October 1940, the president of the Catalan government, Lluís Companys, was executed by firing squad at the castle. The castle was used as a military prison until 1960 when it was given back to the city and used as an army base. Three years later, Franco opened a weapons museum in the castle. In 2007, the castle came under the ownership of Barcelona City Council and, as a result, now belongs to all the citizens of Barcelona.
Phone: 932 564 445
How to get there: Bus 193.| Telefèric Montjuïc, stop Castell.
Web site: www.bcn.cat/castelldemontjuic
From 1st April to 30th September: Monday to Sunday from 9am to 9pm.
- Anella Olímpica de Montjuïc
- Castell de Montjuïc
- Montjuïc Cemetery
- El Poble Espanyol
- Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
- Montjuïc lighthouse
- Font Màgica
- The monumental fountain in the Plaça Espanya
- Fundació Fran Daurel
- Fundació Joan Miró
- Jardí Botànic de Barcelona
- La Ciutat del Teatre
- Mirador de l'Alcalde
- Mural de les Olles (Pot Mural), Frederic Amat
- Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya
- Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya
- Museu Olímpic i de l'Esport Joan A. Samaranch
- Palau Sant Jordi
- Pavelló Mies van der Rohe
Families, couples, globetrotters and businesspeople… You'll feel right at home at any of Barcelona's 300 hotels, whatever your budget or the reason for your visit.
The Catalan capital is also a culinary capital: prestigious chefs serve up our traditional cuisine and the flavours from around the world. Can you decide on one?
You'll find the magic of shopping as you experience the city. Discover a thrilling form of sightseeing: walking from shop to shop.
Tourist brochures to discover the places of interest, the museums, the cultural activities and the best suggestions for visiting the city.