Many places offer gorgeous views of Barcelona. From Tibidabo or the Montjuic Fountains you’ll get good shots, but to me the best place to take a panoramic photo of the city is from Castell de Montjuic.
A couple of days ago, I went to El Castell de Montjuic in Barcelona. Someone told me that the views of the city from there are astonishing.Well, that’s certainly! The trip to the castle is worth it for the view alone! Go there on a sunny day, and take good pictures of the city with no crowds around you.
How to get to the Castell de Montjuic?
The best way to get there is with the Teleferic de Montjuic (not to be confused with the Transbordador Aeri del Port or the Teleférico del Puerto) or with the Funicular de Montjuic.
If you take the Teleferic de Montjuic for just 7,30 € one way (10,30€ return) you’ll get one of the best views of the city while enjoying Sagrada Familia and a birds-eye view of the Agbar Tower.
Where to catch the Teleferic de Montjuic?
Take the Metro L2 / L3 to Paral•lel, and from there, catch the Funicular de Montjuïc
If you’re visiting the city by Barcelona Bus Turístic you’ll have the option of getting out of the bus at Parada Telefèric de Montjuïc
Buses number 50 and 55 will take you to Parc de Montjuïc
It’s open 365 days a year, with the following hours of operation:
- From January to February: 10 am – 6 pm
- From March to May: 10 am – 7 pm
- From June to September: 10 am – 9 pm
- October: 10 am – 7 pm
- November and December: 10 am – 6 pm
If you prefer to get to the castle by the Funicular de Montjuic, you’ll have to catch it next to the Metro stop Paral•lel (L2 / L3)
If you’re driving car, don’t worry too much about where to park. That spot is’nt very well known to tourist, so you’ll be able to park your car easily.
Once in the castle…
From there, you’ll enjoy 360º views of Barcelona. Enjoy looking at the Tibidabo, Sagrada Familia, Agbar Tower, Vil•la Olímpica, la Barceloneta, Maremagnum, and the port… all from just one place!
The castle is in very good conditions, but don’t expect to find a museum there.
When I first entered the castle I expected to find displays illustrating its history, but I found just a couple of them about the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1940).
The reason there are no expositions is because the castle served as a military prison until 1960 and a military museum from 1963, when the dictator Francisco Franco presided over the inauguration. In 2009 the castle was finally closed as the Montjuïc Military Museum and the authorities started working on its facilities and future exposition. Actually, the castle was closed from 2009 to 2011 when the Catalan flag was reset and the president of the Catalan Government opened again.
The castle was established in 1640 as a fortified defense against the Spanish. Later, on September 12, 1714, the castle was surrendered to the Bourbon troops. During the Spanish Civil War (1936 – 1940) was full of prisoners and became the scene of shooting that involved 173 casualities. The president of the Generalitat de Catalunya Lluís Companys was executed here on October 15, 1940.
It seems that in a couple of years, we’ll be able to enjoy some expositions about the history of the castle, as possibly. — others about the mountain known as Montjuic. The last group of expositions will describe various social and cultural activities.
Walk around the castle
Because the castle is in such good conditions and isn’t as crowded as, for example, Park Güell, it’s a fun place for a walk. Take pictures and enjoy a picnic there. In evenings during June and July you can enjoy outdoor movies while having a picnic. Catalans call it Cinema a la fresca.
Although I was a bit upset because of the lack of any real exhibits, I strongly recommend visit to the castle, as there aren’tt too many crowds. On a sunny day, you’ll be rewarded with espectacular views.