Montjuïc is a beautiful part of town, sometimes forgotten by visitors, so today I want to show you around the area and see everything you can do in this part of town. I love visiting my own city so once in a while I take some time to rediscover a different Barcelona.
You can get up to Montjuïc with the Funicular of Montjuïc and we will walk towards the Montjüic Castle. The castle has now an entrance fee of 4 euros if you wish to visit it in the inside. It is a pity because it used to be for free not that long ago, but still, if you don't want to pay the fee you can see it from the outside.
Montjuïc Castle is a municipal facility located 170 metres above sea level on top of Barcelona's Montjuïc mountain. The castle is an old military fortress with a long history and has been testimony of one of the saddest chapters of Catalan history when the president of la Generalitat, Lluis Companys was executed in 1940 under the Franco regime.
The castle remained a military prison until 1960 when it was given back to the city under the administration of the army. It was refurbished to be a military museum that Franco inaugured. In 2007, not that long ago the Castle finally was transferred to Barcelona city and recognised as a property of all the Barcelonese.
Barcelona coast views from Camí del Mar in Montjuïc
There is a path that goes around the castle and you will see amazing views of the city from it, the sea and the harbour, the name is Camí del Mar, you will see the signs to follow it.
The path goes around the fortress, the Montjuïc castle, the seaside and you will share it with bicycles, runners and walkers. It is also a very romantic place, bring your partner and see the city from above. You can start the walk from the mayor's viewpoint -El mirador del Alcalde-.
There is a place in the path that you need to choose to go back to the mayor's viewpoint or continue to the Migdia viewpoint. If you keep on walking towards the Migdia viewpoint you will find La Caseta de Migdia, a bar with some tables and a barbacue. Take a seat and enjoy a fresh beer or a full barbacue with catalan sausage, chicken, toasted bread and a salad for less than 15 euros per person.
If you follow the path you will get the view point called: Mirador del Migdia and you can decide where to go next now, whether to the Botanical gardens, the Olimpic stadium or painter Miró's foundation. It is the perfect landscape for a picnic and also to save some pennies in the expensive Barcelona, if you plan in advance and take some sandwiches it is a great place to sit down and enjoy the views will having lunch.
To get to Montjuïc, you can take de Telefèric de Montjuïc and stop at Castell de Montjuïc or take the bus 150 and stop at Can Valero/Passeg del mig dia. If you take the bus you need to go down the mountain through el Passeig del Migdia and get into the parking lot in el molí street.
You will find here two more options to do in the area: a more detailed
itinerary around Montjuic and Poble Espanyol and a cultural option, to visit the
307 Civil War Refuge that is located in the area.
A day in Hotel Miramar and Restaurant Miramar
In order to explore the are better, we stayed a night in Hotel Miramar, find a map of the area here. When I was little my mum used to tell me that in the Hotel building is where the Catalan television used to be years ago. It is part of the transformation of the city, the hotel Miramar now is a 5 star hotel that has all the services of a luxury hotel in Barcelona in an excellent location. We stayed in a Suite with a lovely terrace.
The hotel is very much recommended if you want to stay in town but away from the crowd, I loved their relaxing swimming pool and the terrace in the restaurant where breakfast is served overlooking the plaça de l'Armada.
For a romantic dinner, you can't miss Restaurant Miramar, an all times classic to have dinner with amazing views of Barcelona. Lovely welcome with a glass of rosée cava and an aperitif while watching the sun go down through the glass windows. We had very good quality food, my rice with lobster was amazing and my parter had a savory steak, all washed down with great Mas Comtal wine.
We made our reservation through el tenedor, and we got 40% off our final bill, with the discount the price is around 20 euros per person if no wine is ordered, depending on your choices but an affordable price for a special night with this magnificent views.
I hope you have enjoyed Montjuïc, it is a beautiful area with lots of things to discover.
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