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Montjuic Mountain – The Magical Jewish Mountain

By Alex - April 26, 2020
Olympic Park in Montjuic

Montjuic is located in Barcelona and known as a mountain despite being only 700 metres high above the sea level. Montjuic gets its name from the Catalan meaning ‘Jewish Mountain’ due to the original Jewish community who had this place as their home. It is one of the famous attractions in Barcelona and is worthy of a visit for the best views of the city it has to offer. One of the must-see attraction is the castle of Montjuic. Don’t forget to plan a visit to the place and experience the beauty of the castle.

Plaça d'Espanya square at the foot of Montjuïc
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What is special about the place?

This place has been home to several events which were of historic importance. This Olympics was supposed to happen here at 1936 but unfortunately, Barcelona couldn’t host the world’s premium sports event that year. However, the Olympics came here in the year 1992 and bought a wave of fame to the place. All the facilities that were built previously were renovated for the Olympics and an ‘Anella Olympic’ or Olympic Ring of facilities was constructed, based around the renovated Olympic Stadium. This carried the Sant Jordi Palace sports hall, the Picornell Olympic swimming pools (named after a Catalan water baby). The Torre Telefonica Communications Tower, designed by starchitect Santiago Calatrava, helped to transmit the Games on television.

Magic Fountain of the Montjuic at Night
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In the year 1929, Montjuic hosted the International Fair which led to the development of the place and new attractions raised in the region. The fabulous Palau Nacional, a majestic palace is one of them. The palace is home to the National Museum of Catalan Art, the Font Magica (Magic Fountain) which is an exciting waterworks which flows to the tune of classical music.

What can be done there?

There are several attractions in the region of Montjuic which will be the best way to spend the time there. Below are the things to do if you plan to visit.

1. Olympics & Sports Museum

Opposite the famous Olympic stadium, you will find the Olympic and Sports Museum. The museum has a collection of Olympics memorabilia. The museum will be closed on Mondays and the ticket price is €5.80 per person.

2. Magic Fountain

Performance of the Magic fountain is one of the best things to see in Barcelona. It is right next to the Plaça Espanya metro station. There are many 15 minutes shows during the nights of Thursday to Saturday in Summer (Friday and Saturday in Winter). The dance of the water from 3620 jets with colourful lights to classical and pop music is an absolute treat to watch.

3. Joan Miro Foundation

This foundation felicitates the life and works of Joan Miro, the famous Catalan artist. It is an abode to almost 14000 of his works. This is one of the places you shouldn’t miss if you are an art lover. This lovely site is open on all days except for Mondays. The ticket price is €13 per person.

4. Teatre Grec

This amphitheatre, also known as the Greek theatre, is a great place to visit with family and children. The Greek theatre Gardens are one of the most decorated places in Barcelona. To the addition of a great place to hang out, it is also popular for hosting al fresco performances throughout the year, most reputably at the Grec Festival.

5. Poble Espanyol

This mock Spanish village reflects the Spanish culture and art. It is a living museum which includes traditional artisan shops, restaurants, bars and even nightclubs. The ticket cost is €12.60 per person.

Overall, the Montjuic Mountain is an attraction with diverse things to experience. If you wish to experience the Catalan culture by travelling to the wonderful city of Barcelona, Click here to make your wish a reality with Pickyourtrail. Unwrap your very own Spanish treat! 

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