Montjuïc is a 173 meters hill that looks out over the old city and the old harbour of Barcelona. It has numerous facets, historic as well as cultural, of enjoyment or also sportive. These are the main attractions of this symbolic hill :
Plaça Espanya : Built for the universal exhibition of 1929, it’s the second biggest square of Spain, right after the Plaza de España in Madrid.
Arenas shopping centre of Barcelona : The shopping centre opened in 2011 in the building that is actually the old bullring of Barcelona, where bullfighting was forbidden in 2010.
Montjuïc’s castle : It’s the oldest building of the hill and dates from the 17th century. It is now a military museum after the Spanish Civil War in 1939. It is also a symbol of the Catalan oppression under the tiranny because there, the president of the Generalitat, Lluís Companys, was shot on 15th October in 1940.
The Olympic Stadium : The Olympic Stadium was built actually in 1929 for the universal exhibition, and then renovated for the Olympic Games in 1992.
Palau Sant Jordi : It is one of the most spectacular buildings that was built for the Olympic Games with a capacity of 17’000 people. Today, it is one of the biggest theatre of Barcelona.
Calatrava Tower: It is one of the symbols of the Olympic Games of 1992.
Poble Espanyol : Built in 1929 for the universal exhibition, the Poble Espanyol (42’000 m2) was designed by Josep Puig i Cadafalch (Catalan architect). The idea was to build a village in which all the main characteristics of the most important cities in Spain (hence its name “Spanish town”). Despite the fact that it was intended to be there for 6 months only (just during the exhibiton), it was so successful that it still carries on today. Now it is a home-made center, a contemporary art museum of architecture, it has a theatre, discotheques, restaurants, and it also welcomes events like concerts, etc.
Montjuïc’s cemetery : Built on the mountain in front of the sea, this big necropolis in Barcelona has some works of funeral architecture that are of big value. Built in 1883, it occupies an area of 56 hectares and has a lot of funeral works of artists of the region. In this cemetery some important celebrities of Barcelona are buried, for example Joan Miró or Joan Gamper, Barcelona FC founder. Two excursions are organised, an artistic one and a historic one.
Open-air cinema at the castle (Sala Montjuïc) : From the end of June until the middle of August concerts and outdoor film sessions take place down the castle, an original way to enjoy Barcelona’s hot nights.