Montjuic is the name given to a hill in Barcelona which is located near downtown, in front of the Port of Barcelona. We recommend you go to the hill and enjoy beautiful harbor and city views, as well as visit the various attractions including the Miro Foundation, Cable Car, Poble Espanyol and the Montjuic Castle, a historic fortress dating back to the 17th century. The entire family will enjoy this opportunity to get some fresh air and see the city from a different perspective.
The Sights and Sounds at the Magic Fountain of Montjuic
Another attraction that you will undoubtedly enjoy is the Magic Fountain, which is right below the Palau Nacional on the hill. This fountain was originally designed by Carles Buigas for the Exposition and is still used to this day.
You can see a light show and music at the fountains. Usually, the performances will include film music, or classical. However, be sure to check a schedule beforehand as the show schedule varies depending on the time of year.
Since the Montjuic Magic Fountain is an entertaining highlight that is totally free of charge, we frequently recommend it to tourists. Check the show schedule of Montjuic Magic Fountain here.
The Hill and the International Exposition of 1929
One of Montjuic's claims to fame is that it was selected as the host of the 1929 International Exposition. At that time, there were a variety of interesting additions to the hill. Many are still standing today, including the Palau Nacional, home to the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, the Olympic Stadium and the Magic Fountain.
Additionally, Poble Espanyol was created for the Exposition. This authentic Spanish village showcases interesting architecture and is very popular with tourists. Also located in this area is the Mies van Rohe's pavilion, which was originally built at the foot of the hill. While it was demolished shortly after the exposition, it was rebuilt in 1988 in time for the Olympics.