Visit Montjuïc Park in Barcelona: tickets, prices, opening hours

Visiting Barcelona? Don’t miss Montjuïc Park, on the famous hill of the same name!

An extension of the Plaça d’Espanya, Barcelona’s Parc Montjuïc is the city’s emblematic green lung, a 185-metre-high belvedere brimming with history, lush gardens, museums and sports facilities. Spread out on an imposing hill from the Sants district in the southwest of the Catalan capital, the park offers a unique view of the city of Barcelona, including the sea and the Old Port.

A visit to Barcelona’s Parc Montjuïc is a must, as it is steeped in history and culture. The site is very popular with locals and tourists alike, thanks to its monuments, its walks and its many attractions. Would you like to visit Barcelona’s Parc Montjuïc while you’re in Catalonia? We’ll tell you everything you need to know!

History and presentation of Parc Montjuïc

Parc Montjuïc

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Parc Montjuïc stands on the site where a Celtiberian colony probably lived before being invaded by troops of the Roman Empire. During their occupation, the Romans built a temple dedicated to Jupiter. Twenty centuries later, the park was laid out for the 1929 Universal Exhibition. But the civil war of 1936, lost by the socialists and anarchists to Franco’ s dictatorship, led the Barcelonans to abandon the site for over 60 years. During Franco’s dictatorship, Montjuïc Castle was used as a prison. Under Franco, Montjuïc Mountain was a strategic military post to control the city.

It wasn’t until 1992, during the Olympic Games hosted by the city of Barcelona, that the authorities decided to renovate the park and turn it into a more festive and joyful place, a place of relaxation for all Barcelonians. A controversy surrounds the etymology of the park: Montjuïc is said to be a linguistic derivation of « Mount of the Jews » from medieval Catalan, and a Jewish cemetery is located within the park. A visit to Barcelona’s Parc Montjuïc is a rejuvenating green setting where you can stroll to escape the hustle and bustle of Spain’s second-largest city.

What to see and do in Barcelona’s Parc Montjuïc

Parc Montjuïc

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Numerous gardens, parks and museums line the slopes of Montjuïc hill. Locals come here to relax, play sports and stroll through a lungful of greenery. So, what’s there to see and do in Barcelona’s Parc Montjuïc? You can simply climb the park’s slopes to admire the views over the sea and the city, and wander around, visiting the monuments as you please.

Visit the museums in Barcelona’s Parc Montjuïc: the Urban Guard Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Olympic Museum, the Joan Miró Foundation and the Catalan National Art Museum.

Then take a look at the historical monuments, such as the Four Roman Columns, Monjuïc Castle, a military fortress retracing an important part of Spanish history, and Poble Espanyol, a reproduction of several monuments from different regions of Spain, where concerts, shows and festivals are held.

Then visit the Montjuïc cemetery, with its tombs overlooking the hill (no photos allowed), and stroll through the many parks and botanical gardens, where you can smell the scents and see over 2,000 species of plants. To the north of the park, the Montjuïc Magic Fountain is a must-see. After your stroll, you can also take the Montjuic cable car to enjoy breathtaking views over the city and make the most of your day.

How to visit Parc Montjuïc in Barcelona

There’s so much to do, it’s hard to know how to visit Parc Montjuïc in Barcelona. It all depends on the length of your stay, as you should allow at least half a day to get the most out of the site! Whether you’re on foot or want to visit Parc Montjuïc by Segway, for example, here’s an idea of a possible itinerary in the park:

– From Plaça d’Espanya, start by seeing the Magic Fountain, the Four Columns and Place des Cascades along Avenida de la Reina Maria Cristina.

– A visit to the Museu Nacional d’Arte Català (National Museum of Catalan Art) is a must. This is the world’s largest collection of Catalan art, whose works trace all the artistic movements that have spanned the centuries: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and modern sections.

– Turn east to visit the Joan Miró Foundation – the emblem of contemporary Spanish surrealist art -, then take a stroll through the historic Botanical Gardens. – – Continue on to Montjuïc Castle, a museum dedicated to the former prison and torture center for opponents of Franco’s regime.

– Finally, visit Poble Espanyol, built for the 1929 Universal Exhibition, a showcase for Spanish architecture, craftsmanship and culture, a journey through Spain in miniature.

Good to know: For people with reduced mobility, Montjuïc Park is easily accessible by funicular. Its many museums (Miró Foundation, MNAC, CaixaForum…) are also easily accessible, but Montjuïc Castle is not easily accessible due to the many cobblestones and steep slope leading up to it.

How do I get to Parc Montjuïc in Barcelona?

Please note that there is no private parking! I therefore advise you to get there by cab or :

  • By metro: Line 1 (red), Line 2 (purple), Line 3 (green) (stop far from the entrance, not recommended)
  • By bus: 13, 50, 55 and 150 (highly recommended, stop right in front of the park entrance)
  • By funicular: leaves from Paral-lel station
  • By cable car: Telefèric de Montjuic

Parc Montjuïc opening times and prices

Times and prices depend on the sites and monuments to be visited. Here’s an overview, site by site.

Joan Miró Foundation

SCHEDULES

Tuesday to Saturday :

  • November to March: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • April to October: 10am to 8pm

Sunday:

  • November to March: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • April to October: 10 am to 6 pm

RATES

  • General collection and temporary exhibition: €13 (reduced rate €7)
  • Temporary exhibition only: €7 (reduced rate €5)
  • Free for children under 15

Museum of Catalan National Art

SCHEDULES

  • Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., October 1 to April 30
  • Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 2 to September 30
  • Sundays and public holidays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Closed: January 1, May 1 and December 25

RATES

  • Admission valid for 2 days: €12
  • Terrace/belvedere access: €2
  • Saturdays from 3pm, February 12, May 18, September 11 and 24, first Sunday of each month: free of charge
  • Under 16s, over 65s: free of charge

Montjuïc Castle

SCHEDULES

  • November 1 to March 31: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., including public holidays
  • April 1 to October 31: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., including public holidays
  • Closed: January 1 and December 25

Please note: the last visit takes place 30 minutes before closing time.

Poble Espanyol

SCHEDULES

  • Monday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to midnight
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 a.m.

RATES

  • Individual admission: €13
  • Audio guide (€20 deposit): €3.5
  • Video guide: €4.5
  • Night admission: €7
  • Poble Espanyol + MNAC: €26
  • Children under 4: free

Magic Fountain

SCHEDULES

  • April 1 to May 31 and October 1 to October 31: Thursday to Saturday: 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
  • June 1 to September 30: Wednesday to Sunday: at 9:30 and 10 p.m.
  • November 1 to March 31: Thursday to Saturday: 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.