Have you already visited the Gaudi sites and the Old Town and want to see something else? Do you have a spare morning to explore other areas of the city? Are you looking for a lighter tour, enjoying the city views, walking around nature with maybe a touch of art or sport? Then this tour is for you!
When people have already seen the top city sites, they often run out of ideas for what else to do. And when I suggest to explore the Montjuic Hill, the simple mention of a “hill” sounds like too broad to navigate by yourself. And it’s actually not as tricky if you know where to find the paths that connect the sites there. And our guides do!
Get ready to explore the Hill that marks the Southern limits of Barcelona, and learn about how it has been involved in several crucial moments of our history, in this leisurely tour that also offers plenty of opportunities to relax and take great pictures.
The last part of the tour is customizable and you can choose between visiting the Miró Foundation if you are an art lover, taking the cablecar to the Montjuic castle or enjoy an authentic tapas meal.
Plus one or two of the following options:
Final itinerary and timings might vary due to many factors (your location and pace, your main interests, having a driver or not…)
In 1929 Barcelona celebrated its 2nd World Fair, and this square with an impressive fountain rising in the center of the turn-about, was the entrance to it. The gate to the pavilions was flanked by two towers inspired in the belltower of the Cathedral of Saint Marco, in Venice. Here you can also see the former bullring Las Arenas, now a shopping mall that has kept the original outer skin of the building. Contemporary architecture lovers will love to hear everything about how architect Richard Rogers planned its refurbishment.
In the area of the 1929 World Fair you can visit the reconstruction of the German pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe (a must for any architecture lover!), located across the street from the beautiful Casaramona textile factory (now an Art Center).
The impressive building of the National Palace, home to the MNAC museum is also worth a stop: the city views from there are spectacular. Note that this tour does not include visiting the MNAC museum as it takes too long, but it is possible to add extra hours on request to fit it in.
In 1992 another event took place in the Montjuïc Hill: the Barcelona Olympics, a wonderful success. The main sport facilities are still in use and make for a few nice photo opportunities, such as the stylish telecommunications antenna by Santiago Calatrava and the domed stadium Palau Sant Jordi by Arata Isozaki. You can also enter the Olympic Stadium and learn (or recall) how the torch was lit.
A bit further away, the Fundació Miró is considered the most important collection in the world of paintings by the surrealist artist Joan Miró, as it covers all his evolution from his youth to his death. If you are interested in art, we definitely recommend a visit if you are into art.
If you are not into museums, we can take the Montjuic cable car and visit the Castle of Montjuic, from where you’ll be able to enjoy some of the best views over the city and learn about the wars and dictatorships that have savaged the city in the past.
Another option is to take the funicular down hill to Poblesec and enjoy some tapas in a local off the beaten path bar. Or favorite is tiny and has no tables: only stools around the counter. But we can also walk or take a taxi somewhere else for a seat-down round of tapas.
It’s not easy to find taxis up in the Hill, so after visiting your last site you’ll descent either across some scenic gardens downhill or to the funicular, until you reach a busier area where your guide can put you on a taxi or give you directions to take the subway or walk back to your hotel or somewhere to eat.
This tour is perfect for people who have already visited the top Barcelona sites but want to continue touring. It works great for active people who don’t mind to walk and with a variety of interests. It’s also pretty child-friendly.
If you have walking issues or are traveling with young children and are worried about their stamina levels, you might want to add a driver.
* ATTENTION. Upon booking, you’ll also be charged for the tickets of Park Güell in advance, as we’ll need to book them in advance.
DURATION: 4 hours
Taxi rides, if any, not included.
Mercedes car or minivan upto 6 of you + guide & dedicated driver
OPTIONAL – Not included
ATTRACTIONS PAID ON SITE skipping lines:
* Fees given as an orientation only. Sites might decide to change them without notice. Discounts might apply for students and/or seniors.
Around €15-20/person on average, depending on the drinks and specialties you order.
We can only secure a guide for you after full payment has been received. Don’t wait until last-minute: we often book out in high season, and Park Guell & Sagrada Familia tickets sell out, too.
This Montjuic tour is:
|AVAILABLE||Monday through Sunday|
|SOME SITES CLOSED||Monday: The Miró Museum is closed.|
Recommended starting times:
|Morning Tours:||9AM: If you just want to see the Miss Van Der Rohe pavilion from outside and don't care for the tapas lunch.|
10AM to 11AM: To go inside the Mies van der Rohe pavilion, or if you wish to have tapas at the end of the tour.
|Afternoon Tours:||March thru October: Anytime between 1PM and 3PM|
November thru February: Anytime between 1PM and 2PM
If you wish to stay for the Magic Fountain, contact us before booking your Montjuic tour, to discuss your options.