A walk through nature and history
Montjuïc is one of the best places to enjoy nature in Barcelona without leaving the city. So take one morning, grab a camera, and take a stroll through the beautiful Montjuic trail.
The Joan Miró Foundation
The first stop is at the Joan Miró Foundation, the museum from the surrealist artist Joan Miró (though you'll learn upon visiting that he disliked being labelled this way). Apart from being about to enjoy his marvelous works, the Foundation has terraces and an interior patio where you can take in the colourful and surreal atmosphere that characterized the artist. The collection will transport you through the artistic life of Miró, from his earliest sketches to his masterpieces.
Right next to the Miró Foundationis the Jardín de Esculturas which means "Garden of Sculptures", also characterized by its surrealist works. The garden which as a Zen ambiance, is home to no less than 27 sculptures by various contemporary artists. This small garden is a paradise as it is little known and rarely visited, so you can feel free to sit down calmly and enjoy some moments of peace and relaxation as you contemplate the stunning forms of the abstract sculptures.
After meditating and having an all-round chill out, next door you will find the Jardines de Aribal or Aribal Gardens. Here you can enjoy a grand variety of plantlife, complemented by rock fountains, and jaw-dropping views of hte city. The gardens are especially famous for the Font del Gat, a restaurant that has a rooftop terrace at the heart of Montjuic.
Teatre Grec - The Greek Theatre
The pathway out from the Aribal Gardens leads to perhaps one of the most fascinating parts of Montjuic - The Teatre Greek, or Greek Theatre. It is surrounded by rose gardens and the ampitheatre plays host to a number of events, like the 'Festival Grec de Barcelona'. Walking up the stairs there is a path to the left that will take you to a viewpoint where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Barcelona.
Time flies here, which is part of Montjuic's charm. The morning will pass you by before you know it, but the zone has so much more to offer. Escape from the afternoon sun by visiting one of the icons from the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona - The National Museum of Art of Catalonia (MNAC). It is a beautiful and historical building that conserves the best modernist works from Catalan artists from the 30s, amongst other styles and temporary exhibits. Just in front you can enjoy a show from the impressive Magic Fountain of Montjuic by Plaça d'Espanya and far enough to the right you will be able to see the coastline of Barcelona.
The Olympic Ring
After a day immersed in nature, why not finish it off with a more man-made tour of the area developed for the 1992 Olympic Games. Between them you can find the modern Palau Sant Jordi, the former gymnastics and athletics stadium, which today hosts concerts and other sporting events; Calatrava Tower, an imposing telecommunications tower; and the Olympic Stadium, a modern construction with Renaissance details that's surrounded with beautiful towers of light making it all the more impressive.
After visiting all these wonderful attractions, why not climb to the highest point and visit Montjuïc Castle? It's an essential stop if you want to see everything the zone has to offer and you'll find plenty of breathtaking panoramic viewpoints over Barcelona. It's also very historic, representing the struggle of Catalonia over the past centuries.
Hope you have a great walk!