Montjuïc Castle, a 17th-century hilltop fortress, offers visitors amazing views of Barcelona, its harbor and industrial port.
Originally constructed as a fortification for an 11th-century watchtower, the castle has been a strategic defense during times of conflict. And, in more recent years, has served as a prison and site for executions.
Today Montjuïc Castle, the entrance to which is via a stone bridge and draw bridge,
crossing a manicured moat,
serves as a historical museum and presents a number of exhibitions including a four-part history of the hill and fortifications.
This exhibit is supplemented by displays of archaeological artifacts, architectural items, photographs,
and antique weapons.
Your visit also allows access to the central parade ground,
upper terrace, and dungeons.
You’re free to wander the grounds, through the various tunnels and along the bastions and parapets,
where you’ll see artillery pieces from various military conflicts,
a central watchtower dating to the 18th century and featuring two sun dials,
and in the Citrus Garden, a statue of the Drummer of El Bruc (El Timbaler del Bruc) by Catalan sculptor Frederic Marès.
One of the best times to visit Montjuïc Castle is in the late afternoon. The views can be particularly stunning as the sun drops lower in the sky.
Montjuic Castle is located at Ctra. de Montjuïc.Get there by bus (#150: Montjuïc Castle)