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Montjuïc Castle (Castell de Montjuïc)
Montjuïc Castle (Castell de Montjuïc)

Montjuïc Castle (Castell de Montjuïc)

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1,436 Reviews
Free admission
Ctra. de Montjuïc, 66, Barcelona, 08038

The Basics

Standing more than 558 feet (170 meters) above the city, Montjuïc Castle and the hill on which it sits feature some of the best panoramic views of Barcelona, distant mountains, and Mediterranean Sea. Castle visitors learn about the turbulent history of the edifice and the city, from the Catalan Revolt in the 1600s through the Napoleonic Wars and into the 19th and 20th centuries, when it was used as a place to execute political prisoners. You can also walk around the surrounding gardens and see a number of renowned sculptures and the castle’s ancient drawbridge.

Barcelona tours that stop at the castle typically also include neighboring sights, such as Olympic Park (Anella Olímpica), Plaza España (Plaça Espanya), and nearby museums. Guided city tours—on foot, via bus, by cable car—are also available to get a deeper understanding of Catalonia, its history, and its tensions with Spain.

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Barcelona Old Town & Sky Views: Montjuic Castle visit & Cable Car in Small Group
Barcelona Old Town & Sky Views: Montjuic Castle visit & Cable Car in Small Group
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$60.18 per adult
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Wonderful Tour
Wonderful tour! We had a private tour and our guide was very knowledgeable. Also, the tour was the perfect amount of time. Highly recommend.
Lauren_R, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Barcelona

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Fun Way to Spend an Afternoon
Judith_L, Aug 2021
Barcelona Old Town & Sky Views: Montjuic Castle visit & Cable Car in Small Group
Our tour guide Jorge was knowledgable and just a wonderful person to show us his city. The walking tour was interesting and not strenuous. Montjuic Castle was fascinating and provided beautiful views of the city as did the ride up in the cable car. We also enjoyed Olympic Park and learning about the Catalunya area of the Barcelona.
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It was so informative & pace was set by us
Jen, Feb 2020
Barcelona Old Town & Sky Views: Montjuic Castle visit & Cable Car in Small Group
Our guide Fiore was excellent. Her knowledge & personality made our private tour the best of the several we did. A great way to start our vacation in Barcelona
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Barcelona evening tour
zoria845, Oct 2019
Barcelona Best Views: Old Town, Cable Car, Montjuic Castle & Magic Fountain Show
Fiorella is the Best had a wonderful evening that was very entertaining and informative recommend to anyone that wants to have a magical evening tour of Barcelona.
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Very good tour
jsenta1, Jan 2020
Barcelona Old Town & Sky Views: Montjuic Castle visit & Cable Car in Small Group
I was alone on this tour so I feel like I got the private treatment.... Nuria was great. She was very accommodating and knowledgeable. I enjoyed this tour a lot and would recommend it to first time visitors to Barcelona.
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Great tour, great guide.
Leonard S, Sep 2019
Barcelona Old Town & Sky Views: Montjuic Castle visit & Cable Car in Small Group
Barcelona is an amazing city and this tour really shows off some of the best the city has to offer. Our guide Patricia was great and as promised this was a small group so we had lots of her attention and time to connect and share stories. A few of the things we did and learned about wouldn't have been possible without our guide. We even followed up on a few of her suggestions after the tour ended. I would recommend this tour to others.
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Fi was amazing
Dyan_L, Feb 2020
Barcelona Old Town & Sky Views: Montjuic Castle visit & Cable Car in Small Group
Fi was an amazing tour guide - even when things were not going as planned (the funicular was broken, and then the bus broke down), she was able to accommodate us! She was very knowledgeable and took us to places we wouldn't have known to go on our own! Her restaurant recommendations were also very helpful. We felt that we were with a good friend who was sharing their culture, and that we were able to get special insight and access to places. Highly recommend! Thank you for an amazing experience and sharing your home with us! Dyan

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Montjuïc Castle is a must-visit for fortress fans and those keen on Catalonian history.

  • Admission is free on Sunday after 3pm and all day on the first Sunday of the month.

  • There is little shade atop the mountain so bring a hat and some sunscreen.

  • The castle is not recommended for those with reduced mobility.

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How to Get There

The castle sits in eastern Barcelona, between the botanical garden (Jardí Botànic de Barcelona) and the sea. Take the metro to Paral·lel station and then bus 150 to the top of Montjuïc Mountain. Alternatively, from Barceloneta Beach you can board the Montjuïc Cable Car, which drops you in front of the castle.

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When to Get There

Montjuïc Castle is open from 10am to 6pm daily, and to 8pm March through October; it is closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Crowds gather at the castle during the summer months so arrive early for the best views.

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The Mountain of the Jews

Since prehistoric times, the mountain of Montjuïc has played an important role in Barcelona life and lore. Most notably, it is believed that the southern slope of the mountain was the site of an ancient Jewish cemetery, granting it the Catalan name Montjuïc, or Mountain of the Jews.

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