Montjuïc Castle - Castell de Montjuïc in Barcelona

  • Castell de Montjuïc

    Castell de Montjuïc

  • Castell de Montjuïc

    Castell de Montjuïc

  • Castell de Montjuïc

    Castell de Montjuïc


Montjuïc Castle is an imposing star-shaped castle that has dominated the city since 1640. For two centuries, it has been used mainly to repress the people: repression of anarchists in the 19th century and a prison for political prisoners under Franco. In 1940, Lluis Companys, the very popular President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, was executed here. It is currently the only place in the city where a statue of Franco remains. It houses a military museum.

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History of Montjuïc Castle in Barcelona

Montjuïc Castle has a rich and complex history dating back to the 17th century. It was originally built as a military fortress to protect the city of Barcelona from invasion. Over the centuries, it was used for military purposes and played a key role in several conflicts, including the War of the Spanish Succession and the Spanish Civil War.

One of the darkest periods in the castle's history is associated with Franco's repression during the Spanish Civil War. Many political prisoners were detained and executed here. However, after the end of Franco's dictatorship, the castle became a symbol of democracy and freedom.


Montjuïc Castle today

Today, it is visited for its impressive architecture, which features imposing military architecture with thick walls, watchtowers and cannons. Visitors can explore its fortifications and admire the military engineering of the period.

Inside the castle, there are exhibitions tracing its eventful history, with particular emphasis on its role during the Spanish Civil War. Visitors can see photographs, historical documents and testimonies relating to this dark period.

But one of the highlights of the visit is the panoramic view over Barcelona. From the top of Montjuïc, you can admire the city, the port, the Mediterranean Sea and the surrounding mountains. It's a great place to take some memorable photos.

And don't forget the gardens and surrounding area: Around the château, there are beautiful gardens and green spaces where visitors can stroll and relax. These gardens also offer breathtaking views over the city.

Finally, Montjuïc Castle occasionally hosts cultural, artistic and musical events. Open-air concerts and art exhibitions are held here, making it a versatile venue for culture and leisure.

Montjuïc Castle - Castell de Montjuïc in Barcelona

Avinguda del Castell, 08038 Barcelona, Spain

Area: Sants / Montjuïc
Website: Castell de Montjuïc - Barcelona
Opening hours: 1 March to 31 October, 10 am to 8 pm - 1 November to 28 February, 10 am to 6 pm - Closed on 25 December and 1 January.
Metro/Bus: Bus: 193
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for the lovely view of Barcelona
oLi (27 Sep 2023 - 08:00)
A lovely view of Barcelona and its port, but no real interest in the design of the building, which remains a military defence building.
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Last comments - 4 Jul 2024 - 08:02
Hello Dom, For a week's stay, a very smart pass is the City Pass (the most complete and economical) or the Barcelona Essentials Pass with two must-see monuments and the public transport card.. Best,
Dom - 4 Jul 2024 - 07:52
Best pass for one week stay?
Hello, I'm staying in Barcelona for a week. Which smart pass would you recommend? - 1 Jul 2024 - 09:48
Hello Jacqui, The Aerobus in Barcelona does not offer a specific senior discount for international visitors. Best, - 1 Jul 2024 - 09:48
Hello Colin, Yes, there are pickup points near Terminal 2C at Barcelona Airport that you can access. Specifically, you can use the express car park located in front of Terminal 2, which includes T2C. This parking area allows for quick drop-offs and pickups and is situated conveniently close to the terminal entrances​ . Best,
Colin - 1 Jul 2024 - 08:56
Picking up passengers terminal 2 c
Is there pick up points near 2 c that I can access and do I pay
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Hello Rebecca, As of now, you do not need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or a vaccination certificate to enter Spain from the United States. Spain has lifted all COVID-19-related health controls at its entry points for travelers, making travel much simpler in terms of pandemic restrictions​. Best,
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Do I need to provide proof of negative Covid test or vaccine in order to visit Spain (coming from the U.S.)?

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  1. for the lovely view of Barcelona - oLi (27 Sep 2023 - 08:00)

    A lovely view of Barcelona and its port, but no real interest in the design of the building, which remains a military defence building.

  2. perfect day at montjuic castele - LiliNH (18 Sep 2023 - 14:42)

    The guided tour of montjuic castle was perfect, with a guide who was really interesting and motivated by his work.
    I recommend this tour

  3. Castle of Montjuïc's timetable - Lydia (1 Jun 2016 - 08:46)


    - invierno 10 a 18 (a las 17:30 ya no entra nadie y se empieza a desalojar, por tanto es solo salida.

    - verano 10 a 20h (a las 19:30 ya no entra nadie y se empieza a desalojar, por tanto es solo salida)

  4. horario - español furioso (12 Jan 2015 - 09:30)

    Me podrían decir a que putas horas cierran el castillo, en una pagina dice que a las seis y en otra a las siete y de verdad no lo cojo

  5. Monjuic Castle - Manda B (23 Sep 2012 - 08:30)

    Lovely! Take the cable car and admire the great views!

  6. hill - I (28 May 2011 - 08:45)

    very beautiful. I definitely recommend!

  7. castillo montjuic - juan poere (23 Nov 2010 - 02:55)

    ya no hay ninguna estatua de franco

  8. c tro bien - le kikou (11 Feb 2008 - 13:31)

    c cool

  9. montjuic c bo - maeva la blonde (11 Oct 2007 - 17:52)

    barcelone c'est a visité et il fo plus d'1 weekend pour le faire et surtout visité le port et l'aquarium et montjuicet faite un barcelone by night ( barcelone en plein nuit ) c'est super beau !!!!

  10. Montjuic Castle - ME (20 Sep 2006 - 00:25)

    A great place to visit. TRUST ME!

  11. montjuic - me (4 Apr 2006 - 20:26)


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