The views of Barcelona from Montjuic Castle is stunningly marvelous. Situated on the top of the Montjuic hill overlooking Barcelona, Castle Montjuic is an epitome of the resilience of Barcelona against the oppressions and invasions. Yet, it is also a monument of the victory of Spain over Catalan some 350 years ago. The victory is in the walls of the castle, in its spacious verandas, and its fortifications. You can see it everywhere and it augments as you overlook the city sprawling right in front of it. The castle indeed has witnessed not only many years of civil war and unrest in the 20th century, but also the growth of the city.
Well, that was just a brief history of this place. If you are an avid traveler and you have stepped on the soil of Barcelona, you’ve got to visit Castle Montjuic for the following reasons:
Running for about hour and a half, the guided tours of the castle are a great way to get to know about how it stood multiple invasions and warded off all the oppressors at the same time incarcerating prisoners itself. Aside from the history, the tours will also carry you through all the architectural significances of the castle, its built, the stones used, and the amalgam used to bind them. If you have no time for tours, you can, of course, wander around by yourself.
The castle is also a vantage point of the hill and because of that, you can have a splendid view of the horizons stretching beyond. Standing on the highest point of the hill would be as if you personify the castle and look at the city below through its eyes.
Once resounding with the heavy thuds of the feet of the soldiers, the fortifications are now dotted with lush green parterre gardens. These peaceful gardens have perfectly masked the turmoil that this place once housed. Stretching across the abutments, the gardens have dotted the place with colors of the nature that are relaxing, pacifying, and alluring.
Besides the gardens and vantage points, the castle also has a museum that has armors of the past displayed in their grandeur. Observe them, imagine yourself in them, and feel the stifling air because these armors are nothing short of a stifling cage.
The castle hosts exhibitions and events. Some of them are temporary while others are held throughout the year. Among the permanent installations are the ones that tell the story of the Montjuic hill. Besides this, it is also a venue for the annual Sala Montjuic – an open-air cinema that even plays a surprise movie!
Castle Montjuic exhibits the same historical superiority as any other castle does in the world. It can be reached by either taking the cable car from Avinguda Miramar or by getting on the bus line 150. There is an entry fee, but when you are done with the visit, you’d be proud of your decision of having paid that.
Saving Tips in Barcelona
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I stayed in these two hostels in Barcelona: Urbany Hostel BCN Go and TOC Hostel Barcelona. I’d recommend both. They’re in good location and very accessible to the metro. There are also shops and restaurants all around the area. However, when it comes to comfort and amenities, I’d prefer TOC Hostel because the rooms are spacious and beds are sturdy. They have a nice cafe and a swimming pool, too!