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Dear Travelers,

Welcome back! We’re excited to share another travel tip with you. Navigating big cities can be overwhelming, especially in the summer when the heat and crowds are at their peak. That’s why we also highlight quiet, relaxing spots where you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Today, we’re taking you to the summit of Montjuïc Mountain, which stands about 173 meters above sea level. You have two options to reach this wonderful spot: a scenic walk through a lush park or a ride on the cable car, offering breathtaking views of the city below.

At the top, you’ll discover Montjuïc Castle, a historic fortress built in 1640 during the Reapers’ War. With its strategic 360º views, the castle was designed for defense and remains remarkably well-preserved.

#Tip8: Discover Montjuïc, Bautista’s favorite place in Barcelona

Montjuïc offers the perfect environment for outdoor training. Walking up the mountain and exercising at the top, with a stunning view blending the cityscape and the seaside, will make your friends back home who train in indoor gyms green with envy. But don’t worry if you’re not much of a sportsperson! There are other enjoyable ways to experience Montjuïc.

Start by heading to the Paral·lel metro stop. From there, a train included in your metro ticket will connect you to the cableway. Prebook your tickets online, and you can hop on the cable car to capture amazing photos of the city while enjoying the landscape without breaking a sweat. With just three stops, the Montjuïc Cable Car is the city’s shortest public transport line, yet it offers the most breathtaking views. From its modern cable cars, you can admire the silhouettes of Barcelona’s iconic buildings, such as the Sagrada Família and Torre Glòries, as you ascend to the summit of Montjuïc Mountain. No matter how you choose to explore Montjuïc, it’s sure to be a memorable experience!

Once you reach the top, you’ll find yourself in an enchanting environment that will deepen your love for the city. The ancient walls exude a magical atmosphere; from this point, you can spot all the major landmarks you’ve visited during your stay. Be sure to walk along the 155-meter-long sea-facing wall, offering an impressive view of the Port of Barcelona. Seeing numerous cruises and containers will make you feel like a child playing with toy cars. Consider bringing something to eat for a picnic on the beautiful benches facing the sea or take a leisurely walk down the hill to the Mirador. There, you can relax on the green fields while enjoying the breathtaking views.

Take some time to visit the castle. In the mid-18th century, military engineer Juan Martín Cermeño remodeled Montjuïc Castle, which had suffered extensive damage during the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714). Throughout its history, the castle has served as a defense for Barcelona. By the late 19th century, it began functioning as a prison. In 1940, Lluís Companys, the President of the Government of Catalonia, was executed there by firing squad. In 1963, Franco inaugurated a Military Museum within the castle until its closure in 2009. Today, Barcelona City Council owns Montjuïc Castle, and visiting it provides an in-depth look at the monument’s past.

Few people know that in the castle’s moat, there is a sculpture honoring the meter, as it was at Montjuïc Castle in 1792, French geographer and astronomer Pierre-André Méchain defined this new unit of measurement. Montjuïc Castle also hosts exhibitions, concerts, and cinema screenings, particularly in the summer. You can check the schedule on its website to take part in a local activity there.

End your day perfectly at the Paella Club, where you can enjoy the best Spanish dish in town. We’ll wait for you there!

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