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Montjuic Castle, Barcelona

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Castle Tourist Spot
The views of Barcelona from Montjuic Castle are expansive. You’ll see all the city's neighborhoods spread beneath your feet. A beacon of history positioned at the top of Montjuïc, the castle was once a military fortress but now acts as a municipal facility. Enjoy the gardens on the castle grounds. Plan to visit Montjuic Castle and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Barcelona attractions using our Barcelona itinerary planner.
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  • We travelled up to Montjuic Castle late one afternoon and due to time constraints decided not to go in but walked around the edge of the building. There are some amazing views from the ramparts and th...  more »
  • Great views from top of the fort on both city and it's port. If you have spare time in Barcelona I strongly recommend to go here. Only drawback of this place that in middle of June we were unable to f...  more »
  • Walked up from the Palau Nacional - don't do this, take the cable car instead. There is a splendid view of the Barcelona area, and the shipping port. The cable car journey is probably the best part.  more »
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  • The castle alone or rather the old fortress does not make a great impression, but the surrounding area is Great! The view of the harbor at the bottom is wonderful, and the other side is a beautiful view of the city. I recommend a roller coaster ride as it is not expensive and the views are phenomenal.
  • The view is great. You can easily get there buy bus with your public transport ticket or with tele cabin but you have to pay extra. Nice place to have a small picnic. I really enjoyed it.
  • Take the metro to the funicular railway, then the cable car up to Montjuic for some of the best views in Barcelona. The entry fee to the castle is very reasonable and gives an even better panorama of the city. One star removed because the castle toilets were out of order on our visit and by rights it should not have been open to the public.
  • Very good historic place! Entrance fee is not that expensive. I really appreciate the exhibit with movie, although I wish they expand it more for tourists to fully appreciate the historical context. Here I learned that our local Philippine hero (Jose Rizal) was also imprisoned here long ago.
  • A really nice castle that is all outdoors so you get a great walk while learning about the castle, when and why it was built the way it was. You also get amazing views of the surrounding area and all this for only 5€ (or 3€ if under 30). The teleferic (gondola) to get up is a little pricey but overall the whole experience was great and our little one really enjoyed running around in the castle.

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