Montjuïc Castle or Castillo de Montjuïc stands at over 170 meters above sea level and offers stunning views of Barcelona and its waterfront. This castle, once a fortress, is now a museum opened daily and with a 360-degree view of the city
Located in one of the hills that surround Barcelona, a trip to Montjuïc Castle is a great opportunity to spend a day out with the kids. The castle itself is worth a visit but the surrounding area is also a must. Within the castle you will find a small museum and plenty of space for the kids to run around.
The current design of the castle is by the military engineer Juan Martín Cermeño and dates back to the 18th century, when it was fully restored. The fortress was also used also as a prison until 1960.
Exploring beyond the castle
Close by to the castle there are several gardens and playground areas, including some giant slides next to the car park area that will surely delight your young explorers!
I also recommend you head to Joan Brossa gardens, a green space to cool down and with an exciting kids’ play area. It features a wooden, water and sand circuit, musical installations, a zip line… A perfect place to steam out some energy while you cool down under the shade of the Mediterranean trees. The gardens are open daily from 10:00am to 18:00 or 21:00 depending on the season.
Close to Joan Brossa Gardens you can also take a last pic of Barcelona from Mirador de l’Alcalde, a belvedere overlooking the city. From here you can finger point at most of the city landmarks such as Sagrada Familia, Torre Agbar, the Cathedral… This park offers a 180-degree view of the city and it’s designed as a set of beautiful terraces on different levels with a flow of gardens and fountains. An enchanting place.
Enjoy the ride to the hill-top with Montjuïc Cable car
For an extra dose of adventure, you can hop on to Montjuïc cable car. The cable car is a convenient way to get to the castle while enjoying breathtaking views of the city. It was first opened in 1970 and it has cabins that can seat up to eight people (strollers are also allowed). You will feel as flying above the tree tops while enjoying the views of the city through the cabin glass walls.
The price for a return ticket is 12 € per adult with a discountt for kids. Babies and toddlers under 3 go for free.
Castillo de Montjuïc practical information
Opening times: The castle is open daily. November to March from 10:00 to 18:00. April to October from 10:00 to 20:00.
Price: 5€ per adult.
Free admission: Sunday afternoon, 1st Sunday of each month, and children under 16.
How to get to Castillo de Montjuïc
By Cable Car:
Take the funicular at Paral·lel metro station (L2 – purple) and will get you to the first Montjuïc cable car station. From there you can buy a ticket to ride to the top of the hill
Bus 150 is probably the cheapest option to get to Castillo de Montjuïc but it lacks the charm of the cable car. The bus takes you from Plaza España to the castle in about 20 minutes. It also connects with the funicular at Avinguda de Miramar-Estació del funicular.
If you are renting a car of driving your own car, it´s possible to get to the castle driving. There is free car park space in the area.