Sants-Montjuïc is a district in the southwest of Barcelona. Many of its attractions focus on the Parc de Montjuïc, which has museums, a castle, Olympic facilities and some great views overlooking the city. The district also contains the high-speed rail train station.
The easiest way to get into Sants-Montjuïc is by the metro. A number of lines connect the district to the rest of Barcelona. The Airbuses A1 and A2 first stop is Plaça Espanya.
- Eixample, Plaça Catalunya and Sant Martí connects with
- Les Corts and the Ciutat Vella. runs along the district border and connects the district with
- northern suburbs goes through the north part of the district, connecting it with Eixample and the
Afterwards, you can use further means of transport to get to the top of the hill:
- 1 Funicular de Montjuïc (Montjuïc funicular). M-F 7.30am-10pm, Sa-Su 9am-10pm; in Autumn, Winter it closes 2h earlier. Runs from metro to station (not far from Joan Miró Museum). The funicular is a part of the metro system, so the tariffs are the same.
- 2 Telefèric de Montjuïc (Montjuïc cable car). Apr, May and Oct: daily 10AM-7PM; Jun-Sep 10AM-9PM; Nov-Mar 10AM-6PM. Cable car from Parc de Montjuïc station to 3 Castell (Montjuic Castle): single ticket: €7.80, return €11.50 (10% discount at the web site).
- 4 Port Vell Aerial Tramway (Telefèric del Port or Aeri del Port). This aerial tramway crosses Port Vell, Barcelona's old harbour, connecting the Montjuïc hill with the seaside suburb of Barceloneta.
- Several bus routes go up the hill.
- From the funicular top station Parc de Montjuïc, walking by foot is quite doable - though esp. in the summer, it may be somewhat exhausting.
- 1 Barcelona Pavilion (Pavelló alemany), Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia 7 (Parc de Montjuïc), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Every day from 10.00 to 20.00. The Pavilion is one of the emblematic works of Mies van der Rohe and key reference architecture of the twentieth century. The famous German Pavilion was designed for the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition and reconstructed in 1986 on its original site. Its innovative architectural structure marked a radical change in the layout of space and greatly influenced the development of modern architecture. Furthermore, the Pavilion exhibits the Barcelona Chair, also designed by Mies van der Rohe, along with a bronze reproduction of Georg Kolbe’s sculpture Morning. The Fundació Mies van der Rohe veils for the conservation of the Pavilion. General public: €4,75; Students: €2,60; Under 16: free; Annual subscription: €8// Entrance fee for groups: Groups of more than 20 people with reservation required: €40; Guided tours for groups of up to 25 people with reservation required: €60 // Discounts: 20% off with Bus Turístic, Barcelona Card and Barcelona City Tour. (2012).
- 2 Caixafòrum, Avda. Marquès de Comillas 6-8 (Plaça Espanya), ☏ . open Mon to Sun 10AM to 8PM, Sat until 10PM. The museum houses art exhibits. Free.
- 3 Fundació Joan Miró (Joan Miró Museum), Parc de Montjuic s/n (metro L3 Parallel and then the Montjunc Funicular), ☏ . Oct-Jun Tu-W,Sa 10AM-8PM, Th 10AM-9PM, Su 10AM-2:30PM; Jul-Sep Tu-W,Sa 10AM-7PM, Th 10AM-9:30PM, Su 10AM-2:30PM. Treasured museum dedicated to Joan Miró and always has interesting temporary expositions on display. €11 Included in the Barcelona Art Passport.
- 4 National Art Museum of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya), Avinguda dels Montanyans, Parc de Montjuic (Metro: Plaça Espanya, follow Avinguda Maria Cristina and go up the stairs/escalators), ☏ . Tu-Sa 10-19h Su 10-14:30h. Has the single best collection of Romanesque art in the world, and a fine Gothic collection as well. Includes the Pantocrator from the Taüll Romanesque church. The building itself is also very beautiful. €10/free (adults/under 16 or over 65) including two visits within 30 days. First Sunday each month is free for everyone. Included in the Barcelona Art Passport.
- 5 Archaeology Museum of Catalonia (Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya). Situated on the Montjuic, it exhibits archaeological findings from Catalunia from different periods. Under 16 and 65+ free. €3 for others. Special discounts for other groups.
- 6 Catalan Ethnographical Museum (Museu Etnològic de Barcelona), Passeig Santa Madrona, 16-22 (Estació d'Espanya (L1 i L3 of the Metro)), ☏ . This museum mainly exhibits exponents, which were imported by Catalan sailors as they explored the new world. Free on the first Sunday each month (11AM to 3PM)
- 7 Olympic and Sports Museum Joan Antoni Samaranch (El Museu de l'Esport Olímpic), Avda. de l’Estadi 60, ✉ email@example.com. The museum displays high-performance sport competitions, recreational sports, sports in general and sports for disabled people. It shows how sport can promote values, educate, innovate and renew. The museum has a sport idols space with outstanding players.
- 8 Plaça d'Espanya. Placa d'Espanya was created for the 1929 World Exhibition, on a site once used for public hangings. The fountain in the center of the square is a great attraction and plays music during the summer. Plaça Espanya is located at the base of Montjuic hill.
- 9 El Poble Espanyol, Av. Marques de Comillas, 13, ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. A fake village built in 1929, with replicas of characteristic buildings in Spain (like the Avila walls, the Vall-de-roures town hall, etc.). The village hosts the Fondation Fran Daurel, where you can enjoy an interesting Modern Art collection boasting Miró, Picasso, Tapiès and other, mostly Spanish and Catalan, contemporary artists. The audio tour is very worthwhile there. Also worth seeing - the flamenco show at Tablo de Carmen. You can also step into several of the workshops to see craftsmen at work such as glassblowers and leather workers.
- 10 Botanical Garden. Although a botanic garden had been established in Barcelona as early as 1888, the current gardens date from 1999.
- 11 Miramar gardens (Jardines de Miramar). This is where you arrive by a harbour cable car. Marvelous place in the spring, full of roses and fountains. Entrance to the cactus garden is nearby. The Mirador Miramar offers splendid views over the city.
- 12 The Montjuïc Castle (Castell). Provides a beautiful panorama view over the rest of the city. The Montjuic Castle is in the Montjuic hill. From the Montjuïc Castle, take the harbor cable car to Barceloneta for more splendid views.
- 1 Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc (Swimming pool on Montjuic), Av Miramar 31, ☏ . Mon-Fri 11.00-18.30. In the summer months July and August the outdoor swimming pool is open for public. This pool offers spectacular views over the whole city. The pool is close to the exit from the funicular that departs from metro station Parallel; metro ticket is valid for the funicular. €5,05 for adults.
- Tablao de Carmen, in Poble Espanyol, offers a spectacular flamenco evening. The entrance fee (€31) includes the 1.5-2 hour show, drink and free of charge entrance in Poble Espanyol. A cheaper alternative is the flamenco night in jazzclub Jazz Si in the Raval neighbourhood.
There are lots of small restaurants along and next to the pedestrian Calle Blai.
- 1 Taberna Blai Tonight, Calle Blai 23-25, ☏ . A big variety of tapas including cheese, tortillas, seafood and meat options are offered by friendly staff. First one has to choose a plate and a drink. At the end one pays for the number of toothpicks. Cheap drinks attracts a young public. €1 tapas.
- 2 El Sortidor, Plaça del Sortidor, 5 (Metro Poble Sec), ☏ . Going back to 1908 the restaurant is known for its anchovies accompagned with good vermouth.
- 3 Koska Taverna, Carrer de Blai, 8, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. The tapas bar has great drink choices and serves original non traditional food.
- 4 Quimet & Quimet, Carrer del Poeta Cabanyes, 25 (Metro Paral-lel), ☏ . Lively little bar that serves excellent sandviches and has a good selection of wines. €2.50 sandvich, €1.90 vermuth.
- 5 La tasqueta de Blai, Blai 17 (Metro Paral-lel), ☏ . The tapas bar is very popular and hence allways packed. It offers interesting varieties including sweet dessert ones.
Off the beaten path one can find a great choices of different bars:
- 1 Celler Cal Marino, Carrer de Margarit, 54, ☏ . Tu-F 12:00-15:30, 19:30-23:30, Sa 11:30-15:00, 19:30-23:30, Su 11:30-15:00. Wine bar with lots of local choices plus a great selection of cheeses. They have great suggestions according to personal taste.
- 2 Gran Bodega Saltó, carrer de Blesa, 36, ☏ . Bar that seems out of the eigthies. It is very popular and plays regular concerts.
- 3 Maumau, Carrer Fontrodona, 35 (Metro Parallel), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Th 21:00-02:30, Fr-Sa 21:00-02:30. A chilled out lounge bar with groovy tunes that uses its space to host short film nights, installations and concerts. Their webpage is worth a look for upcoming events and shows in Barcelona.
- 4 Sala Apolo, Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 113 (Metro Parallel), ☏ . It is one of the best clubs in town, and the place to be on Monday nights. Concerts every weekend and also during the week.
- Alberguinn - Sants Youth Hostel (Alberguinn), Carrer Melcior de Palau 70-74 entresuelo, ☏ , fax: , ✉ email@example.com. Check-in: 13:00, check-out: 11:00. Clean, secure and trendy hostel with a team of receptionists that will strive to help you with anything that you may need. The beds are comfortable and a continental breakfast is included. Free computers to use and WIFI. Lockers and bed linen included. Main train station is a few blocks away, as well as 3 metro lines (L1 L3 L5) and an international bus station. Luggage room is also free to use before check-in and after check-out. From €15 (€ 26 during July-August).
- Best Western Alfa Aeropuerto.
- 1 Hotel Gran Torre Catalunya, ☏ . Avda. Roma, 2-4. Next to Sants Central Station. Restaurant on the 23rd floor, spa, gym. €100.
- [dead link] hotel medium prisma 2*, Av. Josep Tarradellas, 119-121, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Between Sants Station and Plaza Francesc Maciá. Recently refurbished, 50 rooms, free WIFI.
- 2 Hotel Silken Concordia, Avinguda del Paraŀlel, 115 (Metro Poble Sec), ☏ . On a major street. The metro station "Poble Sec" is right across from the hotel. If you prefer to walk you can reach "La Rambla" and all the major atrractions in downtown Barcelona in just 15 minutes. The rooms are spacious, the furniture is almost like new, and the staff are quite friendly. €90 for a double..
- [dead link] hotel medium city 4*, Nicaragua, 47, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Hotel fully renovated, just two minutes walking from the Sants Station. 80 rooms, restaurant, meeting rooms, free WIFI.
- 3 Catalonia Barcelona Plaza.
- Hotel Coronado.
- 4 Tryp Barcelona Apolo Hotel, Avinguda del Paraŀlel, 57-59. This has to be one of the world's oldest Tryps, and it is so old that it is literally falling apart. The reason why it is still in business is the unparalleled location next to MEtro (pardon the pun) Parallel. €82.
- Pestana Arena Barcelona.
- Hotel Nuevo Triunfo.
- Abba Sants.
- Hotel Azul Barcelona.
- Ayre Hotel Gran Vía.
- 5 Expo Hotel Barcelona.
- hotel Best Auto Hogar Barcelona, Av. Paral·lel, 64, 08001, ☏ . Nice 4 star hotel of the chain Best.
- 6 Hotel Miramar Barcelona.
- 7 AC Hotel Sants by Marriott, Passeig de Sant Antoni, 36-40 (directly southeast from Barcelona-Sants station). AC does the trick by wrapping quite small rooms and limited facilities in modern design in very toned-down hues. Don't expect anything fancy, this is Marriott's lowest-tier brand in Spain. Some of the rooms begin to show dents and cracks after guests failed to properly navigate the narrow bits. The location next to the Sants station is convenient even if a bit sombre. €110.
- Hotel Grums Barcelona.
- Fira Palace.
- Barcelona Sants.