The vantage point from atop Montjuic hill provided the perfect place for a military fortress way back when in 1640; and for centuries since, the fortress, later turned into the current castle complex form between 1751 and 1799, has played a central role in the turbulent history of Barcelona and Catalonia.

Used as both a military enclave and a prison at various stages throughout its lifetime so far, Montjuic castle was the site of many executions of prominent figures of Spanish and Catalan history, especially following the civil war.

The complex itself and the area surrounding Montjuic are rich in fascinating history and intriguing stories which you can learn all about on different tours here, such as e-bike tours and Segway tours, or indeed from any of your lovely local free tour guides in Barcelona, all available to book on

An electric bike will have you up to the fortress in a jiffy if just the thoughts of walking to the top make your feet ache; but you can also take the bus number 150 from Plaza de España or, perhaps the most fun way, by the Montjuïc Funicular from Paral·lel metro stop (green line L3) to Montjuïc Park Station from where you can hop in the cable-car which takes you the rest of the climb to the castle.

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