Montjuïc is a hill on the south west side of the city, looking over the harbor. It is famous for its wonderful gardens and fortifications. Literally meaning "Hill of the Jews" in medieval Catalan, there are also Montjuïcs in Girona and Menorca. The castle of Montjuïc, which was once used as a prison and held many executions, is now a Park Montjuïc, home to many wonderful sights and recreational areas with lots of attractions and monuments.
One of the most popular sights of Montjuïc is the Palau Nacional, which means National Palace. It was originally built as the central pavilion for the World Exhibition.
In front of the Palau Nacional, you can find the Font Màgica or Magic Fountain. The Montjuïc Magic Fountain Show near Plaça Espanya, is a spectacular display of color, light, music and water acrobatics. From here you also have an amazing view of the palace, especially at night when the building is illuminated. Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Next to the fountain on right, you will find the Pavello Mies van der Rohe, which is designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. This is intended to be the German Pavillion for the World Exhibition of Barcelona in 1929. The Pavillion was demolished and rebuilt in 1980.
Poble Espanyol is another attraction in Montjuïc. It is a collection of houses in different Spanish architectural styles. It is a very popular attraction for tourist, due to this, it is still standing, since some time ago it was to be demolished.
Located on the summit of Montjuic, the Castle of Montjuïc offers a wonderful view of Barcelona, the port and the sea. Montjuic is an imposing castle built in the 17th century. Today, it is a attraction for tourists who want to enjoy not only the view, but also nature. It is a beautiful place to visit including the Botanical Gardens and the magic fountain, which are spectacular at night, a perfect place to go with friends or family for great sights.