Montjuic gets which gets its name from the Catalan meaning ‘Jewish Mountain’, and was once the home of the city’s Jewish community is a picturesque wooded hill in the South West of Barcelona, between Plaça Espanya and the commercial port, Montjuic.
Thanks to its raised altitude, the hill was chosen as the site for the Castell de Montjuic fortification, which far from protecting the city, in fact, destroyed it during the 1842 revolution when Barcelona rose up against the Spanish government in Madrid. Also for many years, this place was served as a political prison and even a place of execution for rebels such as Catalan nationalist Lluis Companys
Nowadays, the natural hill is home to several of Barcelona's most exciting museums, including the Miró Foundation and Poble Espanyol, a full-size Spanish model village.
There are many options to choose from when you decide to hike here. One of the most popular trails begins in Poble-Sec into the Grec Gardens, following the Laribel Stairs up to Miró Foundation. From that point, you can walk around Miramar until you enter the Gardens of Joan Brossa. Wind your way on along the Carrer Doctor I Font Quer and up to the castle. Walk-behind the castle and you will stumble upon a casual outdoor restaurant open at weekends.
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