In sharp contrast to its often grim history, this mass of military stone is now surrounded by serene gardens. Barcelonans come here for Sunday picnics. The fort last saw action in the Civil War when it kept changing hands and was used by both sides for political and military executions. In 1940, the Franco government prevailed on Germany to hand over the refugee president of Catalunya and summarily executed him here. The fort then served as a prison for political prisoners until Franco’s death. The city assumed control of the property in 2007 and launched a development program to create a memorial to Catalan political martyrs, but the economic crisis halted those plans. Today the fortress is just a place to enjoy the views and the gardens. The best way to get here is on the 8-passenger cable cars of the Telefèric de Montjuïc.
Castell de Montjuïc
Castell: free admission
Our Rating Hours Mar–May and Oct 10am–7pm, June–Sept 10am–9pm, Jan–Feb and Nov–Dec 10am–6pm Transportation Montjuïc funicular; Bus 55 or 150 Prices 11€ round-trip adults, 7.80€ ages 4–12 Other Telefèric: Avinguda Miramar (opposite Montjuic Municipal Swimming Pool at funicular station). No phone. Closed last Mon of Jan to third Fri of Feb
MapCastell: free admission Barcelona
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