In sharp contrast to its often grim history, this mass of military stone is now surrounded by serene gardens where Barcelonans often come 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, though the 2008 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, or by public bus 150.
Castell de Montjuïc
Ctra. de Montjuïc 66
Our Rating Hours Daily Mar–Oct 10am–8pm, Nov–Feb 10am–6pm; closed Dec 25 and Jan 1 Transportation Montjuïc funicular; Bus 55 or 150 Phone 93-256-44-40 Prices Castle admission 5€ adults, 4€ seniors and students; free 1st Sun of month and every Sun after 3pm Web site Castell de Montjuïc Other Telefèric: Avinguda Miramar (opposite Montjuïc Municipal Swimming Pool); 12.70€ round-trip adults, 9.20€ ages 4–12; June–Sept 10am–9pm, Mar–May and Oct 10am–7pm, Nov–Feb 10am–6pm; closed late Jan to mid-Feb
MapCtra. de Montjuïc 66 Barcelona
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