Montjuic is a 230m hill that overlooks Barcelona from the South East of the city centre. Montjuïc Fort - Castell de Montjuic - was built both to defend Barcelona and control it. Scroll down to see pictures of Montjuic Castle in Barcelona. The views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean sea are quite breathtaking from Montjuic. They can be enjoyed both from the Montjuïc Fort - Castell de Montjuic, and other viewing points on the hill.
To get to the military fort, Castell de Montjuïc, and enjoy panoramic views on the way up, take the Montjuic funicular train from metro station Parallel, then cross the road and get the Teleferic de Montuic cable car that flies you up to the highest point on Montjuic Mountain and to the fort of Castell de Montjuic. The current fort is mostly from the 18th century and was used both for the defense of Barcelona, but also to keep the Catalans in line during times of oppression.
The fortress used to house the Museu Military -military museum but in 2009 this was moved to other locations mostly outside Barcelona. The fort will now be used for exhibitions and other activites. The grounds of the fort are already used for many other activities like archery clubs, concerts and outdoor cinema. The Montjuic Hop on Hop off tour buses are modern and comfortable and you can get on and off at your leisure so you have time to enjoy all the sights of Montjuic.