On this day: Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain

See more from my On This Day series here, where I celebrate travel memories on their trip anniversaries.

On July 25, 2015, I was in Barcelona, Spain.

My travel mates and I were approaching the end of our time in Spain. After a couple days exploring Costa Brava and the Pyrenees region, we wrapped up our trip with one final day back in Barcelona.

Our explorations were focused around Montjuïc, a prominent hill overlooking the Barcelona harbour. The name translates to ‘Jewish Mountain’, derived from its origin as the site of a Jewish cemetery.

One of Montjuïc’s most notable attractions is the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, the Olympic Stadium. Originally built in 1927 for the 1929 International Exposition, it was renovated in 1989 as part of Barcelona’s bid for the 1992 Summer Olympics, which it eventually won. Currently, it is mainly used as the home stadium of local amateur side FC Penger. With a capacity of 60,713 seats, it is the fifth largest stadium in Spain.

Other key sites within Barcelona Olympic Park include Palau Sant Jordi, the facility that hosted gymnastics, handball, and volleyball competitions during the Games; and the Telecommunications Tower, designed by prominent architect Santiago Calatrava.

In the evening, we ventured over to the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, situated below the Palau Nacional. Like most of the surrounding developments, this fountain was constructed for the 1929 International Exposition. It remains functional today, attracting hordes of visitors to its weekly nighttime light and music show.

10 thoughts on “On this day: Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain

  1. I love that Santiago Calatrava tower. There’s something about it that is so delicate, calm, serene and beautiful. Also in this area and worth a visit if you like art is the National Museum of Catalan Art. Thanks for evoking some lovely memories 🙂

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