In the south west of Barcelona, a military fortress was built centuries ago. Castell de Montjuïc had been the scenario of a lot of incidents which has hatched the city's history. It was a symbol of repression during decades. Now it is a touristic place where amazing views can be seen.
Its origins are found in the “Revolta dels Segadors” (Reapers' revolution), when the city had to protect itself from King Philip IV's attacks. During the “Guerra de Successió” (Succession's War) (1705-1714) it played an important role too. It defended Barcelona's citizens who resisted the continuous King Philip V bombings. Because of Barcelona's defeat in this conflict, Castell de Montjuïc change hands to the enemy. Then it became a place from which to attack the city and lock up the dissidents.
Despite that, nowadays, the castle has a cultural and social function. Some elements, which explain its history, can still be found. One of the most memorable spots is Santa Eulàlia moat. It was there where the president of the Generalitat of that time, Lluís Companys, was shot in 1940. A monument evokes the fact. The Patio de Armas (Parade Ground) and the Torre de Vigía (Lookout Tower) are other priceless parts of the fortress. In these two places, one of the most amazing views of the city can be seen.
Throughout the year, the castle hosts countless leisure activities for all audiences. This summer 2021 "Vespres d'estiu", a series of free outdoor concerts, are held every Sunday in July and August from 7 pm to 10 pm.
Despite on the wide variety of cultural events, we do not forget about Sala Montjuïc. If you fancy enjoying a VOSE film while you have dinner or have a drink with some friends, you cannot miss it. Santa Eulàlia moat hosts projections of classic and currently films during the summer. Although there are catering and hammock renting services, you can cook something at home and bring it as well. Sadly, all sessions are sold out at the moment.
A future with a lot of possibilities
Montjuïc Castle never stops reinventing itself, and is the site of multiple exhibitions that are organized throughout the year with different themes to keep alive its history and culture. Don't forget to keep an eye on their website for the latest news.