Montjuic, Barcelona, July 2015

Barcelona's Montjuïc is a broad shallow hill with a relatively flat top overlooking the harbour, to the southwest of the city centre. The eastern side of the hill is almost a sheer cliff, giving it a commanding view over the city's harbour immediately below. The top of the hill (a height of 184,8 m) was the site of several fortifications, the latest of which (the Castle of Montjuïc) remains today. The fortress largely dates from the 17th century, with 18th-century additions. In 1842, the garrison (loyal to the Madrid government) shelled parts of the city. It served as a prison, often holding political prisoners, until the time of General Franco. The castle was also the site of numerous executions. (Wikipedia)

How to get there:
*by metro - get off at Parallel station and continue to the Montjuic funicular (inside the station). The funicular ticket is included in the price of the metro ticket (2,15 euro/way). It departs every 10 minutes and the ride lasts for about 3 minutes. When you get on the hill, you have two options:
- walk to the castle (recommended, 15 - 20 minutes) - the entrance to the Castle is 5 euros/adult
- take the cable car (with a fee, 10+euro) 

*by bus - number 150 from Plaza Espana

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