Montjuïc

Discover Barcelona’s landmark hill with the eyes of an architect

With the International Exhibition of 1929 and the 1992 Olympic Games, Barcelona’s Montjuïc mountain has been the scene of two major events that significantly helped modernize the city, driving both urban transformation and architectural renewal.

Starting from Plaça Espanya we will tour the lower part of the mountain, where, from the early 1900s to the present day, avant-garde and historicising architecture maintain a conversation of contrasts.

The Mies van der Rohe pavilion, one of the most influential buildings in the history of architecture, makes Montjuïc a must-see for any architecture and design enthusiast.

An expedition to Barcelona’s iconic mountain that thanks to the 1929 exhibition and the 1992 Olympic Games became a space of nature, culture and sport for the citizens

Until its urbanization, the area had been predominantly utilised for agriculture and quarrying, with its southern slope being home to Barcelona’s huge necropolis Cementiri de Montjuïc, which is still in use today.

Well known for its numerous sports facilities, large parks and museums, Barcelona’s green hilltop now serves as one of the city’s major recreational areas within the tightly packed urban landscape.

Book your tour (1-6 people)

Who will be guiding you through the Montjuïc area?

A local architect of Guiding Architects (The world’s largest network of architecture tour companies, established in 1996):

  • We deliver relevant, accurate and up-to-date information in a dynamic and entertaining way.
  • We design authentic, off-the-beaten-track experiences that strive to exceed your expectations.
  • We provide insightful reflection and inspirational views on the city that only passionate architects like us can convey.

Selection of projects included in the tour

Jardins del Mirador de l’Alcalde | FORGAS Arquitectes Joan Forgas + Dolors Ylla-Català
Jardí Botànic de Barcelona | Carlos Ferrater, Josep Lluís Canosa + Bet Figueras
Anella Olímpica | Arata Isozaki, Ricardo Bofill, Santiago Calatrava, and others
Pavelló Barcelona | Ludwig Mies van der Rohe | Cristian Cirici, Fernando Ramos + Ignasi de Solà-Morales
CaixaForum Barcelona | Josep Puig i Cadafalch | Arata Isozaki, Francisco Javier Asarta, Roberto Luna + Robert Brufau
Les Arenes | August Font i Carreras | Richard Rogers, Luis Alonso + Sergio Balaguer

Duration: Half-day tour

Transport: Private bus

Service: Experienced architect as a guide, reservations

Languages: German, Spanish, Catalan, English, French, Italian, Dutch

Max participants: 25 pax/group