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Montjuic

Olympic Village in Montjuic, Barcelona © Paul Micallef
Olympic Village in Montjuic, Barcelona © Paul Micallef

A few of Barcelona's showpieces sit on the hill of Montjuic, overlooking the city centre: the main sites of the 1992 Olympics; the Poble Espanyol; the Joan Miro museum; and the National Art Museum of Catalonia. Montjuic has been the site of several fortifications over the centuries and the most recent of these is the Castle of Montjuic, dating from the 17th century. The castle is now home to the Military Museum as well as the Museum of Comics and Illustration. There are also some leisure attractions and green parks festooned with fountains, themselves popular attractions that entertain on summer evenings with displays of light, colour, and music. Accessible by cable car from Montjuic, the La Barceloneta port district is below the hill. The eastern side is sheer, providing glorious views over the city's harbour. The former fishing village that is now the port is renowned for its seafood restaurants and beach, which is lined with boardwalks and cafes. A grand staircase begins at the foot of Montjuic, at the south end of the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina, and ends at the Palau Nacional, passing a number of historic buildings.