Olympic Village in Montjuic, Barcelona © Paul Micallef
Montjuic is a hill overlooking the city centre of Barcelona on which are situated some of the city's show-pieces, including the main sites of the 1992 Olympics; the Poble Espanyol (a replicated Spanish village displaying art and architecture); the Joan Miro museum; and the National Art Museum of Catalonia. The hill has been the site of several fortifications over the centuries and the most recent of these, the Castle of Montjuic, dating from the 17th century, is still standing. 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 cool green parks festooned with fountains, popular for strolls on summer evenings. The magical fountains of Montjuic are a popular attraction that entertain on summer evenings with displays of light, colour and music. Accessible by cable car from Montjuic, the Barceloneta port district is below the hill; the eastern side of the hill is sheer, providing glorious views over the city's harbour, directly below. The former fishing village that is now the port is renowned for its seafood restaurants and beach, which is lined with boardwalks and cafes. Those who want the exercise should walk up the grand staircase which 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.