Montjuic Castle

Montjuic Castle is a medieval defensive castle located on the highest point on Montjuic Mountain, just south of the El-Poble-Sec district of Barcelona. The old fortress dates right back to 1640 and is a popular tourist destination for history buffs and culture vultures alike. Whether you take a guided tour or explore the grounds independently, the castle provides an educative morning out for all.

Fortress History

The fortress foundations were laid out in 1640, and by 1641 the fortress had played host to its very first battle during the Catalan Revolt. A good fifty years passed by before the fortress was resurrected and transformed into a medieval castle, since then it’s been captured both the British and the French and used as a prison and torture chamber. Today you’ll find it plays house to a military museum and a handful of temporary exhibits.

Guided Tour

Today you can enjoy a guided tour around the castle taking in the impressive views as you explore the fortress. The former watchtower, courtyards, and former cells are all packed with history, and a guided tour offers the chance to unearth the castles relations with the city since it’s construction right through to present day.