This stop is right next to Montjuïc’s green zones, where in addition to resting you can also discover new plants and enjoy the best views of the city, thanks to its lookout points and terraces. The best places are Mirador de l’Alcalde, the Miramar Gardens and the Mossèn Costa i Llobera Gardens.
Barcelona seen from on high
At the entrance to the Mirador de l’Alcalde lookout point is the popular Sardana sculpture by Josep Cañas, whose dancing figures seem to welcome visitors. This park, which was inaugurated in 1969, consists of a series of terraces distributed into various levels that are connected by stairways. The 420 m2 mosaic, designed by Joan Josep Tharrats, adorning the ground is also a sight worth seeing.
The Miramar Gardens date back even further, as they were created for the 1929 Universal Exposition. Located on a 60-metre-high balcony, they offer 270º views of the city. You can find hundred-year-old trees and numerous plant species alongside the sculptures. The same gardens are also home to the Miramar Hotel, in a small palace that also dates back to the early 20th century.
One of the most original parts of Montjuïc Mountain is certainly the Mossèn Costa i Llobera Gardens, thanks to a cactus collection unequalled anywhere in the world. A surface area of six hectares is home to more than 800 species, which are able to survive largely thanks to this area’s microclimate, in which the temperature is two or three degrees warmer than in the rest of the city.
All these gardens on Montjuïc offer both excellent views of the city of Barcelona and the Mediterranean coastline and some respite from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.