Come Saturday afternoons, I love to wander the galleries at one of Barcelona's most beautiful art museums, MNAC, housed in Montjuïc Palace. Beyond the impressive collections of Catalan paintings, prints, sculpture and furniture (including masterpieces by the likes of Dali and Picasso), there's the building itself, with its painted ceilings, and elegant domes and columns, and the sweeping views of Barcelona from the lobby and the rooftop viewpoint. It's an ideal place to sketch, too.
When I go, I like to pick up postcards and paper goods printed with my favorite pieces in the gift shop.
Local tip: The permanent collection at MNAC is free of charge Saturdays after 3pm, first Sundays of every month, and regional holidays. If you're only in Barcelona for a short while, make a day of it, spending the morning hiking or exploring other museums on Montjuïc before taking a turn around MNAC when the clock strikes 3.
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Make your way down Montjuïc stopping off at Barcelona must-sees like MNAC and the Olympic Park.
Start at the top with sweeping views of the Catalan capital from Montjuïc Castle and the Olympic Park. Then, learn about everything Miró at Fundaciò Miró before you widen your horizons at Catalonia’s national art gallery, housed in a palace, no less. Later, tour Spain’s most memorable historic architecture built for the 1929 International Exposition at Poble Espanyol. End your day with colorful water set to music at Magic Fountain show in front of MNAC.
Addresses: Olympic Park (Anella Olímpica) Paseo Olímpico, 17-19 08038, Barcelona
Montjuïc Castle Ctra. de Montjuïc, 66 08038, Barcelona
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya Palau Nacional, Parc de Montjuïc, s/n 08038, Barcelona
Fundació Joan Miró Parc de Montjuïc, s/n 08038, Barcelona
Poble Espanyol Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, 13 08038, Barcelona
Magic Fountain of Montjuïc Plaça de Carles Buïgas, s/n 08038, Montjuic, Barcelona