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Sants & Montjuïc

History

The district of Sants & Montjuïc is the largest in the city and its territorial boundaries were established in 1984 when Barcelona was divided into 10 districts. It consists of the old District II (Montjuïc and Poble Sec) and District VII (Sants- Hostafranca- La Bordeta.)

The name Montjuïc is thought to be derived from the Catalan word `juïc´ meaning Jewish, indicating that there may have been a Jewish settlement here at one time. However, there are also speculated that it may derive from the Latin Mont Jovis (Mount Jupiter) after the Roman God. It has been used as a fort for the Madrid government during the political disturbances in 1842 and later as a political prison during the Franco era. During the Olympic Games, Montjuïc was transformed as the Olympic Stadium and swimming pools were put here.

Sants was an independent community until its annexation by Barcelona in 1897 and although it retains an industrial flavour, its proximity to the centre has pushed prices up and caused many of its traditional industries to relocate elsewhere.

Visiting Sants & Montjuïc by day

Other than the Castell de Montjuïc which can be seen from almost anywhere in Barcelona, the Olympic stadium, located towards the top of Montjuïc, is also one of its most dominating features. It is home to the Espanyol football team. Another important sports area is the Piscina Bernat Picornell Olympic swimming pool. Both the indoor and outdoor pools are huge and are open to the public. A new development is the Golf Montjuïc pitch, although technically too small to be considered a golf course, this driving range is converted into a 9 hole pitch and putt course at weekends, and is open to non-members at all times.

Montjuïc’s museums include the Catalunya National Art Museum, the Caixa Forum, Archaeology Museum and Miró Foundation, and its parks and gardens are no less impressive.

Poble Espanyol is also at Montjuïc, it is like walking into a Spanish village filled with souvenir shops, galleries and restaurants.

Visiting Sants & Montjuïc by night

By night Poble Espanyol becomes a Barcelona nightlife hotspot as bars and clubs open their doors.

p>If you head down from Montjuïc into Sants; Plaça d’Espanya marks the boundary between the two areas. The magic fountain here is not to be missed; during the summer months, every fifteen minutes for a few hours every night the fountain erupts and lights shine through it to create a beautiful display.

How to get there

Sants and Montjuïc are very well linked by public transport; Sants station links Barcelona to the rest of Spain and is easy to get to on the R4 train or the L3 and L5 metro, the L1, L5 and L8 also pass through he area, the best stations for Montjuïc being Espanya or Parallel.

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