Montjuїc, or the “ Hill of the Jews”, is thought to have derived its name from the old Catalan word “juїc” meaning Jewish. This refers to a Medieval Jewish cemetery that was once located here, and possibly also a Jewish settlement. Montjuїc is a favourite weekend destination for Barcelona residents as well as for many tourists.
The Olympic stadium, located towards the top of Montjuїc, 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.
Montjuїc’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.
Montjuïc, overlooking the city centre from the southwest, may only be a hill in dimension, but it’s a mountain of activity..