The Castle, the highest point on the mountain, can now be reached in 15 minutes.
A fifteen minute ride in which it is almost impossible to keep your mouth closed, with the superb views it offers of Barcelona. That is the new Montjuïc cable car system, which will once again be open to the public, from 16 May.
You can board a car at three stations: Parc de Montjuïc, the Mirador and the Castle, though we recommend you start at the lowest point, Parc de Montjuïc.You can get there easily by taking the funicular railway, which stops at the same stop where you get the cable car.
The new cable car is not at all like the old one. It is all completely new, with greater capacity and accessibility, as well being better adapted to the local environment. For example, two cars have safety belts for wheelchairs.
Another new feature is that the spacious cars are totally enclosed in glass and offer what are surely the best panoramic views of the city.
Once seated in the car, and hardly having to turn your head, just by moving your eyes, you can see parts of Baix Llobregat in the distance, the landmark buildings of Avinguda Diagonal and Plaça d’Espanya.
You can also admire Plaça Catalunya and the building of a well-known shopping centre, the Cathedral, Sagrada Familia, the cruise ships in the port, Vila Olimpica, AGBAR Tower and the area round the Forum.
The journey is about 750 metres and the cars save a climb of 84.5 metres between the Parc de Montjuïc and Castle stations.
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