Miramar Gardens and Mirador de l’Alcalde | Barcelona Bus Turístic

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Miramar Gardens and Mirador de l’Alcalde

A lookout point with views of the sea and the city

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In addition to views, this lookout point, located on Montjuïc Mountain, is an artistic space that features a mosaic, a fountain and various sculptures. The Mirador de l’Alcalde, or Mayor’s Lookout Point, is a place where you can enjoy a view of the port, the sea and the beaches in a calm and sunlit setting.

Why visit the Mirador de l’Alcalde?

The Mirador de l’Alcalde is actually a garden located close to Montjuïc Castle with exceptional views of Barcelona’s coastline. The lookout point is dedicated to the Mayor of Barcelona Josep Maria Porcioles, who opened it in 1969. Both the garden and the 420 m² mosaic were designed by Joan Josep Tharrats. The materials used for the mosaic, which forms part of the city’s artistic heritage, are as original as its design and include pebbles, cobblestones, glass and wire.

The Mirador de l’Alcalde is distributed into terraces connected by stairways and in the centre of the park, acting as the starting point of all the paths, flower beds and rest areas, is an ornamental fountain designed by Carles Buïgas, who was also responsible for the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. The highest ground features two outstanding sculptures: "Homage to Barcelona" by the sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs, and the popular "Sardana", by Josep Cañas, whose dancing figures seem to welcome visitors to the park.

 

How do you get to the Mirador de l’Alcalde?

The Mirador de l’Alcalde is the last stop of the Montjuïc Cable Car, which you can get at the Telefèric de Montjuïc stop on the Red Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic.

If you want to take a stroll through the green areas of Montjuïc, you can hop off at the Miramar – Jardins Costa i Llobera stop on the Red Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic and follow the Carretera de Montjuïc to Plaça de la Sardana, from where you can access the lookout point.

 

For the most curious of you

  • Did you know? For centuries the Miramar Gardens have been the best lookout point to see the city and numerous engravings from the 16th to the 18th centuries depict the city from this point.
  • Local’s tip: If you want the absolute best views of Barcelona, go in summer at dawn, when the sky is clearest.
  • A must: To get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.