Just like the viewpoint of the Montjuïc Castle and the viewpoint of the Jardins de Miramar, the Mirador de l’Alcalde (in English ‘The Mayor’s Viewpoint’) can also be found on Montjuïc Mountain. As its name suggests, you’ll be able to observe a fantastic view from it, comparing it to the view that a mayor would have from his or her City Council balcony.
In spite of being situated at one of the highest points of Montjuïc, accessing the Mirador del’Alcalde is really quite straightforward because you can get there by bus or on foot from the Funicular de Montjuïc station, or from the Aeri del Port cable car. You can of course reach the viewpoint by taking a gentle walk up from the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, which will take you between 45 and 60 minutes depending on your pace and how many times you choose to stop along the way.
The viewpoint can be found at one of the extreme points of the mountain, which overlooks Barcelona’s Port, and from which you’ll see some beautiful views of the port as well as other sights along the coastline such as the Christopher Columbus statue, the cable car which goes across the port, and the W Hotel Barcelona as well as many more.
As well as the viewpoint there’s also a small bar in which you can buy something to eat or drink, admittedly at tourist prices, and even souvenirs. Another nice touch is the presence of a lawn area with a fountain, in which you can take shelter from the sun under one of its trees, which you’ll find to be a great relief in which to charge your batteries before continuing your journey.
After spending a bit of time admiring the views from the Mirador del’Alcalde and looking at the little garden with its central fountain, we recommend that you walk along the path known as the Camí del Mar (in English ‘Path of the Sea’), where you’ll be able to continue enjoying wonderful views of the sea and Barcelona’s port, whilst walking round Montjuïc Mountain and arriving at another of its viewpoints, the Mirador del Migdia (the ‘Midday Viewpoint’).
Plaça (square) del Mirador, Barcelona.
The outside spaces are always open and accessible.
Entry is free of charge.
How to get there?
Metro: Espanya (line 1 and 3), then you’ll need to allow for quite a long but pleasant uphill walk up Montjuïc Mountain to the viewpoint (45 to 60 minutes).
Buses: Lines 150 and the Tourist Bus.
Funicular de Montjuïc: You can catch it at the Paral·lel Metro stop (Lines 2 and 3) using your metro ticket, and the Funicular stops around half-way up Montjuïc Mountain, from which it’s just a 10 minute walk up to the Mirador del’Alcalde.
Aeri del Port: You catch the Aeri del Port cable car at La Barceloneta, specifically at the Sant Sebastià beach, and this will take you up to the Miramar gardens in Montjuïc, just 15 minutes’ walk from the Mirador del’Alcalde.