Miramar Garden and Camí dels Cims
The route begins on a big public area at the Mirador de Miramar, a mirador at 60 m high that offers a panoramic view over Barcelona and its harbour. This space is in front the Hotel Miramar. The building was opened as a restaurant in 1929 for the International Exposition, was restructured as the first headquarters of TVE (Spanish television channel) in Catalonia from 1959 to 1983 and was recovered as a hotel in 2006. There are three feminine sculptures oriented to the fountain, central point of the garden: Fertilitat (Fertility) and Serenitat (Serenity), by Josep Clarà, and Pomona, by Pau Gargallo; the three make an equilateral triangle. Some years ago, the sculpture Serenitat was placed at Joan Maragall Garden, at the Palauet Albéniz, near the Olympic Stadium.
The redvein abutilon and the trumpet bush stand out among the vegetation collected in this area. It also stands out, and very especially, a group of Phytolacca dioica which are catalogued as trees of local interest and are characterised by trunks of spectacular shapes, modeled by the time. At the beginning of the 20th c., the French engineer and landscape gardener J.C.N. Forestier bringed the Phytolacca dioica in Barcelona, just at this garden.
Parallel to the hotel track you can see specimens of daisy bush, fragrant and with spectacular leaves, peach tree, wedding bells, lady of the night, cherry plum and many other trees and bushes that are used in gardening with ornamental purposes.
Further on, trees and bushes follow one to another, as the brush box, the avocado tree, the angel's trumpet, the Mexican bush mallow and the luckynut, as well as a chasteberry, which is characteristic of the Mediterranean area vegetation. This small tree-lined terrace finishes with a magnificent specimen of Russian olive, with slanting almost to the ground trunk and branches, and an African tamarisk, a bush that is common in torrents near the sea because it bears well the saltiness.
The path comes out into another viewpoint with magnificent views over Barcelona plain. This plain is a geographic area delimited by the mountain amphitheatre of Collserola mountains range (which is part of Litoral mountains range) and the rivers Besòs and Llobregat. It is a widening of the corridor between Litoral mountains range and the Mediterranean Sea, it is mainly occupied by Barcelona and enjoys an exceptional situation, climatic as well as geographical.
Plaça Carlos Ibañez has been developed with a landscaped roundabout, with some specimens of beefwood, and a tunnel, which frees the garden from the vehicular traffic. Going up through the stairs or through the ramp, the route goes to the start of the Camí dels Cims, a panoramic walk that will end at the other side of Montjuïc and that will allow to access to the Eastern side. Along this path there are specimens of Chinese persimon, quince, paper mulberry, black elder and Chinese jujube.
Once crossed Carretera de Montjuïc, following the road and past the curve, there are oleander and a group of September bush, just next to the entrance to Joan Brossa Garden, where the next route starts.
Comfortable clothes and suitable footwear to walk, binoculars and camera. In summer, at sunshine hours, cap and sunglasses. It is very important to observe the road safety norms and be especially careful when crossing Montjuïc road.