I never knew it was a thing: tombstone tourism. But apparently it is. Tombstone tourists (according to Wikipedia they’re also called taphophiles, cemetery enthusiasts, cemetery tourists, grave hunters or gravers) make it a habit to go to cemeteries.
Let’s be honest: it’s weird. Why would you want to occupy yourself with the dead while on holiday?
But, however gloomy tombstone tourism might seem, the cemetery of the Montjuïc is amazing. Not only its size is impressive, also the statues and mausoleums are often beautiful. You can find works here from architects like Gaudí’s colleague Josep M. Jujol and Josep Puig i Cadafalch and sculptor Eusebi Arnau.
More than 1,000,000 burials
The cemetery stretches out over a great part of the hill of Montjuïc, containing over one million burials. You can walk between high walls of 150,000 niches holding urns.
Even though it’s not a very popular destination for tourists, there are several routes alongside the most important mausoleums and sculptures.
If you go, know that it’s not very easy to get to the cemetery by public transport. Bus 21 from Av. Parallel stops near the entrance, but don’t be surprised if you get odd looks from the bus driver if you tell him/her where you want to get out. Tombstone tourism may be weird; in Barcelona it’s considered to be super weird.