The Teatre Grec, or Greek Theatre is located in the mountain of Montjuic in Barcelona. It is an outdoor great theater that, contrary to what we can think for its name, is not a construction made by the ancient greeks.
The Teatre Grec was designed by architects Ramon Reventós and Nicolau Maria Rubio i Tudurí, built for the International Exhibition of 1929. The architects were inspired by the theater of Epidaurus (one of the best theaters still preserved in Greece). And, just like its greek inspiration, it was built in an old quarry in the mountain of Montjuic, using the cut stone wall to make it serve as a theater stage, resulting in an impressive architectural work.
The Teatre Grec has a total area of 460 m2 and can accommodate 1,900 spectators. Around the theater we find a restaurant called Restaurant Grec, which is only open during the time of the Grec Festival (one of the most important festivals in Barcelona), and beautiful and elegant gardens, designed by Rubió i Tudurí and Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier.
Teatre Grec gardens are ideal for walks, picnics in special conditioned spaces for it, perfects areas for reconnect with nature, away from the bustle of the city, and admire the art in all its glory.
The theater is property of the town hall of Barcelona which, in 1976, opened the first Grec Festival, made completely in this place.
The Grec Festival is one of the most famous arts festivals in Spain and Europe . It is a must if you come to Barcelona between June and August, due to the long list of shows and cultural events offered to delight the public.
During the rest of the year, Teatre Grec and its gardens are more like a peacefull place, because of its green areas and quiet spots.
How to get? It is recommended go through the access of Passeig de Santa Madrona, walking the street of Lleida from Plaza España.
Metro (L1 and L3 – España)