Tibidabo, at a height of 512 meters, is amidst the highest mountains in the Sierra de Collserola range, Barcelona, Spain. This mountain range separates the narrow coastal stretch Barcelona is build upon from the hinterland.Being the tallest peak within the limits of Barcelona, Tibidabo offers splendid 360 degree views over the sea, the city,its suburbs and inland towards Montserrat and the peaks of Montseny. A visit to Tibidabo is the best family sight-seeing option consuming roughly half-a-day, totally worth it, because of the amazing view.
How to reach Tibidabo
One can take the subway line with the L7 to the terminus Avinguda del Tibidabo. Take a look at the beautiful La Rotonda building on your way past. Then it is fun to change into the Tramvia Blau, the blue tram. The Tramvia Blau has been the only tram in Barcelona for long time and is still absolutly unique (reminded me of New Orleans and San Francisco’s historic streetcars). From the terminus of the Tramvia Blau change for the last piece into the cable car up the Tibidabo (€3.60 return ticket). During the winter months, the Tramvia Blau only drives on Friday through Sunday, but only a few meters above the valley stop is a bus station (bus 196).
If you are anywhere near Plaza catalunya, then simply take the T2A bus from plaza catalunya for 3 euros, ride takes about 25 minutes.
Chief attractions at Tibidabo
The most recommended route to the Tibidabo mountain top is Funicular de Tibidabo. On the tram’s journey up the mountain you will pass through Barcelona’s most affluent residential area. Take in the leafy surroundings and sneak a peek at the houses of the city’s rich and famous. The journey lasts around seven minutes and as you alight you are half way up Mount Tibidabo and can take in some breathtaking panoramic views of the city. The Plaça Dr Andreu is a picturesque platform looking down over the city. There are pretty restaurants with terraces to while away the hours in tranquil surroundings.
The top of Tibidabo is crowned by the cathedral del Sagrat Cor. This church has been constructed between 1902 and 1960 in a mixture of modernista and neogothic styles. Admission is free and you are rewarded with picturesque stained windows and beautiful stone work.
For 2 Euros an elevators takes you to the first viewing platform. If you are not afraid of heights, keep on climbing the stairs up to the bronze statue of Jesus Christ on the very top for an unforgettable view of Barcelona and beyond.
On the way up to the mountain you cannot miss the view of the beautiful amusement park. Built in 1889, one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, it still retains the quaint charm. Although there are some rides that can fuel your adrenaline, the main attraction is the setting of the park itself just above Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea. This fame was still increased by being used as a filming spot in international movies like Vicky Christina Barcelona.
The third notable landmark on the top of Tibidabo is probably the most disputed. 288 meter Torre Collserola Television Tower was built for the transmission of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.