This is the best place in the city for spectacular views of Barcelona from top to bottom. Standing at 512 meters (1680 ft) it’s the highest point in all of Barcelona. There are several accommodation options and hotels near Tibidabo mountain, in the upper and less crowded part of Barcelona.
What to do at Tibidabo:
The only surviving amusement park in Barcelona with over 100 years of history, has over 25 exciting rides that will let you discover the city from an unexplored and amazing sights.
2. Expiatory Church of the Sacred Heart
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If you were wondering what was that illuminated building overlooking Barcelona every night from Mount Tibidabo, you guessed it right. The most visible structure in Barcelona is this Catholic church of Neo-Gothic style that crowns over the city since it was built in 1961.
3. The Collserola Park & Tower
Built for the 1992 Summer Olympics, the futuristic looking structure was designed to unite all the communication requirements for the city in anticipation for the Games.
A visit to the observation platform on the 10th floor is a must, and it just takes 2,5 minutes to ascend on the panoramic lift to stand at 560 meters above sea level to witness an impressive 360 degree view of Barcelona.
There is a 500 meters pedestrian path to reach the bottom of the tower. Opening hours and prices.
Fun stuff about Tibidabo
- The Tibidabo Amusement Park was used as a set for a scene in the Woody Allen Oscar winning film Vicky Christina Barcelona. The director has predilection for shooting scenes of his movies in amusement parks and Barcelona was no exception.
- One of the settings in the Spanish bestseller by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, “La sombra del viento” (The shadow of the wind) which reportedly sold over 15 million copies worldwide, is in Tibidabo Avenue #32. The building actually exists and currently hosts a private clinic; it can be spotted when riding the Tramvia Blau (Blue Tram).
- Mount Tibidabo was mentioned in one episode of the legendary TV sitcom Friends, particularly in season 8 when Ross’ character has been on a dry spell for six months and Joey tells him a fictional story he made up about Barcelona to help Ross in seducing women. The story goes like this: “Years ago, when I was backpacking across western Europe. I was just outside Barcelona, hiking in the foothills of mount Tibidabo. I was at the end of this path, and I came to a clearing, and there was a lake, very secluded…”
How to get to Tibidabo:
FGC Railway: Take the FGR Railway System L7 until Av. Tibidabo Station, then walk 50 mts to nearest bus station and take Bus #196 with your regular Metro or Bus ticket, this bus takes you to Tibidabo Funicular.
Take the Tibidabo Funicular in order to get to the Tibidabo Amusement Park and viewpoint. The funicular works with a separate rate: 4,10€ (if you buy the entrance to Tibidabo Amusement Park) and 7,70€ (without buying the entrance to the park).
Blue tram (Tranvía Blau): This historic tram from 1901 is an alternate way to get to the Tibidabo Funicular. Single ticket ride stands at 4.20€. Connects with FGC Railway Station at Av. Tibidabo and the Barcelona Hop on Hop off Bus (Blue Route).
Map for Bus #196 and Blue Tram:
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