Tibidado is the highest peak in the Collserola mountain range. It features amazing view of Barcelona and several entertainment venues
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Tibidabo mountain is the best place in the city for spectacular views of Barcelona from top to bottom. Standing at 512 meters (1680 ft), this mountain it's the highest point in Barcelona and a very popular sightseeing spot.
A visit to Tibidabo should be scheduled in your Barcelona travel plan. This place is without a doubt one of the best things to do in Barcelona.
What to do at Tibidabo
Tibidabo Amusement Park
The only amusement park in Barcelona, this attraction has over 100 years of history. More than 25 exciting rides will let you discover the city and have fun with amazing views. In fact, one of the most amazing hotels with great views in Barcelona is located at Tibidabo.
Expiatory Church of the Sacred Heart
This catholic church of neo-gothic style is the most visible structure in Barcelona at night. Constructed in 1961, it features amazing views of the city from its vantage point. On top of that, you can reach the rooftop through a lift for even better views of Barcelona.
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. It takes just 2,5 minutes to ascend on the panoramic lift at 560 meters above sea level to witness an impressive 360 degree view of Barcelona.
There is a pedestrian path to reach the bottom of the tower. Opening hours and prices.
How to get to Tibidabo
There are several ways to get to Tibidabo.
1. Tibidabo Avenue
This option requires three steps:
- Go to Plaza Catalunya and take the FGC Railway trains until Av. Tibidabo station.
- Once there, locate the free shuttle T2C bus that will take to the Tibidabo Funicular, also called “Cuca de Llum”.
- Take the Tibidabo Funicular Railway that will drop you very close to the amusement park.
The return price ticket is 12€. You can get the online tickets directly in their official website.
2. Tibibus T2A – Nord Bus Station
This option requires two steps. (It's recommended if you're located closer to the city center, especially in the Eixample area close to Arc de Triomf.
- Get to Nord Bus Station using the metro L1 (Arc de Triomf station).
- Once there, locate the shuttle bus T2A, that will take you to the base of the Tibidabo Funicular Railway. The price of this bus is 3€ per person.
3. Barcelona Hop-on Hop off Bus
Last but not least, the Barcelona Hop-on Hop-Off bus is by far the easiest way of getting to Tibidabo. Not only it has a stop right at the Amusent Park, you can get to other Barcelona landmarks in a straightforward manner, with audio commentary included.
Fun stuff about Tibidabo
The 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.
Furthermore, the building at number 32 in Tibidabo avenue is one of the settings of the book “La sombra del viento” (The shadow of the wind). This bestseller, written by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, sold over 15 million copies worldwide.