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Tibidabo - A long way up
Tibidabo is a rather curious place. It has a church, and pretty large funfair park, which even contains a place to ice skate. It has a large church dedicated to the sacred heart. It also has some pretty amazing views down to Barcelona, as Tibidabo is high up on a mountain.
I have to admit I found the whole place a little tacky. I love rollercoaster rides, but the funfair looked a bit on the boring side, so I didn't even bother to go in. The whole place seems to be designed to relieve people of money, either by selling them religious knick-knacks or by getting them into overprices and not very special attractions.
If you drive to the peak, there are some great little mountain villages on the way, where you can stop off and get a great meal in the mountain air.
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Just outside of Barcelona,you can go to EL TIBIDABO,a mountain,where you can visit,this beautiful basilic,and the oldest of Barcelona´s Funfair,also called Tibidabo.
To go up,the best way,is use the Funicular.
Tranvia Blau - The Blue Tram
I wouldn't describe this as a "must see" but it makes for a pleasant morning/afternoon out. Catch the FGC (Ferrocarrils Catalans - Catalan Railways) from Balmes station (junction of Balmes and Provenca streets) in the city centre to Tibidabo station. Walk a little way up the hill to the Tranvia Blau (Blue Tram) stop. Take the tram up the hill to the terminus (a small square) and then catch the funicular to Tibidabo for a panoramic view of the city.
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Tibidabo is a mountaintop on the edge of the city of Barcelona. Located on the top is The Sacred Heart Church as well as the Tibidabo Funfair. To get there you take the funicular which is closed during the week in the winter. We didn't know this until we got there so unfortunately we didn't actually get to see it up close, but I'm sure this cathedral and Amusement park (interesting combo!) is worth checking out.
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So Barcelona has the history, architecture, wonderful temples, cathedrals, museums, beaches, great restaurants and nightlife. All that's needed now is a nearby mountain to view this beautiful city in all its splendour.
It shouldn't come as a surprise to find that there are two, Montjuic and Mount Tibidado. Tibidado is the highest and is very easy to get to. The blue tram takes you up the first stage at a very leisurely pace so that you can enjoy the view. The Funicular then takes you the rest of the way up the steepest part until you reach the summit.
At the summit you will find an amusement park (probably ideal more for children than adults), the Sagrat Cor, a church modelled on the Sacre-Couer in Paris. Atop of the church is huge statue of Christ overlooking Barcelona. The other attraction is the Torre de Collserola, the huge telecommunications tower built for the 1992 Olympics. The view from the summit is spectacular, with an uninterupted view of Barcelona and the Meditteranean.
Please see my travelogue for more pictures of Tibidado.
Best time to visit - Make the trip on the clearest day possible and try to be at the summit late afternoon as the haze will be less and the views much better. The sunsets are unforgettable if you want to stay that long.
Opening hours - The times for the Blue tram, Funicular, and Amusement park during the year seem to vary with who you ask. Best to find out locally or phone the Amusement park as they should know the times for the tram and Funicular.
The Communications tower was closed when I visited, possibly for security reasons. Check when you're there.
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The views from the top spires of the Sacred Heart Church atop Tibidabo are incredible. Even if the ferris wheel is not running, the time spent to climb the stairs to the top platforms of the chruch are well worth the effort.
Views from the top...
The views from the Sacred Heart Church are absolutely stunning. You can go atop the Neo-Gothic portion of the church and see from a bird's eye view across the city of Barcelona and the hills and valleys that surround it. It is definitely worth the trip up and can be quite windy on cooler days. Breathtaking. The gentleman who runs the lift will also take you to the other chapels and areas of the church on your way back down.
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Temple of the Sacred Heart
In 1886 Giovanni Bosco was offered a piece of land at the top of the mountain to raise a temple dedicated to the Sacred Heart. An oratorium was built first, and it is still conserved. In 1902 the construction of the great expiatory temple began. It is a monumental building designed in neo-Gothic style by Enric Sagnier, and is crowned by a bronze statue of the Sacred Heart. The construction of the temple was completed in 1961. An elevator takes visitors up to the top of the temple, 575 metres above sea level. It is actually two churches built on top of one another. The views are amazing!
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Our guidebook described the Torre Collserola (Communications Tower) as the ultimate thrill ride, so we were definitely going there! You have to take the train (from the Catalunya station) to the Peu del Funicular stop. There you take the Funicular de Vallvidrera up the hill. When you get off of the funicular, go through the station and out onto the street where you can catch Bus 211 (or Bus 111) just around the corner. The bus will take you to the tower parking lot and you will have to walk from there.
Follow the stone walkway all the way around the base of the tower to the entrance. The price for adults is eight Euro. We just happened to be there at a perfect time - we were the ONLY people there! We took the GLASS ELEVATOR up to the top of the tower (around 900 feet up), which isn't recommended if you are afraid of heights. The tower has a 360 degree observatory, which is all enclosed. You can get some great views of the city, of Tibidabo, and of communities beyond Barcelona. It was a great way to get more familiar with the geography and landscape of this area of Spain. We took about an hour to look around, take some pictures, and then descend on the elevator.
We decided to skip the bus ride (we didn't want to wait for the next one), so we walked the whole way back down to the funicular station, which was pretty cool!
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Take the funicular to Tibidabo
On the North side of Barcelona lies Tibidabo Mountain. Even though it was November the weather was great and views were brilliant. With a pair of binoculars you can see Barcelona's landmarks and main buildings.
Tip- Don't use the telescopes, they are often out of focus.
The main attraction however is the Temple de Sacrat Cor (Temple of the Sacred Heart) I got a great picture of Christ the Redeamer which stands at the summit.
Tibidabo translates from Latin as "when the devil took Christ to a high place and tried to tempt him"
Church and funfair
Make sure you visit the church that overlooks Barcelona.
This can be reached via a combination of metro/tram/funicular or bus/tram/funicular or the hard way like I did - walking from the Ramlbas to the funicular. Outstanding architecture, superb views across barcelona and - a funfair for the kids.
At the north end of the FGC line U7, at Avinguda (Avenue) Tibidabo, is the southern terminal of a 'heritage' trolley line known as Tramvia Blau, the 'Blue Tram', the only tramway in Barcelona at this time. (However, Barcelona has many wide avenues that would do quite well with modern LRV light rail and in fact a test track was constructed along Avinguda Diagonal a few years ago for this purpose.) At the terminal there is a single track curbside on the northbound lane of a street. Just north of the terminal it becomes two tracks and runs in the middle (traffic) lane of the road. After crossing a bridge over a motorway, the Tramvia Blau heads up the side of the Tibidabo mountain, still street running, up a steep twisty road. Just before heading up the mountain, a small car barn is down a spur track on a side street.
the Tramvia Blau
At the top of the Tramvia Blau tram line is the base station of a funicular, named for the Tibidabo mountain. This is the longest and steepest of Barcelona's three funiculars. It is also running somewhat older cabins than the other two, with manually operated doors and brakes. The cabins look like Volkswagen Microbuses and are painted by local art students (which at first looks like graffiti but looks right at home on vehicles that resemble Microbuses). At the top of the Tibidabo funicular is a 'fun fair' (a small amusement park) and a large cathedral overlooking the city of Barcelona. This funicular only runs half-hourly during the off peak season but is only a five minute ride.
For me this is the best must-see activity. The Tibidabo Mountain is the highest point (512 m) of the Collserola Mountain Range. Its name comes from latin words 'tibi dabo' and it means 'I will give you', in the memories of Christ Tentations when devil offered him the world from a mountain.
Do not expect exciting attractions like the ones you can find in the huge Port Aventura amusement park or any other you've been to, but the orientation of the park is to be a place with a familiar atmosphere and nice views of the city.
Parc Atraccions Tibidabo
Amusement Park on hill overlooking Barcelona
Great location with amazing views. Can get there by walking up side of mountain (no thanks) or taking a funicular to top of mountain (absolutely!). Nice way to spend an afternoon.
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