We have now reached the highest point [500metres above sea level] in Barcelona. On walking out of the funicular station, turn left if you need a Toilet. This side is where the Observation Deck is, and WOW! What a view from here!
Directly infront is Temple De Sagrat Cor [see next tip]
If you turn right when walking out of the Funicular Station, then you will be at the 100 year oldl Tibidabo Amusement Park. It is antique like the rest. I still think the old fashioned Carousel is lovely. One ride that looked interesting, was the Red Aeroplane that was suspended so you thought you were flying. Of course, there is a Roller Coaster that speeds 80kph around the track.
Did you know this Amusement Park was used as a location in Woody Allen's movie "Vicky Christina Barcelona."
The park is open mainly on weekends. You need to check the website for opening times as they vary.
Adults 25.2 euro in 2011
Children under 1.2metres 9euro
The ticket includes all the rides and activities in the park.
10% discount with Barcelona card.
Hey! Did you see that? That old Tram?
The Bus is stopping near it!
Off we get and head to the Tramvia as they call it in Barcelona. This line is the last remaining one in Barcelona.
There were lots of people queueing for a ride up the Mountain, so we joined the queue.
We tried to used our transport ticket, but this is not in conjunction with those tickets,
SO YOU HAVE TO BUY A TICKET.
Tramvia Blau (Catalan for "blue tramway") is old, beginning in 1901. Don't let that worry you, as it has been nicely restored, and is quite capable of reaching the top where the Funicular del Tibidabo station is located. From here, there are nice views over Barcelona.
We were lucky, as the driver of the 1st Tram crammed everybody in, standing room only. We had to catch the 2nd Tram, and this driver left once all the seats were full. I was glad of that, as the trip up the Mountain is through a nice leafy area, lined with Mansions!
This Tram now seems to be used mainly by Tourist's like you and me. The Avenue is called de Tibidabo and ends at Placa del Doctor Andreu.
The Tramvia Blau runs every day during the summer, and also at Easter, Christmas, weekends and on public holidays.
From Av de Tibidabo 1: Going up first departure 10:00 Last departure 7:45pm
Departures every 15-30 minutes
From Placa del Doctor Andreu: Going down first departure 10:20 Last departure 8:05pm Departures every 15-30 minutes
Single ticket: 2,10 €
Return ticket: 3,10 €
Don't miss out on the opportunity of visiting Mount Tibidabo. It takes approximately an hour and fifteen minutes to get there depending on whether you take the underground or the bus.
As soon as you arrive, the first thing you'll notice is the Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor, a church that took 60 years to construct and that is topped by a sculpture of the Sacred Heart at its very peek. Stroll round the church for spectacular views of the city, including the telecommunications tower. You can access the church and take the lift to the top to see the city at 575 meters above sea level! (You will still be able to see the same view if you take the "Talaia" ride at the Tibidabo Amusement park, situated on level 6 (which is actually the first level you'll access immediately after purchasing your admission tickets).
Overlooking the church is the Tibidabo Amusement park, housing various attractions for both children and adults alike. Tickets are slightly expensive, costing 25.20 Euros per adult, but it is definitely worth spending a day in the amusement park especially if you're travelling with kids. Amongst the many attractions, if you have a "thing" for roller coasters, you might want to try the "Muntanya Russa" ride on level 1. They also have a 4D cinema on level 2 called "Dididado." [Movie is in Spanish, but it is still worth the experience if you've never been to a 4D cinema before.] Take a ride on the bumping cars and visit the "Krüeger Hotel" on level 4. The actors at the "Krüeger Hotel" are extremely convincing and they will scare the hell out of you!
The only drawback is that the attractions (as well as the staff working at the amusement park) cater very little for tourists, in that, almost no one speaks English and all the actors and staff on board will explain things to you in Spanish.
Take the L7 brown line from Plaça de Catalunya and stop at "Av Tibidabo" (this is the last stop). The L7 is more of a train rather than an underground, so follow the signs for 'Renfe" instead of the usual "Metro". When you get off the train, just cross the road to take the Tramvia Blau (a little blue tram) that will take you half way up to the mountain. You will then need to take the funicular to go up to the very top.
Tramvia Blau costs: 2.30 Euros per adult
Funicular costs: 4 Euros per adult (with return)
Always call in advance to make sure that the amusement park is open. You can also ask any of the staff at the tourist information kiosks, they normally also have the opening days and hours.
After alighting from the Tramvia it was a short walk across the road to the Funicular Station. This Station was built in 1888 as a train station building below the Mountain.
The line is 1152 metres long, is old, and was put into use in 1901. The Funicular looked to be a heritage item too!
I believe the Funicular only operates when the amusement park at the top is open.
Price in 2011 is 8 euros return.
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.
Day & night, we could see this Catholic Temple from all over Barcelona. We didn't know where it was located until we came here, on top of Tibidabo Mountain.
Looks like they are not in a hurry to complete Churches in Barcelona, as this one took 60 years, being finally completed in 1960. On October 29, 1961, it received the title of minor Basilica, given by the Pope.
To look inside was FREE, but to go up the top where the large statue of Christ was, cost 2 EURO.
THIS IS A MUST IN MY OPINION.
A lift takes you to the top, and from there we were able to walk around, then go up spiral staircases, higher and higher. The view from here was even better!
Yes, I mean using your legs!
On the way up the Mountain in the Tramvia, I noticed lots of beautiful homes, and a Submarine. After a discussion, we decided to walk down the Mountain so we really could view these lovely homes, and find out about the Submarine.
Walking downhill is quite easy, and it is well worth doing the journey this way. The veteran Submarine belonged to the science building, Cosmo Caixa which was a very short walk off Avenue Tibidabo. The building is quite impressive.
We didn't go in this time, but at least you know it is easy to find.
More details on the website below.....
One of my favourite places in Barcelona is this park, Tibidabo. This symbol of Barcelona is in the highest point of the city (542 metres). You have a great view of Barcelona. There are very good rides, particularly the free fall from 40 metres, really exciting!!!!!!!!
Out of the park there is a beautiful cathedral. You can go inside and go to the top of it taking an elevator.
For timetible and prices of the park check the website below.
Tibidabo is a family theme park situated on one of the higest points of Barcelona. It has nothing to do compared with other parks that you may have visited taking into account that this park has existed since nearly a hundred years so it a good chance to see how parks were before your other experiences. The park however has been updated constantly during this time to offer the best servies, security and enjoyment to its visitors. Check out their web site to be sure if the park is open and for its timings. A full day adult ticket costs 24 Euros - however if you have a touristic bus ticket the price reduces to 17 Euros, so get the bus tour before any other attraction to avail of the discoutns that you can get at other places in this fantastic city.
Most people who visit Mt Tibidabo probably take the bus, but I actually ended up walking the entire way, I wouldn't suggest doing this, but I was persuaded by some adventure starved friends of mine. So after being chased by a dog(long story) and walking up many hills we arrived at the highest point in Barcelona, at the top there is a great view of the city(although not much better than the one you'll get at Parc Guell) a cathedral and for those with bored kids there's a theme park as well. This is an interesting place but if you don't have too much time it's not an absolute must see.
Wow, I enjoyed every part of this whole trip! From getting the funicular up to Tibidabo, to getting it back down again!
Mount Tibidabo is the mountain that overlooks Barcelona.
Firstly, it was my first time on a funicular and it was great to travel on a different mode of transport.
Once at the top, after enjoying the stunning views on the way, you are faced with an amazing church. To the right is a fairground and to the left is set of places you can grab yourself a snack, a drink and a place to sit.
The entrance to the church is up steps and the mosaics and carvings above the doors are just beautiful. You can walk all the way up to the base of the huge Jesus statue and get the most spectacular views of Barcelona.
The fairground is fun and the cafe's are a little more expensive - but hey, if you're thirsty, you're thirsty!
All that's left to say is have a fab time! I certainly did!
What a surpise when I saw the Blue Tram (Tramvia Blau) was in fact Red ;-). Fortunately the other tram is blue. Nevermind the color as I was happy to do this ride avoiding me to walk a steep hill up to Tibidabo.
Operating since 1901, the Tramvia Blau will offer a picturesque way of reaching the Tibidabo. In a residential area, this old fashioned tramway runs through the leafy setting of the mountainside, before ending at the foot of the funicular railway. It covers a route of 1,276m, reaching an altitude of 93m.
Another interesting historical fact: I learn that Gaudi was knocked down by this tram and died three day later in 1926.
Fare (TMB pass no valid on this tram)
Single ticket EUR 2,20
Return ticket EUR 3,30
Ticket is sale on board of the tramway or at the tram stop.
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.
Tibidabo is the highest hill in Barcelona. If the air is clear and sunny, it's a great place for views over the city. The locals come up here for some thrills at the amusement park Parc d'Atraccions, which has rides and a house of horrors. As hair-raising as anything at the Parc, however, is the glass lift that goes 115m up to a visitors' observation area at Torre de Collserola telecommunications tower.
Barcelona has a second mountain, apart from the Montjuic one. It's called Tibidabo and its first construction was a small hermitage built in 1886 after a visit of St. John Bosco, placed on the highest point (518 metres). Currently this chapel is attached to the big basilica, the Expiatory Temple of Spain, designed by Sagnier in 1911. In fact there are two places of worship, the main church on top and the crypt on botton, just in the street. There are a chapel inside where the Holy Eucharisty is worshiped 24 hours daily. The crypt is very beautiful, with representations of different sanctuaries in Spain, as the Montserrat one. The main gate is presided by the Virgin of "La Merced" and there are sculptures of the patron saints of Spain and Catalonia at its sides. The whole basilica is like a gigantic pedestal to the 7 metres tall Sacred Heart, with His arms opened to the city of Barcelona.
Barcelona tiene una segunda montaña, además de la de Montjuic. Es la de Tibidabo y su primera construcción es una pequeña ermita construida en 1886 tras la visita de San Juan Bosco en el lugar más altom a 518 metros. Actualmente esta capilla está unida a la gran basílica, el Templo Expiatorio de España, diseñado por Sagnier en 1911. En realidad hay dos lugares de oración, la iglesia principal en lo alto y la cripta abajo, justo en la calle. Hay una capilla dentro donde el Santísimo es adorado diariamente las 24 horas del día. La cripta es muy bonta, con representaciones de diferentes santuarios de España, como el de Montserrat. La puerta principal está presidida por la Virgen de la Merced y hay esculturas de los patrones de España y Cataluña a sus lados. Toda la basílica es como un gingantesco pedestal para el Sagrado Corazón de 7 metros, con Sus brazos abiertos a la ciudad de Barcelona.
Mass schedule / Horario de misas
Weekdays / Diario: 8:00, 12:00, 17:00, 19:00
Sundays / Domingos: 8:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 17:00, 19:00