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Climb the Tibidabo
Barcelona is surrounded by hills and mountains and two names are linked especially with the city: The Montjuic, close to the city centre and the Tibidabo, a 512 metres high mountain, which is also the highest peak of the Serra de Collserola. Tibidabo, coming from vulgar Latin “I give you”, is further away from the city and has not all the kind of attractions like the Montjuic. The only mentionable things are a beautiful church, a TV tower and an old amusement park. However, it has the most splendid view on Barcelona you could imagine. That alone is worth taking the trip to the top of the Tibidabo. The amusement park is rather something for families with kids, however friends of old merry-go-rounds and similar attractions from the early 20th century will enjoy that too. The church “Temple de Sagrat Cor” was built between 1902 and 1961, another Barcelona project which surpassed the planned construction time. Name and architectural style are borrowed from Paris’ Sacre-Coeur. The TV tower, Torre de Collserola, has a viewing platform which can be visited too. With the height of the Tibidabo itself, I don’t think that it is really worth a visit to get a good view over Barcelona and the mountains.
The peak of the Tibidabo can be reached via car or bus (parking lot just a short footpath away) or by a funicular railway from a station at Placa del Doctor Andreu (which is also the terminus of the classic tram line “Tramvia Blau”. We chose to walk up and down on two different ways from and to this station. It’s not the most comfortable way and it involved some muddy cross-country footpaths. But it was a walk to remember – my friend and me both laugh just by mentioning the word “Tibidabo”.
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Torre de Collserola
Torre de Collserola (or Torre Foster) is a uniquely designed tower located on the Tibidabo hill in Barcelona. It was designed by architect Lord Norman Foster, and built in 1992 for the 1992 Olympic Games. It features a pod for floor space like many towers but uses guide lines for lateral support like a mast. Mainly used as a TV and radio transmitter, this futuristic design provides the highest viewpoint over the city. The top antenna reaches 288.4m (946 ft) and the top of the pod, which has thirteen floors, reaches 152m (499 ft). The tenth floor of the pod is open to the public.
A "divine" view
This is one of two mountains overlooking Barcelona. I read that the word "Tibidabo" comes from the Latin "to thee I shall give." James Michener, in his book "Iberia" tells of a proud Catalan man who insisted on taking Michener to this mountain for the spectaclar view of the city and surrounding area. When they reached the top the man explained that this is where the devil brought Jesus to tempt him - this is probably the origin of the name. At any rate, it is a great vantage point for great views. There is also an amusement park as you can see in the photo. We didn't venture into it, but it would be a good place for kids.
I will give you
Tibidabo gets it name from the bible. When Satan tempted Jesus by showing him all the riches of the world from a mountain top, he said "...haec omnia tibi dabo si cadens adoraveris me" which means "All this I will give you if you fall down and worship me"
The name tibidabo refers to the views and that view is spectacular. The two main attractions at Tibidabo are the church (Sagrat Cor) and the amusement park.
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The Magic Mountain
The mountain of Tibidabo (512 metres in altitude) is the highest point of the Collserola hills, rising between the passes of Vallvidrera and Serola, and it hosts an amusement park which has recently been recovered by the Barcelona City Council. Everyone in the city remembers its fantastic grottoes, the dizzying experience of the Talaia, the Hall of Mirrors with its grotesque reflections, the excitement of the Aeromàgic, the fascination of the old fair of automatons ... sensations which can now be rediscovered by young and old since 15 April, when the park reopened its gates to the public. Barcelona has recovered its emblematic amusement park, the first in Spain and the second oldest in Europe.
The origins of the amusement park
The origins of the Tibidabo amusement park date back to 1899, when the pharmaceutical pioneer Salvador Andreu founded the Tibidabo Company, one of whose aims was to create a recreational area on the hilltop for the enjoyment of the people of the city.
The Blue Tram, the Funicular and the attractions
The Blue Tram and the Funicular were inaugurated on 29 October 1901, and shortly afterwards the first attractions were installed on Tibidabo. The park still conserves some of the most significant ones that have filled it during its hundred years of existence: for example, the Castle of Terror and the Big Dipper (roller coaster). Or one of its most unusual items: the aeroplane, which dates from 1928 and is a replica of the model that made the first flight between Barcelona and Madrid.
Tibidabo Amusement Park
The Tibidabo Amusement park, houses 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.
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A hundred years after it started and the builders are still working on it!
Even so, it is an amazing site!
It must have come from the mind of a warped genius!
I loved it. Must be one of the top 3 things to see in Barca
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tibidabo, the massive western...
Tibidabo, the massive western hill overlooking the city, crowned with a basilica and an amusement park. We decided to go check it out, striking out from our hostel near Placa de Catalunya. We kept walking ... and kept walking ... and walked basically across the entire city, then up a huge hill to where the funicular railway began ... only to discover that the train wasn't running that day (it closes midweek). So we walked up the rest of the mountain, and when we finally got to the top, sunburnt and parched, exhausted but triumphant, we discovered that the amusement park was ... closed. D'oh! But the view was worth the climb, and the vending machines were still operating so we could snag some Bio Frutas Tropical.
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.
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