Barcelona | Tibidabo, the amusement park in the clouds
Barcelona is surrounded by many mountains and hills and the tallest by far is called Tibidabo. Many locals ride up to the top on their bikes, take a walk along the panorama path Carretera de les Aigües or enjoy a family day in the Amusement Park. Tibidabo is definitely worth a visit and still remains one of the last touched tourist attraction in the city.
From almost anywhere in Barcelona you can make out the Sagrat Cor church and it’s statue of Christ keeping watch over the city. From the viewpoint in front of the church, you can enjoy the most stunning view over Barcelona and the Costa Brava. Just below was built the Amusement Park Tibidabo, one of the oldest in the world!
The park has over 30 rides and attractions but is a little bit past its best days as theme parks go. But it still offers a fun day of viewing Barcelona from the mountains, whilst riding around in a rollercoaster.
If you do not want to visit all the Amusement Park, you can just enjoy the most emblematic part of the Park, the Panorama Area. Here you have a spectacular view over Barcelona and the possibility to use some attractions. If you’ve got a head for heights, take a ride on the 50m high Ferris wheel ‘Talaia’ which will make you the highest point in Barcelona. “Avio” is another ride that offers you a stunning view of Barcelona while you are sitting in a small red airplane, slowly and horizontally rotating.
HOW TO GET THERE: Take the Ferrocaril L7 to the terminus Avenida Tibidabo. From there, take bus no. 196 or the old blue tram (Tramvia Blau) to the ground station of the Funicular. The Funicular takes you directly to the entrance of the park.
OPENING HOURS: Since the opening hours and dates vary almost every month, it’s best to check the latest schedules before you plan your visit: tibidabo.cat
TICKETS: General Entrance Tickets: 28.50 Euro | Children (under 1.20m in height): 10.30 Euro | Children (<0.90m in height): 0.0 Euro
Panoramic Area ticket: 12.70 Euro | Children (under 1.20m in height: 7.80 Euro | Children (<0.90m in height): 0.0 Euro
To avoid the lines you can buy your tickets online here.
Carretera de les Aigües
The panorama path Carretera de les Aigües is rarely known by any tourist. It is a great alternative to the Amusement park and maybe a more authentic way to enjoy the nature and the view of Barcelona. With its nearly 10 kilometers in length, it is a popular trail for cyclists and hikers. The path is practically horizontal which makes it perfect for a walk with kids. Here you can enjoy the rich and varied flora and fauna. It’s a great place to take a picnic under the pine trees with an amazing view on Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea.
HOW TO GET THERE: The easiest way to get to the Carretera de les Aigües is to take the Funicular de Vallvidrera which stops one third of the way along the path.
STROLLER FRIENDLY: Absolutely!
DURATION: 1h – 1.5h walking time – Length: 10 km
Check out the walk on the map below:
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