A day out at the Tibidabo Amusement Park in Barcelona

Published on February 15, 2020 by Catalan Holidays


Visiting Barcelona and its surrounding area means uncovering some of the most beautiful and interesting nooks in the city. Tibidabo is, without a doubt, one of them. A vast region full of pine trees in the Collserola mountains, from where you can catch a glimpse of the beautiful capital city. Here you can enjoy one of the most famous and historic amusement parks in the country, located on the mountain of the same name. The Tibidabo area offers visitors an excellent opportunity to spend the day together as a family or with friends and marvel at one of the most emblematic spots in this great city.

A short history of Tibidabo

Due to its privileged location and height, just over 500 metres above sea level, the entire area that looked out over Barcelona from the Tibidabo mountain was very quickly marked by the upper class and, especially by Salvador Andreu, to be urbanised throughout the 19th century. Its enviable views prompted the Catalan bourgeoisie to live in the area, who very quickly took a special interest in contracting renowned architects and financing the construction of very beautiful Modernist buildings along Avenida del Tibidabo.

Tibidabo Amusement Park

Mentioning Tibidabo is the same as referencing its famous and century-old amusement park, considered the oldest in the country and the second oldest on

the continent. It is an obligatory visit on every self-respecting city tour, as much for families as school or friend groups who hope to enjoy a fun day out on its more than 30 attractions for every age. Already mythical attractions in the city, where some of the most traditional ones exist alongside other more modern ones.

Perhaps the park’s most famous attraction is the Avio plane, a faithful replica of a plane from the year 1927, famous for travelling the distance between the capital city and the Spanish capital. It is considered to be the first flight simulator of all time. The Talaia Watchtower is another essential attraction, because it lets you enjoy the best views of the city. Alongside this, the colourful Giradabo, a type of Ferris wheel, also offers the opportunity to see Barcelona and even the Mediterranean sea, as this attraction is in the highest part of Tibidabo.

Equally, the Teacups (Las Tazas) are another great attraction for the younger ones and families who hope to ride one of the more traditional and famous attractions in Tibidabo. Some small spinning teacups, which both children and grown-ups will enjoy. Another renowned attraction is the Roller Coaster, famous for its track between the trees in the Forest of Tibidabo. Embruixabruixes takes the helm as the park’s first attraction, now offering visitors a spectacular rail trip.

The impressive Temple of the Sacred Heart

However, Tibidabo mountain is not only a great amusement park. It is also possible to visit other spots of great beauty and great interest such as the Temple of the Sacred Heart, a striking Catholic hermitage. It is in the Neogothic style, with Neo-Romanesque and Neo-Byzantine elements. It was designed by Enric Sagnier at the turn of the last century and was topped with an iconic bronze statue. Its location makes it one of the favourite spots on Tibidabo to enjoy stunning views of the capital city.

Another must-visit in Tibidabo, if you want to enjoy impressive views, is the Collserola Tower, one of the most representative elements of this part of the city. It stands two hundred and eighty-two metres high, which made it essential in its time

as a means of communication throughout the city. Built in a key year, 1992, the year of the Olympic Games, it was a true turning point to put Barcelona on the international scene as one of the most important cities on the planet.

An obligatory enclave for those people who go to Tibidabo, is the area around the Fabra Observatory, a perfect place for fans of astronomy, seismology and meteorology. Built in 1901 under the protection and financing of the Marquis of Alella, Camil Fabra, nowadays it is one of the most important buildings in the city, as much for its high scientific and cultural value as for the exquisite views that it gives of the whole of Barcelona.

Another of the most characteristic elements of Tibidabo is its emblematic Funicular Railway, which joined this part of the city with Doctor Andre Square for years. It was the first funicular railway in the country, which crossed an area of great beauty in its more than 1,000-metre-long trip through the pine trees. It was one of the favourite modes of transport to access the park area. A new project to repurpose the old Funicular for the modern day in the Glow-Worm ride (Cuca de Llum) will allow us to enjoy one of the most recommended trips for visitors who wish to enjoy incomparable views of the city and get to know all the details surrounding this part of Barcelona.

In the Tibidabo area it is possible to enjoy extraordinary nooks and perfect viewpoints from where you can admire the beauty of Barcelona. It is possible to observe the most characteristic buildings of the city as well as the most typical zones of the capital city both by day and by night. Everyone who goes to Barcelona for the first time, such as those who hope to enjoy an unforgettable day out in one of the most fun amusement parks in the country, must make note of Tibidabo Amusement Park as an obligatory stop in their itinerary. A place that, without a doubt, will leave nobody unmoved.

How to get to Tibidabo?

Everyone who hopes to reach Tibidabo, has several options available to them. One of the most recommended for its views is the mythical funicular railway. It is necessary to get to Tibidabo station using the “Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya” trains which leave from Catalan Square. When you get to Tibidabo station, there will be number 196 buses available which take visitors to the funicular railway station, which will connect you with the entrance to the amusement park in minutes.

Another option is the famous “Tibibus” which leaves from Catalan Square. Although it is quicker and cheaper than the funicular, it does not give the same impressive views. There is also another similar option, on the useful Barcelona Tourist Bus which crosses the city and makes a stop on Avenida Tibidabo; from there, it is possible to get on the Blue Tram, which takes visitors to the funicular railway station. The funicular is, most certainly, the best option to get to Tibidabo and enjoy the great beauty of the city of Barcelona.

Where to stay near Barcelona

Our recommendations are coastal accommodation near to the city of Barcelona. There are areas on the Catalan coast that allow you to be between the sea and the mountains at the same time as being near to the city of Barcelona.

Holiday homes on the Barcelona coast
Holiday homes on the Costa Dorada
Holiday homes on the Costa Bravaproperties

On the other hand, have you thought of holiday rentals of houses with private pools y holiday rentals of houses that accept dogs or other pets. Through this link you have all our holiday homes in Catalonia.

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