Tibidabo is the famous mountain which overlooks Barcelona. With its 512 meters, it is the highest mountain in the Serra de Collserola. Collserola is an impressive natural spot, with a forest of around 10 million trees providing a habitat for a large range of wildlife. It affords spectacular views over the city and the surrounding coastline. On the top of the Tibidabo Mountain, there is an amusement park, a telecommunications tower (Torre de Collserola) and the Catholic church (Temple de Sagrat Cor), all of them are visible from most of the city.
Tibidabo amusement park
Tibidabo amusement park is a 100 years old and therefore one of the oldest in the world. The park was built in 1889 and many rides date back to that time, which gives the park a quirky feeling.
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Temple de Sagrat Cor
The Church Sagrat Cor, designed by Enric Sagnier, is located on the top of Tibidabo Mountain in Barcelona. The church took over 60 years to construct and is now the illuminated building at the top of the tallest hill overlooking Barcelona. Sagrat Cor is very nice to visit because of its fabulous views of Barcelona and to see the statue of Jesus on that height. Not only the view from above is amazing, no matter where you are in Barcelona, you will always spot the beautiful church at night since it is so beautiful illuminated by night.
Also to be found on this mountain range is the Collserola Tower, a modern telecommunications antenna designed by Norman Foster and inaugurated in 1992 at the time of the Olympic games, and boasts a viewing platform at the top. It is 268 m tall and situated in the turó de Vilana (vallvidrera).
How to reach Tibidabo Mountain
Take the brown Line, L7 from Plaza de Catalunya Metro. Note, this is a train rather than the Metro, so follow signs for Renfe. Get off at Avenida Tibidabo. From there you will take the Tramvia Blue which takes you half way up the mountain. To reach the park at the top, you also need to catch a funicular train from the half-way point.
Once you reach the top, you will be provided with amazing views of Barcelona, an amusement park for the kids and adults, a beautiful church and a full day of joy and fun. So you are planning a vacation in Barcelona? A visit to Tibidabo Mountain will be definitely on your to do list now!