Mount Tibidabo is visible from almost all of the city. It stand tall and proud, hosting one of Barcelona’s communication towers. After travelling up the funicular the previous day to the top of Montjuïc, we hoped we wouldn’t be disappointed once again Montjuïc has very little to see at the top of it. There is a castle, which you have to pay to enter and absolutely no views. Mount Tibidabo didn’t disappoint.
We caught the bus to drop off point nearby the funicular. Or so we though, we had to walk quite a way up the hillside to the railway, but I can’t really complain as I really enjoyed the walk up. There’s two ways to get to the funicular. You can walk up the road and through a wooded park, or you can walk the whole way up the road. We chose the wooded park, as this provided some shade from the Barcelona sunshine.
Once at the funicular, you purchase your ticket and then hop on the next service up. There are nice views as you climb up the mountain. The funicular runs on a counterweight system, so when one of the cars is going up the mountain, the other one is coming down and there’s a crossover point when the two vehicles pass one another.
Once at the top of Mount Tibidabo, well there’s a really eclectic mix of things to see and do.
Vintage Theme Park
There’s strangely enough a vintage theme park on top of the mountain. There’s a handful of rides, including an aeroplane which swings out over the edge of the mountain, a carousel, a pretty ferris wheel and around 20 other rides. When we arrived, it was later in the afternoon on a Monday and it was relatively quiet on the top of the mountain, as we disembarked we were greeted by the eerie music coming from the theme park, which made the place feel a little like the start of a horror movie. But as soon as we got used to the music, you realised quite how quirky this place was, and in a good way.
The Temple of Tibidabo
We all know that there’s a lot of churches in Barcelona, but the one at the top of Tibidabo was really quite special. Also known as the Temple de Sagrat Cor (Temple of Atonement of the Sacred Heart). Inside it had a warm and welcoming feeling, like somewhere you could really go to have some quiet time or where you could go to confession. It was very pretty. Out of respect of the people in there, I didn’t take any photos, but I would urge you to visit if you are going to Barcelona.
You can also climb the steps at the side and take in the view across the whole city from the top. It’s awesome. We were lucky enough to get talking to some locals who spoke excellent English. They gave us a verbal tour of the main sights of Barcelona, pointing out a lot of the places we had been in the distance. I was literally astounded by the enormity of the city.
There’s a restaurant and a number of cafes and at the top, a gift shop and some nice view points for photos. I thought this was one of the best view points over Barcelona.
I’d highly recommend a visit up Mount Tibidabo. The people that work there are so friendly, smiley and helpful. The chap that checked our tickets on the way back down, also ‘drove’ the funicular train back down. He was also the chap that sold us our tickets in the first place. They obviously run a tight ship, but they are so nice to speak to, that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.
Return tickets on the funicular cost just €7.70 per person but are cheaper if you buy a theme park ticket. Entrance to the church was free. Tickets for the rides at the theme park are €28.50, which I personally think is very expensive for what was there.
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