Tibidabo

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Tibidabo

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.

Tibidabo

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Tibidabo

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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18 thoughts on “Tibidabo

  1. Sounds like a great day out with family. So much to do. Thank you for stopping by LTM and linking up to SWM. I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round of #sharewithme

  2. This sounds like fab day out! Usually you get to the top of a mountain and its a bit of anti climax with nothing to do, but this sounds really good, plenty to do! Fab views as well 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes
    Debbie

    • Sally Sally says:

      Hi Debbie. Yes it's a really nice place. I would highly recommend a visit if you are sightseeing in Barcelona. Thanks for hosting!

  3. We love vintage theme parks 🙂 I also really it's Barcelona although we last visited about 10 years ago. Hopefully we will go back soon and try out the fanicular railway too X #whatevertheweather

    • Sally Sally says:

      Oh if you like vintage theme parks, you'd be quite keen on this one I should imagine. It was really quirky. I can't fault it there. The funicular was so fun, I expect if you travel with kids they'd love it too.

  4. I love vintage theme parks! It looks like this one was in a great spot. The scenery is gorgeous! Thanks for taking me on the trip with you, I'm learning so much about the world through you. Perhaps the theme park didn't have much, but I'm a sucker for them and a vintage circus!

    • Sally Sally says:

      Yes I expect the theme park might be better in the height of summer or on a weekend - it looked quite small when we went but maybe we weren't party to what was actually there as a lot of it looked closed. It was lovely to walk about though. The church was so pretty.

  5. It looks fantastic, although the eerie theme park music would freak me out! I've been thinking about visiting Barcelona, so will keep this in mind ash boys love trains and we've only been on the one funicular, they're so much fun to go on!
    Thanks so much to linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 X

    • Sally Sally says:

      The boys would love it. There's so much to do in Barcelona. The funicular is fun, whatever age you are. Thanks for hosting.

  6. I love funicular railways. The views from them are amazing aren't they. The vintage theme park sounds really really cool, but that temple is simply stunning. I'd love to see something like that in person. Thank you so much for linking to #whatevertheweather.x

    • Sally Sally says:

      It was beautiful. So peaceful inside. And it was so unexpected, on top of a mountain, next to a theme park. Thanks for popping by Chloe.

    • Sally Sally says:

      I'd never heard of it before either. It's a real gem though. So nice to be up and high and take in the sprawling city. Plus there's lots of unexpected parts to the mountain. I hope you have a lovely time if you do go back Lisa.

  7. Every time we travel to Barcelona to see grandma, the girls want to go to the Tibidabo. Stunning views from there and the park is so fun! It was the first one in Barcelona and had few attractions, some of them last until now like the Atalaia, the Airplane and the Carrilet (the one it's suspended from a railway)
    By the way, did you know that the word Tibidabo meant "Magic Mountain"?
    Hugs,

    Pili

    • Sally Sally says:

      I didn't know that Pili. It suits it perfectly though, it felt really special being up there. I'd definitely visit the mountain again if we travelled back.

    • Sally Sally says:

      Yes you should Leanne - it's a really interesting mix of things up there. We were dubious after going up Montjuic but Tibidabo was so much better. I hope you get to travel back to Barcelona.

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