When visiting Barcelona you’ll have a stack of things you want to see and do but let us ask you this, what are your thoughts on Tobidabo? In the rush of trying to fit everything in many travelers forget about visiting Tibidabo which is the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola and offers spectacular views of the city and coastline – get the Instagram out guys! At 512 metres, the mountain rises steeply above Barcelona but is easy to reach via a tram and train and is definitely worth the visit!
The ‘Tramvia Blau’, meaning the small blue tram, was built in 1901 and was in fact the first of its kind in Spain, so the ride up to Tibidabo is historically significant and put simply, charming. You can board the tram from Plaça de John F. Kennedy and then sit back and enjoy the views as it takes you Plaça del Doctor Andreu, where it then connects with the railway. The tram travels through lush greenery and passes through Barcelona’s most affluent residential area so there is a lot to take in on the journey up.
Once you reach the top of Tibidabo you’ll find a bustling amusement park, a telecommunication tower and the Catholic church, the Temple de Sagrat Cor, all of which are visible from most of the city. The amusement park is the oldest in Barcelona and most of its rides are originals so it’s definitely worth a looksee once you get up there, and for any Woody Allen fans, the park actually featured in his film Vicky Cristina Barcelona so it might even look familiar to you!
The park is very old and tired but still extremely unique, so once you’ve had a go on some of the rides (don’t expect Disneyland people), focus your attention on the Temple de Sagrat Cor which is pretty damn amazing! The church is described by some as ‘Barcelona’s answer to Paris’ Sacré Cœur’ and it’s certainly just as visible and eye-catching, with its statue of the Sacred Heart with his arms outreached on the very top of it. Temple de Sagrat Cor took 60 years to build and stands tall at the top of the mountain, captivating the attention of all who pass by. Both the interior and exterior are so detailed and beautiful so make sure you allow enough time to properly take it all in and of course get pics of.
Having now seen almost everything that Tibidabo has to offer you can skip the telecommunication tower (unless you really don’t want to, in which case go right ahead) and now just take time to admire the breathtaking views. It really doesn’t get much better than this and is the perfect end to an afternoon in Barcelona.