TIBIDABO IN WINTER
If you are new to Barcelona, you may have noticed the illuminated building on top of the hill that from far looks like it could be a monastery or a church (which it is). Those familiar with Barcelona will know that this is “Tibidabo” and will also know that it is not only a church but also an amusement park with a variety of attractions and typical fun-fare food stalls that sell hotdogs, cotton candy, popcorn and any other food that´s bad for you but such an important part of an activity such as this. This park is the oldest one in Barcelona and has many of the original rides that date from the turn of the 20th century. The church is called Sagrat Cor (sacred heart) and took nearly 60 years to complete. There is also a massive communications tower right next to the park, which is also very visible from almost anywhere in the city.
Generally, one would associate amusement parks with summer activities. However Tibidabo is just as much fun in the winter, especially on a clear day when the height (512 meters above sea levels) offers panoramic views of not only the city, but also of the massive park behind the hill as well as vistas of Montserrat and the areas surrounding it.
To get to Tibidabo, you have a number of options to reach this unique attraction.
The most preferred method would be to take the FGC from Plaza Catalunya to Avenida Tibidabo and from there you can either take the Tramvia Blau (a blue tram car that started operating in 1901) or you can take bus number 196 (the journey will be integrated into your FGC ticket). Both of these options will take you up the hill through the impressive neighborhood with its large houses and drop you off at the base of the cablecar that will take you up to Tibidabo (called Funicular de Tibidabo). This cable car is 100 years old but still does an excellent job of taking you through the forrest of Tibidabo and offering amazing views on the way up. A return ticket will cost you around €7,50, however if you purchase a ticket to enter the amusement park it will be €4,50. Another option (if you have a car) is to drive up where you can park for around €4 for the day.
The amusement park itself will cost around €28,50 for adults and €10,30 for children under the height of 120 cm. There are a few separate rides outside of the park that can be enjoyed individually such as the Talaia (pictured here) that offers breathtaking views of Barcelona as it elevates you to 550 meters above sea level. There is also a Merry go ´Round for the young (or young at heart) as well as the “Avió” – history´s first flight simulator and Tibidabo´s most emblematic ride. When planning the trip to Tibidabo, bear in mind that once on top of the hill, the options for purchasing food are limited, which means that the few places that are available will charge a high price for average quality food. If you are planning to go on a budget, it might be better to eat before going or to take your own sandwiches and drinks.
Should you come down from Tibidabo in the late afternoon, we can highly suggested a great place for some great cocktails and tapas where you can enjoy a great view of the sunset over Barcelona before taking the bus back to the city. The restaurant is called Mirablau and they also have a disco downstairs where you can party until late (see their website for information).
Overall, Tibidabo is a great place for people of all ages. It is also an excellent spot to take visiting friends or family since it can easily be turned into a day trip which promises great photos and lasting memories. For any additional information or updates on when the park is open, have a look at their official website