That high rising mountain with its little glowing basilica hat keeps watch over the city and can be seen from just about anywhere in Barcelona.
That’s Tibidabo mountain – meaning ‘I will give you’ in Latin.
And just how much does it give, my prospective Barcelona tourist?
Well, for starters it gives the best (and only :P) amusement park in Barcelona – but that’s only the half of it.
WHAT TO DO AT TIBIDABO
While it’s not one of the essential things to do in Barcelona I still recommend people, especially families with kids, to get some Tibidabo tickets and head up this 512 meter (1700 feet) mountain backdrop.
This unique Barcelona mountain escape offers you the chance to:
- Spend the afternoon with family away from the chaos of the city.
- Enjoy the most beautiful panoramic views of Barcelona.
- See the postcardesque basilica Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
- Get thrilled at a vintage Amusement Park built in 1889
The emblematic, completely restored 100 year old Ferris Wheel takes you to even greater heights and short of a €500 private helicopter tour is the best view of the entire city.
Those going to Tibidabo for rides will find it divided in two: an amusement park that’s perfect for kids and families where you find all the classics, and another called Sky Walk for those looking for a bit more risk 😉
To give you a better idea of the park check out my Tibidabo album.
THE TIBIDABO MOUNTAIN AMUSEMENT PARK
A child’s dream: this Barcelona theme park is about games, entertainment, and adrenaline.
Let your kids run wild in a maze of mysterious castles, trampolines, bumper cars, giant mechanical swings, and rollercoasters. With your amusement park ticket you’ll get ‘double entrance’ to the Sky Walk as well.
CAREFUL: a few of the rides have minimum height requirements like ‘El Diavolo’ (110cm/3’6″) and all of the roller coasters (130cm/4’2″).
Sky Walk attractions don’t have minimum heights but children need to be accompanied by an adult.
The Sky Walk (El Camí del Cel)
The Sky Walk at Tibidabo is made up of three main attractions.
This can only be explained as a swinging piece of uncooked spaghetti with a steel cage on either end where riders are strapped in to suffer. A Youtube video claimed this to be the scariest amusement park ride in the entire world but I say that’s a bit of an exaggeration.
Sure, you’ll be swung up, down, and around and be hanging on for dear life but that’s super standard, isn’t it? 😉
The aforementioned Ferris Wheel that takes city views to new heights – literally! Get the cameras ready because one round on this beast will yield you enough Instagram vacation-envy to last a lifetime. OK, maybe a week :p
It’s known as the worlds first flight simulator but it’s actually a scaled replica of the plane that flew Iberian Airlines’ first commercial flight between Barcelona and Madrid in 1927. The guest of honour on the flight was none other than King Alfonso XIII.
TIBIDABO MOUNTAIN AMUSEMENT PARK PRICES
The strange thing about Tibidabo tickets is that they don’t differentiate between ages – here the name of the game is centimeters! For once being short could come as an advantage 😉
As always I recommend buying your attraction tickets online to save money and avoid lines.
Buying Tibidabo Amusement Park Tickets Online Saves You 5%
By clicking the blue button below you’ll be transported to the official Barcelona Tourism Office and receive a 10% discount on tickets.
All tickets include 25 amusement park rides, shows, street theater, and Sky Walk entrance.
- Under 120 cm:
- Under 90 cm: free (with paid accompanying visitor)
- Over 60: €10.00
- Disabled visitors: €5.60
Sky Walk Only Tickets
Ticket includes all the Sky Walk rides (Talaia, Carrousel, Giradabo, Avió, Automata Museum, Cel Building and three children’s rides: Les Llaunes, Pony Rodeo and Río Grande).
- Adults: €12.70
- Under 120 cm: €7.80
- Under 90 cm: free (with paid accompanying visitor)
- Over 60: €6.70
- Disabled: €3.30
THE TEMPLE OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
For those not looking to visit the Tibidabo Amusement Park there’s certainly the option to come up, go for a little walk, and take a few photos over a quiet afternoon.
Exploring the area around the park will give you a few options – there’s even a bar and a xurreria where you’ll find some delicious churros con chocolate.
The other main attraction here though is the wordy Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus basilica that pokes up into the sky and gifts you yet another magnificent view of the city.
The Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was constructed in the beginning of the 900’s in conjunction with the park and was naturally situated at the highest point in the mountain. One of the good things here is that temple visits are free.
If you want to take the elevator to the top though it’ll cost you €3.50.
HOW TO GET TO TIBIDABO
To get to Tibidabo from Barcelona city centre there are a few options which will be ranked…
The T2 TIBIBUS leaves from Plaça Catalunya (cross street: Rambla Catalunya) and will drop you off right in front of the park. This is an express bus that won’t stop until the park.
This method is in service only during the summer and winter weekends and runs when the amusement park is open.
Buses run every 20 minutes from 10:15 and cost €2.95 one way (no discounts for return ticket).
Return price: €5.90
Duration: about 40 minutes.
Take the FGC (the Catalonian Regional Rail services, similar to the metro) brown line L7 from Plaça Catalunya to Av.Tibidabo or jump on the super-informative Bus Turistic to get dropped off right there.
Once you’re there you’ll see the historic (1901) San Francisco-esque blue tram line called the Tramvia Blau (hours here) on the other side of the street – it’ll take you up to the Tibidabo Funicular which will take you right to the park entrance.
Hours are limited so if the Tramvia Blau isn’t running that particular day the 196 bus will do the same.
Tickets cost €2.15 (L7) + €5.50 OR €2.15 (Tramvia Blau or bus 196) + €7.70 (Tibidabo Funicular, return).
Those taking the Bus Turistic get a discount on the Funicular at €6 while those with Amusement Park tickets pay only €4.10.
If you want a return ticket on the Tramvia your best bet is to buy this ticket because it includes a free ride of your choice at the Sky Walk.
Return price: €12 – €21.85 depending on method.
Time: about an hour.
Hey, I’m one too 😉
Getting a Barcelona discount travel card like the Hola Bcn or Barcelona Card will get you to Tibidabo on the cheap – for more information check out my post on the differences between the two transport passes.
With your travel card grab FGC train S1 or S2 from Plaça Catalunya and get off at Peu de Funicolar.
From here you can get the Vallvidrera Funicular to Vallvidrera Superior where you’ll get bus 111 (every 30 minutes) to leave you right at the park.
Return price: free
Time: about an hour.
Tibidabo hours are constantly in change so it’s best to look at the official site.
In general the Sky Walk is open every day while the Tibidabo Mountain Amusement Park is only open weekends during low season and daily during summer.
- Go as early a possible to avoid crowds
- Don’t line up to buy funicular tickets at windows – the automated machines are in Spanish but are intuitive (it says ‘funicular’ and asks for a quantity) and will save you 20 minutes on a busy day
- Don’t bank on taking a taxi back down – it’s nearly impossible to flag one
- Ask about the awe-inspiring closing laser show (seasonal) at 21:30
- Check the weather forecast/smog index to ensure the best city views
- Outside of peak summer times the wind gets pretty high – bring a sweater!
- Consider walking back down instead of taking the blue tram (cheaper and avoids crowds)
- Once you get to the top of the mountain the ability to buy food and drink is extremely limited – if you don’t wanna pay a fortune for low quality food make sure to pack your own
- Pack a picnic lunch and take advantage of the views from the many steps and benches provided
- If you’re looking for some quality tapas after head to nearby Bar Mirablau (near the Tramvia Blau) for a cold beer and some amazing fried calamari
- Climbing the basilica steps to the top is a workout – not recommended for those with limited mobility
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