Tibidabo is the name given to the summit of Collserola hill. This is where you'll find the city's oldest and only remaining ... More
Tibidabo is the name given to the summit of Collserola hill. This is where you'll find the city's oldest and only remaining amusement park. Built in 1899, it offers more than thirty different and exciting rides. The most popular is La Atalaya (the watchtower), with its fantastic views. Some of the original 19th century attractions are still here, like the Museo de Autómatas (Mechanical Museum). Next to it stands the modernist style Church of the Sacred Heart, which you can easily spot as you come up the hill on the Tramvia Blau (blue tram) by its enormous statue of Christ overlooking the city.
We went to Tibidabo on a Tuesday with my family especialy for my 11 year old daughter who was extremely excited about the amusement park i.e the rollercoaster she expected the rides to be like the ones in Chessington; Legoland; Alton towers. Funny enough on the Tibidabo website and booklets it did not explain that part of the main amusement rides was only open on Wednesdays to Sundays. Leaving the old carousel; and the other 6 rides babyish rides.
I recommend those who have a child that is about 7 and over not to visit Tibidabo on Mondays and Tuesdays but instead go on Wednesdays to Sundays.
It is impossible to walk up the Tibidabo.
Too many cars, a lot of pollution, trash in the parking, too many people ...
My visit was on sunday morning.
Prices of drinks and food are too expensive.
There is no alternative to something cheap.
I can not recommend this park!
I loved Tibidabo. As a book told us tibidabo is a I think latin word for " I will give you". And since Mt. Tibidabo is the highest mountain (in barcelona at least) it is supposed to be like the devil from the mountain telling Jesus "Tibidabo blah blah blah" (I don't know latin). I was only a little bit dissapointed that the amusment park wasn't open. The church was beautiful though.
Oh my gosh! My husband and I went to Spain on our honeymoon and we went to Tibidabo when we were in Barcelona. I loved it! I loved the atmosphere and the houses and the restaurant at the top was very expensive but delicious and well worth it. I would even venture to say it was the best meal we had in Barcelona! I would go back there in a heart beat and the funicular was so fun to ride, we got a kick out of it.
I loved it. We didn't go to the amusement park, but I got a kick out of watching the rides. Definetly do not skip this part of the trip.
At this place i met a long lost friend, Bob Jonah. Plus, the architecture of this place was interesting!!! I also liked how everything looked so spanish, and didn't look like it was trying to imitate aything else. But mostly I saw Bob Jonah
Unfortunately this winter you can't visit Tibidabo.
To get there you first take the Blue Tram from the Placa Jhon F. Kennedy. And then you need to take the Funicular del Tibidabo (such a train car). BUT !!! The first one is replaced by a bus because the second one is being rennovated :((. And the local people claim that it's too difficult to go there by foot. Unless you organize it like a day-hiking trip.
This is a truly spectacular view. I worked near Barcelona this year and after a dinner in town we were driven up the hillside to this rather exculsive part of town.
Property is expensive here so I can understand the appeal in visiting it during the day to spot houses. We however travelled after dinner. While were were a group of mixed internationals we all sat in silence to take in the breathtaking view.
The area is not necessarily tourist friendly as the bars seem to be Catalan/Spanish speaking only. There also seems to the air of affluence which some might be put off by. This certainly isn't as bad as a London/New York nightclub!
If you pick to eat here then please post a review, we only managed a few drinks and lots of night photos! Visiting here at any time however is a must.
I just wanted to mention that the Hotel Krueger at Tibidabo is my favorite haunted house ever! We had heard somewhere that it was good, and so ended up waiting for ages in a huge line, surrounded by resigned teenagers who patiently sat down whenever the "doorman" announced that the actors were taking a break (which happened about every 20 minutes). He was a tall, morose type who managed to intimidate the nearby children into silence with just a look. When we finally got in the door, we were impressed by the thoughtful and detailed set design, and the attention to a coherent storyline. (It's pretty amazing that we could tell there was a story, since the whole thing was done in Catalan, of which we don't speak a word.) The performers actually seemed like people who had studied acting, not random kids who didn't care about what they were doing. And they did a terrific job of scaring me! (The language barrier added to the fear, since we could tell we were missing the speech they give you about the rules of conduct.) It was quite an experience; worth the wait. (Though now it might not live up to your expectations, which have now been heightened by this review!)
Note: I visited in 1999, but judging by the pictures on the park's online site, it's pretty much the same.
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