Tibidabo is with 512 meters the highest mountain in the Sierra de Collserola range. This mountain range separates the narrow coastal stretch Barcelona is build upon from the hinterland.
It is the tallest peak within the limits of Barcelona and thus Tibidabo is offering splendid 360 degree views over the sea, the city and its suburbs and inland towards Montserrat and the peaks of Montseny.
The top of Tibidabo is crowned by the cathedral del Sagrat Cor. This church has been constructed between 1902 and 1960 in a mixture of modernista and neogothic styles. Admission is free and you are rewarded with picturesque stained windows and beautiful stone work.
For 2 Euros an elevators takes you to the first viewing platform. If you are not afraid of heights, keep on climbing the stairs up to the bronze statue of Jesus Christ on the very top for an unforgettable view of Barcelona and beyond.
On the way up the mountain you have already passed the Tibidabo Amusement Park. Being built in 1889 it still managed to conserve the old-days charme.
Although there are some fairly thrilling rides as well, the main attraction is the setting of the park itself just above Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea. This fame was still increased by being used as a filming spot in international movies like Vicky Christina Barcelona.
The third notable landmark on the top of Tibidabo is probably the most disputed. 288 meter Torre Collserola Television Tower was built for the transmission of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Although designed by Sir Norman Foster its beauty is outchallenged by its counterpart on Montjuic, Torre Telefonica. For those who would like to see Tibidabo from a different angle, the tenth floor of the pod at about 140 meters is open to the public.
How to get to Tibidabo Mountain?
By metro take the brown line L7 from Placa Catalunya to Avenida Tibidabo. Change to the historic Tramvia Blau to Plaça Dr Andreu from where the Tibidabo funicular leaves.
Alternatively use the Barcelona Bus Turistic, which stops next to the splendid La Rotonda building at Avenida Tibidabo.
Insider tip: For your way up to Tibidabo you can also use the Vallvidrera Funicular. From Placa Catalunya take S1 or S2 to Peu del Funicular, change to Vallvidrera Funicular and afterwards continue on Bus 111. This scenic ride is also the cheapest way up the mountain since you just need one normal metro ticket!