Our Trip to Tibidabo

Mount Tibidabo is the highest hill in Barcelona and it offers fantastic views of the city. You also get interesting views of a bunch of towers on nearby hills and at the top of the hill you have a choice of entering either an amusement park complete with roller coaster and Ferris wheel or a Catholic Church (Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor). You can see this church from just about anywhere in Barcelona. And we soon discovered that the best view of the city is from the roof of this church.

Barcelona from the roof of Sagrat Cor.

Barcelona from the roof of Sagrat Cor.

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For the story of how Tibidabo got its name and to see the black and white photo I submitted to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge for week 2-31 see my posting here. Below is the color version of that photo.

The color version of my photo for Monochrome Madness 2-31.

The color version of my photo for Monochrome Madness 2-31. Torre de Collserola, the futuristic communications tower on the nearby hill was built for the 1992 Olympics.

It took three distinct forms of transportation to get to the top of Tibidabo. First of all, we walked to the Metro Station at Placa de Catalunya and boarded the L7 train to the end of the line (Avinguda Tibidabo). Then we exited the subway station and walked across the street to wait for the Tramvia Blau. The line was long and we had to wait for about 25 minutes and when we finally boarded the tram we found that we had to stand. But a nice young woman from Latvia who spoke perfect English gave my wife her seat and we enjoyed chatting with her while we climbed halfway up the mountain. We soon reached the end of the tram’s line at Placa del Dr Andreu and we then boarded a funicular to climb the rest of the way.

The Tramvia Blau car reminds me of our San Francisco Cable Car. These trams have been around since 1901.

The Tramvia Blau car reminds me of our San Francisco Cable Car. These trams have been around since 1901.

In The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon his protagonist Daniel Sempere often rides the blue tram to visit his love who lives in a Tibidabo mansion. Maybe we were on the same tram.

The view from Placa del Dr Andreu, half-way up the mountain.

The view from Placa del Dr Andreu, half-way up the mountain.

The funicular takes you to the top from Placa del Dr Andreu.

The funicular takes you to the top from Placa del Dr Andreu.

It cost us eleven euros for two round-trip tram tickets. Then at the funicular station we had to buy two more tickets (seven more euros). If you wish to go to the amusement park you can combine your park admission with your funicular ticket.

The Tibidabo welcome wall.

The Tibidabo welcome wall.

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The amusement park’s carousel.

We walked past the amusement park and their welcome wall and climbed up the steps to the crypt of Sagrat Cor. The church is a minor basilica. It was begun in 1902 by the architect Enric Sagnier and was completed in 1961 by his son Josep Maria Sangier i Vidal.

The main portal to the crypt.

The main portal to the crypt.

The top of the church from the steps to the crypt.

The top of the church from the steps to the crypt.

Sculpture on left side of crypt portal.

Sculpture on left side of crypt portal.

Sculpture on right side of crypt portal.

Sculpture on right side of crypt portal.

One of the 14 Stations of the Cross.

One of the 14 Stations of the Cross. Josep Miret was the sculptor.

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Crypt chandelier.

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Mary Help of Christians — one of five altars in the crypt.

St Anthony of Padua.

St Anthony of Padua.

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Crypt arches and pillars.

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Crypt crucifix.

After our visit there we took the elevator to the roof of the church and were blown away by the view.

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Statues on the roof of Sagrat Cor.

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The city and the Ferris Wheel. The structure on the left is called the talaia. Some people say it’s the scariest amusement park ride in the world.

View of old water tower.

View of old water tower from the roof of Sagrat Cor.

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Statue and Placa del Tibidabo from the roof of Sagrat Cor.

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Another view from the roof of Sagrat Cor.

I then walked up the central steeple staircase to a tiny platform directly under the statue of the Sacred Heart.

View of Christ statue from base of central steeple.

View of Christ statue from base of central steeple.

View of Christ statue from platform at top of staircase.

View of Christ statue from platform at top of staircase. The bronze statue was made by Josep Miret in 1950.

On our way back down we stopped for a while at the main floor of the church and then walked down the ramp to the La Masia del Tibidabo restaurant and had lunch before returning down the mountain.

View of a mansion from the return trip on the funicular.

View of a Tibidabo mansion from the return trip on the funicular.

As promised, I will end this posting by showing you the back of the Tibidabo welcome wall.

The other side of the welcome wall.

The other side of the welcome wall.

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About crowcanyonjournal

I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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3 Responses to Our Trip to Tibidabo

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    An another amazing excursion with you in Barcelona!

  2. Thanks, Peter — two or three more postings and we will finish Barcelona.

  3. I agree with Peter!!

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