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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After our visit there we took the elevator to the roof of the church and were blown away by the view.
I then walked up the central steeple staircase to a tiny platform directly under the statue of the Sacred Heart.
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.
As promised, I will end this posting by showing you the back of the Tibidabo welcome wall.