After visiting Park Güell,
we continued our last whole day with the goal of going up for the Tibidabo, the
highest mountain in the Greater Barcelona area that is visible through the whole
city. Barcelona become higher and higher the further north you come, so we had
to go southwards from Park Güell to capture a metro. We had to walk through hilly,
winding streets towards the district of Gracia. After walking 5 long blocks, we
reached Place de Lesseps and took the subway to the end station close to the foot
of the more than 400 m high Tibidabo mountain, that can be seen from the whole
city including our hotel. Today we used different kinds of transportation:
Metro(subway), tram, funiculare and mini bus.
This is the view of Tibidabo not so far from it's foot. Tibidabo is situated
outside the city borders of Barcelona.
After getting up to the ground from the metro's end station we discovered
the beautiful modernista hospital Sant Gervasi.
Tramvia Blau, "the blue tram" is an old street car line that goes up towards
the top of Montjüic.
The views of the city and some of the most luxurious villas in Greater Barcelona
makes the tram trip worth the money.
The views from the tram's end station:
Overview of the luxurious residence area.
An exclusive restaurant is also situated there.
The Funiculare, a diagonal train, took us further to the top. As the first time
riding funicular, it was very exciting. When the funiculare has reached
the top, we could
see the temple and the amusement park of Parc de Attractions.
del Sagrat Cor. This tempel by Enric Sagnier from 1911, can be seen from the
whole city, including the balcony of our hotel. The statue of Jesus Christ on
the top is very dramatic. The main tower and the terraces offers dizzying views,
but we spared that for the much taller nearby Torre de Collserola. Tibidabo comes from the words tibi dabo "I give you". That aimes at the words
the devil uttered when he tempted Jesus with giving him the amazing city below
-the city of Barcelona!
Villas in the sky! Imaging having this view from your home. La Atalaya is an oldfashioned
cableway that goes just above the streets at the residence areas at Tibidabo and
offers 360 degree views of the city. It belongs to the amusement park.
Torre de Collserola, a 288m tall communication mast designed by the
very famous British architect Norman Foster for the 1992 Olympics, was one of
my favourite attractions of the whole Barcelona trip. However, it was very hard
to find it, no real signs show there it is and there is no walkway from the funiculare
to the tower. Even if it is tall in itself, the location at the top of a 560m
high mountain doesn't make the views worse!
The cables that hold the tower are made of Kevlar. Looks a little bit unstabile,
doesn´t it? After going through a metal detector, we reached the lobby that has
large pictures of observation towers from all over the world. A woman took us
in to the somewhat shaky and oldfashioned elevator. At first, the elevator go
through an open space in the podium that the tower stands on. After that, the
sky is just behind the hopefully properly closed glass doors, that offers views
already from the elevator. After the short ride to the top, the glass doors opens
and we walk right in a fully air conditioned circular observation deck.
The special thing about the observation deck, that makes me especially happy I
am not afraid of heights, is the glass floor, were you can look right down to
the ground about 200m below, or down to sea level, 590m down! In every direction,
a name of a foreign city is written and the distance to it. In this case we are
looking towards Oslo, as this was the only Scandinavian city represented.
On a clear
day you can see 70km. away: Mallorca, Montserrat and the Pyrenees. It was somewhat
hazy this day and
the windows are dirty (!)
though, so we could only see the shapes of the mountains. This view
is towards Montjüic.
This mountain looks very small when seen from Tibidabo…
can see Camp Nou, Europe's largest football stadium.
Note the shadow of the tower seen on the forest.
Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor as seen from Torre de Collserola. To the right
you can see Parc de Attractions, the only amusement park in Greater Barcelona.
Sorry about the dirty windows, but it's not my fault! We went down with another
-much more modern- funiculare, going to a totally another place and a crowded
mini bus with no places to sit. It belonged to the local traffic, but offered
an horrible short trip! As a summary, this was the most incredible day on our
Barcelona trip! At least if you count the evening when we visited Placa d'Espana
and the fantastic "magic fountain" after dark, that performed an incredible light
and music show. More about that in the last thread!