Located at the top of Collserola mountain, Tibidabo Barcelona is home to the Tibidabo Amusement Park and the magical “Temple de Sagrat Cor”. Dating back to 1900, work began on the Tibidabo Amusement Park and the “Blue Tram” and “Funicular Railway”. Barcelona Tibidabo officially opened on the 29th of October 1901, the “Blue Tram” was considered to be a highly modern and innovative transport method and ended up being one of the main attractions.
First and foremost, I would like to emphasise that although Barcelona Tibidabo is advertised as an “amusement/theme park” it really is a whole lot more than that. Barcelona Tibidiabo Amusement Park is a magical area of Barcelona with over 30 attractions, rides, ferris wheels, and restaurants and yes, I will say it again….VIEWS!!!!
Certainly not just for the kids, you will find people of all ages at the top of Barcelona’s Collserola mountain. So charming and emblematic, Tibidabo was used as a filming location for Woody Allens’s Oscar winning film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”.
With the handsome and imposing church, “Temple de Sagrat cor”, you can’t help but feel you have stumbled upon a secret that nobody else has discovered!
The Temple de Sagrat Cor or The Church of the Sacred Heart, designed by architect Enric Sagnier, is the illuminated Church which is visible from almost every point of Barcelona. A truly charming and romantic part of Barcelona, it’s always one of the first talking points amongst people arriving to the city and asking, “What is that magical and mysterious place on the hill?”.
512 metres above sea level, the building The Temple de Sagrat Cor started in 1902 and took 60 years to complete. Although not as impressive as other Barcelona architecture such as The Sagrada Familia, The Temple de Sagrat Cor offers so much more in terms of it’s location and if I could only visit one, I would struggle to choose a favourite!
Believe it or not, I found Tibidabo by accident when my friend Jason and I were hiking around Collserola. One minute we were surrounded by beautiful trees and nature, and the next we could here screaming kids on roller-coasters. By no means is it a gentle stroll and I dread to think how it would be with kids in tow…so hear are some realistic options!
To get to Tibidabo Barcelona and the Temple de Sagra Cor church, jump on the Ferrocarril train on L7 at Plaza Catalunya and head to station Av Tibidado. Remember, this is NOT THE METRO SYSTEM.
And now for the fun part, cameras at the ready!!
The T2 Tibibus shuttle bus service also runs all day from Plaza Catalunya with a few stops on the way including Park Guell, but I would suggest the more romantic “Blue Tram” if you really want to experience it properly and don’t forget, the T2 Tibibus only operates during the summer months when the Tibidabo park is open!
So..enjoy and let me know what you think!!!
Ben Holbrook – SuiteLifer and Tibidabo-Dib-dabber!