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Tibidabo Review

One of Barcelona's two promontories, this hill bears a distinctive name, generally translated as "To Thee I Will Give" and referring to the Catalan legend that this was the spot from which Satan tempted Christ with all the riches of the earth below (namely, Barcelona). When the wind blows the smog out to sea, the views from this 1,789-foot peak are legendary. Tibidabo's skyline is marked by a neo-Gothic church, the work of Enric Sagnier in 1902, and—off to one side, near the village of Vallvidrera—the 854-foot communications tower, the Torre de Collserola, designed by Sir Norman Foster. Youngsters in tow? Take the cute little San Francisco-style Tramvía Blau (Blue Trolley) cable car from Plaça Kennedy to the overlook at the top, and transfer to the funicular to the 100-year-old amusement park at the summit.

La Venta. The restaurant La Venta at the base of the funicular is excellent and a fine place to sit in the sun in cool weather (straw sun hats are provided). Pl. Doctor Andreu s/n, Vallvidrera, 08035. 93/212–6455.

El Mirador de la Venta. El Mirador de la Venta has great views and contemporary cuisine to match. Pl. Doctor Andreu s/n, Vallvidrera. 93/212–6455.

Mirablau. The bar Mirablau, overlooking the city lights, is a popular late-night hangout. Pl. Doctor Andreu s/n. 93/418–5879.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Pl. Tibidabo 3-4, Tibidabo, Barcelona, Catalonia 08035 | Map It
  • Phone: 93/211–7942
  • Cost: Amusement Park €28.50 adults, €10.30 children under 12
  • Hours: Noon to 7 pm
  • Website:
  • Metro Tibidabo.
  • Location: Upper Barcelona
Updated: 03-10-2014

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