Parc d’Atracciones Tibidabo is a 100 year old antique amusement park located at the top of Tibidabo hill overlooking Barcelona, Spain. This charming little theme park was built in 1889 and combines a lot of the rides date back to that time with some new ones tailored mostly for younger kids. The park recently became world famous in when the giant whell was a location for the 2008 Woody Allen’s movie “Vicky Christina Barcelona”.
Travelling to Parc d’Atracciones Tibidabo is a wonderful adventure in itself: First you take a bus or train from the center of Barcelona to the Tibidabo station. Then you take the quaint Tram and travel half way up the mountain, passing through the city. Finally you take the Funicular all the way up to the mountain top – a steep, thrilling ride through gorgeous forests. When you finally reach your destination, you will discover a spectacular view of Barcelona and the Temple de Sagrat Cor, a neo-gothic structure with a bronze statue of the Sacred Heart at the top built in 1806. Off course you can reach the top by car (there’s a parking lot on the top) but it’s not the same thing.
The park has now 25 rides and shows including the newest rollercoaster ride called “La Montaña Rusa” with 718m long and 522m at its peak and reaches speeds of 80 km per hour, a ferris wheel, a water ride (Mina de Oro) and the emblematic plane ride that is often featured on publicity for the park.
Only the top level of the park is free to the public and includes two of the park’s signature and oldest rides (paid individually). To enter the lower four levels of the park, which hold many traditional rides, but also the adult attractions you need to pay an expensive (almost 30€) daily park.
Food is not also great or cheap, but if you have time to think ahead it may be worth bringing a picnic as there are areas available within the Tibidabo Sky Walk to eat you own food with some great views from the top. One final piece of advice: bring a hat as the park has limited shades.
All in all Parc d’Atracciones Tibidabo is fun. Even though the rides are not outstanding the view and landscape surrounding the rides is not to be missed.
By Carlos Canaes and Ana Alegria. Updated: 14/05/2015
Location: Plaza del Tibidabo, 3-4, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
Tickets: 28,50€. Includes all the rides and shows of the Park, also the Sky Walk rides. Access to rides depends on the visitor’s height.
How to Get There from Barcelona: Take an FGC train from Plaça de Catalunya. They’re very frequent and cost about 2€.Opens February to December. Mostly on weekends and from wednesday to sunday during summertime.Top Rides
La Montaña Rusa, Plane ride, Mina de Oro
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