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Dear readers, our Unveiling Barcelona series is sadly ending, but before we board with you on your flight home, we want to take you to one of the city’s most enchanting and magical spots: Tibidabo Mountain.

#Tip10: Visit Alex’s favorite spot in the city, Tibidabo!

We have to be honest, reaching this captivating spot involves quite a long trip, requiring four different modes of transportation, but trust us, it’s absolutely worth it!

  1. Start your journey by taking the underground to the ‘Catalunya’ stop.
  2. Hop on either the S1 or S2 train to ‘Peu del Funicular.’
  3. Board the funicular from Vallvidrera Inferior to Vallvidrera Superior, where you’ll find yourself in a charming village.
  4. Take the bus for eight stops until you reach Tibidabo.

(All transportation is covered with the T-mobilitat pass.)

Standing at 512 meters, Tibidabo is the highest peak in the Collserola mountain range. This range, which stretches 17 km in length and 6 km in width, lies between the Besòs and Llobregat rivers and is part of the Catalan Coastal Range. Collserola is a remarkable natural area, home to approximately ten million trees, making it one of the largest metropolitan natural parks in the world.

To trace the mountain’s connection to Barcelona, we go back to 1283 when King Peter II “the Great” (Peter III of Aragon) designated it as one of the city’s boundaries. Known in the medieval period as Puig de l’Àliga, it was renamed Tibidabo in the 16th century by monks from the Sant Jeroni monastery. The name comes from the Gospel of Saint Matthew, combining the Latin words “tibi” and “dabo,” meaning “I will give you.” Tibidabo offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city as a landmark visible from nearly anywhere in Barcelona.

In 1886, a small chapel dedicated to the Sacred Heart was the first permanent structure built on the summit; nowadays, this building is a breathtaking cathedral dominating the hill. The construction of the Temple of the Sacred Heart, designed by Enric Sagnier, started in 1902 and finished in 1961. It is a neo-gothic style monument crowned by a monumental bronze statue of the Sacred Heart, blessing the city from a height of 600 meters. The top of the temple, at 575m above sea level, can be reached by lift and offers fantastic views over Barcelona. Two years later, the final stretch of the road to the Amusement Park was completed for the Universal Exhibition, featuring an Arab-style pavilion constructed for Queen Maria Cristina’s visit. However, the major push for the development of Tibidabo came in 1899, driven by Salvador Andreu i Grau, an innovative pharmacist. He aimed to make the mountain more accessible to the people of Barcelona by creating a tramway, a funicular, and a large amusement park. Construction began in the mid-1900s, transforming the mountain into a major tourist attraction. On October 29, 1901, the avenue, tram, and funicular were inaugurated.

At the top of this peak, magic happens. We suggest saving this experience for your last day in Barcelona; it will be the perfect way to say farewell to this beautiful city. The panoramic wheel and the merry-go-round, set against the incredible cityscape and the endless sea, create a truly magical atmosphere.

Take time to reflect on your journey in this wonderful city—the beauty of its art, the surprises in its encounters, and the dynamism and vitality of its culture. As you admire the view, you’ll understand how this trip has changed you, leaving you with unforgettable memories of Spain and a deeper understanding of yourself.

This spot will give you a postcard-perfect landscape you’ll treasure in your memory. It’s not a goodbye, as wherever you are, Barcelona will always be in your heart.

Bon viatge, ens veiem a la pròxima estació!

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