Tibidabo

Tibidabo

Barcelona’s best viewing point has a very symbolic meaning. It derives from the Gospel According to Matthew, from a phrase told by the devil who was trying to temp Jesus: "haec tibi omnia dabo, si cadens adoraveris me", which is translated from Latin as "All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me". So "tibi dabo" means "I give to you". In a way the journey to the mountain is a temptation, you will be enchanted by the stunning views of the city and the sea from the hilltop. Tibidabo constitutes a part of the Serra de Collserola mountain range which stretches between the rivers Besos and Llobregat, all of them being natural boundaries of Barcelona. Tibidabo is the city’s highest point (512 meters) so the basilica on its top is seen from every corner of Barcelona.

Since 1987 the woodland of Collserola is a sanctuary (Parc de Collserola) featuring endangered flora and fauna species. And although it is hard to come across a hare here, it will be an easy walk or a bike trip along the mountain range. As it is only a 20 minute ride from Barcelona it became favorite natural leisure area for the locals.

It is preferable to allocate an entire day for Tibidabo, as there are plenty of interesting places here – the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Tibidabo Amusement Park, Fabra Observatory and the Collserola Tower, which offers fantastic views.

Address: Tibidabo
How to reach: from Av Tibidabo L7 metro station by Tramvia Blau or bus 196 up to the Funicular del Tibidabo, then by the funicular up to the hilltop; from metro Catalunya by Tibibus 2 up to the amusement park of Tibidabo; the T2 bus runs every 20 minutes from 10 am and only in summer; the bus stop is located on the corner of Rambla de Catalunya and Plaça Catalunya
Coordinates: 41.421818, 2.120072