TIBIDABO AND COLLSEROLA
Topping out at 512 metres, Tibidabo is the highest peak of the Collserola ridge. It’s known for its breath-taking panorama and natural spaces allocated for recreational purposes.
In the late XIX century Doctor Salvador Andreu took the initiative and arranged plans to urbanise Mount Tibidado. Later, in the early XX century Avinguda Tibidado was opened and rapidly converted this into a high-end residential area for Barcelona’s aristocratic society with its splendid Modernista buildings edified by the finest architects.
In 1901 the Tranvía Azul or blue tram line was built in running the entire length of Avinguda Tibidado to the feet of the funicular that climbs to the mountain top. At its summit are several buildings overshadowed by the Expiatory Temple of Sagrada Corazon.
The theme park is another of Barcelona’s historic references, in fact set up in 1899, it is the first funfair to be built in Spain and second oldest throughout Europe. In addition, the theme park is a useful didactic tool for teachers, mentors and parents alike in educating the young starting off with a visit through the park.
Not far, a 268 metre high telecommunications tower designed by Norman Foster, Torre Collserola, was inaugurated in 1992 on occasion of the Olympic games. More sites on the Collserola ridge include the Radio Barcelona pavilion, the first ever radio station to broadcast in Spain followed by Hotel Florida designed by Catalan architect Ramon Reventós who drew inspiration from early century American architecture and finally, Torre Pastor de Cruïlles and Torre de les Aigües de Dos Rius.
A mountain at whose feet lies the city of Barcelona, rich in cultural and leisure activities for us to indulge.