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Collserola and Tibidabo for Kids

Wooded hills, natural and man-made surprises, including a fairground with 30 rides
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.4 miles
Duration: Unknown
Family Friendly

Overview :  Mount Tibidabo is the tallest point and one of the iconic symbols of Barcelona. When the sky is clear you can see both the famed... more »

Tips:  Take the FCG Train on the Terrassa-Sabadell line from Placa Catalonia and get off at the Baixador de Vallevidrera station to start... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Església de Santa Maria

The church of Santa Maria de Vallvidrera was built between 1540 and 1587 in the Gothic style. It sits on a site where a religious building had previously stood. For centuries Vallvidrera was a sparsely populated rural farming community. As the city of Barcelona grew in the 19th century, the higher altitudes of the Collserola hills and verdant... More

2. Verdaguer House and Museum

Begin this tour by taking the S1 or S2 FGC train from Placa Catalunya in the center of Barcelona and get off at Baixador de Vallvidrera Station. From here it is a pleasant 10-minute walk up to the woods to reach the start of our trail. Come out of the station and walk up hill, bearing left into Carretera de l'Església. (There is a helpful... More

3. Information Center

This is the park's central information center. It offers general information, permanent exhibitions, videos and audiovisuals, and suggests activities and routes within the park. Hikers can obtain trail maps here and make use of well-marked paths. The walks range from short strolls into the woods to more demanding two-hour circular hikes.... More

Whenever you turn around in Vallvidrera, you are blessed with a vista either over the city, down to the sea or over the huge Collserola Park behind the city. No more so than here at Barcelona's communications tower.

For those who have noticed this quirky architectural structure from down below in Barcelona, this close encounter with space-age... More

Tibidabo Amusement Park boasts views of the whole of Barcelona from the mountains to the sea.

The charming hilltop fairground dates from 1889 and although it continually invests in new attractions, it still retains an aura of another age. A quirky destination, the park is well loved for its vintage rides including the Talaia, which dates from... More

6. The Church of the Sagrat Cor

The Neo-Gothic church of the Sagrat Cor stands in the Plaça del Tibidabo. Designed by the architect Enric Sagnier, its key feature is a gilded statue of Christ, his arms outstretched toward the city beneath. The church, situated immediately adjacent to Tibidabo Amusement Park, offers a breathtaking, panoramic view of Barcelona.

The idea of... More

Operating since 1901, this funicular railway is the perfect way to descend the mountain in style. The Art Deco vehicle offers occasional glimpses of the city below as it travels through pine forests to Plaça Doctor Andreu, where the funicular terminates.

Built for the sole purpose of taking people up the slopes of Tibidabo to the theme park, the ... More

The CosmoCaixa Science Museum is a cultural highlight located in a handsome Modernist building at the foot of the Tibidabo Mountain.

To reach the museum from the amusement park high, you can descend by foot via the road--which is a relatively easy 30-minute stroll and allows you to see some interesting Barcelona mansions--or take the funicular.... More