Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, which makes perfect sense, considering everything it has to offer. From its delightful Mediterranean beaches to the countless wonders of architecture we can find there, including the most beautiful building in the world according to TripAdvisor, this lively city is a perfect destination for everyone. In fact, there are many things to visit in Barcelona beyond Las Ramblas and the Sagrada Familia, like Mount Tibidabo and the amusement park on top. This is everything you need to know before you visit the Tibidabo Amusement Park in Barcelona.
The amusement park stands on Mount Tibidabo, a hill watching over Barcelona. It is more than 500 metres above sea level, and it provides an amazing view of both the city and the sea. This is one of the reasons why it is also called the Magic Mountain.
When it comes to the Tibidabo Amusement Park, its construction began in the early 20th century. They built a funicular railway in 1900 and installed an electric merry-go-round later in 1910. However, the place has changed considerably over the years. Here you have some practical data to visit Tibidabo presently:
There are different types of tickets and discounts in Tibidabo. For instance, we can book a one-day pass or get an annual membership if we plan on visiting it often enough. All tickets include entrance to the Amusement Park, Panoramic Area, funicular and TibiBus. These are the ticket prices as of 2023:
Apart from that, parking on top of Mount Tibidabo costs 13 €, whereas parking at the Sant Genís Car Park costs 4.20 €.
The opening days of the Tibidabo Amusement Park vary depending on the time of the year. In January, it is only open the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th days of the month. In March, April and May, we can visit it on weekends, bank holidays and from the 5th to the 10th of April. In June, it is open on weekends and bank holidays too, but from the 23rd June onwards, it is also open from Wednesday to Sunday. In July and August, we can visit the amusement park from Wednesday to Sunday and on bank holidays. In September, October and November, it will be open on weekends and bank holidays, as well as on the 1st of September and the 13rd of October. On December, we can visit Tibidabo on weekends and the 6th, 7th, 8th, 22nd, 27th, 28th and 29th of December.
When it comes to the panoramic area, it has free access and the schedule is less variable. We can only visit it the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of January, on weekends in February, and every day of the week from March to December, except the 25th and 26th of December. Should there be any exception, you can check availability on the official webpage of the park.
Regarding the opening hours of the amusement park, the top parking opens at 10 am, as well as the Sant Genís car park, the Tibidabo Store and the funicular station. The main entrance is open from 10:30 am and the Parkin Tibidabo opens later, at 11 am. Some of the rides start running after the opening hours, from 11 am to 12 pm.
There are more than 30 rides to enjoy in the Tibidabo Amusement Park, tailor-made for every age and level of adventurer. For instance, we have the Giradabo, a colourful wheel to enjoy the most amazing views of Barcelona. Another ride to admire the city from the heights would be the Talaia, a 50-metre high lookout tower built in 1921. This one might not be ideal for those who are afraid of heights, though!
For those who prefer to stay close to the ground, there are plenty of fun rides too. For instance, the Carrusel is a beautifully decorated merry-go-round every family member can enjoy. Kids will also love Alaska, a water ride that goes among penguins and polar bears. There are also crash cars, trampolines and many other rides for all ages.
The amusement park also honours the name of the Magic Mountain. In fact, there are different experiences full of magic and illusions that will add a touch of fantasy to our visit, such as the enchanted Castell dels Contes, the Viking ride, the creepy Krüeger Hotel, the Marionetarium, the hall of mirrors and the Virtual Express, the first virtual reality attraction in Catalonia. Likewise, the Embruixabruixes, the first attraction in the park which was first opened in 1915, currently features mind-blowing technological illusions.