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By Regina Winkle-Bryan
Not long ago my goddaughter and her mother came to visit me in Barcelona. While here in the Catalan capital, my goddaughter was to celebrate her 14th birthday.
What do you do with a teenager for her birthday, besides shopping, (which trust me we did a lot of — I’m never going to H&M again)? We decided to head to Tibidabo for the day to the old-fashioned amusement park located there. Tibidabo is the mountain behind Barcelona which is easy to spot thanks the the lit-up church perched upon it. Many locals and visitors make it up to this impressive church, called the Templo de Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, but few stick around to hop on all the teeth-chattering rides at the amusement park.
If you have kids, or are simply young-at-heart, then you’ll want to pay the € 25.00 to spend a day getting splashed on the log ride and fighting the urge to vomit on the roller-coaster – or was that just me? Sometime between my teenage years and now I lost my nerve and can no longer stomach amusement park rides. I was honestly scared on the swings and couldn’t see straight on the tea cups (which was mostly due to my friend spinning us around like a top on steroids).
If €25.00 seems spendy, then you’ll be happy to know that kids less than 1.2 meters tall get in for €9.00 as do those with disabilities and those over 60 years of age. While there were a few ‘awesome’ rides for older kids (bumper cars, haunted house of horrors, those dreaded swings, roller coaster, log ride) there were also a ton of activities for younger children including live clown shows and concerts. Overall, there is more for kids 10 and younger than for teens, but my goddaughter had a great time anyway (as did everyone but me).
Due to its location, which proffers excellent views of Barcelona and the sea, it takes some doing to get up to Tibidabo. The tourist bus T2A from Plaça de Catalunya (bus stop located on the corner of Pl. Catalunya and Rbla. Catalunya, in front of Caja Madrid bank) runs from 10:15 a.m. every day the Amusement Park is open, and is probably the easiest option for €2.80 a ticket. You could also drive to the park, or take the Tibidabo Funicular (more on that here).
More on the park and prices:
Over 100 years old, Tbidabo is one of the oldest amusement parks in Europe. There are 25 rides plus shows and theater offered every day. There are also many cafes, restaurants and hot dog stands (beware) throughout the park. The candied apples looked delicious. Check out the Tibidabo Sky Walk for terrific views of the city.
For a full list of prices and discounts, see here: http://www.tibidabo.cat/en/preus
General website info: http://www.tibidabo.cat/en/