Tibidabo is a 512-metre high mountain overlooking Barcelona. From its summit you get some stunning views over this lovely Spanish city and the surrounding Mediterranean coastline which is a good reason to get up there if you are looking for shooting some spectacular city skyline’s images, particularly at dusk or night. But there’s one more photographic reason to make it up there: the historical Tibidabo Amusement Park.
Built in 1889, this amusement park is among the oldest existing ones in the world still in activity. It’s located on the mountain’s summit at the foot of the impressive Sagrat Cor church which you can see from almost any part of Barcelona. Coming up here it’s like to take a ride in the past as some of the attractions date back to that time and consequently they are really old. Beside the vintage Tibidabo big wheel, which you can take a nice photo of right from the Sagrat Cor church’s main staircase along with the city skyline in the background, the Aviò airplane ride is definitely the stand-out attraction to shoot. Inaugurated in 1928, this popular and unique ride is a replica of the Rohrbach Roland strut-braced and high-wing monoplane Iberia inaugurated its first Barcelona-Madrid flight with the year before (1927). By boarding this curious replica of Iberia‘s aircraft, riders were given the opportunity to experience the feeling of flying above the city. In a period where flying was reserved to a very few privileged people, the Avió airplane “helped” ordinary people to know what “flying” on board of a plane could mean.
Best light for shooting photos at Tibidabo Amusement Park is in the afternoon/evening hours. Bring a tripod for catching some great photos at night.
You can get up to Tibidabo easily by taking the Tibidabo Funicular. To reach the funicular station from downtown Barcelona take the metro (Line 7) and get off at Av. Tibidabo station. From here bus 196 will take you directly to the funicular station (last bus stop). Check the opening times of Tibidabo Amusement Park before going.