Top Ten Things to Do in Tibidabo, Barcelona

Up high on the hill behind behind Barcelona...

Making a visit to the picturesque, historic village of Sarria, discovering art in the Pedralbes Monastery, watching Barça at the Nou Camp Football Stadium, and enjoying the green spaces of Collserola are just some of the top ten things to do in Tibidabo Barcelona.

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    Take the Funicular to Mount Tibidabo

    Sagrat Cor
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    Take the funicular to the top of Mount Tibidabo and you'll find a children's amusement park and the Sagrat Cor, Barcelona's most widely visible landmark, which has spectacular murals. The biggest draw though is the views over the city.

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  • 02 of 10

    Cosmo Caixa Science Museum

    A recreation of the Amazon rainforest in a greenhouse and an exhibition on the history of geology are the stars of this excellent, environmentally-focused museum in Sant Gervasi.

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    Nou Camp Soccer Stadium

    Built in 1957, FC Barcelona's football stadium is one of the most emblematic in the world. You can catch a game (the ultimate being Barça against Madrid) or take a tour around the stadium, including the pitch, locker rooms, and museum.

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  • 04 of 10

    Collserola Park

    Tired of the city and fancy some greenery? Collserola is Barcelona's main lung, with miles of forest and walking trails. Here, you might just spot a a jabali- a wild boar, whose numbers are increasing all the time.

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  • 05 of 10

    There are two spots along the Avinguida Tibidabo worth checking out if you're a night owl. One is Danzatoria, a Miami Vice-style four-storey mansion-cum-nightclub. Then, higher up the street on Plaça Doctor Andreu is the Mirablau bar, where you can take a romantic table for two looking down over the glittering lights of the city.

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    Pedralbes Palau Reial

    Royal Palace of Pedralbes
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    The Royal Palace of Pedralbes is a must for art lovers. Its Ceramics Museum has everything from early Moorish tiles to work by Picasso and Miró. Also housed here is the interesting Decorative Arts Museum.

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    Plaça Sant Vicenç

    Plaça Sant Vicenç
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    This Sarria square is full of character. There's an oyster and wine-tasting bar, some pretty old townhouses and Can Pau, an atmospheric cafe where the exiled South American writers Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mario Vargas Llosa were known to enjoy a tipple-inspired scribble.

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    Plaça Sarria

    Plaça de Sarrià
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    This is Sarria's main square and hub and hosts Sardana dances on Sunday mornings, as well as an antique market on Fridays and a book market on Saturdays.

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  • 09 of 10

    Tapas at Bar Tomás

    On Sarria's high street, this locale's patatas bravas (potatoes in hot sauce) are so good, they're rumored to be the King of Spain's favorite tapa. There's also a delicious pastry shop above it.

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    Collserola Tower

    Torre de Collserola
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    Norman Foster's 850-metre high communications tower went up just in time for the 1992 Olympic Games. Although many complained it was an eyesore at the time, now it's a major attraction, with a state-of-the-art observation deck and restaurant.

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