The Tibidabo is the summit of the mountain range of Collserola which stands behind the city of Barcelona facing the sea. These hills are the largest green area of the city: the Park of Collserola; and the Tibidabo, with its 1.640 feet above the sea and the city, is the best viewpoint to see all Barcelona.
The Tibidabo is also the second oldest Amusement Park in Europe, over 100 years old, and it preserves some of its oldest installations, as the Roller Coaster, the Horror Castle or the fascinating Automatons Museum. Being this a place for leisure and enjoyment, the Tibidabo gets its name from the latin tibi dabo (I will give you) --the words that Satan said to Jesus when he tempted him up the mountain-- Upthere is also the Sacred Heart church, which, like the French Sacre Coeur gives its distinct shape to the mountain. On the slope of the mountain is the Observatori Fabra, a 1904 space observatory.
The Blue Tram and the Funicular train of Tibidabo were inaugurated in the first few years of the 20th century to allow the Barcelonese to get to the park. The tram, which leaves from the square John F. Kennedy takes you to the Funicular train lower station. The Funicular takes you up the mountain. The tram goes along the Tibidabo Avenue, a street where you may admire the beautiful modernist houses that barcelona tycoons built there at the beginning of the 20th century. Some of the best are: Casa Roviralta, Av. Tibidabo 31; Casa Muntadas, Av.Tibidabo 48 ; Casa Evarist Arnús, Manuel Arnús 1; o Casa Alemany, General Vives 29.
The little village of Vallvidrera, right on the top of the mountain, used to be summer residence for rich Barcelonese. Now it is an all year round residential area. You can get there taking the Vallvidrera Funicular train at the train station Peu del Funicular. This funicular train --not the same as the Tibidabo one-- also allows you to get off at the Carretera de les Aigues, a path that runs along the park of Collserola. From the village you can also walk to the Torre de Telecomunicaciones, the impressive tower designed by Norman Foster, 879 feet high, already part of Barcelonas's skyline; on a clear day, you can even see the Pyrenees mountain range from it.
On the other side of the Tibidabo mountain, getting off at the Baixador de Vallvidrera station, you are still into the Parc de Collserola, near the Masia Vila Joana, a good example of Catalan farm house. The next train station would be Les Planes, last community into Barcelona's municipality, and a place where in bygone times hundreds of Barcelonese went for picnic.