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Parc d'Atracciones del Tibidabo

Spain's Oldest Operating Funfair

Ride at Tibidabo

Most cities put their fun fairs on level, solid ground, but Barcelona isn't most cities. For even bigger thrills, back in the 1900s, it decided to plop its rides on the summit of Tibidabo, one of the highest of the Collserola hills that embrace the great plain of Barcelona.

The second oldest amusement park in Europe, it's still going strong, with classic rides, house of horrors, and the Museu d’Autòmats del Tibidabo, filled with wooden fortune-tellers, mechanical bands and other carnival gizmos from the 19th century onwards.

The Panoramic area, 500m above sea level offers the most unforgettable views and a harrowing aeroplane ride out over the void and one of the most panoramic Ferris-wheels imaginable.

For an even more dizzying view— over the top of the fun fair—continue up to Sir Norman Foster's Torre de Collserola.

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See Getting to Tibidabo

Hours Amusement Park open Mar—Dec weekends only except in high season; the Panoramic Area is open weekends in Feb and daily Mar—5 Jan (it's complicated, see website for details).

Adm funfair €35, children (90—120cm) €14, which includes the new fast Cuca de Llum funicular ride up to the park. Otherwise €19 for the classic rides at the panoramic area is free to visit when open.

+34 93 211 79 42

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Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Image by Robert Young