Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Tibidabo

Barcelona! After a week on the island of Mallorca we returned to Barcelona to spend some time with Edu's family. We took the kids (young and old) to one of the oldest fun parks in Europe: Tibidabo, now more than 100 years old. The park is located at the top of Mount Tibidabo and has breath taking views over all of Barcelona spread out beneath it. It's a mix of old nostalgic amusements and modern roller coasters, but I would say more suited to younger kids up to mid-teens. Overall the park feels a little tired; some of the amusements could do with a lick of paint and a bit of a branding up-date, but it's enchanting as well in it's own way. There's a great museum of arcade coin-operated mechanical amusements, quite interesting, but a little shocking in it's content; fairly sexist and racist, gruesome at times (there's a hanging and beheading amusement...) but I guess those were the times. You get there via metro, followed by tramcar or bus (long queues for the tramcar, we took the bus), then finally funicular. And as you descend up the hill you feel a little like you're going back in time to a by gone era. Which in many ways you are, in the nicest possible way.

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