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Cure your fear of heights and head up to Tibidabo and Montjuïc via funicular and hanging cable car

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If you've already seen the city from the sea and riding around on a bicycle, now is the time to do it from the air and on century-old transport.


Funicular del Tibidabo
Opened in 1901, this was the first cable car in Spain. It may not be the fastest way to get up to the Tibidabo amusement park, but it’s definitely the most enchanting. You’ll want to take the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGC) line L7 to the Avinguda del Tibidabo station, where you’ll get on the Tramvia Blau (the only survivor of the old train line in Barcelona) and at the Plaça del Doctor Andreu you can get on the funicular. Save some dosh by buying the ticket together with your entry into the park. www.tibidabo.cat

Funicular de Montjuïc
The funicular is a great way to get up to the top of Montjuïc. It was opened on October 24, 1928, for the 1929 International Exposition. Throughout its history it has undergone several transformations, the latest in 2005. It connects the Paral•lel metro station (L2 and L3) with Avinguda Miramar, where Parc de Montjuïc is located. Since it’s part of the city transport system (TMB), you can access the funicular with the same ticket you use for the metro or the bus.

Telefèric de Montjuïc
For the second part of the trip up Montjuïc, if you want to get to the castle and take in the best views Barcelona has to offer, you’ll want to take the Teleféric. The completely accessible hanging cable cars will take you on a trip of 750 metres at a height of 84.5 meters. It’s open every day of the year and costs €7.30 (€5.50 for children ages 4-12) for a single ticket and €10.30 (€7.40 for children ages 4-12) for a return ticket. www.tmb.cat

There's another hanging cable car service, the Aeri del Port, that goes from the Mirarmar station on Montjuïc and via the Torre de Jaume I, near the World Trade Centre, and the Torre de Sant Sebastià, which takes you right to the port near the beach.

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