Tibidabo Hike

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Tibidabo is the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola, a beautiful mountain range and natural park adjacent to Barcelona. Perched atop it is the magnificent Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor, which is visible in several parts of the city. I have been wanting to complete the 512m hike to the top since we moved here, but hadn’t gotten around to it. Erin had been back home in the States for about a week and I wanted to take advantage of the fantastic weather, so I started at the train station, El Baixador de Vallvidrera, and proceeded southeast to the summit of Tibidabo. Collserola is only about a 15 minute train ride out of the city, but once you get there, you feel a hundred miles away from any cosmopolitan center. The hike lasted about 2.5 hours to the top and another 1.5 or so back down. I enjoyed every minute of it and continued to experiment with my new camera. The views from the summit were breathtaking, literally, as the wind was gusting at about 50-60 km/hour. One of the interesting things about Tibidabo is that it boasts one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. The park was full of Catalan children enjoying a warm September Sunday. The hike was certainly worth it and I plan to bring Erin there sometime in the next few weeks.