Barcelona Zoo

Barcelona Zoo: The dolphin shows are the big draw, but the decently sized zoo has plenty of other animals, all of whom look happy enough in reasonably spacious enclosures and the city's comfortable climate. Favourites include giant hippos, the prehistoric-looking rhino, sea lions, elephants, giraffes, lions and tigers. Child-friendly features include a farmyard zoo, pony rides, picnic areas and two excellent playgrounds. If all that walking is too much, there's a zoo 'train'.

Bear in mind that on hot days many of the animals in the Barcelona Zoo are sleeping and out of sight, and when the temperature drops below 13º many are kept inside.

Barcelona Zoo Address

Parc de la Ciutadella, Born
Area Born & St Pere
Transport Metro Barceloneta or Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica .
Telephone 93 225 67 80
Open Mar, Oct 10am-6pm daily. Apr-Sept 10am-7pm daily. Nov-Feb 10am-5pm daily.
Admission €15.40; €9.30 3-12s. Free under-3s.


Barcelona Transbordador Aeri

Barcelona Transbordador Aeri: These rather battered cable cars do not appear to have been touched - except for the installation of lifts - since they were built for the 1929 Expo. Transbordador Aeri provide sky-high views over Barcelona on their grinding, squeaking path from the Sant Sebastià tower at the very far end of Passeig Joan de Borbó to the Jaume I tower in front of the World Trade Center; the final leg ends at the Miramar lookout point on Montjuïc. Go late to avoid the long queues.

Barcelona Transbordador Aeri Address

Torre de Sant Sebastià,
Area Seafront
Transport Metro Barceloneta .
Telephone 93 441 48 20
Open Mid June-mid Sept 11am-8pm daily. Mid Sept-mid June 10.45am-7pm daily.
Tickets €9 single; €12.50 return; free under-6s.


Barcelona Tramvia Blau

Barcelona Tramvia Blau : Barcelonins and tourists have been clanking 1,225m (4,000ft) up Avda Tibidabo in the 'blue trams' since 1902. In the winter months, when the tram only operates on weekends, a rather more prosaic bus (no.195) takes you up (or you can walk it in 15 minutes).

Barcelona Tramvia Blau Address

Avda Tibidabo (Plaça Kennedy) to Plaça Doctor Andreu
Area Beyond the Centre
Transport FGC Avda Tibidabo .
Telephone 93 318 70 74
Open Mid June-mid Sept 10am-8pm daily. Mid Sept-mid June 10am-6pm Sat. Frequency 20mins.
Tickets €2.30 single; €3.50 return. Admission €5; €2.50 reductions.


Barcelona Torre de Collserola

Barcelona Torre de Collserola
Just five minutes' walk from the Sagrat Cor is its main rival and Barcelona's most visible landmark, Norman Foster's communications tower, built in 1992 to transmit images of the Olympics around the world. Those who don't suffer from vertigo attest to the wonderful views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean from the top.

Barcelona Torre de Collserola Address

Ctra de Vallvidrera al Tibidabo
Area Beyond the Centre
Transport FGC Peu Funicular then funicular .
Telephone 93 211 79 42
Open Apr-June, Sept 11am-2pm, 3.30-6pm Wed-Fri; 11am-2pm, 3.30-7pm Sat, Sun. July, Aug 11am-2pm, 3.30-7pm Wed-Fri; 11am-2pm, 3.30-8pm Sat, Sun. Oct-Mar 11am-2pm, 3.30-5pm Wed-Fri; 11am-2pm, 3.30-6pm Sat, Sun.
Admission €5; reductions €4; free under-4s.


Barcelona Tibidabo Funfair

Barcelona Tibidabo Funfair: This hilltop fairground, dating from 1889, is investing millions in getting itself bang up to date, with the terrifying freefall Pendulum and a hot-air balloon style ride for smaller children. Adrenalin freaks are waiting for the rollercoaster currently under construction.

The many other attractions at Barcelona Tibidabo Funfair  include a house of horrors, bumper cars and the emblematic Avió, the world's first popular flight simulator when it was built in 1928. Don't miss the antique mechanical puppets and contraptions at the Museu d'Autòmats, and there are hourly puppet shows at the Marionetàrium (from 1pm). At the weekends, at Barcelona Tibidabo Funfair there are circus parades at the end of the day and, in summer, correfocs (fire runs) and street theatre.

Barcelona Tibidabo Funfair Address

Plaça del Tibidabo,
Area Beyond the Centre
Transport FGC Avda Tibidabo .
Telephone 93 211 79 42
Open Nov-mid Dec , mid Jan-Feb 11am-6pm Sat, Sun. Mar, Apr 11am-7pm Sat, Sun. May, June 11am-8pm Sat, Sun. July 11am-8pm Wed-Fri; 11am-11pm Sat; 11am-10pm Sun. Aug 11am-10pm Wed-Sun. 1st 2wks Sept 11am-8pm Wed-Fri; 11am-9pm Sat, Sun. 2nd 2wks Sept 11am-9pm Sat, Sun. Oct 11am-8pm Sat, Sun. Closed mid Dec-mid Jan.
Admission individual rides €11-€14. Unlimited rides €24; €19 reductions; €7-€14 children under 1.2m (3ft 11in); free children under 90cm (2ft 11in).


Barcelona Temple Romà d'Augusti

Barcelona Temple Romà d'Augusti: Four stunning fluted Corinthian columns dating from the first century BC soar out of their podium in the most unlikely of places: a back patio of the Mountaineering Centre of Catalonia.

Part of the rear corner of the Barcelona Temple Romà d'Augusti devoted to the Roman emperor Augustus (who after his death was elevated to the pantheon), the columns were discovered and isolated from the structure of a medieval building in 1835.

The current layout of the Barcelona Temple Romà d'Augusti is actually a slight fudging of the original as the right-hand column resided separately in the Plaça del Rei until it was slotted next to the other three in 1956. Opening hours can vary, so, call ahead.

Barcelona Temple Romà d'Augusti: Address

C/Paradís 10
Area Barrí Gòtic
Transport Metro Jaume I .
Telephone 93 315 11 11
Open 10am-8pm Tue-Sat; 10am-3pm Sun.
Admission free.


Barcelona Telefèric de Montjuïc (cable car)

Barcelona Telefèric de Montjuïc (cable car): The rebuilt system has eight-person cable cars that soar from the funicular up to the castle. In the summer months, the Picnic al Cel offers the chance to enjoy a vertiginous dining experience.

Barcelona Telefèric de Montjuïc (cable car) Address

Estació Funicular,
Avda Mirama
Area Montjuic & Poble Sec
Transport Metro Paral·lel then Funicular .
Telephone 93 318 70 74
Open Nov-Mar 10am-6pm daily. Apr-May, Oct 10am-7pm daily. June-Sept 10am-9pm daily.
Tickets €5.70 one way; €7.90 return; €4.50 one way reductions; €6 return reductions; free under-4s.


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