There is lots of route to consider when hiking to the top of Tibidabo and also an option to take the funicular to the top and walk back down. However; we decided to do the route below, which was a total of 9km with 707m elevation gain and would would form a loop ascending from the right and finishing with one of favourite trails the Camino de las Aguas. This trail runs parallel to Barcelona and a great hike in itself, to follow the path along and admire the views of the city. If you’re also a keen runner, it’s a great dirt road, for an early morning or sunset run. Would highly recommend.
We started the hike by taking the underground to Penitents Station and walking North, passed the Funicular del Tibidabo and along Carrettera de les Aguas, until you reach Parking Aigues. If you have a moped or car, it’s also a good spot to park.
The hike to the top of Tibidabo will take approximately 1 hr, where the vast majority of the trail will be through the canopy of the forest, perfect for Barcelonas hot summer days.
Once at the top you’ll find one of Europes oldest amusement park and a famous Roman Catholic Church called Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor, sitting at the summit of Tibidabo. The church sits prominently above Barcelona and can be seen from the distance, both from the city and further into the countryside. In addition adjacent to the church you’ll see Torre de Collserola, which is a communication tower that was built in 1991 for the 1992 Olympic Games.
On route back down you’ll follow the trail back down the other side of Tibidabo, into the canopy of the trees. Follow down the Stairs of the Font del Mont, until it opens up to the Carretera de les Aigües, my favourite part of the hike.