After a hectic week it turns out that a nice way to get some perspective on a crazy summer is to actually head to the top of the nearest mountain or hill. Standing at the top and looking out over your town, its nice to consider, with some new perspective, what were the big moments over the last few weeks and which were they tiny ones. On a recent Sunday afternoon we did just that.
We made our way to the top of Mt. Tibidabo, overlooking the city of Barcelona. We had been expecting to see a very old and even eerie hilltop amusement park complete with old wooden roller coasters and chipping paint. However what we discovered was a bright, lively park filled with joy inspiring rides and stunning views.
We took a funicular up to the top of the mountain to soak in the city views on a warm, sunny day. At the top, we were happily surprised by the cooler air and a refreshing breeze.
Sitting atop Mt. Tibidabo is the Cathedral, Temple de Sagrat Cor, built above a smaller chapel. In front of the cathedral is a grand terrace, which entices you with its 270 degree views of the surrounding countryside.
The location itself seems to have been dreamt up as the setting of a mystical children’s book, where the children are free to roam about at night as the park comes alive with playful characters and thrilling rides.
At the main terrace below, we sat down for a cup of coffee. Sitting at a cafe elevated above the city, it is much easier to pause, separate yourself from the noise below, and let your mind wander. Later we headed back down the funicular, and rather than take the bus, we strolled down the rest of the hill, admiring the sites as we went.
Barcelona, Spain | Mt. Tibidabo | Temple de Sagrat Cor