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The Zona Alta (Uptown) is an area covering several neighbourhoods that, as the name suggests, are in the hilly part of the city. From the moneyed streets of Pedralbes and Tibidabo to bohemian Gràcia, this entire northern area of the city offers stunning views and regal attractions. But what really sets this area apart from the rest of the city is its 15 parks; the best are Gaudí’s stunning and imaginative Parc Güell, and the colossal natural park of Collserolla, which spreads out like green baize over Tibidabo mountain. Gràcia stands out as the city’s most cosmopolitan neighbourhood. Its strong political tradition and gypsy community have long drawn artists and writers to the labyrinthine streets, and it is now home to scores of innovative boutiques, bars and squares, which teem with life most nights of the week.


Sights & Attractions

  1. Parc d’Atraccions del Tibidabo

    Take the 100-year-old funicular up to the top of Tibidabo’s 517-m (1,695-ft) mountain to visit this traditional amusement park, which first opened in 1908. Although there are a couple of stomach-churning, white-knuckle rides, the real attractions are the quaint, old-fashioned ones, including a beautifully conserved carousel and a Ferris wheel. Here also is the Museu dels Autòmates, with automatons, mechanical models and a scale model of the park.

    Pl de Tibidabo

  2. Monestir de Pedralbes

    Named after the Latin petras albas, which means white stones, this outstandingly beautiful Gothic monastery was founded by Queen Elisenda de Montcada de Piños in the early 14th century. Her alabaster tomb lies in the wall between the church and the particularly impressive three-storey Gothic cloister. An interesting glimpse of medieval life is provided by the furnished kitchens, cells, infirmary and refectory, all of which are well preserved.

    • C/Baixada Monestir 9

    • Open 10am–2pm Tue–Sun

    • Adm; free 1st Sun of the month

    • DA

    Cloister, Monestir de Pedralbes

    Exterior, Monestir de Pedralbes
  3. Torre de Collserola

    This slender telecommunications tower was designed by British architect Norman Foster. The needle-like upper structure rests on a concrete pillar and is anchored by 12 huge steel cables. Rising to a height of 560 m (1836 ft) above sea level, the top is reached by a glass-fronted elevator. On a clear day, you can see Montserrat and the Pyrenees.

    Parc de Collserola

    • Open 11am–2pm, 3:30–6pm Wed–Sun; 11am–6pm Sat–Sun (to 7pm Jul–Aug)

    • Adm

    • DA

    Torre de Collserola
  4. Museu del FC Barcelona & Camp Nou Stadium

    Barcelona’s most visited museum is a must for fans of the beautiful game. With football memorabilia of every conceivable kind, you can learn all about the club’s history. Work donated by some of Catalonia’s leading artists is also on display. Admission includes access to Barca’s 120,000-seater stadium, an impressive monument to the city’s love-affair with the game.

    • Entrance 9 Stadium, Av Arístides Maillol

    • Open 10am–6:30pm Mon–Sat (to 8pm Apr–Oct), 10am–2:30pm Sun

    • Adm

    Camp Nou Stadium
  5. Palau Reial de Pedralbes

    The former main residence of Count Eusebi Güell was donated to the Spanish royal family in 1919. Open to the public since 1937, this majestic palace houses the Museu de Ceràmica, the Museu de Textil and the Museu de les Arts Decoratives. The former has a fine collection of Catalan and Moorish ceramics; the Museu de les Arts Decoratives has period furniture, plus a number of artifacts dating from the Middle Ages onwards, and the Museu de Textil focuses on fashion and costume. The magnificent gardens include a fountain designed by Gaudí.

    • Av Diagonal 686

    • Museums open 10am–6pm Tue–Sat, 10am–3pm Sun

    • Adm (free 1st Sun of the month)

    • DA

    Museu de Ceràmica, Palau Reial

    Museu de les Arts Decoratives, Palau Reial

  6. Parc Güell

    Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, this heady brew of architectural wizardry includes trencadís tiling, a serpentine bench, fairytale pavilions, Gothic archways, and the columned Sala Hipóstila (originally intended as a market hall). In true Gaudí style, playfulness and symbolism pervade every aspect of the park. The Casa-Museu Gaudí, where Gaudí lived for 20 years, is dedicated to the architect’s life.

    • C/d’Olot

    • Open 10am–dusk daily

    • Free

    • Casa-Museu Gaudí

    • Open Oct–Mar 10am–5:45pm; Apr–Sep 10am–7:45pm

    • Adm €5.50

  7. Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor

    Visible from almost anywhere in Barcelona, the Temple of the Sacred Heart was built by Enric Sagnier between 1902 and 1911. It has a dramatic sculpture of Jesus and an elaborately decorated door that verges on the psychedelic. Take the elevator up the main tower, or climb the steps to the outside terrace for breathtaking views.

    • Pl del Tibidabo

    • Open 10am–8pm daily (Elevator open 10:30am–2pm & 3–7pm daily)

    • Adm

  8. Parc de Collserola

    Beyond the peaks of Tibidabo mountain, this 6,500-ha (16,000-acre) natural park of wild forest and winding paths is an oasis of calm. It is great for hiking and biking , with sign-posted paths and nature trails.

    • Info point

    • C/Església 92

  9. Tramvia Blau

    The city’s blue trams, with their old-fashioned, wooden interiors are attractions in themselves. The route, from the FGC station to Plaça Doctor Andreu, passes many Modernista mansions to the top of Avinguda Tibidabo.

    • Av Tibidabo

    • Trams run 10am–8pm (Oct–May 6pm) daily (mid-Sep–late June Sat, Sun & bank hols only)

    • Adm

  10. Parc del Laberint d’Horta

    In 1802, the Marquès d’Alfarràs hosted a huge party in these wonderful Neo-Classical gardens to celebrate the visit of Carles IV. Designed by Italian architect Domenico Bagotti, they incorporate a lake, a waterfall, canals and a wonderful cypress-tree maze.

    • C/German Desvalls

    • Open 10am–dusk daily

    • Free (Wed & Sun), Adm (all other days)

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