Life is a rollercoaster, some might say. It certainly will be for a weekend if you choose to take your family on an adventure fit for even the most determined of thrill-seekers: the Parc d’Atraccions in Barcelona’s Sarrià Sant Gervasi district, Tibidabo. Hotel Grums is a great solution if you are looking for family hotels in Barcelona.
The Tibidabo Amusement Park has been in existence for over a century and stands at the highest point of Barcelona. It is one of the most popular locations for those who want to ‘let their hair down’ and forget the daily grind for a day or two, and you’re unlikely to get any argument about it from the children. The hard part will be getting them to leave at the end of the day!
With so many rides and attractions for all age groups, whether you’re fiercely brave or knee-shakingly timid, there’s something for everyone. Even the very young and the very old! This increasingly popular theme park is situated in a wonderful location, so you’ll find yourself transfixed by views of both the sea and the mountains; let’s hope the rollercoasters don’t jolt you out of your reverie before you’re ready!
At Parc d’Atraccions you will find all manner of rides to suit your family, from the vintage to the modern. The park is kept up to date, even though it has been in operation since 1921. Thrill-seekers will be excited to learn of the Hurakan, a fast moving machine that both spins and plunges you into oblivion; make sure you haven’t eaten too much candy floss before it!
If it’s the older of the eras you’re interested in, you can try out the Talaia, a more gentle (but still scary) ride which climbs to around fifty metres over the plaza; there is a haunted castle called the Castell Misteriós and an ancient flight simulator by the name of ‘the Avió’.
For those who are daunted by or physically unable to experience the rides, there is the church of the Sagrat Cor found in the Plaça del Tibidabo, a beautifully designed building well worth a little exploration. For the vintage lovers, check out the olden day amusements and steam train. You can jump on the old-fashioned ferris wheel to take in some unforgettable views, and pop into the Museu d’Autòmats, which boasts a fascinating collection of mechanical puppets from the 1880s; in contrast to this, there is a high-tech 4D cinema for those that want to stay with the times. Or… why not try them both out?
One thing is for sure – you’ll be fully entertained for the whole day. There’s so much going on, you may even need to make it two!