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Flag of CataloniaBarcelona - Mount Tibidabo and Collserola

The Best way to visit Mount Tibidabo is to reach it via the Avinguda del Tibidabo. On both sides there is a Modernist urban development which was created by the chemist Dr. Andreu at the beginning of this century.

There are some very interesting villas by several different architects. The so-called "Tramvia Blau" (blue tram) goes up this avenue and is the only one of its kind left in Spain. At the end of the first stage of the ascent is "La Font del Racó Park, and, on the right-hand side inside a Modernist building, there is the Science Museum and planetarium which attract many visitors.

The avenue ends in the Plaça del Peu del Funicular where there are restaurants for eating outside and night clubs.

It is also from here that the funicular railway leaves for the summit of Mount Tibidabo. Here we can find the oldest amusement park in Spain, also created by Dr. Andreu. Nowadays it is aimed more at young children rather than adolescents, and apart form the traditional rides there is also a new Automaton Museum.

The summit is crowned with the Church of El Sagrat Cor (the Sacred Heart) which was the work of Sagnier. From here one can make trips into the woods or perhaps go to the town-cum-district of Vallvidrera. This is reached after passing the Fabra Observatory and going through Villa Joana where there is a small museum dedicated to Jacint Verdaguer, the greatest of Catalan poets.

From Vallidrera the visitor can either go back down to the city or go further into the Sierra de Collserola. Here there are housing estates and urban development such as Les Planes, La Floresta and Valldoreix, set in the middle of the woods. The area of El Valles is on the other side of the mountains and will be described in the following section.

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