Wednesday, June 19, 2019

COMBINE TOURISIMO WITH PARK GÜELL, MAKE A DAY OF IT


According to the Barcelona Tourist Board, over 9 million people visit Park Güell each year to enjoy the famous architecture and planning of Antoni Gaudi as well as the elevated position and excellent views over city which the park provides.


COMBINE TOURISIMO WITH PARK GÜELL, MAKE A DAY OF IT


From the upper levels of the park, particularly the high point of “Turó de les tres creus” or Hill of the three crosses, you have magnificent views over much of Barcelona city to the Mediterranean Sea to the East. But from the park you also have views of the majestic hills of La Serra de Collserola which form the inland boundary of the municipal area. The hills extend from the North East to the South West at the back of Barcelona and form part of the natural park, El Park Natural de Collserola, which at over 11,000 hectares represents one of the largest urban parks in the world. On the highest point of the park, on the 512-meter mountain of Tibidabo, sits the church of the Sagrat Cor, or sacred heart, and beside it, the famous Tibidabo amusement park.  The park is one of the oldest, continuously operating amusement parks in the world having opened in 1905 and it still features many of the original rides and attractions.

A short distance from Tibidabo is the iconic telecommunications tower, La Torre de Collserola. This tower was designed by the famous British architect, Sir Norman Foster and was opened for the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1982. From the observation deck of the tower, at 560 meters a.s.l., there are undoubtedly some of the best views and photo opportunities in all of the Barcelona region.

There is only one problem with all this fantastic tourist attractions, how to get there. Unfortunately, apart from the bus which runs from Plaça Catalunya in the centre directly to Tibidabo, there is no easy public transport route to get to the hills. Only by a combination of metro, the FCC ( Ferocarriles Catalans) trains, a tram and a funicular railway, can you access the high ground above the city. That is where TOURISIMO Barcelona comes in.

From our base, only 50 meters from the Vallcarca side entrance of Park Güell you can take a Tourisimo tour which will guide you directly to the Collserola Natural Park. We provide cool, eco-tours of 1.5 to 2 hours to this magnificent area. After, or before a visit to the Park Güell, you can combine a Tourisimo tour and really make the most of your trip to upper Barcelona. You’ll find the views only get better as you transition from Park Güell up to the heights above the city. You will drive one of our fleet of electric, two-seater cars and follow a guide in another vehicle who will lead you up and out of the city to the quiet, winding mountain roads where the views are spectacular. If you’re lucky enough to make it on a Saturday or Sunday, you can also take advantage of our Premium tour which includes a visit to the observation deck of the Collserola Tower. Unfortunately the tower only opens to the public at the weekends, and then for only two hours per day.

When you want to make the most of our visit to our beautiful city, but maybe you’ve had enough of the queues an crowds there are still lots of things to do in Barcelona outside the city centre. The views from Park Güell are great, but for a truly different and exciting scenic and photographic experience, jump into a Tourisimo electric twizy and have an exciting, fun experience getting there. A few hours in the park and a couple more with Tourisimo will really answer the question of what to do in Barcelona. A city which is full of surprises, and a sightseer’s dream, if you know where to look.
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