Funicular Railways and Cable Car Barceona city attractions
To be exact it has three funiculars – to Montjuïc, to Tibidabo and to Vallvidrera, and two cable cars – one on Montjuïc and one at the port. We would like to suggest an itinerary that, starting on the wide Avinguda Paral.lel, leads to the beach-side neighbourhood of Barceloneta on the opposite side of the port, and uses one funicular and two cable cars to get you there. It is an unforgettable route for both adults and children alike.
Barcelona has more funicular railways and cable cars than any other city in the Iberian peninsula.
The Funicular Railway of Montjuïc
From the Paral.lel metro stop, which serves lines 2 and 3, we can go straight to the Montjuïc funicular 1 without even leaving the station or getting a new metro ticket. The funicular, opened in 1928, one year before the Universal Exposition, takes us to Avinguda Miramar, right in front of the cable car station. Leaving the funicular we can head right and visit the Fundació Miró, the Anella Olímpica or the Museu Olímpic i de l’Esport, all of which are close, or we can head left towards the sea where we will arrive at the magnificent Miramar viewpoint with its views of the city and the port. Just here is a five-star hotel which is housed in a renovated palace, formerly home to the Barcelona headquarters of Televisión Española (Spanish Television).
Telefèric de Montjuïc
If we decide to continue our initial route and go up the first cable car, the station is just in front of the funicular railway stop. It is a modern cable car, which after a stop at the Mirador de l’Alcalde 2 , takes us to the top of the Montjuïc Mountain to the castle. After a visit we can go back down in the cable car or on foot, perhaps stopping midway at the Mirador de l’Alcalde to contemplate the port and its maritime activity. If we then continue our walk through gardens down the mountains, we will come to the Miramar 3 viewpoint. There is a bar- restaurant with beautiful views of the city where we can stop for a drink or snack. This is also where we find the second of our cable cars, which takes us over the port to Barceloneta.
- Single adult ticket: € 6.50
- Single child’s ticket: € 5
- Return adult ticket: € 9.30
- Return child’s ticket: € 6.70
Aeri del Port
This cable car crosses the port of Barcelona and for most of the time it travels over water. It is open every day unless it is particularly windy. From Miramar, its first stopping port of call is at the Torre de Jaume I 4 , just by the World Trade Centre at the heart of the port, although this stop is currently closed.From there it goes to the Torre de Sant Sebastià 5 , which is between the port and the oldest beaches of Barcelona in the fishing neighbourhood of Barceloneta.
- Single adult ticket: € 6
- Single child’s ticket: € 4,70
- Return adult ticket: € 8.30
- Return child’s ticket: € 6.30
The Passeig de Joan de Borbó and Barceloneta
Leaving the Torre de Sant Sebastià behind us and having completed our funicular railway and cable tour, we can opt for going back to the hotel or for taking a walk, either by the port (along Passeig de Joan de Borbó) or along the Barceloneta beach 6 .This neighbourhood is one of the later additions to Barcelona and was built to house the fishermen of the city.
This area is one that has changed most in recent years, but it still maintains its traditional feel and look. Furthermore, the beaches have improved no end and in summer attract hoards of sunbathers and swimmers, which have made it one of the most cosmopolitan parts of the city. There are restaurants and tapas bars on the sea front and it is an ideal place to enjoy a seafood meal. Passeig de Joan de Borbó, which runs along the side of the fishing port and marina, takes us past restaurants of all types towards Moll de la Fusta 7 and the monument to Christopher Columbus (Colón) 8.
Torre del Rellotge
Important sights along the way are the Torre del Rellotge 9 , the old harbour lighthouse which, dating from 1772, is the oldest building of the area. When the harbour was extended it was no longer needed and the lights were replaced with a clock, thus its original appearance was largely retained.
Palau de Mar
Just beyond is the Palau de Mar 10 (Palace of the Sea) is the example of typical 19th-century port architecture. Originally built between 1880 and 1890 as the General Trade Warehouses, it has now been converted into the Museum of the History of Catalonia (Museu d’Història de Catalunya)
To finalize the itinerary, can not forget the commercial heart of the port: Maremagnum 11. This area includes a great shopping and entertainment center. 3D Imax cinema, the Aquarium, a shopping centre with an extensive schedule and excellent cuisine at various restaurants.
Opening Hours: From Monday to Sunday.
Shops: from 10:00 to 22:00.
Restaurants: Until 01:00.