The Collserola Tower is situated in the Collserola National Park directly behind Barcelona. It is a communications tower designed by the British architect Sir Norman Foster. Constructed in 1991, the tower carried all the global communications for 1992 Olympic Games. Foster wanted to create ‘a new icon for the city’ and this 226m high spike certainly did the trick!
The so-called pod contains 13 platforms (floors) with a total surface area of 5500² metres. What makes it unique from similar designs are the guy wires that give it support like a ships mast. Total weight of the whole structure, 3000 tonnes.
Today it is home to telecommunication and TV companies.
The best feature however is the 10th floor viewing platform a cool 560 metres above sea-level, which is the highest public place in the whole of the city. There is a mildly scary lift journey up 135 metres which takes 2½ minutes to the deck. From here there is a stunning 360° view. On a clear day you can see 70kms to the Pyrenees Mountains and the Balearic Islands.
It is a bit of a pain to get to though. Either catch the Funicular to Tibidabo and walk across or hire something with a motor and go it alone. (crazy fit cyclists can also make it too!) When you get to the car park, follow the footpath through the trees to the entrance.
Although not exactly expensive, you can save a few pennies buying a combined Tower + Tibidabo Sky Rides ticket. This gives you entrance to the tower and a go on all the historic funfair rides at the Tibidabo Amusement Park (beware of the Talaia though, a 90 year old ‘bucket on an arm’ ride. It is not for the faint hearted!)
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telephone (+34) 93 211 79 42
Adult General – €5.60
Children 4-14 & 60+ – €3.30
Children U4 – Free
When To Visit
Opening Times for 2016