If you’ve been following along with my travels then it should come as no surprise that one of my favorite ways to see a city is from above. I’ve climbed the Belfry in Bruges, hopped on the Teleférico in Madrid, climbed the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and in continuing the trend of witnessing a city from above, I took a ride on the teleférico in Barcelona. Teleférico is the Spanish word for cable car and I had such a great experience riding the teleférico in Madrid that I wasn’t going to pass up the ride to the beach in Barcelona.
The teleférico in Barcelona connects the beach and Montjuïc, the hill in the southeast of town which is home to the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Olympic Stadium, the Castle of Montjuïc and much more. I had been told by a friend that the teleférico ride to the beach was a must-do when we were in Barcelona so we spent an afternoon exploring Montjuïc as we made our way toward the teleférico station that would transport us to the beach. Even if you don’t want to spend the extra money on the teleférico ride to the beach, the (free) views of Barcelona from all around Montjuïc are truly mesmerizing and shouldn’t be missed!
We made our way toward the teleférico station and were in complete awe at the incredible views of Barcelona, knowing they would only get better when we hopped on the teleférico. After a short wait in line, we were off!
PRO TIP: Try to choose a spot to stand that is facing toward the city or beach when you first get on the teleférico, because there won’t be any chance to move around once the cabin starts moving. It would be a bummer to be stuck facing the wrong direction!
We were facing more toward the beach, but were still able to turn and get incredible views of the city. We could even make out some of Barcelona’s most prominent landmarks including the Sagrada Familia. It was such a unique perspective of the city and was so fun to be gliding over the marina, always getting closer and closer to the beach.
I would definitely recommend the teleférico as a unique way to see Barcelona and as a bonus, it’s a relaxing and easy way to get from Montjuïc to the beach or vice versa.
- Teleférico operates year round with varying hours depending on the time of year (more details here)
- 11 euros for a one way ticket and 16,5 euros for a round trip ticket
- Purchase your tickets at your preferred departing station (beach or Montjuïc).
Have you ever taken a ride in the teleférico in Barcelona? Where is your favorite spot for incredible views of Barcelona? Share your thoughts in the comments below!