Torre de Collserola
A technological prodigy with views of the city
A communications tower that was ahead of its time with a lookout point some 560 metres above sea level. The Collserola telecommunications tower, which was inaugurated for the Barcelona ’92 Olympic Games, is a major architectural work and a symbol of the city’s technological facet.
Why visit Torre de Collserola?
Designed in 1992 by the English architect Norman Foster with the aim of marking the milestone of the Olympic Games, the Collserola telecommunications tower is one of the icons of Olympic Barcelona. It was built to ensure the city’s telecommunications and is used for the majority of audiovisual connections in the metropolitan area and the province of Barcelona.
It is a large concrete and steel tower with a diameter of just 4.5 metres to minimise its visual impact on Turó de la Vilana, the Collserola mountain chosen to be its home. Its most remarkable features are its height, some 288 metres, and the lookout point on the tenth floor, which offers 360-degree views of Barcelona and its metropolitan area as far as Montserrat and the Cadí-Moixeró mountain range in the pre-Pyrenees.
How do you get to Torre de Collserola?
If you hop off at the Tramvia Blau – Tibidabo stop on the Blue Route of Barcelona Bus Turístic, you can take the Tramvia Blau and then the Tibidabo funicular, which leaves you at the top of the mountain.
For the most curious of you
- Did you know? On very clear days the tower allows you to see for more than 70 kilometres.
- Local’s tip: Visits to the tower are organised by Tibidabo Amusement Park, so if you go to the amusement park, ask for a combined ticket.
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