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Avenida Tibidabo historic street and Grand houses

Avenue from Plaza John F Kennedy to foot of the Collserola hills that has many former grand modernist houses. Most are converted to private medical clinics.

Updated: Oct 3, 2021

by: Barcelona Travel Hacks

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About Avenida Tibidabo historic street and Grand houses

Avinguda del Tibidabo runs from the Plaza de John F. Kennedy to the foot of the Parc de la Font del Raca on the foot of Tibidabo mountain. The residential project was the idea of Dr. Salvador Andreu, an entrepreneurial chemist who envisioned a broad tree-lined avenue of luxurious buildings orientated towards his amusement park at Tibidabo.

The land upon which the avenue was built had been a vineyard and was bought by Dr. Andreu's Tibidabo Corporation in the 1900's in order to develop the approach to the amusement park as a residential area for the wealthiest inhabitants of the city. The Tramvia Blau, (currently being refurbished) was inaugurated in 1901 at Andreu's request to link Carrer de Balmes with the Tibidabo Funicular.

Today, many of the houses are now private medical clinics, and a few Embassies. At the bottom is a recently restored building called La Rotonda. It is not open to the public but there are restaurants on the ground floor.

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Visiting Avenida Tibidabo historic street and Grand houses

Notable masterpieces of modernist arcitecture in Avenida Tibidabo.

Torre Andreu La Rotonda

Recently refurbished in 2019, this building has a beutiful ochre stucco facade with decorative wrought-iron balconies and window frames. On the roof is a stunningly ornate tower pagoda that is best seen from the FGC Aveninda tibidabo station exit. The building was constructed in 1906 by architect Adolf Ruiz i Casamitjana. The ornate pagoda was added in 1918 by architect Enric Sagnier. Formally a luxury hotel named La Rotonda but by the 1970s had fallen into disrepair and was facing demolition.

Designated a Historical Monument of Barcelona in 1976 and so saved from demolition however nobody was sure what to do with the building so reconstruction was delayed. Today the bulding has shops and restaurants on the ground floor with the remaining floors being private offices. Unfortunately at the moment it is not possible to visit the interior but can be viewed and appreciated from the street.

Aveninda Tibidabo 2-4 barcelona. 08022.

Torre Ignacio Portabella

Grand Vila by master builder Jose Perez Terraza constructed 1905. Ochre stucco stone facade with beautiful frescoes around the windows of the upper floor. Private residence so can only be viewed from the outside.

Aveninda Tibidabo 27 barcelona. 08022.

Casa Roviralta Frare Blanc

White Vila with red brick window frames and balconies designed by architect Joan Rubio and built 193 to 1913 on the site of a farmhouse which had belonged to a Dominican convent. The buildings nickname Frare Blanc means white friar. Today it houses the restaurant El Asador de Aranda, famous for meats slow-cooked to a traditional method in wood burning ovens. You can appreciate the interior of this building by eating there for lunch.

Aveninda Tibidabo 31 barcelona. 08022.

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Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult Zone 1 T-casual FREE Child T-familiar FREE

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Getting to Avenida Tibidabo historic street and Grand houses

Address: Avenida Tibidabo, Barcelona. 08022

Nearest FGC is Avenida Tibidabo on the brown (L7) line.

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Wikiloc Trail for Avenida Tibidabo historic street and Grand houses

BCN05 - Torre Bellesguard - Science Museum

Circular city walk in Barcelona via Sant Gervasi church, Torre bellesguard, CosmoCaixa science museum, Avenida Tibidabo and Tamarita Gardens.

Distance: 3.85 Km

Difficulty: Easy

Return Travel Fare: T-Casual Zone 1

Transport Network: Barcelona Metro

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