Day Trip Rucksack
Small 10L day trip and museums rucksack
Torre Collserola is a Hilltop Telecommunications tower with a visitor space on one floor of the unusual pod shaped design, offering city wide 360 degree panoramic views via the floor to ceiling windows. El Mirador de Collserola.
Collserola tower was designed by architect Sir Norman Foster and Spanish civil Engineers Julio Martínez Calzón and Manuel Julia Vilardell. The motivation to build the Collserola tower was to provide a central point to give Barcelona city and surrounding areas full TV coverage with no black spots from any of the small hills. Also it served as a hub to relay the 1992 Olympic games to the whole world via satellite uplink.
Unusual about it's design is that on each floor are racks of telecoms equipment for the point to point and cellular systems with the antennas on the outside platforms of the structure.
The TV transmissions are generated in the basement level and relayed to the needle like TV antenna at the top of the tower via RF feeder cables.
To book an escorted visit to the glass panelled viewing floor use the link. It is best to book in advance as places are limited. Visits are only on the weekends and there are two guided tours a day. The first is at 12 noon and the second at 12.30 noon.
The ascent to the viewing platform is via a glass panelled elevator that runs up the exterior of the central column of the tower.
The guided tour visit allows about 45 minutes of time up on the viewpoint floor which is plenty of time to enjoy the views from all three sides. Each floor, including the Viewpoint floor has a Toilet. Amazing to think that the design included the installation of these facilities.
Note that for the guided visit access is not via the main gate with the security cabin but via a tourist entrance following the cobbled path down behind the structure parallel with the forest.
See the Wikiloc map section where I have added a waypoint for the tourist access.
Note: Torre Collserola has temporarily suspended tourist visits to the panoramic viewing floor but is still a spectacular sight when viewed from the outside.
Access to the viewpoint is via a small glass lift of capacity 10 people approximately so only go with a small bag.
There are no bicycle anchorage points outside the tour entrance to Torre Collserola although you could chain your bike to the fence.
From street level the entrance is step free with a ramp leading to the base of the tower where there is a lift to the viewpoint floor.
Address: Cami de Vallvidrera al Tibidabo, Barcelona. 8035
Torre Collserola can be found in Camí de Vallvidrera al Tibidabo between Vallvidrera village and Tibidabo Summit and there are two funicular options or two walking routes.
See the Getting to Section of the Tibidabo page.
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