If you’re visiting Barcelona, you’re probably interested in where you can take in the best views of the city. Luckily, Barcelona is full of great spots for panoramic views. From rooftop terraces to spots like Park Güell and the Bunkers, there are plenty of options to take some great photos of the city or just enjoy the scenery. For a unique experience, Barcelona’s port cable car, the Telefèrico del Puerto, overs breathtaking views over Barcelona.
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Although Barcelona’s port cable car was completed in 1931, it was closed during the Spanish Civil War when the cars were removed and the towers were used for defense of the port. After the war, the Teleféricos de Barcelona Company took over the service and it began running again in 1963, taking passengers between Montjüic Mountain and Barceloneta. The Telefèrico del Puerto includes two towers and a station at Miramar on Montjüic Mountain and offers some of the most beautiful views of the city and sea beyond.
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The total ride spans just under 1.3 kilometers in length and takes around ten minutes to complete. The tower of San Sebastián on Barceloneta Beach sits at around 70 meters above sea level, while the Jaime I tower, located on the pier, sits at 101 meters above sea level. Each cabin holds up to nineteen people. On the ride up from Barceloneta to Miramar on Montjüic Mountain, you will get to experience stunning views of the beach, the W Hotel, and the entire city of Barcelona in the distance. Once you reach Miramar, you can explore Montjüic Moutain, take in the views, see the castle, visit the Fundació Joan Miro, or explore the many beautiful gardens.
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Tickets, Timetables, & Information
One way tickets cost €11, while round-trip tickets cost €16.5. The cable car runs year-round but is closed on the 25th of December and during two weeks in January for maintenance. Timetables depend on the time of year- From the 12th of January to the 28th of February: 11:00 to 17:30. From the 1st of March to the 31st of May: 10:30 to 19:00. From the 1st of June to the 10th of September: 10:30 to 20:00. From the 11th of September to the 29th of October: 10:30 to 19:00. And from the 30th of October to the 31st of December: 11:00 to 17:30.
To get there, take line 4 of the metro (the yellow line) to Barceloneta station and walk just five minutes to the San Sebastián tower at Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 88, 08039. Take the beautiful ride up today for a one-of-a-kind perspective over Barcelona.
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