Do you know the Barcelona cable car? If you’re from Barcelona, the answer is probably yes! For most of us it’s a familiar structure that is part of the city’s physiognomy from the sea. The city’s inhabitants are all familiar with the red cable cars hanging over the port, but not all have taken a ride to see the city from the air, 70 metres above the sea.
We visit it often because we have it right next to our office at the WTC Barcelona, and we recommend it. The cable car spans a 1,300 metre stretch that joins three points in Barcelona in just ten minutes.
The Port of Barcelona Cable Car was built in 1929 for the Barcelona Universal Exposition by the architect Carles Buïgas, who also designed the iconic Montjuïc Magic Fountain. A little-known fact is that the cable cars were removed and its towers used to defend the port during the Spanish Civil War. The cable car resumed operations from 1963 to 1995, when it was closed for renovation.
It is now a magnificent vantage point from which to view the city centre, the port facilities and Barcelona’s beaches.
A one-way ticket costs 11€ and a return ticket is 16,50€.
The cable cars link two tourist spots: Montjuïc Park (at the Miramar stop) and Barceloneta (Sant Sebastià Tower) passing through the Jaume I Tower, just in the middle of the Port of Barcelona.
The Port’s cable car ride offers magnificent views of the city. It gives us a bird’s eye view of Barcelona’s historic districts, among them the Barceloneta, the Drassanes and the Ramblas , but also offers a different perspective on new infrastructures throughout Barcelona’s coastline.
Reading this will no doubt make you want to experience the cable car, but unless you actually plan an outing, it may just become another item in your bucket list. To prevent that from happening, we’re raffling two free cable-car tickets to participants in this raffle on our Facebook profile. Comment on our post and get 2 tickets to the Cable Car to enjoy until the end of 2017. Don’t miss out on it!