If you want to tour the city in a picturesque alternative means of transportation, Barcelona offers Las Golondrinas vessels in the port, the cable car Telef√©rico to go to Montju√Įc, and the tram Tramvia Blau to climb the Tibidabo.
Vessels known as Las Golondrinas began offering rides around the harbor in 1888. They are a relaxing way to see the entire coastline of the city and many of its iconic buildings, including the castle of Montju√Įc, the Ars hotel, the Wela hotel, or the Agbar tower. Tickets are sold in the harbor, next to the monument to Columbus, and also in the Forum between July and September.
The cable car called Teleferic is an air ferry that links the port with Montju√Įc. It opened in 1931, but during the civil war it stopped working and it was not re opened until 1958. The telef√©rico can be taken in Barceloneta or at the port and within a few minutes it allows you reach Montju√Įc, near the castle.
The Tramvia Blau, dating from 1901, is the survivor of the old tramway of Barcelona. It takes a tour of 1,276 meters at the foot of the ascent to the Tibidabo funicular. It goes uphill surrounded by modernist and novecentist buildings that give way to the nature and to magnificent views of the city.