Monte Igueldo is located in the centre of the city of San Sebastián. On its summit there is a Mercure Hotel and, more importantly, the Parque de Atracciones Monte Igueldo. The meanwhile 100 years old amusement park can be reached by car without any problems and up there you can park for free, but the more interesting variant includes the use of the old funicular railway directly to the park.
If you have visited the Parc d’atraccions Tibidabo in Barcelona before, you will of course notice hundreds of similarities, even though there are no particularly worrying and interesting constructions. Nevertheless, outside Montaña Suiza there are plenty of original attractions, although most of them are aimed at children. Unfortunately, the lowest level of the park does not appear to be very original, and is full of children’s rides – this picture can also be seen on the Tibidabo, just not quite as present.
The most important reason for a roller coaster enthusiast to go to the beautiful Basque Country and visit the Parque de Atracciones Monte Igueldo certainly are not the lush green mountains, but the Swiss mountains. Simply put, Montaña Suiza is the only concrete roller coaster worldwide! Crazy people would of course talk down this particularity and only evaluate the hybrid part of it and then classify the ride as a steel roller coaster, but this would hardly do justice to this old Scenic Railway.
After a small right-hand bend, the ride begins with a doubledown, where you can also take off a little thanks to the missing restraints. This is followed by a camelback that is almost as high, after which the pace becomes a little more leisurely. During the following passage over the artificial lake you can look down on the Atlantic Ocean, an indescribably great panorama. Shortly after, you climb the only lift hill, but the ride is by no means over, as you are now approaching the steepest slope, which leads into a tunnel. Back in daylight, the journey continues along the hotel, whereupon you already find yourself back in the station.
The Montaña Suiza is a really great roller coaster, even if it is not very long or offers a lot. The ride can be described perfectly by the term nice, and this already since 1928, making it one of the four oldest roller coasters on the continent. As a traditionally operated Scenic Railway it also has a brakeman, who is also the cashier.
The Parque de Atracciones Monte Igueldo is a good amusement park, which already scores points for its special location and the resulting views of the Atlantic Ocean and down to the city of San Sebastián. The existing attractions are all of older construction and, apart from some attractions for children, can score with their old-fashioned charm. Although the park offers too little to spend more than one or two hours on Monte Igueldo, it is well worth the trip as a stopover on the route or in combination with an overnight stay, but unfortunately the park is not really on the classic route through Spain.
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