A protected park where a wide variety of Mediterranean flora and fauna brings us into contact with nature just 15 minutes away from the bustling city.
Barcelona’s great green “lung”, Collserola
As a city facing the Mediterranean, Barcelona needs the Parc de Collserola, which stretches out behind it like a great green “lung” providing the metropolis with oxygen. Here you can enjoy nature in 8,000 hectares of protected parkland. The Mediterranean climate and varied relief of the land makes the park a thriving site for mixed woodland, with many examples of white pines and evergreen oaks, as well as riverside copses which alternate with farmland and brush. The park is home to some 190 species of vertebrates.
Serra de Collserola is a mountain range that characterizes Barcelona, it’s home to the largest natural park of the city – Collserola park. Whether summer, winter, autumn, or spring; hundreds of people decide to get up every day to enjoy the mysteries hidden within Collserola park. Runners, bikers, walkers, photographers, who usual find the most unusual paths of this mountain.
The ideal place to lose yourself and get away from the big city in just minutes and discover more of Catalonia
If when visiting Barcelona you need some fresh air or to get away from the crowds, join us on our Collserola Tour and enjoy a quiet morning in the woods. Walking along the approximately 10km of Les Aigües Road, can be a relaxing and inspiring activity at the same time.
The Carretera de les Aigües and the purpose-built viewing points boast superb views of both sides of the ridge: Barcelona and the Vallès. Visitors curious about the park’s history will discover that it is a small natural museum. There are traces of early settlements, including the Iberian village of Serra del Moro, the Gothic castles of Castellciuró and El Papiol, the church of Santa Maria and old farm houses, such as the famous Vil·la Joana.
It takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city and also gives you astounding panoramic views. From there, the most symbolic buildings of Barcelona – Sagrada Familia, Agbar Tower, Mapfre Tower and Hotel Arts, Camp Nou, Montjuïc Hill – are clearly seen and, from up there, it’s even possible to distinguish the street grid layout of the city, the hallmark of Barcelona’s urban design.
Apart from being a magnificent sports site, Collserola expands its leisure possibilities with many leisure areas equipped with stone tables and seats and fixed grills of free use, very popular at weekends, when groups of families and friends gather and enjoy a typical barbecue in the open air. Collserola Hill also houses an Astronomical Observatory and the Collserola Telecommunications Tower – one of the highest constructions in Spain – as well as a huge cemetery hidden in the mountains.
Collserola hill is certainly a natural treasure to the inhabitants of Barcelona and surrounding areas who can enjoy real nature just at a stone’s throw from their homes.
Climbing the mountain might be intimidating for beginners, but all the work pays off as Collserola offers one of the most unique and wonderful views over Barcelona. You will see with your own eyes the long and gridded streets, compressed into blocks – all characterized by the kilometer-long Diagonal avenue – while it is bathed in the sun that glimmers in the distance on the Mediterranean sea… so join us on our Collserola Tour!
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