Serra de Collserola Natural Park is an obligatory destination to add to your one-day trip map. It combines a great time in the open air with friends, long walks through the forest routes and sports activities. Do you love hiking? That’s an ideal spot to choose! Do you prefer cycling or running? You will find here many different paths located in the mountains.

Serra de Collserola Natural Park, Catalonia, Spain

Serra de Collserola Natural Park

 

If you want to have a weekend full of adventures that are waiting for you nearly dozens of kilometres away from the city, plan the next trip and then have fantastic days off – full of physical activity as well as a cultural and historical background. It’s a simple but still good recipe for being full of joy during the winter season – isn’t it?

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Serra de Collserola Natural Park

 

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Serra de Collserola Natural Park

 

Are you looking for a place with a fairy tale atmosphere? Here it is!

 

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Serra de Collserola Natural Park

 

Serra de Collserola is a mountain range located just behind the capital of Catalonia – Barcelona. To protect the local wildlife, diversity of plants and forests, in 1987 the natural park was established in this area. It’s now the largest metropolitan park in the world with the size of almost 85 square km.

 

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View of the Tibidabo mountain from the Serra de Collserola Natural Park

 

Serra de Collserola Natural Park, Catalonia, Spain

Serra de Collserola Natural Park

 

On the way by forest alleys, you come across many unusual scenes. You observe wild plants and fruits, old cottages or lonely trees. You hear the sound of birds and crickets or the quiet movement of small animals living in the forest. All routes are varied regarding a degree of difficulty, width or steepness, but at the same time, each of them offers different but equally interesting experiences. This journey could be even more fascinating if you have an opportunity to see these landscapes under the fog.

 

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Serra de Collserola Natural Park

 

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Serra de Collserola Natural Park

 

On the trail of the ancient ruins

In the mountain range of Serra de Collserola, there are hidden many interesting historical and cultural places from the Roman and Gothic period. You can find for instance prehistoric remains, churches, chapels or ruins of castles. 

 

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Pi d’en Xandi, Torre Negra, Sant Cugat

 

In the picture you can see a tree called Pi d’en Xandri – it’s a monument located between Serra de Collserola and Sant Cugat. In recent years, the tree became a symbol of protection the natural environment of the citizens of Sant Cugat.

 

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Pi d’en Xandi, Torre Negra, Sant Cugat

 

Mountain towns in Catalonia

 

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Sant Cugat del Vallés Monastery in Sant Cugat del Vallès

 

Sant Cugat del Vallès is one of the small mountain towns just behind Serra de Collserola Natural Park in Catalonia, Spain. That’s the reason it’s pretty easy to visit this city after a few hours of wandering.

 

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Sant Cugat del Vallés Monastery in Sant Cugat del Vallès

 

Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain

Sant Cugat del Vallés Monastery in Sant Cugat del Vallès

 

The city is very well maintained – you will find there green squares, lush vegetation, and beautiful architecture. The most important part is a small market square with antique Benedictine abbey from the 9th century – The Monastery of Sant Cugat – surrounded by a vast wall. Walking through the park inside, you can admire the beauty of a Gothic architecture.

 

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Sant Cugat del Vallés Monastery in Sant Cugat del Vallès

 

Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain

Sant Cugat del Vallés Monastery in Sant Cugat del Vallès

 

In front of the monastery, there are numerous restaurants and squares. However, if you prefer to discover less crowded, but still charming places with good food, I recommend choosing a walk through the smaller streets and find some bars and cafés outside the city centre.

 

Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain

Sant Cugat del Vallès

 

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Sant Cugat del Vallès

 

Sant Cugat to Barcelona

 

From Sant Cugat, you can take a direct train to Barcelona. It’s S5 operated by FGC, and the trip takes about 30 minutes to the last station Pl. Catalunya.

 

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Torre Negra, Sant Cugat

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Hope you try to stay active and travel a lot even if it’s a middle of December! Write in the comments below what are your plans for the next weekend? 🙂