Serra de Collserola Natural Park is an obligatory destination to add to your one-day trip map.

 

It combines a perfect time in the open air with friends, long walks through the forest 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 between the mountains.

 

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If you want to have a weekend full of adventures that are waiting for you nearly dozens of kilometers away from the city, plan the next trip and then have a fantastic day off – full of physical activity with 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, Catalonia, Spain crafttheway.com travel blog and photography

 

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

 

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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

 

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On the way through forest alleys, you come across many wonderful scenes. Observe wild plants and fruits, old cottages or single trees. Hear the sound of birds and crickets or the peaceful movement of small animals living in the forest.

 

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On the trail of the ancient ruins

 

In the mountain range of Serra de Collserola, there are hidden many interesting historical and cultural monuments from the Roman and Gothic period. These are among others ancient remains, churches, chapels or ruins of castles. 

 

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Pi d’en Xandi, Torre Negra, Sant Cugat

 

Pi d’en Xandri is 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. It’s very common to visit the city after a few hours of wandering.

 

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Sant Cugat del Vallés Monastery in Sant Cugat del Vallès

 

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Sant Cugat del Vallés Monastery in Sant Cugat del Vallès

 

The city is very well maintained and offers many green squares, lush vegetation, and beautiful architecture. The most important point is a small market square with the ancient Benedictine abbey from the 9th century – The Monastery of Sant Cugat – surrounded by a vast wall.

 

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Sant Cugat del Vallés Monastery in Sant Cugat del Vallès

 

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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 to walk through the smaller streets and find some bars and cafés outside the city center.

 

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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! What are your plans for the next weekend?

 

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