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The Natural Side of Barcelona, Collserola Mountains

Written by Laurat

If you’ve ever been to Monistrol Montserrat, a beautiful mountain range outside of Barcelona, you’ll know that it’s quite a long ride.  For those who hate long journeys, there is a mountain just as magnificent as Monistrol Montserrat that can be visited without leaving the city.

collserolaThe Collserola mountain range and natural park is located about nine kilometres north of Barcelona, and it is the perfect getaway spot for hiking, horseback riding, family outings and picnics.

Serra de Collesrola is the largest natural park in the city.  The park is quite popular among runners, mountain walkers, bikers and even photographers. The park is drawn like a maze that leads you to different paths and sights. Depending on the paths of your choice, you could stumble upon farmhouses, Vallvidrera MarshCan Borrel, or the locally well-known Font Groga. There are quite a few restaurants to stumble upon as you tread those paths as well. Whatever the path may be that you take, you’re bound to be pleasantly surprised.

If you’re not into hiking, you may miss out on an experience of a lifetime. You will never get a more interesting view of Barcelona than the view on Collserola. Not only will you see the long and old-fashioned streets of the city, but you’ll also see Mediterranean sea.

collserolaThere are quite a few ways to get to Collserola.  You  can ride your bike, motorbike, bus or car.  If you’re going by train, there are several stops that can get you there.  Some people take their bicycles with them on the trains to cut the ride short and start riding once they get to the mountain.  The stations that can take you there are: Sant Cugat, Peu de Funicular, Baixador de Vallvidrera, Les Planes, La Floresta and Valldoreix.

Collserola is definitely a must go for all nature lovers that want to stay close to the city limits while still enjoying the beauty and tranquillity of nature.

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Laurat is an experienced translator and copywriter.

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