Thursday, March 8, 2012

Collserola and Carretera de les Aigües

Barcelona is sort of built in an uphill, and all the way up to the top is a huge green area, la Sierra de Collserola, actually said to be the largest metropolitan park in the world (as a comparison it is 22 times bigger than Central Park in NYC). It’s not IN the city centre, but not far away either, just about 8 km from the heart of the city, Plaza de Catalunya.

Tibidabo is the name of the highest point to Sierra de Collserola and it houses a charming beautiful funfair and an impressive church, but I will come back to that in a later post.

Collserola invites you to an oasis of trees, plants and animals. It surprised me when someone told me it’s not unusual to meet wild boars there! They’re supposedly not really dangerous though, they are so used to the people, they just come out looking for food. You can even see turtles there! (Very exotic for Norwegian me.)

Love this, that so close to the big city, you can get into such a big forest and feel like you’re miles away. Collserola is very popular among people from Barcelona, for walking, hiking, running, biking, walking the dog, picnics etc.

From different places you can access la Carretera de les Aigües, a 20 km long pathway running alongside the mountain with panoramic views to the city, perfect for walking, running and biking. The views are spectacular.  





Views to Torre Agbar, Sagrada Familia, the sea
Views to Montjuic and Camp Nou, Barca's football stadium

How to get there:

FGC train from Plaza Catalunya to Av.Tibidabo. Then change to tram/bus or walk up the hill (beautiful 15min  walk, just follow the tracks of the tram and you won’t get lost). Once up by the funicular going to the top of Tibidabo, keep on walking straight and after about 500m you reach the beginning of Carretera de les Aigües.

OR

Get FGC train Plaza Catalunya to the stop “Peu de Funicular” and change to the Funicular going straight up to Carretera de les Aigües. It leaves you right on the pathway.

Enjoy!

13 comments:

  1. How amazing that you have a sanctuary like this to escape to when you feel like it. I think it's so important in big cities. I loved the gardens in the Hong Kong city, they were such a blessing!

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    1. I have never lived in such a big city so I had no idea how nice it actually is to have a place like this close! Fresh air, beautful scenery and feels like a different world from downtown Bcn.

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  2. What an awesome place!! I feel so lucky to able to go there for some running.
    I totally agree with you, when you are there it feels like you are far away from the city, even though you are so close.
    About the boars, I can confirm that they are harmless, as I’ve been many time running there at night and I often meet them ;)
    Saludos

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    1. How cool that you go there to run! And oh my goodness, you've met the famous boars!!!

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  3. These are fantastic images. And how amazing would it be to live on that house on top of the hill?

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  4. PS A little shout out to you on the blog, http://vanishaslife.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/blogger-tribute-international-womens.html Happy International Women's Day!

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    1. Aw thank you!! Happy International Women's Day yourself (though a little late..)

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  5. Hi there
    that's lovely! I've always meant to go up there for some walks - it is big enough to have interesting wildlife and those amazing views! What a wonderful city Barcelona is - even though I live outside now I still feel so lucky to have it on my doorstep.
    WEll done for getting the Facebook page together - I might try to do the same.
    Perhaps we can do a link swop and put each other on our blogs one day - happy to point people your way! Let me know

    kate x

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    1. You should take the dogs and go there once (if you ever bring them to Bcn) I'm sure you would all love it up there! Yes, we should do a link swop!!

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  6. Så vakre bilder, og for en utsikt...dit vil jeg også :-)

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