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.
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.