Located on the North-West of the city and forming a natural boundary, the hill of Collserola Natural Park is also known as the green lung of Barcelona. Collserola Hill holds a natural reserve of 8.000Ha easily reachable by train or cable railway. Its highlights are the Tibidabo Amusement Park and the spectacular panoramic views of the city that you get from there, although Collserola offers a wide range of activities to enjoy and learn from the nature just 20 minutes away from the city center.
If when visiting Barcelona you need some fresh air or to get away from buildings and asphalt for a while, take the train to Vallvidrera and enjoy a quiet promenade into the woods. Walking along the approximately 10km of Les Aigües Road, can be a relaxing and inspiring activity at the same time. It takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city and also gives you astounding panoramic views. From there, the most symbolic buildings of Barcelona –Sagrada Familia, Agbar Tower, Mapfre Tower and Hotel Arts, Camp Nou, Montjuïc Hill – are clearly seen and, from up there, it’s even possible to distinguish the street grid layout of the city, the hallmark of Barcelona’s urban design.
Les Aigües Road (Waters Road), as well as the rest of the wide network of paths, trails, tracks and footpaths, are taken at weekends by walkers, runners and cyclists of all ages seeking to do some exercise and explore nature. The area is full spots and corners of surprising beauty like fountains, natural springs, grooves and even a lake. The biodiversity of the area is also remarkable taking into account the proximity to the city. Among the native inhabitants of the area, boars, squirrels, badgers, foxes, weasels and a large number of bird species can be seen, but mostly at nights, when the area is cleared of invaders.
Apart from being a magnificent sports site, Collserola expands its leisure possibilities with many leisure areas equipped with stone tables and seats and fixed grills of free use, very popular at weekends, when groups of families and friends gather and enjoy a typical barbecue in the open air.
Collserola Hill also houses an Astronomic Observatory and the Collserola Telecommunications Tower –one of the highest constructions in Spain– as well as a huge cemetery hidden in a hollow of the mountains. In the middle of the Park, next to the train station Baixador de Vallvidrera, you can find the Information Center of the Natural Park, which offers guided tours and educational activities to discover the area and learn about its ecosystem and biodiversity.
This is the lung of the city, a vast recreational area with many possibilities, a place to get away from the city and let oneself be lost into the nature, a place from where it is possible to admire the city landscape from the heights. Collserola Hill is certainly a privilege, a natural treasure to the inhabitants of Barcelona and surrounding areas who can enjoy real nature just at a stone’s throw from their homes.