Collserola is a mountain range that forms part of the Litoral mountain range. It is located between the Besos and Llobregat rivers. It has approximately 11,000 hectares that separate the Barcelona plain from the Vallés depression. A natural park has been created in it, that of Collserola.
The park is a protected area and is part of the Plan for Spaces of Natural Interest (PEIN) and the European Network of Natura 2000 Natural Spaces. With an area of more than 8,000 hectares, the Collserola park is a very important space, as It is the lung of the Barcelona metropolitan area, where more than five million people live.
It has become a great leisure space for the inhabitants of the metropolitan area, a space to connect with nature, breathe fresh air and escape from the hectic life of the city. It is a paradise a stone’s throw from the city for lovers of healthy living, for walkers or cyclists.
Getting ready to enjoy Collserola
Before venturing to the mountain to walk, it is advisable to find out about the type of activity you want to do. In Collserola there are many routes that are classified by their modality, that is, if it is a route to do on foot, by bicycle or with the family.
Another classification is established based on the difficulty of the itinerary. We must know what our limitations are and not risk embarking on a route that we will not be able to finish. On the park’s website there is a space dedicated exclusively to the itineraries that you can follow. There you have the possibility to set the filters according to the route you want to take.
If you are one of the classics and want a professional to advise you, The park has an information center enabled. To get there you will have to take the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya and get off at the Baixador de Vallvidrera stop. From the train station you just have to follow the signs that will take you to it. Its hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
In the center, in addition to having a personalized attention point, there is also a permanent exhibition, a video projection room and temporary exhibitions. If you wish, You can also buy maps and publications related to the mountains.
The park covers different municipalities, therefore, from Sant Cugat del Vallès you will also have the opportunity to prepare for the journey through the mountains from the local tourist office.
Let’s start the walk!
There are many established itineraries to walk around Collserola. These are divided, in addition to the difficulty, by the length of the route. So, depending on the desire or the time you have available, you can undertake one or the other.
The shortest are less than five kilometers and, at most, it will take an hour and a half to complete them. Within this category, the longest is the ‘itinerari dels turons’. It is a low-intensity circular walk that begins in the Torre Baró castle, located in the Barcelona neighborhood of Nou Barris.
During this route you will be able to contemplate the two slopes of the mountain range. On the way out, the Vallès part and on the way back, the city of Barcelona with the sea in the background.
More demanding routes through Collserola
If you fancy taking a longer tour, there is a set of crossings of between eight and twelve kilometers. Most are classified as difficult routes, such as ‘L’Obaga de Collserola – From Vil·la Joana to Sant Cugat del Vallès’. This route begins at the FGC Baixador de Vallvidrera station and, after three hours and 35 minutes, ends in Sant Cugat del Vallès.
For the most daring, too there are somewhat more demanding routes: the small and long routes (PR) and (GR). These vary between 12 and 28 kilometers. One of them is the itinerary that crosses the entire mountain range. It begins in Sant Cugat del Vallès and ends at Vallcarca Avenue in Barcelona, very close to Parc Güell.
Broadly speaking, these are the types of itineraries that you can undertake through the Collserola mountain range on foot. Also, if you prefer, There are other routes that you can do at the stroke of the pedal.