Hiking in the Parc Natural de la Serra de Collserola
The Parc Natural de la Serra de Collserola forms one of the natural borders of Barcelona. Most famous is the Tibidabo from where you have an amazing view over the city towards the sea. Quite often we already went up the mountain and then walked back to Barcelona, however, two weeks ago Michael and I finally walked to the other side as we had talked about so many times before.
On a good day you can even see as far as the Monastery of Montserrat which is about 50km away from Barcelona. It is a recommendable day trip to go to the monastery. If you are interested – leave in the morning so that you can also enjoy the Boys´Choir that sings every weekday at 13.00h. If you like hiking it is an ideal spot to spend a couple of hours extra on top of the iconic mountain. In Barcelona you can easily buy a train ticket at the station of Plaza España.
It took us about three hours to arrive to the city of Sant Cugat del Vallès. Do not expect to find a well prepared path to walk on. For a significant distance you will have to climb over roots and rocks with uneven ground. Only once we had to cross a street for the rest it was all quiet being in the nature. Most of the way we even did not come across anybody else.
Sant Cugat is known for being the home of many FC Barcelona soccer players. It has about 90.000 inhabitants. Its monastery was founded in the 9th century and is certainly worthwhile visiting.
We were in Sant Cugat during the “Ruta Sant Cugat va de tapas” – 30 restaurants offered a beer and a tapa for 2,50 Euro. After a few beers and tapas we finally stayed in a lovely restaurant called “El Celler d’en Medir” and had really good tapas outside on their terrace.
Going back to Barcelona only takes 30 minutes by train to Plaza Catalunya where we arrived in a merry mood after such a lovely September day with 25 degrees – and I guess also thanks to the yummy sangria!