Barcelona is located between the sea and the mountains, and although beaches are one of the most appealing attractions to visitors, there are many activities that you can do to enjoy the mountain. Trekking is the best way to discover the natural surroundings of Barcelona on foot; spectacular places a few kilometers from the city where you can discover the flora and fauna of our city and stay in touch with nature. Get comfortable shoes, pick some fresh water and prepare to discover the green Barcelona. Let’s start the route!
Paseo de las Aguas
If you want to see the city from a different perspective this is your route. A flat terrain but with unforgettable views, El Paseo de las Aguas starts at the foot of Tibidabo Mountain, particularly in the Pla de les Maduixeres, and continues to the Mirador del Xiprers in the town of Esplugues de Llobregat. Along the way you will see all of Barcelona from a height and enjoy different viewpoints. Therefore it is ideal if you want to shoot perfect pictures of Barcelona’s skyline. The road is 18 kilometers fully enabled since 2008 when it opened a bridge to cross the Vallvidrera road.
How to get there: By Tramvia Blau or by bus 111. Get off at Tibidabo stop.
If you don’t want to move away of Barcelona, Collserola is the route you must choose because it’s the natural border of the city from the West and, also, you have easy access to go there. This green lung of the city gives you many options to choose Barcelona trekking routes, so you can investigate among its many trails. 8 km full of contrasts because, besides nature, you will encounter charming uninhabited houses and small residential areas of new construction.
How to get there: By metro Line 11 Torre Baró / Vallbona or by trainBarcelona / Torre Baró
El Turó de l’Home
50 kilometers away from Barcelona you’ll find the highest point of the Montseny, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and with a road full of contrasts, where predominate beeches. To access you must park in the parking Passavents and follow the signalized route. It has a distance of 9 kilometers and a vertical drop of 551 meters.
How to get there: by car.
Route of Sant Jeroni
It’s the most common way to reach the summit of the imposing rock massif of Montserrat. Just 50 kilometers North West from Barcelona you can start this gentle hike which boasts stunning views of many points of Catalonia. Choose from the 800 steps to climb from the monastery or the Ermites: a way that, even though it’s more complicated, it has some spectacular landscapes. Before travelling the 12 kilometers of the trail don’t forget to visit the Moreneta, the patron saint of Catalonia, in the monastery, and ask her a wish.
How to get there: R5 train, get off at the stop Monistrol de Montserrat
If you feel like having more you can ask for more information to associations like the Hikers Centre of Catalonia where every week there are excursions to discover the natural surroundings of Barcelona.