First of all, the Collserola is a range of mountains lying between the rivers Besòs and Llobregat. It is located in the middle of the urban area of Barcelona, between the city centre of the Vallès plain. Its highest point is the Tibidabo (512 meters).
In order to preserve the area was created in 1987 the Collserola Park which, with an area of 84,65 km2, is the largest metropolitan park in the world – 8 times larger than the
bois de Boulogne Paris and 22 times larger than Central Park (New
The natural park of Collserola is located at the exit of the town of Sant Cugat. It begins with the Tibidabo hill, where is the amusement park and the Hill of the same name.
If you like hiking, and have a little time to explore the back country catalan, it is a really nice Park that offers an incredible panaroma.
We decided to go up to Tibidabo with the funicular, which goes until Vallvidrera, where leave the walking trails. Many locals come Sunday for running or biking, but during the week it is almost nobody. The best part is on the other side of the Hill.
But you can also go up until the Tower of Collserola, and then follow the indications of time to walk until another train station, as the Planes Valldoreix or La Floresta, back on Barcelona.
Park of Collserola
The Planes has plenty of small restaurants (Can Albert, Can Lola, which means 'home'), offering grilled meat and traditional Catalan cuisine.
There are several fountains and water points on the path, and a hostel to sleep.