Parc de Collserola

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Parc de Collserola information

Location
Barcelona , Spain
Address
Carretera de l’Església 92
Telephone
+34 93 280 35 52
Getting there
Train: FGC Baixador de Vallvidrera
Funicular: Funicular de Vallvidrera
More information
www.parcnaturalcollserola.cat
Opening hours
Centre d’Informació 9.30am-3pm, Can Coll 9.30am-3pm Sun & holidays, closed Jul & Aug
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Barcelonins needing an escape from the city without heading too far into the countryside seek out this extensive, 80-sq-km park in the hills. It is a great place to hike and bike, and bristles with eateries and snack bars. Pick up a map from one of the information centres (such as the Carretera de l’Església 92 location, a short walk from the Baixador de Vallvidrera train station).

The park has various minor highlights, including a smattering of country chapels (some Romanesque), the ragged ruins of the 14th-century Castellciuro castle in the west, various lookout points and, to the north, the 15th-century Can Coll, a grand farmhouse. It’s used as an environmental education centre where you can see how richer farmers lived around the 17th to 19th centuries. You can also learn about one of Barcelona's great 19th-century writers at the Vil·la Joana .