Barcelona arguably offers the best outdoors access of any major city in Europe! In this guidebook, you'll find the best hikes for escaping the city.Less
The urbanity of downtown Barcelona transitions to the dense undergrowth of Collserola shockingly quick! In a matter of minutes, you can ride from soaring buildings to deep forest solitude. Most of the Collserola mountain range has been designated as a national park, known as Parc de Collserola. Despite being surrounded by cities on all sides, this massive park covers over 8,295 hectares of protected land. You can reach the park by foot, bike, car, funicular, or the metro lines.
Hiking from the top of the Vallvidrera Funicular down to the train station in Sant Cugat del Valles may be the most popular hiking objective in Parc de Collserola. While of course, there are many different roads and paths that you can take to reach Sant Cugat, the Aqueducto Trail is one of the most direct. The trail begins rocky and rough, dropping quickly down to the highway.
This point-to-point route running from the outskirts of Barcelona all the way to the train station in Sant Cugat des Valles is an inspiring trek through the mountains of Collserola. While you'll catch the train back from Sant Cugat, you'll shirk the free elevation gain from the funicular and, instead, climb the mountains and cross the entire range on foot!
This short loop following the two Muralla China trails is located just on the other side of the ridge from Barcelona. While it isn’t far from the city, being on the backside of the ridge and away from the more touristy area on el Tibidabo does help keep this hike a bit quieter than some others in the region.
Carretera de Les Aigues is a flat gravel road that twists and turns along the side of the Collserola mountains. This flat gravel bench cut into the mountainside runs for miles at roughly the mid-mountain elevation. From the road, you’ll enjoy stunning views of Barcelona spread out below you, flanked by the bright blue waters of the Mediterranean!
This ambitious point-to-point hike climbs from the Trinitat Nova train station to the crest of the Collserola Mountains, and then traverses the crest all the way to the Vallvidrerar Funicular. With a lot of up-and-down sections along the way, you’ll gain over 2,000 feet of elevation along this 7.5-mile route.
This route runs from the Vallvidrera Funicular to La Floresta train station via a prominent ridge in Collserola. While the first section of the hike sees a lot of traffic, the ridge itself is actually quite remote and secluded, aside from a few roads that you'll cross and small villages you'll pass through. Early on in the hike, you'll reach the Vallvidrera reservoir, which is a very popular destination with locals looking to enjoy the park.