Barcelona Secret Forest: Nature Hike and Best Views
Discover an incredible natural area in the hills of Barcelona on a half-day forest hike. Explore the city’s green lung, the Collserola Natural Park, and finish with a truly authentic Catalan lunch.
On this tour, you will meet your guide at the central and easily located Plaza Catalunya, just at the top of Las Ramblas. From there you will use a combination of public transportation (train, funicular, and minibus) to quickly arrive at the spectacular top of Mount Tibidabo. There you can admire the views over the entire city of Barcelona and out to the sea. After spending some time taking in the impressive vistas, we will take a visit the beautiful Templo del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (the Temple of the Sacred Heart), which was built between 1902 and 1961 at the peak of Tibidabo. Once you’ve had your fill of the amazing city views, your guide will lead you into the tranquil natural park of the Collserola.
The 1.5 hour light hike through the forested trails is easy and extremely pleasant; it’s hard to imagine that you are so close to a huge city! Along the way, you’ll learn about the flora & fauna of the area, as well as about the history and culture of Barcelona, Catalunya, and Spain. We will pass under the Torre de Collserola (the Collserola Communications Tower), which was built for the 1992 Olympics and is the highest “building” in Barcelona, at 288 meters (945 ft.) high. Your guide will be equipped with great snacks to be enjoyed at an interesting stop along the way.
At the end of our trail, we’ll come across a restaurant housed in a traditional 16th-century masia (stone farmhouse) where we’ll enjoy a fantastic lunch of classic Catalan fare. This is an amazing opportunity to keep learning about local culture, while enjoying the food, the wine and the views (all the way to Montserrat if the weather is clear)!
After lunch, a short downhill walk to the rail station will help us catch the train that will take us directly back to Plaza Catalunya in just 20 minutes. Magic!
- Tibidabo ‘Cor Sagrat’ Church (late-Modernist period)
- Best panoramic views of Barcelona
- Pleasant light hiking through the Collserola forest
- Traditional Catalan lunch in a classic XVI century masia (farmhouse)
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