Serra de Collserola Natural Park

Nature area / Countryside / Open space, Natural parks, PEIN (Plan for areas of natural interest), Natura 2000 network
The Collserola Park is the  largest green space in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, a territory that is under significant demographic pressure.

The Collserola Park is the largest green space in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, a territory that is under significant demographic pressure. It is limited by the valleys of the rivers Llobregat and Besòs, to the south and the north respectively, with the plain of Barcelona to the east and Vallès to the west. The Collserola mountain range covers over 8,000 hectares (seventeen kilometres long and six kilometres wide) and its highest peak is the famous Tibidabo (512 metres).

Since the enactment of the Special Plan for planning and protection of the natural environment in 1987, the park has become a recreational area and a place for being closer to nature in order to promote the cultural and environmental values among the population and to protect an area of great ecological value.

The park's flora is typical of a Mediterranean mountain range near the sea, with Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis) forests, mainly on the side facing Vallès, and low vegetation of maquis, scrubland and pastures, as well as farm land. It has an estimated population of 10,000 million trees and more than 1,000 species of plants.

With regard to the fauna, almost all the species typical of Mediterranean forests can be found, with over 190 classes of vertebrates.

Apart from the natural wealth, the interaction between humans and nature has created a valuable cultural and architectural heritage that must be preserved (we cannot forget that man's presence on Collserola dates back millions of years in history). In this respect, the Iberian settlement of Ca n'Oliver in the Cerdanyola del Vallès district, the medieval castles of Castellciuró and Papiol, masies (Torre del Bisbe or Can Catà) and numerous chapels and churches, such as Sant Maria de Vallvidrera or Santa Maria de les Feixes, must be mentioned.

The park has different facilities where information can be found as to the activities and itineraries on offer: the information centre, the Mas Pins and Can Coll environmental education centres and the documentation and educational resources centre.

In addition, there are various signposted routes, recreational areas, viewpoints and springs, such as the popular Budellera spring.

The park houses the famous Collserola tower, designed by Norman Foster, which is 288 metres high. From the viewpoint excellent views of the plain of Barcelona can be enjoyed.

  • Year of declaration: 1987
  • Regulations: Special Plan for the Arrangement and Preservation of the Collserola Park Natural Environment, definitively approved during October of 1987
  • Area: 8171
  • Ownership: Public
  • Owner: Consorci del Parc Natural de la Serra de Collserola
  • District: Esplugues; Molins de Rei; Papiol, el; Sant Feliu de Llobregat; Sant Just Desvern; Cerdanyola del Vallès; Montcada i Reixac; Sant Cugat del Vallès; Barcelona.
  • Visitor centres: N
  • Annual closing: Open all year round, except from the 25th of December and the 1st and 6th of January.
  • Opening hours - summer : Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 15:00
  • Opening hours - winter: Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 15:00
  • How to get there: Vallvidrera road towards Sant Cugat del Vallès.
  • Languages: Catalan, Spanish

Facilities

Access for disabled people

Accommodation

Parking

Picnic area

Toilets

Bar/cafeteria

Chapel

Museum

Observatory

Restaurant

Signposted itineraries

Flora

A mosaic of Mediterranean plant life, with pine, holm oak and English oak forests, among others, as well as grassland, scrubland, maquis, garigue and crops, with a predominance of woodland. We can find examples of all of these communities (white pines, stone pines, strawberry trees, kermes oaks, rockrose, hedgehog broom, elms, brambles, heathers, brooms, rosemary, hedge bedstraw, viburnum tinus, etc.).

Fauna

The diversity of mountain environments is the basis for maintaining a wide array of wildlife. More than sixty species of vertebrates have been catalogued, including mammals like wild boars, squirrels, mice or rabbits that are not easy to spot, although we can identify them from their droppings, and more than a hundred bird species like blue tits, blackbirds, wood pigeons or robins, which are easier to hear than to see. The invertebrates are not as well-known, although they can be found in greater numbers and are equally as important for diversity.

Routes

from Vallvidrera to Sant Cugat del Vallès, Route through the Puig Madrona: from Baix Llobregat al Vallès; Western Route: from Sant Just Desvern to Molins de Rei passing through Santa Creu d´Olorda; Route along the slopes of Collserola: from Vil·la Joana to Sant Cugat del Vallès; Route Barcelona at your feet: from Torre Baró to Tibidabo

Bird-watching tourism

Each year since 1988, during the months of September and October - the time at which birds of prey will pass through - a watching and pursuit programme is carried out. Watching is done from the La Magarola hill and is open to everyone on weekends. Specialised instructors will help you identify the species.

Disabled access

Accessible area classifi
Facilities available for wheelchair users
Facilities available for people with reduced mobility
No facilities available for the deaf or those with hearing impairments
Facilities available for the blind or visually impaired
Types of inspection
Invalid
WHAT IS AROUND HERE?
Serra de Collserola Natural Park
  • Serra de Collserola Natural Park

  • Address:Road Església, 92

  • 08017 Barcelona

  • Barcelona / Barcelona

  • Serra de Collserola Natural Park
  • Serra de Collserola Natural Park

  • Address: Road Església, 92

  • 08017 Barcelona

  • Barcelona / Barcelona

  • Telephone:932 803 552

  • Fax:932 806 074

  • E-mail:ci@parccollserola.net

  • Web:http://www.parcnaturalcollserola.cat/

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