Collserola Walk & Visit to Vila Joana Museum
DIFFICULTY: the trail is technically easy, and the hike should take around 1.30 hours (6Km, mostly downhill)
DESCRIPTION: Collserola is “The Park of Barcelona”, though it is still quite unknown by many of its inhabitants. There are hundreds of trails leading to many hidden and charming spots, just a short walk away from the city. This time we will cross the mountain from the city side to the other side, walking through the forest until the Collserola Park information center –where we can see a small exhibition about the Park’s natural and cultural heritage- and Vila Joana House Museum, dedicated to literature, as this was the house where the famous Catalan poet Jacint Verdaguer spent the last years of his life at the beginning of the XX century.
We will meet at FGC’s “Peu del Funicular” station to take the Vallvidrera Funnicular to the top. From there on we start the walk, entering soon the shadowed side of the mountain through the forest. Except for the first 500m, all walk is downhill, so you don’t need to worry much about your physical shape. At the end of the walk there is the aforementioned Information center and Literature Museum, but also a bar with terrace, so there is time for everybody to relax and/or visit any of the exhibitions (both free). Actually, the train station to get back to Bcn is also a short walk away from there, so you can take the train back home whenever you want.
After this relaxing & cultural break we can have a picnic lunch not much later than 13h, or take the train back home from Baixador de Vallvidrera FGC station (the first at the other side of the mountain, following “Peu del Funicular” station, the morning’s meeting point). Both stations are within Metropolitan Zone 1, so you can use any of the public transport cards such as T-10, T-50/30, T-MES, etc.
MEETING: at 10.30 in the upper area of Peu del Funicular FGC train station –over the railway-, at the top end of the stairways from any of the two platforms. You can access FGC line connecting from Metro L3/L5 in Diagonal (with FGC Provença station) or L1/L3 in Pl. Catalunya.
RECOMMENDED GEAR: comfortable sport clothes and sport shoes.
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