6 Hikes in Collserola and Beyond

Collserola is the largest metropolitan park in the world, 8 times larger than the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, and 22 times larger than Central Park in New York. Living in Barcelona, this expanse of unspoiled nature is just a short metro ride away.

Castellfollit de la Roca

Castellfollit de la Roca is a town of about 1,000 residents in the province of Girona, Catalonia. The old town, perched dramatically on a narrow cliff ledge, dates back to the Middle Ages.

Santa Clotilde Gardens

The Santa Clotilde Gardens are situated on the Costa Brava on the outskirts of Lloret de Mar, about a one hour drive from Barcelona. The Marquis of Roviralta (1891-1979) commissioned Catalan architect and landscaper Nicolau Rubió i Tuduri (1891-1981) for the project in 1919. The cliff-top gardens were finally completed in 1926. The Marquis (Doctor Raül … Read more

La Mussara and Avencs de La Febró

Situated in Catalonia’s Prades mountain range, the village of La Mussara has been abandoned since 1959. Some accounts say the village was deserted due to insects (phylloxera) which destroyed the local vineyards. Others say that the locals knew that the village was doomed and left. The remains of the church of San Salvador with a bell tower … Read more

Marimurtra Botanical Garden

Marimurtra Botanical Garden

The Marimurtra Botanical Garden is situated in Blanes on the Costa Brava, about a one hour drive from Barcelona. The cliff top setting gives magnificent views out to the Mediterranean sea. The gardens are home to over four thousand plant species, from regions including Africa and Central America. The gardens were created around 1920 by … Read more

The Three Hills Walk

This is a beautiful walk of about 6km within the city that takes about 2 hours, winding through the districts of Gràcia, Carmel and Horta-Guinardó. Along the way we pass three hills: Coll (249 meters), Carmel (267 meters) and Rovira (261 meters).

Monasterio de San Jerónimo de la Murtra

Sant Jeroni de la Murtra and Puig Castellar

The monastery of Sant Jeroni de la Murtra was built in the Gothic style at the beginning of the fifteenth century. It is situated in the Sierra de Marina park to the north of Barcelona. The monestary belonged to the Catholic order of the Hieronymites and was founded in 1416 by the merchant Bertran Nicolau, on the old house … Read more