Barcelona has many great destinations to see and experience. Here are 5 excursions – off the beaten path – that you can take with your Zone 1 T-10 transport card (this gives you access to the metro, bus, and both Renfe and Rodalies train networks). Whether to plan a relaxed team outing or to merely reward yourself for a job well done, you can escape from the crowds without even leaving the city.
Parc del Laberint d’Horta
This park is the oldest garden in the Barcelona (18th century). It is divided into 2 areas: the neoclassical garden, adorned with statues of greek gods and muses in and around a labyrinth consisting of 750 meters of trimmed cypress hedge; and the romantic garden with its many flower beds, a waterfall, and a romantic canal. Easily reachable by metro, simply take the green line (L3) to Mundet and it’s only 5 minutes walking from there.
This is not one of the picturesque beaches of the Costa Brava but neither is it one of the crowded beaches of Barceloneta. And here you will find that the water is clearer and the sand is finer! Ideal for wake boarding and sailing. Take the blue R1 line from Plaza Catalunya in the direction of Maçanet, a 15 minute journey.
Collserola – Baixador de Vallvidrera
Collserola is perfect for hiking and running. It boasts a rich forest that is home to over 300 species of animals and birds. There are two main routes. One path takes you into the heart of the natural habitat and the other, along a popular running route with incredible views overlooking the city. Get on the Rodalies line heading toward Terrassa and Sabadell, exit Baixador de Vallvidrera.
Collserola – Les Planes
One stop beyond Baixador de Vallvidrera is Les Planes. Crossing over the tracks and following a path into the mountainside, you’ll come upon outdoor BBQs and picnic tables. It’s recommended that you get there early since it’s so popular with the locals. There are some costs involved:
v Table =10€
v Grill = 5€
v Firewood = 6€
v Charcoal = 5€
Less than 30 minutes outside of the city, and where some of Barcelona’s wealthy elite live, Castelldefels offers 5km of uninterrupted beach. Water sports and restaurants serving fresh fish abound. In-town you can visit the 10th century castle. Sants, Passeig de Gràcia, and Estaciò de Franca are your departure stations. Take the Renfe R2 to Castelldefels (town) or Castelldefels-Platja (beach).
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