Barcelona Secret Forest Half Day Hike + Catalan Lunch

Tasting
Red Wine, White Wine, Local Food
Activity
Hiking
Included
Meal, Tour guide
Languages
English
Theme
Outdoor, Nature
Minimum Drinking Age
18
$
86
14
/ Person
Filippo S
Response rate: 
50%
Response time:
several hours
Activity Overview
Discover an incredible natural area in the outskirts of Barcelona on a half-day hike through Barcelona’s green lung, the Collserola Natural Park, followed by a truly authentic Catalan lunch. From Plaça Catalunya we'll use a clever combination of public transportation (train, funicular and minibus) and will soon arrive at the top of the spectacular Mount Tibidabo. From here 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’ll take a few minutes to visit the beautiful Templo del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (the Temple of the Sacred Heart), which was built between 1902 and 1961 and is right at the peak of Tibidabo. Once you’ve had your share of the amazing city views, we’ll leave the bustling metropolis behind and 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’ll 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 delicious 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. One more chance to keep learning about local culture, while enjoying the food, the wine and the views (all the way to Montserrat, the “serrated mountain”, if the weather is clear)! Lunch will be followed by a short and convenient downhill walk to the rail station, where we’ll catch the train that will take us directly back to Plaza Catalunya in just 20 minutes. Magic!

The price of this all-inclusive half day tour is 70 EUR / person for a small group tour where there could be up to eight guests in total along for the day. Included in the price are the public transportation fees, a very knowledgeable and personable, English-speaking guide, a great restaurant lunch, snacks during the hike and bottled water.

Important
There would be a surcharge of 15 EUR / person if you end up being the only two guests on a non-private day trip. Although this is not likely (especially during the months of April through October), it would be necessary in order to cover the guide fee and expenses that would normally be covered by having more than two guests on the trip. We do not cancel our tours if we don't reach a certain minimum, but we do charge this minor surcharge if we end up with just two people.
 
Practical information
Please wear comfortable clothing for the weather, be prepared for the off-chance of rain and wear comfortable walking shoes.
 
Included
  • A personable, English-speaking professional guide
  • Bottled Water
  • A delicious 3-Course lunch in a traditional restaurant
  • Public transport tickets
Group-size:
2-8 Persons
Rates
Per
Price
Person
$
86
14
Timing
Dates
Start Time
Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9:45 AM
Duration
5,5 H
More Info
Cancellation Policy
Standard
  • Cancellations made 2 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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