The Collserola mountain range stands as a watchtower in the middle of metropolitan Barcelona. For those who live in the area, the magnificent massif is close, familiar and valuable, with more than 8,000 hectares of natural space preserved, where forest dominates but there's also a variety of vegetation that makes for an important biodiversity. Collserola is also a place of discovery and education, as well as for leisure and meeting up, so the management, by the Consorcio del Parque (Park Consortium), has as its ultimate goal the promotion of respectful and sustainable use of this space, and preserving its natural value. Since 1987, the territory has been run as part of a special protection plan, and its environmental importance has been solidified with its declaration as a Natural Park in 2010.
Park officials have been active in restoring and recovering fountains in the park. These fountains are scattered throughout, some hiding in the middle of streams or peeking from behind moss-covered trees in the middle of a walking path. Remains of medieval castles and ancient churches have been discovered as well - little jewels to be admired during your walk through the park.
On Saturdays, visitors can take a walk through the park located by the information centre. There are different types of guided themed tours you can go on, including learning about the types of birds living in the park or following a wild boar's trail. There's bound to be an idea that interests you or your group, and you get your exercise in at the same time. A four-hour tour of the whole park is also offered, with visits to the heavily wooded areas and the old, magnificient fountains.