Day 1: Route along the Ronda Verda in Palau-solità i Plegamans
The first day takes you to Palau-solità i Plegamans, which used to be two separate parishes and not so long ago was called Palau de Plegamans, a name that became widely known thanks to a television programme called 'Filiprim'. (The village now has a street named after the show!) But enough about TV because you're here to enjoy the natural surroundings, specifically the area around the Riera del Caldes.
The recommended starting point for this excursion is the Espai Jove l’Escorxador (Passeig de la Carrerada, 57). From here, you can follow an easy, paved path and admire the riverside fauna and flora. As mentioned, you can either go on foot or by bike: the choice is yours. If the heat gets to you or your legs are weary (or both), you can rest on benches along the path and read information panels to help you learn about your surroundings. If you're lucky, you might be able to spot a grey heron, an egret, a kingfisher or a mallard, among other birds.
Your destination is the park belonging to the Hostal del Fum. This large green space spans 35,000km2, and features autochthonous vegetation and several paths to explore. If you want to see the park in a fun way without tiring yourself out too much, the Tren de Palau is a small train that runs around a 3km track, providing the perfect end to this route. Come lunchtime, the park is a wonderful setting for a picnic, with wooden tables and benches as well as toilet facilities.