Have you ever visited Barcelona? If you got there by plane, did you look through the window to see the landscape before landing? If you did, maybe you realized that there’s a natural space next to the airport (the green area painted in the map below) and it’s surrounded by large cities and Mediterranean Sea. Its name is Delta del Llobregat and it’s a key zone for migratory birds, as well as, an important crop area for adjoining cities.
In fact, Barcelona has two more natural spaces around it: one is the Natural Park of Collserola and the other is Serralada de Marina. These areas, including Delta del Llobregat, have a great amount of biodiversity, and we can even still find there some traditional trades that are in extinction due to the globalization. Ecoitineraria project proposes routes in these spaces joining their singularities, with the purpose of showing you the importance of them and the environment preservation.
Ecoitineraria is set up by professionals of nature that at the same time participate in different environment conservation initiatives in their free time. So they have the training and the sensitivity to show you with great detail the peculiarities of the natural areas you visit. It’s important to say, that they create the routes with the use the public transportation in mind, to generate the minimum impact, and also, they usually schedule their activities for only half a day so you have time to do more sightseeing in Barcelona. In any case, they can accommodate your necessities if you are looking for a whole day activity.
Let me explain a little bit about the natural areas you would visit.
Delta del Llobregat is one of the most important wetland areas in Catalonia. There, the guides will show you the different species of birds, native or migratory, as well as the very characteristic flora of the zone. It should be noted that is a fertile land that is popularly called the city vegetable garden. Although it’s an important natural area, it is a vulnerable zone because it’s surrounded by big infrastructures that claim space. You have more information about the routes in this link.
The Natural Park of Collserola is the lung of Barcelona. Probably, you might share the way with local people, especially during the weekend, because it’s the place where the citizens normally go to exercise. With the itinerary that Ecoitineraria has prepared for you, it will seem as if you aren’t next to a big city. The route ends visiting a cooperative that is recovering an old vineyard, and if you want, you will enjoy a wine tasting. In this link you will find all the details.
Serralada de Marina gives another view of Barcelona and its surroundings. You will visit Saint Jeroni monastery and you will learn about the story of Iberian settlement, the first settlers that lived in some zones of Spain many centuries ago. While you walk, you will appreciate different changes of landscapes and the route will come to an end in a project of ecological vegetable garden. Check out the link to have more information.
In conclusion, if you do a route with Ecoitineraria, you will leave Barcelona not only having visited the most important monuments, but you will also know that it is more than just remarkable architecture and gastronomy, because it has a very fascinating natural patrimony that we have to preserve and never lose our connection with Nature.