- An Ancient yet Alive Land
- Between the Mediterranean and El Vallès
- A Human Footprint
- The Environment and Life
- Making the Most Out of It
- Visits and places of interest
- Equipment and services
Surrounded by large urban centres, the park plays a fundamental role as a green, educational and leisure space within the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona.
In spite of human pressure, you will be able to find fauna and vegetation of great interest and rich historical heritage in which the Iberian settlements, hermitages, monasteries and farmhouses are of particular note.
Situated in the Litoral mountain range, Serralada de Marina Park, with a protected surface area of 2,086 ha, is bordered to the east by the Besòs river and the Serra de Collserola Natural Park and to the north-east by Serralada Litoral Park.
It falls between the regions of El Barcelonès, El Maresme, El Vallès Oriental and El Vallès Occidental and its strategic position, besides one of the most densely populated areas of the metropolitan area of Barcelona, makes the park a key piece in the territorial organisation of the area, because of both its natural and historical value.
The differences in relief and orientation result in a notable wealth of species and a wide range of natural systems.
The El Vallès slopes are home to formations native to very damp areas such as oak and holm oak groves. On the sunny slopes, you can find bushy and herbaceous vegetation, chiefly stone pine.
In this regard, interesting formations stand out for their rarity, vulnerability and singularity, such as the meadows of thatching grass and the scrub, garrigue and maquis, all of great floristic and faunistic diversity. Riparian forests and chaste tree scrub make up a network of biological connectors.
In terms of fauna, where shrub formations predominate, you’ll find species native to open spaces, some quite rare in Catalonia, including nesting birds and trans-Saharan migratory birds such as the black-eared wheatear, the orphean warbler, the woodchat shrike and the tawny pipit. The park is also an important stop-off point on the migratory route of birds of prey such as the honey buzzard and Eleonora’s falcon.
The park bears witness to the history of the settlements of Catalonia.
A figurative mosaic of Iberian sites, impressive monasteries and delightful hermitages, not forgetting the numerous fountains.
From a bird’s eye view, the Iberian settlers from Puig Castellar, Les Maleses hill and En Boscà hill lived alongside unique architectonic elements such as the Montalegre charterhouse, the Sant Jeroni de la Murtra monastery, the Sant Pere de Reixac church and the Sant Climent and Sant Onofre hermitages.
The fountains have also traditionally been spaces of importance for the community. Those found scattered around the park will allow you to enjoy moments of calm in a fresh environment. Among the many fountains, the Tort, Alba, Alzina, Amigó, Caçadors and Avellaners are of particular note.
Since ancient times, mountain settlers have exploited the resources that nature offers them.
Although public use of the forests and the social and protective function of the natural environment predominates, economical activities are still quite diversified.
240 ha of park area are marked as agricultural, half of which are vineyards and, the rest, vegetable gardens, fodder and cereal fields. Primary exploitation of the forests is vary scarce and livestock is an activity with little relevance, in sharp decline.
Due to the increase in public use of the park, in recent years the tertiary sector, tied to the service sector, has grown alongside the offer of pedagogical and leisure facilities, wineries and gastronomic establishments. Some of them form part of the programme Parc a taula (Park at the Table), with which you can enjoy some of the best cuisine made with produce from the park.
Whether you choose to take an improvised stroll or you prefer a longer stay full of programmed activities, it’s easy to make good use of the park.
The park has on offer a great network of facilities and programmes that allow you to get to know the park better and to enjoy everything that is available to do.
The Serralada Litoral Park has various strategically located information points and a documentation centre, in addition to numerous signed itineraries, routes and guided walks, pedagogical and cultural facilities, recreational areas and viewing points, permanent exhibitions and travelling exhibitions and informative publications.
Environmental education workshops and activities as well as cultural and leisure programmes are also organised, such as Viu el parc (Live the Park) and Poesia als parcs. Lletres i paisatges (Poetry in the Parks. Words and Landscapes); a range of options for discovering and enjoying our natural environment, always in a respectful manner.
There are several springs in Serralada de Marina Park where visitors can enjoy a pleasant walk in cool, fresh surroundings. These include the Alzina spring, the Alba spring, the Tort spring, the Pop spring, the Amigó spring, the Caçadors spring and the Avellaners spring.
All activities information may be found in greater detail and updated at Park Agenda which may be consulted on the Internet.
The Serralada of Marine is crossed by numerous tracks and paths that run across the slopes and along the ridges. The proximity of large urban areas and the fact that the park is served by public transport networks enable visitors to take short, easy walks which offer fine views. There are signposted routes which take in places of interest.
Management Office La Conreria
- Management Office La Conreria
- Centres and information points
- Recreation areas
- Temporary exhibitions
- Schools of nature
- Youth hostels
- Other equipments and services
- Respect agricultural, stockbreeding and forestry activities, as they provide the livelihood of many of the park´s inhabitants.
- Use the network of signposted tracks and paths. Remember that the maximum permitted speed is 30 km/h. Vehicles, bicycles and horses must not be driven or ridden off roads and tracks for public use. Do not park in front of the chains preventing access to certain tracks.
- Enjoy the park while respecting the diversity of the natural and architectural heritage.
- The Serralada of Marine is crossed by numerous tracks and paths that run across the slopes and along the ridges. The proximity of large urban areas and the fact that the park is served by public transport networks enable visitors to take short, easy walks which offer fine views. There are signposted routes which take in places of interest.
- Respect nature and the peacefulness of the park, particularly in breeding areas. Avoid making unnecessary noise.
- Hunting, fishing and tree felling activities are regulated by law.
- Abandoning pets is cruelty and is classed as a crime by the law.
- Remember that burning branches and other materials, letting off fireworks, lighting fires and barbecues in woodland areas and within 500 metres of them are expressly prohibited (except at the times of year allowed by law and with prior authorisation from the relevant authority).
- Do not throw away rubbish. Take your rubbish home with you or use the bins in the towns in the park.
- Camping, including camper vans, in non-designated areas is not allowed. If you wish to camp, a permit is required. Local councils will advise you on how to obtain one.