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ROUTE THROUGH CENTRAL PARK AND CAN MATES HILL PARK

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11/03/2020
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Introduction

Around the greenbelt of Sant Cugat

This entertaining trail takes you through the green areas of Sant Cugat, namely the central Park and the Can Mates Hill Park. The route provides a pleasant mix of greenery and interesting panoramas which you’ll appreciate from the ‘The Wind Viewing Point’ (Mirador del Vent), on the hilltop of Can Mates.

Although it is a pleasant walk, we recommend hopping on a bike.

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  • Typology
    Time Circular
  • Difficulty
    For families
  • Duration
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Slope
    80.00 meters
  • Distance
    4.80 km
  • Theme
    Flora and fauna
  • Activity
    By foot
    By bike
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Description

Around the greenbelt of Sant Cugat

The route starts at the bottom of the central park and follows the Bomba torrent. First, you will go through the old agricultural fields on both sides of the torrent, with poplars on both banks.

Following the itinerary, you now leave the central Park and venture fully into the Turó de Can Mates Park, the largest park in Catalonia, where you can gain a grasp of the endemic flora of the Mediterranean forest. This area features pine trees, kermes oaks, buckthorns, strawberry trees, lentisks and heather among other plants.

Surrounded by pleasant flora the route gets a bit steeper to reach one of the highlights: ‘the viewpoint of the wind’ which sits on top of the hill of Can Mates. There are some fantastic views of the Sierra de Collserola, the Tibidabo, Montserrat, the Vallès Occidental, the Galliners mountain range and the Sant Llorenç del Munt i l'Obac natural park.

Going down towards Can Revella, you will find the old farmhouse and the only lands still cultivated in the whole municipality of Sant Cugat. In the area of Can Revella, you can enjoy the pines of the hill, the oak of Can Revella, the farmhouse and also, although hard to reach, the three oaks of Xaragall.

Once you have reached the eastern point of the park, turn back and go back to the starting point by circumventing the hill of Can Mates.

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Tips

TRAIL

  • Most of the route runs through the urban park and can be crossed on cycle paths.

WATER

  • You will find water at the parks’ fountains

PRECAUTIONS

  • Although most of the route is separated from car traffic, be careful when crossing the eastern tip of the park next to Boehringer company.
  • Respect pedestrians if you bike.

MATERIAL

  • We recommend wearing a helmet and gloves when riding a bike.
  • Bring patches in case you have a puncture.

WEATHER

  • Although the trees in the parks give plenty of shade, we recommend avoiding hot hours in midsummer.

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TERRACED AGRICULTURE

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Environment
11/03/2020

At the beginning of the 20th century, the site where you are used to be farmlands where cereals and beans were the main cultivated crops.

This is a highly privileged location thanks to the Bomba...

POPLARS

Point of interest
Flora
11/03/2020

Among the trees that follow the torrent, poplars dominate. These fast-growing trees are often found in wetlands and close to riverbanks.

The oldest poplars in the area have disappeared and the city...

MEDITERRANEAN FOREST

Point of interest
Flora
11/03/2020

You are now surrounded by a typical Mediterranean vegetation made of pine trees, kermes oaks, buckthorns, strawberry trees and lentisks (photo) which we will further discuss.

This shrub tree belongs...

THE WIND VIEWING POINT

Point of interest
Landscapes
11/03/2020

This unique viewing point allows you to see the Collserola mountain range, the Tibidabo, Montserrat, the Vallès Occidental, the Galliners mountain range and the Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac Natural...

WHITE PINE FOREST

Point of interest
Flora
11/03/2020

Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis)

You are now surrounded by a small grove dominated by Aleppo pines. The Aleppo pine forest is a tree formation typical of Mediterranean environments with a calcareous...

THE FARM AND THE OAK OF CAN REVELLA

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Flora
11/03/2020

You are now in front of the Can Revella oak tree and next to the eponymous farmhouse. The City Council intervened during the construction of the Can Mates Park to protect this oak tree as well as...

CAN REVELLA FARMHOUSE

Point of interest
Architecture
11/03/2020

The first documented mention of this farmhouse goes back to 1392. It was then known as Mas Turmo and later as Mas Rubió.

In the municipal archives of 1553, the name of the Revell family already...

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