The magnificent Serra de Collserola massif rises up over Barcelona Metropolitan Area, almost touching the city, a much-loved and immensely valuable natural area and great privilege for the huge population that lives around these mountains to enjoy. Collserola is a well-preserved, 8,000-hectare natural area in which forest predominates but which also includes a variety of other plant formations that provide a habitat for valuable biological diversity.
Collserola is also a place for discovery and learning, a place for meeting and for leisure. All this means that the final goal of the Park Consortium’s management policy is to promote environmentally-friendly and sustainable use of the reserve whilst also conserving the natural heritage it contains.
Since 1987, Collserola has been managed under a special protection plan, and the environmental objectives and concerns behind this plan were recently reinforced when the area was given the status of a Natural Park.
Collserola Natural Park
“The park needs managers for its protection and conservation”
Valldaura Labs contributes to the protection and conservation of the Collserola Natural Park through its forest management plan and its agricultural plan, which promotes biodiversity, the re-introduction of traditional species, the restoration of historic agricultural structures and an archaeological programme, all in collaboration with the Collserola Natural Park Consortium.
Interactive Map of Collserola Park
Collserola Web site
‘A university and research town’
Cerdanyola is the site of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona’s main campus, the Parc de l’Alba development project, the Synchrotron, and now Valldaura Labs, which brings together scientists and researchers from around the world to generate knowledge about the self-sufficient habitat. IaaC and Cerdanyola Town Council are working together in the excavations around the royal palace of Valldaura.
A research centre in the heart of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area
The city of the World Mobile Congress and Smart Cities, where 150 years ago Ildefons Cerdà coined the word ‘urbanism’ now used in almost every language, a capital of cutting-edge design and architecture, the new cuisine and cultural tourism, Barcelona is decisively oriented towards the naturalist regeneration of its presence in the territory — a city that wants to be productive, clean, self-sufficient, connected, open and a generator of value.