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Bicycles: Medium difficulty, since it is necessary to overcome slopes, but almost always on dirt or asphalt roads. On the last climb to Collserola, it is not possible to go up the mountain path, so you will have to go down to the road along the path to the left and then take the road from Cerdanyola to Barcelona on the right.
We face the last of the stages before reaching the Mediterranean. The road leaving Terrassa is strewn with neighborhoods that climb the side of the hills that surround the city. It is relatively pleasant, because it offers paved streets and the shade of the trees. Once the houses are finished, we enter a wooded area, between a residential area and a rural area, which leads us along dirt roads to the city of Sant Cugat, where we will stop to contemplate its beautiful monastery. We leave Sant Cugat with our eyes fixed on the Collserola mountain range, the last obstacle that we have to climb before reaching the city of Barcelona. Íñigo would probably take the route that surrounds the mountain and enters Barcelona from the Besós river side. For us, this is a completely closed route due to the enormous number of roads and highways that enter the city today. Instead, we immerse ourselves again in nature to, climbing under the lush vegetation of this lung of the city that is the Tibidabo mountain, entering Barcelona from the top of the mountain. Thus we contemplate the entire extension of the city, bathed from end to end by the waters of the Mediterranean, which recedes into the blue horizon, between sky and sea.
We leave Terrassa. Starting from the Cathedral, we look for Calle de la Rutlla and go straight down the same street, which changes its name to Calle del Pare Font, until we reach the Rubí road, which we will take to our right to go under the bridge of the N-150 road. We come to a roundabout and cross it to go to the other side of the BP-1503 road, which we cross to find a dirt road that takes us to the orchards of the Palau stream. We continue straight on along the same path, passing under the C-58 road bridge and then next to the factories of an industrial area. In the middle of the industrial area, we cross the bridge to our right and turn left to take the Camino Real that goes from Terrassa to Rubí. We walk with the stream to our left and go under another bridge. We approach the Les Fonts train station and the path reaches another bridge, which allows us to pass over the stream and pass a castle-shaped building. We continue straight along that street, to cross the BP-1503 road, next to the Les Fonts Tennis Club.
Once we have crossed the road, we go up through the car park to Calle de la Virgen de Fátima and, at the roundabout, take the first street on the right, calle Camino de Can Corbera. We have to be attentive because when we get to Carrer Rossinyol, between some houses, we have to take a path to our left. The path goes down between the pines and takes us to the Can Corbera stream. We turn right and start the climb on a wide dirt road. Always on the same path until we reach a crossroads: we take the one on our left and maintain the altitude level. A path joins on the left, but we continue along the same path that we walk, which is the Camino de los Monjes, which connects the monastery of Sant Llorenç de Munt with that of Sant Cugat. We always stay on the main road, discarding other secondary ones that go down one side and the other. We finally come across the C-1413ª road: it doesn’t have much traffic, but you have to be careful because it is a curve with little visibility. We continue straight and going up the Camino de los Monjes. We leave the Can Barata houses behind and in 600 m we have to turn 90 degrees to our right, continuing along the Camino de los Monjes. We continue along this path, in the direction of the Sant Cugat Aeromodelling Club: you can see the aircraft landing strip on our right. Shortly after we come to a paved street, next to the Japanese School of Barcelona, and we continue straight ahead along the Camino de Can Graells, passing through the entrance of the HP factory and arriving at a large roundabout, next to the AP-7 motorway .
We cross the roundabout and cross the bridge over the highway. We cross the next roundabout and stay on the same Avenida de la Clota for about 700 m. When we reach a small roundabout, we take the first avenue on our left to go over the tunnel next to the park and enter Avenida de Graells. When we reach Avenida de Rius i Taulet, we turn left and we follow it, crossing the train tracks and going down towards the center of the city. When we get to Quatre Cantons Square, we turn left to take Santiago Rusiñol street that takes us directly to the square and the Monastery of Sant Cugat. Here it is important to stop and enter the magnificent church or rest in its gardens.
We continue our way to Barcelona. We leave the square, next to the side of the monastery wall, until we reach Passeig de Francesc Macià, which we turn right to descend towards Rambla del Celler. We turn left and walk along this Rambla and in 400 m we turn right onto Passeig de Domènech i Montaner. We arrive at Avenida del Pla del Vinyet and turn left. We passed the Casal Arrupe, an accommodation that belongs to the Jesuits, and the European International School, and we came to a roundabout that marks the end of the city. We go down the dirt road towards Pi d’en Xandri. The road is wide and heavily traveled by cyclists and walkers. We pass by the large pine tree d’en Xandri and continue in the direction of the hermitage of Sant Medir. The path passes by fields and wooded areas. We arrive at the Can Borrell restaurant and pass behind the houses, to continue in the direction of Sant Medir. 2 km later we arrive at the hermitage and we begin 3 km of steep climb to the top of the Sierra de Collserola. First it is a dirt road, along the B10 Forest Trail, then along Carrer de l’Enfiladissa and then on Carrer Saüc. After a very sharp curve, Saüc street ends and two roads begin that separate on both sides of the mountain: we do not take any of them and we go straight on a mountain path, right between the two roads, going up the mountain, between the trees, and marked by a sign that prohibits the passage of bicycles. Continuing along this path, we reach the highest point and shortly after starting the descent, we see the city of Barcelona.
We go down until we reach the dirt road, which we take to the left, for about 300 m, and then we leave the road to take another that descends towards the city on our right. In 200 m we take a dirt road to our right that leads us to a power tower. We continue, passing another power tower and we already go straight down a poorly drawn path, which leads us to a path that leads to a building with a fairly high protection wall. Down this street, we descend towards Barcelona, arriving at the sports facilities of the Horta Velodrome. Arrived at the Velodrome, we go around it on our right and go down through the gardens towards the Ronda de Dalt road. When we get to the road, we turn to our right and in 100 m is the entrance to the Barcelona metro, line 3, Mundet stop. The pilgrim can continue walking another 9 km through the city of Barcelona until reaching the center, but perhaps, after all, the metro is a help not to underestimate. The city center Metro stop on line 3 is Plaza Cataluña. And with this, we come to the end of this last stage.