Discover centuries of history in Sant Cugat del Valles, an atmospheric town framed by forested mountains. Visit the ancient Benedictine monastery and enjoy authentic Catalan cuisine. Attractions like Serra de Collserola Natural Park showcase the region’s incredible natural beauty.
Things to do in Sant Cugat del Vallès
Hike, cycle and birdwatch in Serra de Collserola Natural Park. The 8,000-hectare park is nicknamed the “lugs of Barcelona” and is laced with trails that take you through the mountainous landscape. A mild climate makes the park a haven for Mediterranean flora and fauna. Walk through lush pine woodlands and spot dozens of bird species. At just over 500 metres above sea level, Tibidabo is the tallest peak in the park. Hike to the summit for fantastic views.
Discover Catalonia’s medieval past at the Monastery of Sant Cugat. The Benedictine monastery is one of the best-preserved Romanesque buildings in Europe and features a magnificent 30-metre-long cloister. The enormous stone columns are decorated with scenes from the Bible. Light streams into the Gothic-style church through a magnificent rose window. The ancient Gothic altarpiece was created in the 14th century by the famous Catalan painter, Pere Serra.
Catalan cooking is alive and flourishing in Sant Cugat del Valles. Dine at rustic restaurants and enjoy traditional dishes like “escalivada” roasted red peppers, “esqueixada” shredded salt cod and cannelloni stuffed with ground chicken, pork and beef. Pair your meal with a glass of sparkling Cava wine. Save room for Catalan burnt cream custard flavoured with lemon peel and cinnamon.
Stock up on everything from charcuterie to chocolate at Mercat Vell. The historic market was founded in the early 1900s and has a similar vibe to Barcelona’s famous Mercat Boqueria, without the crowds.
Getting around Sant Cugat del Vallès
Sant Cugat del Valles is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The town is in Catalonia, a 30-minute drive from Barcelona and 45 minutes by train. Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport is a 30-minute drive away.