The Neolithic monument of La Roca d'en Toni
Along the Serralada Litoral There are several routes that will offer us an interesting natural environment a few minutes from Barcelona. This mountain range becomes the continuation of Collserola that extends its lap over the city of Barcelona. The Serralada Litoral extends from the Besos river covering part of the Barcelonés and the Maresme region.
This time we move to Vilassar de Dalt. With the car we access to the north of the town where Àngel Guimerà street becomes a wide dirt track that gives access to the park. We parked and set out to walk to explore the area. It had been a long time since I had approached the Serralada Litoral for its area of Vilassar and within a few minutes we regretted having left the car parked so far. To my disappointment, I observed that cars can access practically all the forest tracks of the park, not only to get closer to the place but also as a practical way to cross the distance between the Maresme and Vallès regions at the other end of the mountain.
We did not go back. Instead, we continued the ascent that led us to a crossroads just in front of the Can Boquet Creu where today the information offices of the Serralada del Litoral Park are built. In front of us we would have the possibility of approaching Sant Mateu, the highest point of this wooded area with its 500 meters high and the Roca d'en Toni, a dolmen about 3,000 years old. We follow the steps with the purpose of knowing the past of our ancestors through a circular route, where the presence of cars and motorcycles remained usual.
The signs do not lead to loss by the Serralada Litoral
Through thick forests of pines and holm oaks, from time to time, some clearing would reveal the Mediterranean views, the lonely castle of Burriac on the town of Cabrera de Mar, the flat profile of the sea towns of Maresme with El Masnou, Vilassar, Premià as reference points and its unmistakable blue mantles created by the abundant greenhouses of the area specially dedicated to floriculture.
We made a circular route from Can Boquet heading northeast on a narrower path. Fortunately, we drove away from the cars for a long time following a leafy path of Mediterranean vegetation until we reached the Dirol source. A few hundred meters left us in a wide meadow where we took the opportunity to rest and take our rigorous picnic.
Views of Burriac Castle