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Montseny Mountain hike from Coll Formic to Matagalls

13 Km circular autumn hiking route to Matagalls summit, Sant Miquel chapel & Sant Seigimon Monastery Restaurant via forest trails famous for the many coloured leaves on the trees.

Updated: Oct 20, 2022

by: Barcelona Travel Hacks

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About Montseny Mountain hike from Coll Formic to Matagalls

The Matagalls summit is one of the best autumn forests trails in Catalonia.

The route starts in front of Coll Formic Restaurant via a trail that traverses small forests and mountain plains along a ridgeline with fantastc views of the surrounding mountains. The Coll Formic to Matagalls trail takes us to the Matagalls summit at 1697 metres of altitude.

From the Matagalls Summit we take a path along the Torrent del sot de les corders river to a natural spring with a fountain called font del cims. This trail takes us to the Font de Matagals spring which has a stine hut protecting it. From here we have a beutiful forest with ancient croked trees.

After Font de Matagalls the trail is a gradual downwards path via the Turo de Sant Segimon summit before descending a ricky pah to the Sant Miquel chapel. From this chappel we have spectacular views of the Sant Segimon Monastery restaurant and valley with the many differnet colours of the autumn leaves on the trees.

Take the rocky path down the Cami de Sant Segimon and turn back towards to monastery restaurant. At this point we are about half way around the route. Time permitting, it is possible to eat in the restaurant.

After leaving the Monastery restaurant follow the Cami de Sant Segimon rural road as it winds around the mountains until we join the cami de Coll Fornic to Matagalls and return to the starting point.

A litle History

Sant Segimon Sanctuary dates from the 13th Century (documentation from 1290) when a chapel was built using a cave and took the name of Segimon which is the Catalan for King Sigismund of Burgundy who was supposedly a hermit at the cave between 516AD and 520AD. According to legend, construction of the sanctuary began centuries later when a pastor found wooden crosses buried in the caves. The Sanctuary was burned in 1810 by the French troops under the orders of General Saint-Cyr and was restored by the citizens of the surrounding towns and villages. In 1837 the Sanctuary became the property of the owner of Can Gad (farm). The sanctuary and shelter were subjected to destruction during the Civil War and are currently under restoration.

Sant Miquel dels Barretons chapel was probably built in the 16th century by the hermit Miquel, from Burgundy, attracted by the legend of Segimon, who gave it the name Sant Miquel. According to legend, the name Barretons comes from the legend that the Romans in the chapel improved their headaches when they left their hat in the chapel as an offering.

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Visiting Montseny Mountain hike from Coll Formic to Matagalls

Allow 6 to 8 hours to complete this trail.

If going by car, see the map for the parking area in the documents section.

Summary of Prices

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult € 10.80 FREE Child € 10.80 FREE Group/Family Ticket? No.Notes Walk is free, Return train + bus ticket costs 10.80 Euros.

Weather for El Brull

Mountain Forecast weather for Matagalls summit

Getting to Montseny Mountain hike from Coll Formic to Matagalls

Address: Carretera Seva-Palautordera BV-5301 s/n, El Brull. 08559

Take a Renfe Rodalies R3 train from Barcelona to Balrenya-Tona-Selva station. Here change onto a Sagales route 484 bus to Coll Formic. The hiking route is circular from Coll Formic. Note that the Sagales 484 bus only runs on weekends.

Public Transport Guide

Documents for Montseny Mountain hike from Coll Formic to Matagalls

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Train and Bus Map for Montseny Matagalls

Author: Barcelona Travel Hacks


Renfe Rodalies map for Montseny Matagalls



Sagales Bus timetable for Montseny Matagalls



Montseny Natural Park Map


Wikiloc Trail for Montseny Mountain hike from Coll Formic to Matagalls

a0261 - Montseny Coll Formic to Matagalls

Outstanding beauty & spectacular hiking trails to mountain summits, cliffs, rivers, waterfalls, plains & woodlands. The best place for autumn hiking in Catalunya

Distance: 12.47 Km

Difficulty: Moderate

Return Travel Fare: 10.80 EUR

Transport Network: Renfe Rodalies + Bus

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