A list of hiking trails to enjoy in the Catalan countryside
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29 things to do and see with a theme of Barcelona Catalonia Hiking.

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Updated: Apr 30, 2022

by: Barcelona Travel Hacks

Catalunya has incredibly green natural parcs. Unlike the southern parts of Spain (which are a savannah type landscape) the natural spaces have much greater bio-diversity with some beautiful forests, mountains and delta's.

On this page I have included train or bus accessible walking routes for all levels of hikers.

Click on a photo to find out the details about how to repeat my trails.

Happy Exploring!

7 Parc Collserola Trails.

Behind Barcelona is the sierra de Collserola mountain range and the 84.65 square Kilometer Collserola parc natural where there lies a wealth of woodland, fields and rivers in a protected park with a wide variety of Mediterranean flora and fauna. Collserola is often referred to as the lungs of Barcelona.

Carretera de les Aigues is a walking, running and cycling path on the city side of collserola parc below the ridgeline that has purpose-built viewing points for superb views of the city. Collserola also contains traces of early settlements, including the Iberian village of Serra del Moro, the Gothic castles of Castellciuro and El Papiol, old farmhouses, such as the famous Villa Joana, abundant natural springs, including La Budellera and an abandoned casino hotel complex. Collserola was also mined heavily for natural stone and aggregate used for construction.

Click on any of the images below to read about that part of the park, view the photo gallery and find public transport maps for the relevant train or bus network that will get you to the start and finish of each section. Additionally there is a wikiloc walking route for each activity.

Collserola La Rierada to Escaletes and El Papiol

Collserola La Rierada to Escaletes and El Papiol

beautiful 12km EASY walking route in the collserola natural park following the vallvidrera river via sheltered forest trail with waterfalls and variety of trees and wild flowers.
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Updated: Oct 4, 2021
Sant Cugat Monastery and Wine Cellar

Sant Cugat Monastery and Wine Cellar

Former walled monastery, now and church. The wine co-operative was founded in 1921 by 50 local wine makers as a place to process the grapes.
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Updated: Oct 4, 2021
Sant Pere de Martir to Valvidrera Reservoir

Sant Pere de Martir to Valvidrera Reservoir

Easy 7km walking route in Parc collserola to Sant Pere de Martir telecoms tower and along ridge with views of Barcelona terminating at Vallvidrera reservoir.
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Updated: Oct 4, 2021
Collserola Caraterra de Aiguas walk or Cycle

Collserola Caraterra de Aiguas walk or Cycle

A great walking, running and cycling route in the collserola foothills with spectacular views of Barcelona city. Accessible from multiple points in Barcelona City.
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Updated: Oct 4, 2021
Vila Joana in Parc Collserola

Vila Joana in Parc Collserola

Farmhouse, later summer home of writer Jacint Verdaguer till his death in 1902, then a school 1921 - 1973. Now it is a Museum about Jacint Verdaguer.
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Updated: Oct 4, 2021
Abandoned Rabassada Hotel and Casino

Abandoned Rabassada Hotel and Casino

Abandoned since 1930, ruins of Hotel (1901) and casino (1911) that was a playground for the wealthy of Barcelona until Gambling was banned in 1912.
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Updated: Oct 4, 2021
Sant Feliu Abandoned Cement Factory

Sant Feliu Abandoned Cement Factory

Easy 14km walking route from Renfe Sant Feliu de Llobregat to Moulins de Rei via an abandoned cement factory and mine complex in Parc Natural de Collserola.
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Updated: Oct 4, 2021

7 Pyrenees and PrePyrenees Trails.

The Catalan Pyrenees mountains are a beautiful place to go to escape the summer heat of Barcelona and to do winter sports such as skiing or snow shoe hiking. The Pyrenees has two resorts that are easily accessible by train - Vall de Nuria and La Molina. The pre-Pyrenees are small mountains before the Pyrenees with rivers, waterfalls and meadows for hiking, camping and swimming

Click on any of the images below to read about that part of the Pyrenees or Pre-Pyrenees, view the photo gallery and find public transport maps for the relevant train or bus network that will get you to the start and finish of each section. Additionally there is a wikiloc walking route for each activity.

Sant Quirze De Besora Montesquiu Castle Waterfall

Sant Quirze De Besora Montesquiu Castle Waterfall

18km route via Montesquiu castle, through forests to Besora Castle ruin & village. Abandoned water mill complex & giant waterfall. forestall ridgeline to town.
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Updated: Oct 13, 2021
Taga Sumit from Ribes de Freser

Taga Sumit from Ribes de Freser

17 Km walk from Ribes de Freser to the summit of Taga mountain via cattle grazing hills, pine forests and mountain ridges. Spectacular panoramic views.
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Updated: Oct 13, 2021
Puigmal Sumit From Vall De Nuria

Puigmal Sumit From Vall De Nuria

10 Km walk from Nuria resort to Puigmal summit via cattle grazing hills, pine forests and a mountain river to the summit. Spectacular panoramic views.
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Updated: Oct 13, 2021
Toses to Planoles via Serra De Montgrony

Toses to Planoles via Serra De Montgrony

13 Km walk from Toses to Planoles via Serra de Montgreny mountain ridgeline giving spectacular 360 panoramic views descending and climbing to each peak.
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Updated: Oct 13, 2021
Ribes De Freser To Vall De Nuria Via Queralbs

Ribes De Freser To Vall De Nuria Via Queralbs

15 Km walk from Ribes de Freser to the vall de Nuria ski resort via cattle grazing hills, pine forests, a spectacular mountain valley the village of queralbs and waterfalls.
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Updated: Oct 13, 2021
The 7 Waterfalls Of Campdevanol

The 7 Waterfalls Of Campdevanol

14km route via grazing hills to the torrent de cabana river which has 7 natural waterfalls surrounded by forests. Great place to go bathing in the summer.
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Updated: Oct 13, 2021
Nuria Winter and Summer Mountain resort

Nuria Winter and Summer Mountain resort

Nuria Resort is a winter and summer hotel restaurant mountain complex with ski slopes, ski lifts and great mountain hiking trails 5km from the French border.
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Updated: Oct 13, 2021

6 Montserrat and Manresa Area Trails.

Montserrat is probably the number one tourist trip for Barcelona visitors. It is the religious centre of Catalunya with a monastery, basilica, Museums, restaurants and a hotel. It is a mountain top religious centre and world famous pilgrimage destination.

Montserrat is also a mountain range and natural park with very unique geology and ideal for easy and beginner hiking and climbing with its flora, fauna and abandoned hermitages.

Getting to Montserrat monastery is very easy. It is about 1 hour by train from Barcelona with the option of completing the last leg from Monistrol up to the monastery via a cremallera racked railway or a cable car.

From the Monastery there are well established trails to Sant Jeroni summit and around the many hermitages such as Santa Anna, Sant Onofre, Sant Miguel and Santa Cova. Click on any of the images below to read about that route, view the photo gallery and find public transport maps for the relevant train or bus network that will get you to the start and finish of each section. Additionally there is a wikiloc walking route for each activity.

3 GR-92 Cami de la Ronda Coastal Trails.

On the Costa Brava, the GR-92 starts at Portbou, goes around Cap de Creus, through the Aiguamolls de l'Emporda Natural Park, over the Montgri Massif and Les Gavarres Massif. The GR-92 at Begur follows the coastline through pituresque fishing vilages on the Costa Brava like Fornels, Tamariu, Llafranc, Calella de Palafrugell, la fosca de Palamos, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar and Blanes.

From Blanes the GR-92 trail goes inland but parallel to the coast up through Montnegre-El Corredor Natural Park towards Santa Coloma de Gramenet, crossing the River Besos and Collserola Mountains behind Barcelona. After Barcelona to the south the GR-92 enters the Garraf Natural park and rejoins the coastline at sitges to pass thorough more beutiful coastal towns and villages on the costa Durada such as Sitges, Roc de Sant Gaieta, Tamarit and arrives at Tarragona.

South of Tarragona at Ampolla the GR-92 Ronda dips inland again Crossing the River Ebre at Amposta and continuing until reaching Ulldecona, on the border between Catalonia and Valencia.

This section details numerous walking routes that can be done as one day or multiple day activities and cover some of the most spectacular parts of the GR-92 coastal trail.

Click on any of the images below to read about that section of the GR-92, view the photo gallery and find public transport maps for the relevant train or bus network that will get you to the start and finish of each section. Additionally there is a wikiloc walking route for each days activity.

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