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A list of hiking trails to enjoy in the Catalan countryside

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Catalunya has the best natural parks in Spain for hiking. Find popular hiking trails for all levels for that perfect day or weekend getaway.

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Updated: Jan 4, 2023

by: Barcelona Travel Hacks

Description of Barcelona Catalonia Hiking

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

On this page I have included train or bus accessible walking routes for all levels of hikers. Additionally, there are some famous routes and natural parks that are worth the effort of hiring a car to visit.

Click on any of the below photos to find the details about how to repeat my trails. Each one comes with useful information about:

- Relevant history about the area and any ruins or geological interests that you may come across

- Best time of year to visit

- weather forecasts

- My recomendations for what to pack in your hiking rucksack

- Getting to information with train or bus route downloadable PDF maps

- Wikilok hiking trail

- Complete photo gallery

- Where to eat and get snacks

- Difficulty ranking of route (easy, Medium, Hard)


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.

7 Montseny Natural Park Trails

The Montseny natural park is a protected area in Catalonia of outstanding natural beauty. In 1978, UNESCO included it in the MAB (Man and Biosphere) World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Monseny is a combination of mountain summits, cliffs, rivers, waterfalls, plains and woodland areas visible from many parts of catalunya known for the beauty of its scenery.

Montseny has a broad amount of bio-diversity due to the varying conditions with dark green Mediterranean trees of holm and cork oaks and Atlantic climate trees of clearer green such as beech, maples and white beams which become yellow, red and ochre in autumn.

The differences in humidity and temperature permit vegetation such as ferns that that thrives in the shade of the forests. Montseny has diferent zones according to altitude. Typical Mediterranean plants are found in the lower parts (Holm oak, pine and cork oak). Middle mountain types that thrive in rain are higher up (Oak, holm oak, chestnut). At altitudes over 1,000 metres, there are Beech, silver fir trees. Near to rivers and waterfalls are White willow, Hazel and Common alder.

In winter, sometimes snow covers the highest parts of the Montseny summits. The best season for a visit to Montseny is Autumn and early winter. October, November and December are the best months.

9 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.

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.

9 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.

5 Hiking trails in the Vic to Ripoll Osona Region

Osona is an area in the north of Catalunya with the capital of this area being the medieval market town of Vic. Vic is a former Roman town surrounded by plains carved by the river valley of Ter. It is surrounded by mountains with great hiking territory. The area of Osona straddles the Regions of Barcelona and Girona with Vic being in Barcelona and the more northern and eastern towns being in Girona.

Osona is served by the R3 Rodalies line via Vic and some bus routes. Some of these hikes are only accessible via car but well worth the price of hiring a car.

4 Hiking trails in llaberia, Montsant & Prades

Behind Tarragona is the Catalan Coastal Mountain Range consisting of Llaberia Natural park, Montsant Natural Park and Prades Mountains.

These are dry mountains charaterised by chalky rocks with coastal wind and rain erroded sheer drops, huge cliffs and ravines.

These Mountains have Holm oaks, common Oak, Aleppo pines, Scots pine and kermes oaks with thick scrub of rosemary and heather. Woodpeckers and birds of prey are plentiful here, as are green frogs and salamanders in the few rivers and watercourses. There are also various species of snake and lizard. Mammals such as greater horseshoe bats, wild cats or Spanish ibex; birds of prey such as Bonelli's eagle, golden eagles, peregrine falcons or kestrels, as well as other birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates or fish inhabit the parks.

These mountains have a height above sea level of about 1000 metres and are great for autumn and winter hiking because they do not get too cold and rarely see snow.

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