Hiking Tours Around Barcelona and Catalonia
Get “off of the beaten path,” and onto
the mountain trails!
If you’re hoping to delve deeper than the conventional Barcelona-bound
tourist, and sweat out some toxins along the way, then perhaps you’d
consider a day-trip into the spectacular nature that surrounds the city.
Throughout Catalonia, you can find incredible wilderness, worthy of exploration,
no matter what type of person you are and what your interests, stamina
level and time constraints might be. And who wouldn’t jump at the
opportunity to escape from the bustling city to breathe pure mountain
air, while flanked by greenery in all directions?
Our expert mountain guide is one of the best in Catalunya. Put yourself
in his hands for a day, and he’ll take you to places most tourists
never dream of reaching. He’s a trained professional, with wilderness
survival skills, and also an avid bird-watcher, equipped to inform you
on wildlife, medicinal properties of plants and flowers, and on the region’s
history as well. As you trek, climb, and perspire, he’ll keep you
entertained all the while with fun facts and tidbits.
If you’re looking for something close by, try Collserola Park, located
in the hills that immediately border Barcelona to the East, and have breathtaking
views of the city, the Mediterranean, and the encompassing countryside.
Or you might think of venturing one hour inland, to Montserrat, where
you can hike beneath age-old rock formations while enjoying 360-degree
panoramic views, and even make a few cultural pit-stops along the way;
either at the famous monastery, the “Holy Cave” where the
Black Virgin appeared, or lesser-known thousand-year-old chapels, hidden
throughout the mountain’s extensive network of backcountry trails.
For those eager to travel farther into Catalunya’s majestic interior,
we’d highly recommend a full-day excursion to Montseny or the Pyrenees,
where a myriad of awe-inspiring landscapes await you. There are literally
dozens of national parks and other beautiful spots where you can get up
close and personal with Mother Nature, all within 1.5–3 hours from
Barcelona by car. Hike through prairies and beech-tree forests, up mountain
trails, and past pristine lakes and falls, to discover magical medieval
towns, with old stone bridges and cliff-top abbeys that peer out over
the valleys below.
When finished, your efforts will be rewarded – and your enzymes
replenished – with a hearty and delicious meal: either a picnic
at a scenic spot along your hike, or a traditional lunch in a rustic and
non-touristy mountain lodge. Let us know if you’d like to start
super early in the morning to watch the sunrise from the mountaintop,
in which case, we’d arrange a substantial trailside breakfast for
you as well.
Hiking excursions are wonderful year-round. Weather-wise, the best times
are in April-June and September-October, especially if you’re venturing
out to Montseny or the Pyrenees. If you go there in late October-November,
then be prepared to bask in a fantastic spectrum of ochers and mustards,
crimsons and burnt umber, with “evergreen” peppered throughout.
Depending on your interests, desired tour length, and time of year, we
will recommend an itinerary for you. When you contact us, let us know
how long you’d like the entire excursion to last, how many hours
of actual hiking, and level of difficulty. Anything in particular you’d
like to see? Do you prefer hiking in the shade or sun? Would you prefer
a picnic, or a sit-down lunch?
As you can see, there are several different ways
to enjoy this experience; just let us know what you’re looking for…
Car & driver (recommended). Train
Full-day (however, varies greatly depending on route)