Hiking has a long tradition in Catalonia which is a land of contrasts and it provides the visitor with an enjoyable way of discovering the history and customs of the region as well as the nature of the culture and its heritage.
The array of geographic formations in Catalonia is rich and diverse, resulting in scenes of breath-taking beauty. The benign climate, the array of landscapes, the basically mountainous character of Catalonia together with the remarkable natural, architectural and cultural splendour of the area places the Catalan hiking trails among the most interesting in Europe. The trail markings have been there since ancestral times. Over the years these trail markings have been revised and improved several times and these improvements have made the trails accessible to more people and therefore increased the popularity of hiking.
Catalonia is a land of extraordinary diversity evident not only in its history, culture and rich heritage but also in the variety of spectacular landscapes. The 10 tourism trademarks are the best way of identifying the characteristics and specialties of each area.
Discover the most authentic and unspoiled Costa Brava e.g. by hiking the “Camí de Ronda” a fantastic & beautiful coastal path. The best way to get to know the Costa Brava on foot walking through a path that follows the whole coast of the Gerona province for more than 200 km. From Tossa de Mar “Camí de Ronda” is well signposted with white and red markings typical of long-distance trails in this case the GR92, goes through beautiful coves and typical Mediterranean virgin pine forests until you reach Sant Feliu de Guíxols to the north (21 km) or Lloret de Mar to the south (14 km).
Further north along Costa Brava hiking in l’Escala is a fascinating experience and gives the visitors an entirely new view of the area and fascinating town. Enjoying its setting, its hidden corners and most emblematic footpaths and area proposes a string of different routes, each one with a different set of historical, visual or natural attractions, and with varying degrees of difficulty to adapt to the requirements of each visitor. Enjoy discovering them all.
Located about a 1-hour train ride from Barcelona the Montserrat Mountain features several iconic hiking trails and peaks for hikers of all levels. The base of the trails are accessible by either the Aeri de Montserra cable car or the Montserrat Rack Railway which takes travellers to the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey. Established in the 10th century, the Abbey of Montserrat monastery still functions today with over 150 monks and is home to the famous Virgin of Montserrat (the black virgin). Montserrat features towering and rolling boulders that create an ideal hiking environment for explorers, bikers and mountain climbers. The trails leading away from the monastery are well maintained and labelled for visitors in several languages. Throughout the trails one is able to enjoy amazing panoramic views of the Catalonia countryside and see why this is one of the most beautiful regions in Spain.
Catalonia is a huge region of contrasts and as such it has become one of Europe’s most attractive and popular tourist destinations. The above mentioned is a mere taste of some of the natural areas recommend to visit. This is by no means an exhaustive inventory of what is on offer for hikers in Catalonia but merely some specific proposals we have taken the liberty to suggest to you.
The road is long and the views are spectacular. Enjoy the trip!