The Best Hiking Destinations From Barcelona

  • Stretch your legs in the mountains and countryside of Catalonia

    The region of Catalonia, where Barcelona is found, is full of dramatic mountain ranges, windswept shorelines and medieval villages, all of which are ideal for long hikes.

    The Spanish for 'hiking' is senderismo. There are lots of websites with hiking routes all over Catalonia: check out sites such as Wikirutas  and Wikiloc for some popular itineraries.

    Guided Hiking Tours in Catalonia

    1. Montserrat is the spiky mountain that is under an hour outside Barcelona. One of the most breathtaking sights in Catalonia and perfect for a day's hike.

    2. Combine a trip to a Benedictine monastery with a four-hour hike in alpine forests. 

    3. A five-and-a-half hour hike in the UNESCO-protected Montseny nature reserve.

    4. Hike for six hours in the Pyrenees, taking in the Nuria valley and the Puigmal mountain.

    5. A leisurely two-and-a-half hour trek from the medieval village of Rupit. Enjoy a three-course traditional Catalan meal at the end of your journey.
    6. Costa Brava Coastal Hike
      What could be better than...MORE hiking with a view of the Mediterranean sea? A three-and-a-half hour walk from the town of Platia de Castell, ending with a three-course meal.

    The Nearest Hiking to Barcelona: Collserola

    The idea of gorgeous woods and scenery lurking just on the edge of a huge metropolis such as Barcelona might be a surprising one. But that's the case with Collserola Park, Barcelona's very own green oasis. A specially conserved eco-park acting as a lung and a getaway for city-dwellers - over 50% of Catalonia's population live within 10 kilometres of the park - Collserola is a great place to go rambling without venturing far from the city.

    In fact, you can be in Collserola's wooded glades inside 20 minutes from Plaça Catalunya if you take one of the FGC trains. Good stations to jump off the train are Baixador de Vallvidrera, Les Planes and La Floresta. There is beautiful scenery easily at hand from each, with well-marked senderos (footpaths) criss-crossing the area in all directions

    Predominantly consisting of evergreen oaks and pines, Collserola's numbers are startling, with over ten million trees, 1000 plant species and 190 different kinds of vertebrate within its 8000 hectares.

    The park occupies two ecological zones,the Euro-Siberian and the Mediterranean, meaning maquis shrubland rubs shoulders with grassy meadows and garrigues full of lavender and rosemary. Among the creatures you might spot are wild boars, beech martens, badgers, squirrels, rabbits, foxes and genets. Bird-spotters might glimpse blue tits, warblers, treecreepers, bee-eaters, goshawks, sparrowhawks and buzzards.

    The Information Centre at Baixador de Vallvidrera provides a great deal more knowledge about the park, and is a great place to start a walk, with several trails leading into the woods.