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Heart of Catalonia, Spain

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  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2-3
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Daily March to November
  • Location: Montseny
Tour Details

Catalonia is a beautiful region to explore on foot and perfect for a walking holiday in Spain. This self-guided walking tour will take you on signposted trails North of Barcelona from Montseny to Montserrat. Enjoy the wonderful rolling landscapes on the Montserrat hiking trails which you will get to experience on this walking tour. Holidays in Catalonia are great for discovering many ancient homesteads which are often constructed with natural dry stones; some of which have been converted to hotels.

The hiking tour in Catalonia finishes in Montserrat which was a key town in Catalan spiritual life. The Montserrat Monastery has been home to hundreds of monks living an ascetic existence, but it was also an extremely important enclave for pilgrims from all over Europe, who came to pray to the Virgin and atone for their sins. Being in the true Catalan countryside you will sample the typical cuisine of the region.

Why not book a walking holiday and embrace the heart of Catalonia.

Starting Location

Montseny

Price Includes

  • 7 nights Bed & Breakfast
  • Rural Farmhouses and Hotels
  • Information Pack
  • Welcome meeting
  • GPS + Map
  • 1 Dinner
  • Luggage transfers
  • Incoming transfer from Barcelona airport to first accommodation.

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Public Transport
  • Dinners
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entrance to attractions
  • Tourist Taxes
  • Transfer from Montserrat to Barcelona
Trip Info

Difficulty

This is a hill walking route involving mountains of low altitude and little technical difficulty. However, the route poses differences in altitude, with walking times of between 5 – 6 hours each day. The total altitude gain for the week 3715m.

The typical accommodation is: (Subject to change)

Hostel Montserrat www.hostal-montserrat.es
Hostal L’Esquella www.hostalesquella.com
Molí de la Torre  
www.molidelatorre.cat 
Hostal Cal Pla (rural hotel) 
Modern style manor house, www.hostalcalpla.com
Cal Carter Apartments 
www.calcarter.net 
Mas Casajoana (rural hotel ) www.masiacasajoana.cat
 
Hotel Abat Cisneros 
www.montserratvisita.com

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival to Montseny.

Arrival to Barcelona airport and transfer to Montseny about 35 miles from Barcelona.

Day 2The first day in the Natural Park of Montseny (Aiguafreda) 14.3 miles 23 km, up 700m.

Today’s walking route starts in Montseny and enters into the Montseny Natural Park, which was declared Biosphere Reserve. You will be walking through holm oak woods and along a very clear path, then you have an ascent of 1195 metres, from where you will see some spectacular sights of the Park and the Pyrenees in the distance.

Day 3 The wildness landscape (Bigues I Riells) 10 miles 16km up 500m.

Today is an easier walk, but you have also had an ascent towards the Cingles de Bertí rocky cliffs which is spectacular. From here, the panoramic views to the east, both over the Congost River Valley and the El Montseny Massif, are truly unforgettable. The path will continue through rolling hills, passing by historical areas, medieval sites, natural landscapes and a few waterfalls.

Day 4Through forests (Sant Llorenc) 9.3 miles, 15 km. up 600m.

During this day, the path goes amongst pinewoods and agriculture crops for most of the day. You will continue on conveniently signposted dirt tracks and footpaths towards Sant Llorenç Savall, always walking on the very rustic wooded terrain. In Sant Llorenç, Teresa and her family are waiting for us to offer a fantastic meal.

Day 5The shaped mountains (Mura) 15 miles, 24km. 700m

This route today provides an opportunity to experience some of the most emblematic landscapes of the Catalonian Serralada Litoral Mountain Range. These Mediterranean peripheral mountains have two of their most unforgettable enclaves in the La Mola and El Montcau peaks. At the end of the day, you will finally discover Mura, a medieval village that sits within the silence of these mountains. Climbing up to La Mola is optional, this is approx. 8km more (there and back)

Day 6 The undiscovered Sant Llorenç Natural Park (Rellinars) 12.5 miles 20 km up 600m

Between Mura and the town of Rellinars, the route will enter predominantly deserted areas. The essence of the landscape will be the Mediterranean pine woods, a broken landscape irrigated by one watercourse after another. We will discover the spectacular hidden side of the Natural Park of Sant Llorenç del Munt.

Day 7The magic mountain: Montserrat 7.5-10.6 miles 12-17km 500m

Between Rellinars and Montserrat, the mountain will approach us. The Montserrat Mountain has pointy type peaks and as you ascend, you will enjoy the consecutive shapes of El Cavall Bernat, El Serrat de les Barretines, El Serrat del Vent, El Montgròs. We are sure you will not see any other Mediterranean summit more spectacular. Montserrat certainly is the sacred mountain per se.

Day 8Departure

Depart after breakfast.

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How to get there

By plane to Barcelona airport where a transfer to first accommodation is included.

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