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Mother and child in Montseny Natural Park, Catalonia.

Rural getaways in Catalonia: explore the main mountain areas

Catalonia

Great for a holiday with your family, with your partner, or with friends. If your plan for your trip to Spain is to breathe in pure mountain air in the best of company, then this is the place for you. In rural Catalonia you can enjoy a quiet, peaceful trip and get back to nature. You can discover magnificent views of some of the best-known peaks in the region, or venture into the woods. You decide how and when.

Montserrat.

To start to explore this unusual mountain you can take the Montserrat rack railway in Monistrol. It’ll take you right up to the top, to the main site. From here, you have several options: you could take the Sant Joan funicular to the chapel of Sant Joan and the viewing point, or stay in the area around the Monastery and the Montserrat Museum. You can get up close and personal with La Moreneta, the iconic sculpture the whole sanctuary was built around. The place is fascinating for its history and immediate surroundings, but best of all it allows you to explore the natural world. Lots of hiking excursions leave from the same point, and you can walk some wonderful trails. 

Rack railway to Montserrat, Catalonia.

Montseny Natural Park

The Montseny massif lies between the Vallès Oriental, La Selva and Osona districts. In this Biosphere Reserve there are different peaks where you can do all sorts of activities. The most popular are hiking and MTB (mountain biking), but whatever you choose you’ll enjoy a day in the heart of nature. If you’re looking for incredible views, take yourself up to the top of Matagalls, Turó de l’Home, Les Agudes, or the plain of La Calma. And among all that lovely green, you’ll also find culture. You can see the megalithic constructions of the Sierra del Arca, the Roman villa of Can Terrers, medieval castles and much more. Autumn is a great time to visit, when the trees become a riot of glorious colour.

Montseny Natural Park between the Vallès Oriental, La Selva and Osona districts, Catalonia.

Pedraforca

This iconic mountain is located between the municipalities of Gósol and Saldes (Berguedà, Barcelona). It forms part of the Cadí mountain range, in Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park. Its odd shape makes it one of the most easily recognised mountains in the whole of Catalonia.  It's a perfect place for hiking. There are different routes, all clearly marked. Some of them run around the foot of the mountain, giving you the chance to discover some of the villages in the area. If you're a climbing fan, you can choose between different ascents on the north and south faces, the latter being the most popular. Near Pedraforca you can go to the source of the river Llobregat, and then visit Castellar de n’Hug - where the views will take your breath away - or discover the remnants of the powerful influence of the textile industry in Catalonia by visiting the Colonia Vidal. 

View from the Pedraforca mountain inside the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, Catalonia.

Pica d’Estats

Pica d’Estats, in the Pyrenees, is the highest mountain in Catalonia. The most popular route for climbers sets out from Sotllo, in the province of Lleida. If you’re thinking of climbing this mountain, do bear in mind that it’s one for experienced climbers, but if you’re keeping a list of peaks scaled, then this is a good one to add. The best time of year for climbing is always from May to September, but any time is great for a getaway. When are you coming?

Pool of water on Pica d’Estats, Catalonia.
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