Barcelona is a beautiful city, and it offers so much more than just great architecture, great nightlife and stunning beaches. Due to its strategic location, this vibrant capital is surrounded by nature. You can definitely indulge your adventurous side! In this article, we are going to share our 3 favorite places to stroll around Barcelona.
Coastal road, Sitges to Vilanova i la Geltro
You’ll fall in love with this coastal road! It is 7.7 km long and follows the track called GR-92 Camí de Ronda. If there’s anything that stands out on this trail, it’s the stunning views of the blue sea and green mountains. The best part is that when it’s time to cool off, you can take a dip in the clear water.
This easy-to-follow trail hugs the coast. It starts at the cathedral in Sitges and ends at Vilanova i la Geltrú. Additionally, you will encounter beautiful viewpoints along the way. Examples include Ponta Grossa, Ponta de la Desinrucada, or Ponta Larga. The trail passes some amazing beaches and beach bars, including Playa Del Muerto, which claims to be the oldest gay beach in the world. The boardwalk leads to the wide beach of Playa del Far de San Cristobal, the beautiful long white sandy beach on the eastern edge of Vilanova.
Montserrat mountain and monastery
This beautiful and unique mountain is one of the best places for hiking around Barcelona. In addition to its unique beauty, you will be amazed by the wonderful views of the green countryside. The most popular way to get to Montserrat is by train (1.5 hours – 2 hours) or by car, as it is only 54 km from Barcelona. If you arrive by train, you can either take the funicular or jump right in for a walk if you feel inspired.
The hike from the base of the mountain is one of the longest and most intense hikes because it is a vertical road. You start from the bottom of the valley up to the monastery, it will take about 2-3 hours. There are other paths that you can follow with more easy paths. Some examples are Santa Cova (1 hour) with medium difficulty or Saint Michael’s Cross (45 minutes). The Cross of Saint Miquel gives you great views of the valley.
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Montseny National Park
This magnificent park of more than 31,000 hectares was declared a biosphere reserve in 1978 by UNESCO. It is no coincidence that the Montseny Nature Park is a popular hiking destination. You can get there by car (1 hour) from Barcelona and start exploring the amazing nature. In this sense, you can follow one of the many signposted trails to discover its unique landscapes and breathtaking scenery. Moreover, you will enjoy a natural scenery by observing the colorful flora and fauna.
The roads are part of three large mountain ranges: El Turó de l’Home (1706 m), Les Agudes (1703 m), El Matagalls (1697 m), and El Pla de la Calma (El Puig Drau, 1344 m). Start hiking around Barcelona. There are many other options for hiking around Barcelona, but these are the three best places to start.
Tibidabo is the mountain you see from most of Barcelona. It has a stunning Roman Catholic church on its top and a large amusement park. It is also the starting point for many great journeys. Most walks take between 2 – 3 hours and are easily accessible. It is also really convenient to be in nature very close to the city.
The Costa Brava is a long coastline just north of Barcelona. Consider hiking through fishing villages, white sandy beaches, cliffs, and secluded caves. The views of the coast and the sparkling Mediterranean will keep you in the mood for days. Our favorite hiking is the one we took in the summer from Pals Beach to Sa Tuna Beach. Stunning cliffs and secluded little beaches to stop by on the way.
We recommend using wikiloc to find tracks wherever you are. We use it all the time, and locals tend to update it with their favorite visits, including photos and information about what you can see on each trip.
Miriam Burke is the co-founder and director of Utopia Villas. Utopia Villas has a large selection of villas in Sitges and Barcelona for holidays, weddings and corporate events.
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