Tag Archives: Central Catalonia

Excursion in Barcelona Province: rural landscapes, small villages, Romanesque architecture, Catalan traditions and fine gastronomy.

Romanesque monastery of Sant Pere de CaserresWhen staying in the big city, having seen most of the principal sights, one often wonders what there is to see and discover in the surrounding area, to get a glimpse of what’s outside the city. In that case I recommend a very interesting and varied day-trip around Barcelona province. Continue reading

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Excursion to the Santuario de Cabrera (Cabrera Sanctuary), Mediterranean mountains.

Sanctuary Cabrera

Discover Catalonia’s little visited mid-mountains. We’ll walk gently uphill for an hour and a half, through cork and oak tree woods, until we reach an old sanctuary with unbeatable views. Continue reading

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The ‘Serra d’Ensija’, solitary mountain.

Mountain Serra d'Ensija

  The itinerary I suggest here is a classic high mountain circuit, around 5 or 6 hours long. It is set amongst wooded areas and high, solitary mountains, those of the ‘Alt Berguedà’ pre-Pyrenees. Continue reading

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Montserrat from on high.

MontserratAn alternative to the usual tourist excursion to Montserrat is to take a trip around the mountain’s heights, and so appreciate the massif’s impressive geological structure, thereby seeing the ‘needles’ closer to hand, perched high up, usually reached by climbers. Continue reading

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The region of Collsacabra, country of great crags.

When heading some 80kms out of Barcelona, towards the Pyrenees, you find a mountainous region, characterised by massive rocky formations, dense vegetation and its own silence. There are a number of medieval villages and one often comes across hermitages as if lost in the woods. Continue reading

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Strait of Montrebei, a high steep walk.

Strait Montrebei

In the foothills of the Pyrenees, where mountainous forms give way to smooth agricultural grain lands, one finds one of the most surprising places in Catalonia. The strait of Montrebei is an impressive sheer cleft Continue reading

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Excursion to Puigsacalm, Mediterranean mountains.

Puigsacalm

An outing amongst Catalonia’s mid-mountains, with 2 hours gentle ascent, leads us to this 1,515m peak, through luxuriant beech and pine woods, springs and wide green fields. Continue reading

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Siurana, the final redoubt of the Moorish Queen.

Village Siurana

 The little village of Siurana, with its old houses and cobbled streets, evokes all the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. The Moorish kings ended their reign in this region’s lands. Continue reading

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Matagalls, Montseny summit.

 

  Peak Matagalls covered with snow.Allow me to accompany you in ascending the highest mountain, nearest to Barcelona, that of the Matagalls peak, at a height of 1,699m. Continue reading

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Montseny, Biosphere Reserve.

 

On the top of Montseny mountain.This mountain range is the nearest and most popular of all for ramblers from Barcelona’s metropolitan area, whilst at the same time being one of the best conserved natural environments in Catalonia, meriting it recognition by UNESCO. Continue reading

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