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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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Day-time in the great metropolis and resting by night in deep nature, very close to Barcelona.

Hotel MasferrerCan you imagine visiting the big city of Barcelona, as well as other interesting places in the region, while staying in a beautiful hotel located in the middle of nature? Continue reading

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The National park of ‘Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici’.

National Park of Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici

 The variety of landscapes is enormous and all of them stand out for their pure nature, the variety of flora and fauna, clean rivers and their high peaks, which are snow-capped for many months of the year. This is Catalan high mountain land, well away from regular tourist circuits.

I suggest to cross the ‘Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici’, the only one of its kind in Catalonia, from west to east, going through the mountain pass Portarró d’Espot, 2,423m high. Continue reading

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Alpine circuit excursion in the Catalan Pyrenees.

Ascending to the Puigmal summitThis circuit excursion starts on the high plateau of Fontalba, situated above the pretty Pyrenean village of Queralbs. We’ll ascend the peak of Puigmal (2,913m) and come down the other side to reach the sanctuary of Núria, returning from there to our point of departure. Continue reading

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Ull de Ter at Núria: a classic in the Catalan Pyrenees.

Sanctuary of NúriaHere we’re talking about a high altitude trek from Ull de Ter, source of one of Catalonia’s most important rivers, the Ter, to Núria sanctuary, both of which are situated at some 2,000m altitude. 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 Catalan Pyrenees, a different view.

View from 2,800 m altitude in the Pyrenees

I propose that you travel with me around the beautiful Camprodon valley, visiting its little villages, finding its Romanesque churches and going deep into nature through mountain paths that are markedly alpine in character. Routes for all levels are available: Continue reading

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The high mountain lakes of the Cerdanya.


Lake Engorgs in La CerdanyaIn the Pyrenean region of Cerdanya, there are a whole series of high mountain lakes to be found at an altitude of some 2,000m, in an alpine environment of green pastures, great stone escarpments and peaks of up to 2,800m.. Your trip will be interesting from all points of view and good summertime weather permitting you can even have a refreshing bathe. 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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The ‘Riera de Sant Aniol’, the swimming pool river.

River Sant Aniol

This valley is found right in the Parque Natural de la Alta Garrotxa (High Garrotxan Natural park). Surrounded by high crags, the ‘riera de Sant Aniol’ runs through it: Continue reading

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