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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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From Cadaqués to the Faro del Fin del Mundo (End of the World Lighthouse).

Dorf Cadaqués

Cadaqués is probably the most picturesque and cut off village in the whole Costa Brava. With white-washed houses and cobbled backstreets, it borders a coast that features little beaches and a charming fishing port. 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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Bicycle trip round the Ebro Delta.

Restaurant on the seaThe Ebro Delta is an extensive, flatland to the south of Catalonia, which apart from its beaches, provides Continue reading

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Besalú, the ancient county town, with a walk around the lake at Banyoles.

Romanesque bridge in BesalúThe area covered by the old county of Besalú roughly coincides with the present region of La Garrotxa. Both tourists and passing travellers can enjoy the landscape here, which is full of natural and cultural charm: villages with a Medieval ambiance; the biggest fresh-water lake in Catalonia; intensely green woods and fields; or near Olot, an old volcanic area of exceptional beauty. (There’s a separate article about this, with other suggestions for excursions). Continue reading

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Coastal mountains, very nearby Barcelona.

Old chapel of Sant MateuAt the gateway to the great capital of Barcelona one finds some low level mountains, which since antiquity have largely been humanized, though which conceal within, extensive pine woods, old Iberian cities, Roman villas, Medieval watch-towers, little hermitages and charming hideaways.  Continue reading

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