Spain is the second most mountainous European country, after Switzerland, and Catalonia contributes hugely to this fact. Flat areas are scarce – there are some around the coast, in the Ebro Delta and in parts of Lleida province. The rest of the country is mountainous, generally speaking, whether semi-mountainous, as in the provinces of Tarragona, Barcelona and parts of Girona, or high mountains, as in the Pyrenees or its foothills. All this provides us with a whole variety of landscapes and ecosystems.
Walking in Catalonia is a much valued activity. Mountaineering clubs and excursion centres have existed for over a century. Catalans also love walking in their own country together with friends and family, as another weekend or holiday activity. Thanks to this there are numerous marked tracks, whether ‘GR’ footpaths or innumerable local and regional routes. Some of these paths provide us with the opportunity to do good day-trips, suited to all levels of fitness and any season of the year.