The Catalan Pyrenees can be reached in simply three hrs approximately from Barcelona and also are popular with hikers in the summertime as well as skiers in the wintertime. These enforcing peaks cut off the Iberian Peninsula from the remainder of Europe, producing something of a social break as well as a geographical one. Yearly, many individuals select to appreciate this wild as well as rugged landscape; its optimals of over 3400m, its increasingly streaming rivers as well as rich, environment-friendly valleys, its olden villages and also historic rural churches.
There are countless excellent treking trails and also mountain passes threading this area, including two substantial long distance tracks, the GR11 as well as the Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne (HRP). Both of these courses traverse the Spanish Pyrenees from end to end, the former starting in the Golfo de Vizcaya (Bay of Biscay) in the Basque region and also ending in Cap de Creus, near Cadaqués in the east, the last covering higher, wilder as well as rougher surface deep in the mountains, weaving to and fro on the Spanish-French border. The Catalan stretches of these are highly pertained to though the complete paths are actually only for seasoned walkers as well as mountaineers.
If you are not quite up to these challenging long-distance routes or merely do not have the moment for such a far-ranging expedition, there are lots of various other much shorter hikes and also gentler strolls in the Catalan Pyrenees. Ripoll, quickly reached from Barcelona, is a gateway to the hills of this area. Just north of Ripoll is Ribes de Freser, where you can take the spectacular cremallera train trip to Núria. Accessing this area opens up an universe of treking and trekking in these hills to the north-west of Ripoll during the summer months.
Further west, the Serra del Cadi offers a range of treking choices that centre around the recognisable height of the Pedraforca. To the north some flatter strolling in the valley, La Cerdanya, which is incredibly popular with outward bound enthusiasts. The funding of the valley is Puigcerdà, a dynamic community. Nearby are the prominent ski resorts of La Molina and Masella with stretches of mountainside that are as excellent for treking in summertime as they are for winter sports in winter.
More west still, the mountainous surface around La Seu d’Urgell is claimed by numerous to supply several of the best hiking in the Pyrenees. If you wish to incorporate your hiking with one more outdoor experience then river rafting on the wild water of the Noguera Pallaresa valley could be simply the adrenaline-fuelled activity you are trying to find.
The final location exceptional for walkers is the sturdy much north-western area of the area which is covered by the Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes I Estany de Sant Maurici, one more snowboarding area that doubles as a hiker’s heaven in the summer season.
With all these areas to check out, the Pyrenees could use you a lifetime of hiking opportunities. But even in a week or two you will certainly be able to get a preference of the dramatic and spectacular mountains and also valleys of Catalonia.