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The 5 best places for hiking around Barcelona

Barcelona is a beautiful city, and it offers much more than gorgeous architecture, fantastic night live and stunning beaches. Due to its strategic location, this vibrant capital is surrounded by nature. You can definitely indulge your adventurous side! In this article, we will share our favorite three places for hiking around Barcelona.

Coastal route, Sitges to Vilanova i la Geltrú

You will fall in love with this coastal route! It is 7.7kms long and follows the path called GR-92 Camí de Ronda. If something stands out in this trail, it is the breathtaking views of the blue sea and the green mountains. The best part is that when it’s time to cool off, you can take a dip in the crystal-clear waters.


This easy-to-follow route hugs the coastline. It starts at the Cathedral in Sitges and finishes in Vilanova i la Geltrú. Additionally, you will encounter beautiful viewpoints along the way. Punta Grossa, Punta de la Desenrocada or Punta Llarga are some examples. The path passes some stunning beaches and beach bars, including Playa Del Muerto, which claims to be the world’s oldest gay beach. The trail leads to the vast Playa del Far de San Cristóbal, the beautiful long white sandy beach at the Eastern edge of Vilanova.

Montserrat mountain and monastery

One of the best places for hiking around Barcelona is this beautiful and unique mountain. In addition to its peculiar beauty, you will be amazed at the outstanding views of the green countryside. The most popular ways to get to Montserrat are by train (1.5h – 2h) or car, as it’s only 54 km away from Barcelona. If you arrive by train, you can either take the funicular or jump straight onto a hike if you feel inspired.


The walk from the mountain base is one of the longest hikes and most strenuous ones because it’s a vertical route. You start from the valley floor up to the Monastery, and it will take you about 2-3 hours. There are other trails you can follow with more accessible routes. Some examples are Santa Cova (1 hour) with medium difficulty or Cross of Saint Miquel (45 minutes). Cross of Saint Miquel gives you fantastic valley views.

The Montseny National Park

This gorgeous park of over 31,000 hectares was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1978 by UNESCO. It’s not by chance the Montseny Natural Park is a popular hiking destination. You can get there by car (1 hour) from Barcelona and start your stunning nature exploration. In this sense, you can follow one of the many signposted paths to discover its unique landscapes and breathtaking views. Furthermore, you will enjoy a natural spectacle by observing its colorful flora and fauna.

I have added in a few more walks.

The routes are part of three large mountain ranges: El Turó de l’Home (1706 m) and Les Agudes (1703 m), El Matagalls (1697 m) and El Pla de la Calma (El Puig Drau, 1344 m). Start hiking around Barcelona. There are many other options for hiking around Barcelona, but these are the three best places to start.

Tibidabo Mountain

Tibidabo is the mountain that you see from most of Barcelona. It has a stunning Roman Catholic church on its top and a large amusement park. It is also the starting point for many lovely hikes. Most of the walks are between 2 – 3 hours and are very accessible. It is also really convenient to be in nature so close to the city.

Costa Brava

The Costa Brava is a long coastline just north of Barcelona. Think hikes through fishing villages, white sand beaches, cliffs, and isolated caves. And the views over the coastline and the sparkling Mediterranean will put you in a good mood for days. Our favorite hike is one that we did in the summer from Pals beach to Sa Tuna beach. Stunning cliffs and isolated tiny beaches to stop off at on the way.

We recommend using wikiloc to search for routes wherever you are. We use it all the time, and locals tend to update it with their favorite hikes, including photos and information on what you can see on each hike.

Miriam Burke is Co-Founder and Director of Utopia Villas. Utopia Villas has a large selection of villas in the Sitges and Barcelona areas for holidays, weddings and corporate events.

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Miriam Burke

Miriam Burke is an owner and director of Utopia Villas in Sitges, Barcelona. Utopia Villas has a collection of approximately 40 luxury villas in the Sitges area which is only 30 minutes from Barcelona. These range from large 10 bedroomed colonial mansions on the seafront of Sitges to smaller villas up in the mountains above Sitges. Utopia Villas and their guest relations team will help you plan every step of your holiday from transport, day trips, restaurants to private chefs and boat rental. Personalised, high-quality service ensures guests feel right at home and enjoy their time in our villas from the day they arrive.

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  1. I’m a bit of an urbanite at heart. Would be good to get out of the city on my next visit to Barca. Didn’t know these trails existed.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your informative post. I was planning to visit Barcelona, but due to Covid-19, I am postponing my travel activities.

  3. Usually one of my great Christmas holiday pleasures is browsing through ALTB and finding places I’d like to visit in the coming year.

    There really are some great walks here but I keep asking myself how long will it be before we can travel without worrying about PCR tests and red lists etc?

  4. I’m not an experienced hiker, but would like to get into it because, one, I want to get healthy, and two I want to have fun as well while sweating it out. Wondering if these trails are all beginner friendly or which one you’d recommend to start with.

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