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Panoramic view of the Montserrat monastery with rocky mountains and wide plain in the background

The Heart of Catalonia

Grandiose views & culinary delights

8 Days / 7 Nights
Mountain Hiking
Panoramic view of the Montserrat monastery with rocky mountains and wide plain in the background

Catalonia’s hinterland has a lot to offer: spectacular nature scenery with amazing views onto characteristic landscape with its mountain ranges, in parts softly rolling and then in other parts wild and rugged all the way to the coast with the Pyrenees as a backdrop. En route you experience the culture of the region, which has been populated since time immemorial, not only in terms of Romanesque hemitages or characteristic farmhouses, but also in terms of impressive churches and monasteries. Just like the renowned Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery with its wonderful location and home of the Black Madonna, which attracts numerous pilgrims every year. There are not only well-known national parks and famous buildings to be discovered but also Catalan cuisine which will delight you with all kinds of local specialities such as wine and cheese from Montserrat.

Starting from Montseny, the route takes you to the Aiguafreda National Park situated on the first hiking stage. Here you can expect impressive distant views of the Pyrenees. You can also look forward to great panoramas on the next day of your hiking holiday: from the rocky cliffs of the Cingles de Bertí you can see far beyond the picturesque scenery to the waterfalls and historical sites. After a good night’s sleep in Sant Feliu, you will hike on particularly quiet hiking paths through pine forests and corn fields to Sant Llorenç Savall. On the next day’s stage to the historic village of Mura, two of the most impressive peaks of this hiking tour await you: La Mola and El Montcau. Continue through the Sant Llorenç National Park to Rellinars and finally with fantastic views of the Catalonian hinterland to the Montserrat mountains, where you can visit the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat.

  • Enjoying nature in the Montseny National Park: Right at the beginning of your hiking holiday, you will experience the fantastic nature and wonderful hiking trails in the Montseny National Park. The entire area of 301.2 square kilometres has been designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.
  • Medieval flair in Mura: On day 5 of your hiking holiday you will spend the night in the small village of Mura, which with a population of only 224 is situated in the middle of the mountainous landscape of the Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac Nature Park. Numerous houses and alleys still convey the flair of the Middle Ages.
  • Visit to the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat: The final stage of your eight-day hiking holiday is set in the Montserrat mountains. Here you have the opportunity to visit the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat, which is considered an important centre of Catalan art and is of particularly high symbolic importance for the Catholic Church. The monastery is now home to a total of 80 monks.

This hiking holiday is assigned our level of hiking ‘Mountain Hiking’. The route guides you on nice paths through the hilly area, as well as over mountain- and hilly landscapes. We recommend a good fitness level for this hiking holiday. The daily walking times are between 3 and 6.5 hours. You will stay in beautiful, local hotels, as well as country houses and inns.

Itinerary at a glance

Arrival at Montseny

From Montseny the route leads you to the national park with the same name, which was declared a biosphere reserve. You walk along holly oak forests across unspoilt nature scenery, from where you enjoy impressive views onto the nature park with the Pyrenees as a backdrop.

During a leisurely ascent the spectacular Cingles de Bertí-cliffs draw nearer and nearer. From there you experience an absolutely unforgettable panorama with views to the East across the Congost river valley and Montseny-massif. Then you proceed along hilly terrain over passes and terraced fields, past impressive waterfalls to historic sites and Medieval places. Short transfer to Sant Feliu.

An especially idyllic hiking tour awaits along your way through pine forests and numerous cornfields, which are characteristic for the region. You continue along quaint dirt tracks through a very rural and wooded area to Sant Llorenç Savall.

Today’s itinerary allows you to experience some of the most symbolic landscapes of the Catalan mountain range Serralada Litoral. With the peaks of La Mola and El Montcau you experience two of the most impressive peaks of this mountain scenery. Finally you reach the Medieval village of Mura, nestling amidst the stillness of these mountains.

Discover the wonderful, hidden side of Sant Llorenç del Munt National Park, located between Mura and the town of Rellinars. The landscape is mainly characterised by Mediterranean pine forests and numerous streams.

The final day is all about the renowned Benedictine monastery Santa Maria de Montserrat, which impresses particularly with its location, built on top of and amidst rock needles of the Holy Mountain. Enjoy one more time the fabulous views into the distance onto Catalonia’s hinterland all the way to the coast.

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Route information

Mountain Hiking

The route leads through hilly terrain along well-maintained paths over mountains, hills and fields. However  a good basic fitness level is required for the daily tours and differences in altitude, so exertions can be managed with very little effort.

Prices & Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Overnight stays as stated
  • Breakfast
  • 1x evening meal (Rellinars)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • 1 Transfer from airport Barcelona or Girona to Montseny
  • Transfers according to program
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Tourist tax, if due, included in the tour price
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • If half board mostly multi-course evening meal
  • Organised return transfer from Montserrat to Barcelona, EUR 185 per ride (up to 4 persons). Reservation required, payable in advance.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Barcelona or Girona Airport. Organised transfer to Montseny included.
  • Parking: public parking spaces free of charge near the hotel, no reservation necessary.
  • Return from Montserrat by rack railway to Monistrol de Montserrat, then by train or bus to Barcelona airport.

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.
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