In this article we cover the beautiful hiking routes and trails in and around Barcelona. These make ideal day trips and most starting points can easily be reached by metro, train or bus.
? City | Collserola | Garraf | Monserrat | Montseny | Groups | FAQ Hikes within the City
The Three Hills Walk
Gràcia, Carmel and Horta-Guinardó. For more about this urban hike see here.
Start: Vallcarca metro (L3) Finish: Alfons X metro station (L4) Route: Linear Distance: 6KM Time: 1 hour 16 minutes Wikiloc: www.wikiloc.com/walking-trails/the-3-hills-walk-el-coll-el-carmel-and-la-rovira-47311642 Hikes in Collserola
The Parc de Collserola spans 8,000 hectares of protected land covering the range of small mountains (Serra de Collserola) between the Besòs and Llobregat rivers. Within the park a forest of white pines and evergreen oaks is home to a wide variety of species including wild boars and genets. At the crest, the Carretera de les Aigües offers uplifting views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean sea on one side and the Vallès plain on the other.
Collserola is the largest metropolitan park in the world, 8 times larger than the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, and 22 times larger than Central Park in New York. Living in Barcelona, this expanse of unspoiled nature is just a short metro ride away.
Barcelona to Sant Cugat (GR 6)
hike from Barcelona to Sant Cugat begins on the GR 6 trail beside the Parc del Laberint d’Horta. The path reveals the Ermita De Sant Medir dating from the 11th century and the the Forn Ibèric, a relic from the second century BC. Before reaching Sant Cugat, hikers are greeted by El Pi d’en Xandri, a monumental pine tree over 230 years old and 23 meters high.
Start: Mundet Metro Finish: Sant Cugat FCG Station Route: Linear Distance: 12KM Time: 3 hours 25 minutes Wikiloc: www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=11458918 Vallvidrera to La Floresta (GR 96)
Start: Vallvidrera Superior Station (FGC) Finish: La Floresta Station (FCG) Route: Linear Distance: 8KM Time: 2 hours 4 minutes Wikiloc: https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=18073931 Can Masdeu to Torre Barro
Start: Canyelles Metro (L3) Finish: Roquetes Metro (L3) Route: Linear Distance: 7KM Time: 2 hours 35 minutes Wikiloc: https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=12342677 Baixador de Vallvidrera to Tibidabo
Museu-Casa Verdaguer, dedicated to the Catalan writer Jacint Verdaguer. This hike leads to Tibidabo from behind, with attractive views of forest and the back of the Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor. For more photos of this hike, click here.
Start: Baixador de Vallvidrera (FGC) Finish: Tibidabo Route: Linear Distance: 3.5KM Time: 1 hour 11 minutes Wikiloc: www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=4027253 Sant Jeroni de La Murtra and Puig Castellar
Sant Jeroni de la Murtra was built in the Gothic style at the beginning of the fifteenth century. After King Ferdinand II of Aragon was wounded by an assasination attempt in 1492 on the steps of the Royal Palace of Barcelona, he spent a few days recovering in the monastery with his wife Isabel of Castile. Sant Jeroni de La Murtra was also the setting where Catholic Monarchs received Christopher Columbus in April 1493 after returning from his first voyage to America.
Remains of the Iberian Settlement of Puig Castellar are located nearby, at a peak of the Serralada de Marina Park, 303m above sea level. The site belonged to the Laietani tribe, who lived there from the 4th century BC to the beginning of the 2nd century BC. Historians believe that the settlement was abandoned because of the
Second Punic War. For more photos of this hike click here.
Start: Singuerlín (L9N) Finish: Singuerlín (L9N) Route: Circular Distance: 8KM Time: 3 hours 10 minutes Wikiloc: www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=16877106 Trinitat Nova to Vallvidrera
Baixador de Vallvidrera to Sant Cugat
Vallvidrera to Sant Pere Mártir
Les Planes to Can Calopa de Dalt to Vallvidrera
Can Calopa de Dalt overlooks vineyards with the Cathedral of Sagrat Cor in the far distance. Part of L’Olivera Cooperativa, Can Capola makes quality wines and helps people with disabilities integrate in society with housing, training and work opportunities.
Start: Les Planes Finish: Vallvidrera Route: Linear Distance: 15.8KM Time: 4 hours Wikiloc: www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/les-planes-can-calopa-vallvidrera-37460143 Molins de Rei to Can Castellví
Start: Molins de Rei Finish: Molins de Rei Route: Circular Distance: 9.2KM Time: 4 hours Wikiloc: www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/collserola-molins-de-rei-can-planes-el-salt-daigua-can-castellvi-molins-de-rei-34595358 Garraf
Hike from Sitges to Vilanova
Montserrat Montserrat Monstery to Sant Jeroni
Hiking Groups in Barcelona
Centre Excursionista de Catalunya The Hiking Club of Catalonia is a sporting and cultural organisation founded in 1876. It currently has about 4,500 members and offers organised hikes, cultural activities and courses in mountaineering. The club also has a library of maps and photographic archive. Illustrious Catalan figures such as Antoni Gaudí and Jacint Verdaguer were members.
The Barcelona Hiking & Outdoors Group A non-profit Meetup group where you can meet other outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking and outdoor events are regularly scheduled, with a couple of hikes to choose from every week. FAQ
How long does it take to get to Montserrat from Barcelona?
It takes about an hour and a half by train from Barcelona-Sants station.
How can I get to Collserola Park?
There are many ways to enter Collserola. Taking the metro to Mundet leaves you close to where the GR 6 enters the park. The path begins beside the Parc del Laberint d’Horta. Taking the FGC train to Baixador de Vallvidrera will drop you off right in the park, surrounded by many great trails.