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4 hiking routes in Barcelona with sea views

By | 30 November, 2020 | 0 comments

There are plenty of amazing hiking routes in Barcelona and the surrounding region. This summer, due to the COVID-19 situation, outdoor plans in the fresh open air are set to be even more important than ever, and hiking can be a great way to explore our great city.

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One of the best things about Barcelona – and indeed the surrounding area – is that you can enjoy the best of both worlds as the mountains and seaside come together around a bustling metropolitan city. That means there’s never any shortage of great routes through the mountains where you can enjoy spectacular seaside views. Want to discover the best hiking routes in and around Barcelona? Read on to discover 4 beautiful itineraries where you can enjoy the great outdoors and some incredible views of the Catalan coastline at the same time.

Hiking routes in Barcelona: El Garraf 

El Garraf is a coastal region found some 50 kilometres south of Barcelona. Here, in the most picturesque and relaxed of settings, you’ll find Garraf National Park, a protected area of more than 12,000 hectares where a large number of hiking trails start and finish.

The wonderful location of Garraf National Park, which borders the Mediterranean Sea, make the views on any of its hikes simply unmissable. What’s more, the park is surrounded by lush forests, making it the perfect place to explore in the summer months thanks to the pleasant coastal temperatures.

One of the most popular routes through the area starts in the town of Garraf itself, running 10 kilometres in almost a straight line along the coastline. Perfect for a day of embracing nature and switching off from the rest of the world. 

Collserola National Park

Located in the metropolitan area of Barcelona, Collserola National Park offers 8,000 hectares of great outdoors separating the city from the Vallés depression. What’s more, Collserola National Park is also home to one of Barcelona’s most famous mountains, Mount Tibidabo, standing proud at 512 metres above sea level.

There are a number of great hiking trails in Barcelona that take in the area, all at different levels of difficulty and length. For example, the ascent up Tibidabo, one of the most popular city escapes, can be done from the city centre itself at just 13 kilometres long with some stunning views of both the city and Barcelona’s beaches along the way.

Mount Carmelo and hiking trails in Barcelona

To the northwest of Barcelona stands one of the city’s most impressive mountains, Mount Carmelo, where visitors will also find the beautiful Park Güell. Mount Carmel offers several hiking routes in Barcelona that are perhaps best known for all the great tourist attractions you can enjoy during the ascent.

One of the best known has to be the Carmel Bunkers, combining history with a magnificent viewpoint at the summit of Turó de la Rovira. Once at the top, the views over Barcelona and the Mediterranean are unbeatable, so it’s always a route worth taking.


The ascent to the top of Montjüic Mountain is another hiking route in Barcelona that you can’t afford to miss. A place with a thousand different options for all tastes, from parks and gardens to picnic areas and monuments, of course, the summit also offers impressive views over the city below. Furthermore, your itinerary will take you past some amazing tourist attractions, including castles and breathtaking lookout points.

The climb up Montjüic doesn’t require any real physical endurance, as it’s only a slight incline and shouldn’t take more than two hours – perfect for getting to know the natural side of the city, a world away from all the hustle and bustle Barcelona is famous for.

These are just some of our top picks for hiking in Barcelona. But remember, there are plenty of others both in and around the city for you to enjoy. Come and discover the best of what Barcelona has to offer!

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