For a big metropolis, it’s surprisingly easy to get away from it all in Barcelona. One of the best things about the city is how accessible green spaces are, and June is the perfect month to go and explore before it gets so hot that being away from the beach is unthinkable! Check out these four great hikes in or near Barcelona, all tried and tested by the TEFL Iberia team!
Barcelona to Sant Cugat
- The great thing about this hike is that you don’t double back on yourself at any point. Starting off from the metro stop Mundet, you walk upwards into the hills behind Horta and and follow the paths through Parc Natural de la Serra de Collserola, the enormous park, known as Barcelona’s ‘green lung’, that stretches across the hills behind the city. You’ll get stunning views of the city, as well as across the Collserola massif. There’s lots of variety along the walk in terms of flora and fauna, and it’s well signposted so you won’t get lost! You’ll finish in Sant Cugat, a charming small town where you can get the train straight back to Plaça Catalunya. Keep an eye out for the old stone pine tree just outside Sant Cugat – it’s over 250 years old!
Start at Mundet, approx 3 hours, medium difficulty
Vilanova i la Geltru to Sitges
- If you’re an ocean lover, this is the walk for you! Starting off in Villanova i la Geltru, this trail follows the coast, taking you along cliffs which look out over the blue water of the Mediterranean. There are parts where you can walk down to the water and even go for a swim on a warm day! The hike finishes in Sitges, approaching the town from the south and finishing with a stroll along the promenade. Get an icecream, you deserve it!
Start at the north end of the beach at Vilanova i la Geltru, trail is marked. Approx 2 hours, medium difficulty
- Catalunya’s most beloved mountain, Montserrat is a stunning place. It’s been the home of a Benedictine monastery, Santa Maria de Montserrat founded in the 11th century, and has been a place of pilgrimage ever since. Due to its striking geological formations and pink conglomerate rock, it’s also a wonderful place to go for a hike! It’s also relatively easy to access – you can get the clearly signposted train from Plaça Espanya, which takes about an hour. If you want a challenging hike head from the monastery to Sant Jeroni, the highest point on the peaks of the mountain, whereas if you’re looking for a gentler walk, head down the mountain to the village at its foot. There are lots of maps available at the visitors centre at the monastery.
Start at the monastery, various hike lengths, medium to difficult
- If you want something that’s right on your doorstep, head for Montjuic, the green hill rising from the streets of Poble Sec. Every time we walk up Montjuic, we seem to discover a new part of the park. Your walk will take you past cactus gardens, art galleries, the futuristic Olympic gardens, cable cars, a castle, a cemetery, Mediterranean lookout points, fountains and botanical gardens. There are also a few bars scattered around the mountain so you can stop for a drink or a snack.
Various hike lengths, very easy – suitable for children and older people
Parc de la Serrralada de Marina
- This national park is located in the hills northeast of Barcelona. If you’re going by public transport, the best entry point to the park is Santa Colomna de Gramanet, a town on the outskirts of Barcelona. Get the metro to Singuerlin, walk for five minutes and you’ll find the park. It’s over 4000 hectares of hills, footpaths, wooded areas and grassy meadows, which is great for rambling, but if you like to walk with a goal in mind, why not aim for the Poblat Iberic, the remains of an Iron Age village inhabited between the 6th and 1st century BC.
Start at car park, approx 2 hours, medium difficulty
If you have any recommendations for hikes in and around Barcelona, let us know in the comments!