Hiking festivals: Much more than walking

In the Catalan Pyrenees, walking outdoors is a pleasure that is accompanied by culture and food. The 2021 edition of the Hiking Festivals of the Pyrenees has been one of the most important editions held to date.

Thirteen festivals were held in the Catalan Pyrenees, with two new additions since 2020: the Solsonès Hiking Festival and the Summit Val d’Aran Festival. The former combines incredible routes via protected climbing routes (via ferrate) with calm strolls through the streets of Solsona. The latter includes climbs to peaks like Montardo and Tuc de Molières and is targeted at experienced hikers in good physical condition.

Hiking festivals are an invitation to get to know the territory at your own pace and in a truly authentic way through guided tours that provide you with all the knowledge that a specialised guide can supply at lower prices than usual.

It is a discovery that combines physical activity—along routes that livestock used to use and climbs to peaks—with guided tours of the Romanesque churches that have been classified as Human Heritage and strolls through ancient dolmens, menhirs and dry-stone constructions.

The professional guides accompanying you along the route are from the region and will reveal the most authentic, real side of the Catalan Pyrenees. Plus, the walking routes are complemented by other parallel activities, such as high-altitude tastings of local products or astronomic observations, traditional music concerts and astronomy workshops. The range of activities is highly varied, and there are options for all tastes.

The festivals are held in May or October and last between two and seven days. They combine simpler routes for families with more demanding routes for expert hikers. If you are coming with children or the elderly, you’ll also find routes that match your needs. There are also activities for individuals with reduced mobility.

Here is a list of festivals:

May

Festival Camina el Berguedà

When: 14 – 16 may 2021

Web: Festival Camina el Berguedà

Lo Festival de Senderisme de la Conca Dellà

When: 21 – 23 may 2021

Web: Lo Festival de Senderisme de la Conca Dellà

Garrotxa Volcanic Walking

When: 28 – 30 may 2021

Web: Garrotxa Volcanic Walking

June

Cerdanya Happy Walking

When: 10 – 13 june 2021

Web: Cerdanya Happy Walking

Festival Camina Pirineus Alt Urgell

When: 23 – 27 june 2021

Web: Festival Camina Pirineus Alt Urgell

Val d’Aran Walking Festival

When: 28 june – 4 july 2021

Web: Val d’Aran Walking Festival

July

Festival de Senderisme Vall Fosca – Pirineus

When: 15 – 18 july 2021

Web: Festival de Senderisme Vall Fosca – Pirineus

August

Summit Val d’Aran Festival

When: 23 – 29 august 2021

Web: Summit Val d’Aran Festival

September

Senderi – Festival de Senderisme de Sort, la Vall d’Àssua i el Batlliu

When: 3 – 5 september 2021

Web: Senderi – Festival de Senderisme de Sort, la Vall d’Àssua i el Batlliu

Festival de Senderisme del Solsonès

When: 18 – 19 september 2021

Web: Festival de Senderisme del Solsonès

Alt Empordà Sea Walking

When: 24 – 26 september 2021

Web: Alt Empordà Sea Walking

October

Ripollès Discovery Walking

When: 1 – 3 october 2021

Web: Ripollès Discovery Walking

Vall de Boí Trek Festival

When: 9 – 12 october 2021

Web: Vall de Boí Trek Festival