Hiking in Catalonia in 10 routes

The Catalan Pyrenees are full of kilometres and kilometres of wellmarked trails. Some can be done in just one day, whereas others need several days to complete.


Discover this cross-border route in the central Pyrenees between Catalonia and France, in the heart of the Castillonnais, Birós, and Aran valleys. The traverse takes in legendary peaks and mountain passes such as Crabère, Maubermé, Barlonguère (Tuc d’Eth Milh) and Valier. Five mountain refuges and gîtes enable you to complete the circuit without major difficulty.

El Cinquè Llac

Medium-altitude mountain route running just below Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, accessible for all types of hikers. Baggage transport service available. The route involves overcoming the changing natural relief of this mountain terrain, and takes you through one of the most unknown and unexpected areas of the Pyrenees until you reach Montcortès Lake (the “Fifth Lake”).

Gate of heaven

Five-stage route running through wild, impressive landscapes of spectacular beauty in the Alt Pirineu Natural Park (Catalonia) and the Pyrénées Ariégeoises Regional Natural Park (France), with four mountain refuges along the way. The itinerary passes the emblematic Pica d’Estats (3143m), the highest peak in Catalonia, and Certascan Lake, the largest natural lake in the Pyrenees.

Viewpoint of the Pica d'Estats / Òscar Rodbag

Viewpoint of the Pica d’Estats / Òscar Rodbag

Estanys amagats

High mountain route running between mountain refuges. Discover the Alta Cerdanya area around the Cerdanya-Alt Urgell National Reserve. The itinerary also includes the higher levels of Madriu Valley in Andorra, a privileged environment surrounded by peaks of almost 3000m high and a mountain pass formerly used by pedlars and frequented by smugglers.

Cavalls del vent

Itinerary running between the eight mountain refuges located in the beautiful landscape of Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, at altitudes ranging from 900m to 2510m. The marked trail may be joined at any point and walked in either direction.

Route of the Cathars

Tourist itinerary along the GR107 hiking trail, following the escape routes across the Pyrenees used by the persecuted Cathars in the 13th and 14th centuries. The trail starts at Queralt sanctuary in the town of Berga and ends at Montségur Castle in Ariège (France), and can be completed on foot or on horseback. Most of the stages can also be done on mountain bike.

Viewpoint of the Queralt sanctuary / INMEDIA SOLUTIONS S.L

Viewpoint of the Queralt sanctuary / INMEDIA SOLUTIONS S.L

Refugis de Torb

Five-stage high mountain itinerary linking Puigmal (2910m) and Canigó (2784m), the two most emblematic peaks in the Eastern Pyrenees. Along the way, the route goes by places much beloved of hikers, such as Coma de Vaca Valley, Ulldeter Cirque, the Pla Guillem, Marialles, Mentet o Carançà Valleys.

Serra de monestirs

Route running through the southern part of Ripollès County, starting and ending in the town of Ripoll, with the highest point at Taga peak (2040m). More than a just mountain itinerary, this route brings you into contact with the essence of this area, its history and legends, its landscapes and farmers, and its renowned gastronomy.

GR1: Transversal Trail

The Transversal Trail (GR1) starts at the emblematic Greek and Roman ruins of Empúries on the Mediterranean coast, and crosses the Iberian Peninsula from east to west until reaching Finisterre. The Catalan stretch goes up to Pont de Montanyana, from where it continues into Aragón. The Transversal Trail runs parallel to the Pyrenean Trail (GR11), but through the more Pre-Pyrenean area of great landscape interest. It passes through towns of major importance in Catalan history such as Besalú and Ripoll, with Romanesque architecture as the leitmotif.

Greek and Roman ruins of Empúries / Rafa Pérez

Greek and Roman ruins of Empúries / Rafa Pérez

GR11: Pyrenean trail

The GR11 is the most mountainous of all GR trails running through Catalan territory. It traverses the southern side of the Pyrenees from the Mediterranean to the Cantabrian Sea linking Catalonia with Andorra, Aragón, Navarre, and the Basque Country. It goes through large natural spaces such as Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, Alt Pirineu and Cap de Creus Natural Parks, and numerous Places of Natural Interest such as the Albera Mountains, Alta Garrotxa, Tossa Plana de Lles Mountain, and the sources of the River Ter and the River Freser.