Walking the Camino de Santiago from Barcelona to Montserrat (A pilgrim’s guide)

Camino signs in Barcelona

The Camino de Santiago is the world’s best-known Christian pilgrimage trail and hundreds of thousands of people set out to walk it every year. The history of the Camino de Santiago can be traced back to the Middle Ages, and although nowadays, most pilgrims only walk the 100-kilometre section from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela,…

Complete Guide to Hiking the Camins de Ronda (Costa Brava Coastal Path)

The Costa Brava Coastal Path

The Camins de Ronda are a series of historic footpaths that run along the Costa Brava, one of Spain’s most beautiful sections of coastline. The paths date back more than a thousand years and were originally used by fishermen to travel from village to village. From the mid-nineteenth century, the paths were used by the…

Walking the PR-C 171 in Barcelona: From Zona Universitaria to Trinitat Nova

The PR-C 171 trail in Barcelona

The PR-C 171 trail is an easy twenty-kilometre hike through the Collserola mountain range, which visits the peaks of Sant Pere Màrtir, Tibidabo and El Turó de Santa Maria and offers breathtaking panoramic views of Barcelona, along the coast, and inland towards Montserrat and nearby cities like Sant Cugat del Vallès. The trail takes between…

Discovering the Public Art on Barcelona’s Waterfront (walking itinerary & map)

The Wounded Star by Rebecca Horn

Barcelona is renowned for its public art, and the city’s many parks and plazas are replete with monuments ranging from traditional statues paying homage to people and events of the past to intriguing contemporary pieces by international and local artists. But it’s not just the parks and plazas which are full of art. Wherever you…

Hiking the Camí Ral: The Old Medieval Road from Vic to Olot

Spectacular views of the Collsecabra mountain range from the Cami Ral

The Camí Ral is an old Medieval road connecting the cities of Vic and Olot in central Catalonia. The road was originally built during the middle ages to transport wood from the forests of the La Garrotxa region to the Royal Shipyards in Barcelona. The forty-five-kilometre section between the towns of Vic and Olot was…

From Barcelona to the Santa Maria de Montserrat Monastery by Train and On Foot (A Hiker’s Guide)

Cami de les Aigües, walking to Montserrat fon Monistrol de Montserrat

The Monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat is an eleventh-century Benedictine monastery set in an idyllic mountaintop location approximately thirty-five kilometres from Barcelona. If you’ve already read my Ultimate Guide to Visiting Montserrat from Barcelona, you’ll know that the most convenient way to reach the monastery is by taking the R5 train from Barcelona, followed…

The Martinet Valley, Aiguafreda de Dalt and the Dolmen de Cruïlles (Montseny Natural Park)

Panoramic views at Aiguafreda de Dalt

This easy, ten-kilometre hike in Montseny Natural Park is best undertaken in spring or early summer when there will be water in the Riera de Martinet. You can also walk it at other times of the year, but the pools and waterfalls near the start of the trail will likely be dry. The circular route…

Electric Scooter Rental In Barcelona (Read Before Hiring A Scooter!)

Visiting Barcelona's top sights by electric scooter

Scooters are a familiar sight on the streets of Barcelona. A practical way to beat traffic jams and travel quickly around the city, the combination of good weather and easy parking make electric scooters an increasingly popular choice. If you’re visiting Barcelona for a few days and fancy having fun exploring the city on two…

Carretera de les Aigües: An Easy Walk with Fantastic Views

La Carretera de les Aigües, Barcelona

Often referred to as the green lung of Barcelona, Collserola National Park is a popular escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Easily reached by public transport, the 8,000 hectare park is crisscrossed by footpaths and cycle tracks. The best known and most accessible footpath is called La Carretera de les Aigües…

Hot Air Ballooning Near Barcelona

Shortly after take off on the outskirts of Vic

This year is the 25th anniversary of the company that I work for. Last week we celebrated the occasion with a team-building weekend starting with a party on Friday night. The celebrations continued on Saturday with activities, lunch at a Parador and an evening meal at the old Moritz factory. The activities were a closely guarded…

Windsurfing on the Ebro Delta

A lone windsurfer enjoys small waves and spring sunshine at Riumar

The Ebro Delta National Park is located 160km south of Barcelona. It is an important wetland habitat and home to about 300 species of birds. It is also one of Spain’s main rice growing areas. The strong north easterly Mestral winds which blow regularly from autumn to spring make the area popular with windsurfers and…