The best Barcelona Hiking Tours – 12 great hiking options in Catalonia

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Catalonia and the Barcelona area are simply perfect places for hiking. Whether it’s along the coast, through the volcanic site, the mountains of Catalonia, the mountain range of the Pyrenees, or simply through the picturesque nature of Catalonia, Barcelona hiking tours are a real highlight of any Spain trip.

In this article, I’ll show you the best Barcelona hiking trips you can take from the Catalan capital. 12 great guided trekking tours through the most beautiful places that Barcelona’s surroundings have to offer.

Whether it’s a private hiking trip or a guided Barcelona group hike, a pure walking excursion, or paired with exciting activities, you’ll find a suitable tour in this article. So let’s get started right away.

Short and sweet: the best walking tour from Barcelona

No time to read through all 12 Barcelona hiking trips? Here is our favorite.

This tour has everything a good hiking tour should include: a friendly team and some of the best hiking routes in Barcelona’s surroundings, coupled with practical knowledge and professionalism.

With the Hiking and Trekking Barcelona Tour, you can customize your private hiking trip perfectly to your needs: whether hiking in the mountains or on the coast – you decide. The route will be adapted to your preferences and fitness level.

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The best Barcelona Hiking Tours – Overview

HikeType of HikePrice
Hiking and Trekking BarcelonaVarious hiking trails to choose fromCheck Price
Montserrat Hike, monastery & cable carMontserratCheck Price
Pyrenees hikePyreneesCheck Price
4-day Pyrenees hikePyrenees (multi-day)Check Price
Secret places hike + waterfallAlta Garrotxa (Girona)Check Price
Costa Brava + KayakingCoastal hiking + kayakingCheck Price
Tossa de Mar & Costa Brava HikeCoastal hike + visit to the seaside townCheck Price
Girona & Costa Brava Hiking ToursCoastal hike + visit to GironaCheck Price
Montserrat Hike and Horseback Ride TourMontserrat + Horseback rideCheck Price
El Penedès Wine & Hiking TourEl Penedès Vineyard + wine tastingCheck Price
La Garrotxa & Medieval villages tourLa Garrotxa Volcanic area + visit to 3 Catalan villagesCheck Price
Collsacabra Cliff Hike + Rupit TourCollsacabra cliffs + visit to the medieval village of RupitCheck Price

The best Hiking Tours in Barcelona

#1 Hiking and Trekking Barcelona

Barcelona hiking tours woman hiking along costa brava in nature

Tour Rating: 5 /5

Tour length: ca. 8 hours

This tour is personalized and tailored to your needs, which is why it’s our favorite. Choose a destination in the surroundings of Barcelona and get advice from professional staff who know the Barcelona area like the back of their hand.

With this private walking tour, your hike can be tailored to your preferences and fitness level, whether it’s an adventurous hike in the Pyrenees or a relaxed family trek along the coast.

The hiking guides always try to find places off the typical hiking routes and tourist paths. So you can enjoy the tranquility and beauty of Catalonia to the fullest during your hike.

The Hiking and Trekking Barcelona tour includes

  • A private hiking guide
  • Driver & transfer to and from hiking destination
  • Photographer
  • All taxes and fees
  • Cancellation option up to 24 hours before the start of the tour

We were in Barcelona for a week and signed up with 4 viator trips, and this was the best. Sam was delightful, flexible, and adapted the hike to our ability. When the original hike on Montserrat mountain was socked in with fog and rain, he immediately changed plans, took us to another hike on the other side of Barcelona where the weather was perfect. He provided hiking poles as we did not want to bring them on the plane. The views were incredible and the commentary he provided was great.

– Robert N. (check more reviews)

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#1 Most Popular Hike including activities: Montserrat Hike, Monastery, & Cable Car

Montserrat, monastery and mountains, Catalonia, hiking in barcelona
Montserrat – arguably the most popular hiking destination in Barcelona

Tour Rating: 4,9/5

Tour length: 6 hours

Montserrat is, without a doubt, one of the most popular day trips from Barcelona. Here you can enjoy various hikes with extraordinary views that you won’t easily forget.

This small group tour includes the best of a day trip to Montserrat: take the cable car up the mountain and be amazed by the incredible view. Visit the famous monastery and the Black Madonna. And hike on an easy trail through the Montserrat Natural Park.

This tour is perfect for those who want to discover the beauty of the area’s nature but also not miss the typical sights of Montserrat.

The Montserrat Hike, Monastery, & Cable Car tour includes

  • Tour Guide
  • Montserrat Cable Car Upper Station ticket
  • Transportation
  • Visit to Montserrat Monastery
  • Water
  • Cancellation option up to 24 hours before the start of the tour

Had a wonderful visit to the Montserrat Monastery. Our guide was fabulous and so knowledgeable. It was an absolute treat to learn about the vast knowledge in inclusion to generic general trivia about the place. The monastery itself was stunning and the trip right to the top by a tram was a cherry on the cake. We had a great group with us as well, and our guide was so courteous and helpful throughout the tour. A lovely hike back down, as per our pace. Enjoyed every bit of this. Highly recommend doing this tour with GYG.

– Jasmine (check more reviews)

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#1 Most popular hike in Nature: Private Pyreness Hike

Hiking in Pyrenees, mountains in background, hiker in nature

Tour Rating: 5/5

Tour length: 2,6 or 8 hours

The Spanish Pyrenees are THE hiking destination in the north of Spain for hiking enthusiasts from all over the world. Because there are so many fabulous hiking itineraries and picturesque landscapes just waiting to be explored by you.

Choose a difficulty that suits you on this hike: 2, 6, or 8-hour hikes are available depending on your fitness level.

Your guide will lead you through the Pyrenees – visit idyllic little villages between Spain and France and breathtaking natural scenery.

The private Pyreness hike includes

  • A private hiking guide
  • Transport + hotel pick up
  • Mountain accident insurance
  • Hike adapted to your fitness level
  • Snack during the hike
  • Cancellation option up to 24 hours before the start of the tour

Pere was the most amazing, helpful, and supportive guide I could have asked for. He was very safety conscious, informative, and passionate about mountaineering. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

– Micheal V. (check more reviews)

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Best Multiday Hike: 4-Days Pyrenees & National Park

Aigüestortes National Park in the Pyrenees, hiker overlooking lake

Tour Rating: noch keine

Tour length: 4 days

You love nature, and a simple hike is not enough for you? Then this 4-day hike in the Pyrenees is just what you need. On this exciting hike, you can explore beautiful nature and charming mountain villages in the heart of the Pyrenees.

This tour is made for a private group of up to seven people. Together you will discover the beautiful Aigüestortes National Park in the Pyrenees, hike along the Mont-Rebei Gorge, and visit mountain villages with medieval architecture.

You will be accompanied by an experienced mountain guide who will show you the most beautiful corners of the Pyrenees and provide you with practical information.

The 4-Days Pyrenees & National Park hike includes

  • Transport from Barcelona and back
  • 4-days mountain tour
  • Private hiking guide
  • Accident insurance
  • Cancellation option up to 24 hours before the start of the tour

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Discover secret places: The secret waterfalls of the Pyrenees Hike

Sant Aniol d'Aguja Waterfall
Sisku, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Tour Rating: 5/5

Tour length: 8 hours

This hike is great for hikers of different fitness levels to experience the beauty of the Alt Garrotxa region. The leading destination and absolute highlight of the walk is the Sant Aniol d’Aguja waterfall.

Once you arrive at the waterfall, you can look forward to a refreshing dip in the cool water (don’t forget your swimsuit!).

But even on the way there, you can enjoy incredible landscapes and turquoise water pools. The region is slightly remote and, therefore, a rather less visited nature reserve.

You can choose between a route of 10 or 16 km. The tour is family-friendly and can therefore be done with children.

The secret waterfalls of the Pyrenees Hike includes

  • full-day guided tour
  • trained mountain guide
  • Transportation from Girona
  • snacks
  • Cancellation option up to 24 hours before the start of the tour

It was a beautiful day of relaxed hiking in autumn-colored mountains. Jamie easily scaled up the difficulty of the route for me, but there were lots of options for different fitness levels. As it was late November, there were hardly any other people around, so we had all the scenery to ourselves, including the waterfall, where you can swim, if you are not afraid of somewhat chilly waters. I did, and it was fun. After the hike Jamie dropped me off in Girona, advised on the main sights and good places to eat. So I ended up having two experiences in one day: the mountains and Girona. Overall, highly recommended, especially if you want a change of pace and get away from a crowded city for a bit.

– Traveler (check more reviews)

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Most beautiful coastal hiking with activities: Costa Brava hike + sea kayaking

Costa Brava in Tossa de Mar
View of Costa Brava

Tour Rating: 5/5

Tour length: 8 hours

The Costa Brava is definitely one of the most beautiful coasts in the country. Maybe even too beautiful to experience it only from the land. On this hiking tour, you will discover this breathtaking coast on foot and from the water.

You will hike with other participants along the Camino de Ronda, a spectacular hiking trail that runs along the entire Costa Brava.

Afterward, you can experience the picturesque lagoons and turquoise waters of the Costa Brava from a kayak. If you like, you can end the tour with a refreshing swim in the cool waters of the coast or in a restaurant recommended by the guide with authentic Catalan paella before heading back to Barcelona.

The Costa Brava hike + kayaking tour includes

  • Transportation
  • Professional guide
  • 2 hours sea kayak trip
  • Guided hike
  • Bottled water
  • Cancellation option up to 24 hours before the start of the tour

One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done! The views are out of this world. Kayaking in and out of coves and alone the hike we just did was beautiful! Julia as a host was great! Super laid back and fun to talk to! Finished with an amazing seafood meal on the beach!

– Arielle C. (check more reviews)

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Most beautiful coastal hike: Costa Brava & Tossa de Mar

Tossa de Mar Old Town, Vila Vella
The old town of Tossa de Mar

Tour Rating: 5/5

Tour length: 9 hours

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably heard about my love for Tossa de Mar. The small coastal town is definitely one of the most beautiful in all Catalonia.

This tour combines a visit to the dreamy old town of Tossa de Mar with a hike along the gorgeous Costa Brava, one of the region’s most beautiful stretches of coastline.

Walk along the Camino de Ronda, a hiking trail that runs along the entire Costa Brava, and experience unique landscapes. Afterward, you can stroll through Vila Vella, the old town of Tossa de Mar, and enjoy a cool swim in the crystal clear waters.

The Costa Brava & Tossa de Mar tour includes

  • transfer
  • professional guide
  • bottle of water
  • guided hike
  • insurance
  • Cancellation option up to 24 hours before the start of the tour

Fantastic hike and tour of old city with Ramon. Having grown up in the region, and an experienced guide, he is informative, friendly and a good conversationalist. My daughter and I enjoyed the lovely views on the hike and traipsing around the walled city. Having studied in England, Ramon is extraordinarily proficient in English. We also enjoyed hearing about his own extensive travels through Africa, South America and Norway. 10/10 recommend!

– Suzanne (check more reviews)

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Easy coastal hike: Costa Brava & Girona

Girona city wall, Girona landmarks
The city wall of Girona

Tour Rating: 5/5

Tour length: 9,5 Tour length

Girona is one of the largest but also most beautiful cities in Catalonia. The medieval town offers insights into Catalan culture and history like no other.

On this tour, you combine a hike along the picturesque Costa Brava with a city break in the beautiful old town of Girona.

The hike is rather leisurely and takes only about an hour. Still, there is plenty of time for exceptional scenic views and a subsequent visit to a unique lagoon.

Some of the sights of the city center may even look familiar to you from the series Game of Thrones. But even if you don’t know the series, you shouldn’t miss a visit to the old cathedral in the historic old town of Girona.

The Costa Brava & Girona tour includes

  • Private guide
  • Transportation
  • Coastal walk
  • Visit to Girona
  • Cancellation option up to 24 hours before the start of the tour

The tour definitely lived up to its name. There were only four of us in the tour group plus the guide. Even so, the tour guide was excellent (lively, helpful, knowledgeable, and fluent in English). In the first part of the tour, there was plenty of easy walking along the beautiful “wild” Spanish coast. There was almost no moment when there wasn’t a beautiful, picturesque photo opportunity. The second part of the tour was another amazing walk — this time thru a populace that just happens to live in an amazingly well preserved city of medieval buildings and walls. Pick-up and drop-off was in a central part of Barcelona. We had an excellent time and would strongly recommend the tour to anyone seeking easy to moderate exercise and amazing views.

– Michael (check more reviews)

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Hiking with horseback riding: Montserrat + horseback ride

View of Montserrat National Park in Catalonia, Barcelona Hike

Tour Rating: 5/5

Tour length: 6,5 hours

The region around Montserrat is considered one of the most popular hiking regions in Catalonia. It is hardly surprising because, with its natural beauty and ideal transport links to Barcelona, this is a perfect getaway destination.

On this tour, you can discover the unique nature of Montserrat on foot and horseback.

First, you will explore the Montserrat National Park on foot. Your guide will explain interesting information about different species of animals and plants while you pass through magnificent landscapes.

Afterward, you’ll make a stop at a local ranch. From here, you will continue on horseback. Ride along the mountain range for a guaranteed unique experience from Barcelona.

The Montserrat + horseback ride tour includes

  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • A small group of up to 8 persons
  • Accident insurance
  • Horse ride
  • Water
  • walking sticks
  • Cancellation option up to 24 hours before the start of the tour

“Great day!”

– Abdulla (check more reviews)

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Hiking & Wine: El Penedès + Wine Tour

The El Penedès wine region in Catalonia, vineyard with house

Tour Rating: 5/5

Tour length: 6 hours

If Catalonia is famous for one thing, it is its idyllic landscapes and its excellent wine. On this El Penedès tour, you can blend the two into a beautiful day trip.

Walk through the vineyards of El Penedès, one of the oldest wine-growing areas in Europe, and enjoy the vibrant colors. Learn about the different types of wine and wine production and experience tranquil landscapes, farmhouses, and wineries.

Afterward, you can, of course, also taste the great wines of the region at a family-run organic winery. In addition, there is the possibility of a small tour of the estate to learn more about wine production.

The El Penedès + Wine Tour includes

  • Transportation
  • Professional tour guide
  • Hike through the vineyards
  • Guided visit to an organic wine cellar
  • Wine tasting (choice of 3 wines: white, red, & sparkling)
  • Typical Catalan snacks
  • Tour in a small group (max. eight people)
  • Insurance
  • Water
  • Cancellation option up to 24 hours before the start of the tour

The wine was amazing! Very unique. The guide, Ramon, was very informative and engaging. Light walking through a gorgeous area.

– Matthew (check more reviews)

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Volcanoes in Catalonia: La Garrotxa + Medieval villages

Basalú in Catalonia, stone bridge and tower
View from the Pont de Besalú to the medieval walls of Besalú, one of the places visited during this tour

Tour Rating: 5/5

Tour length: 9 hours

Catalonia is full of picture-perfect medieval small towns, and I can’t recommend enough that you visit some of them when visiting the region. This tour combines a fantastic hike through the volcanic landscape of Garrotxa with a visit to three extraordinary old villages.

First, you will visit the ancient village of Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the most beautiful settlements in the region, perched on a rock. Then you can admire the impressive Romanesque church and medieval bridge in Sant Joan de les Fonts.

Experience one of the most beautiful walks through the rural volcanic area of La Garrotxa and learn more about life in this region.

The trip ends in Besalú, one of my favorite places in Catalonia. Explore the small Catalan town with a guide and soak up the aura of the impressive medieval site.

The La Garrotxa + Medieval villages Tour includes

  • transfer
  • a professional guide
  • bottle of water
  • Insurance
  • Guided tour in Besalú
  • Cancellation option up to 24 hours before the start of the tour

Very nice experience, they are charming towns. The guide Ramón, very charming, with a lot of knowledge of the area and history. We had a great time.

– Carla (Check more reviews)

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Collsacabra Cliff Hike + Rupit Tour

The medieval small town rupit in Catalonia
View of the small medieval town of Rupit

Tour Rating: 5/5

Tour length: 9 hours

Rupit was one of the first of the beautiful Catalan towns I visited after moving to Barcelona and has remained one of my absolute favorites to this day. On this tour, you can combine an inspiring hike with a visit to the rural and peaceful medieval town of Rupit.

This area is still a bit of a local insider tip and, therefore, far less visited than many other areas of Catalonia. Hike along the Collsacabra cliffs and be overwhelmed by the impressive view of the Susqueda reservoir.

Admire the imposing Salt de Sallent waterfall and discover the picturesque alleys of Rupit together with your guide.

The Collsacabra Cliff Hike + Rupit Tour includes

  • Transfer
  • Professional guide
  • bottle of water
  • Guided hike
  • Insurance
  • Cancellation option up to 24 hours before the start of the tour

Recommended in all aspects, the town is beautiful. It maintains the architectural lines of its foundation, the walk is a dream, trail, waterfalls, native forest, immense cliffs, very safe viewpoints, a lot of history behind this tour. Special thanks to our guide, very concerned, dynamic, knows the route perfectly, human quality above all and that is doubly valued. We recommend everyone and hope to return sooner than ever! Thanks

– Viviana (Check more reviews)

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Barcelona Hiking Trips: Are they worth it?

No doubt about it, Catalonia is just perfect for a hiking vacation. Because this region in Spain simply offers the perfect mix of mountains and coast, pine forests, and cliff formats paired with a large amount of sunshine hours per year and relatively mild temperatures all year round.

What you should bring for hiking in Catalonia

Almost all of the hikes on our list occur regardless of weather conditions. So you have to be prepared. Even if the sun shines nearly every day here in Catalonia, there can always be spontaneous changes in the weather.

  • wear comfortable shoes in which you can walk well – ideally already broken-in hiking shoes
  • comfortable, weatherproof clothing
  • Ensure you have enough sun protection (sunscreen, hat, etc.)
  • water (especially on warm days, it is crucial to drink plenty)
  • don’t forget your sunglasses
  • and, of course, your camera/mobile phone for the souvenir snapshots
  • In case of rainy weather, bring a rain jacket or rain poncho with you
  • Snacks for the way
  • Money or credit card for snacks or lunch
  • On some hikes, there are opportunities for a cooling swim, so don’t forget swimming gear
  • A little bit of change as a tip for your Spanish guide would be nice

FAQ about Hiking in Barcelona

Hiking alone or a guided hike in Barcelona?

It all depends on your preferences. With a guided private hike, you have privacy but, nevertheless, a hiking guide who can show you the most beautiful hiking routes.

Hiking on Barcelona’s coast?

The Costa Brava and the Costa Daurada are perfect for hiking, as both have trails stretching for many kilometers along the coast.

Where can I find the most beautiful Barcelona hiking trails?

Barcelona’s surroundings are full of unique hiking trails. From Barcelona’s local mountains to the Pyrenees, you’ll find some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the country.

What season is best for hiking in Catalonia?

Theoretically, a hike from Barcelona is worthwhile all year round. However, some paths may be temporarily closed in the summer due to persistent drought and consequent fire risk.

Should I tip my hiking guide in Barcelona?

Generally, tipping in Spain is not a must, but it is appreciated. Especially on private tours, it is customary to give the guide a tip. Especially if you liked it. The amount depends on you, your group size, and the tour price. For a private day tour, from 5 € per person are pretty reasonable.

Any questions left unanswered? Let us know in the comments below, or contact the tour agency directly.


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2 thoughts on The best Barcelona Hiking Tours – 12 great hiking options in Catalonia

  1. Hey VickiViaja! ?️? I just finished reading your article on Barcelona hiking tours, and I have to say, you’ve taken exploration to new heights with your fantastic guide. Your passion for hiking and your love for Barcelona’s natural beauty shine brightly through your words.

    Your article is a breath of fresh air, quite literally! The way you’ve showcased the stunning landscapes and hiking trails around Barcelona is truly inspiring. From the picturesque Montjuïc Park to the rugged beauty of Collserola Natural Park, you’ve captured the diverse range of hiking experiences that this region has to offer.

    I appreciate how you’ve provided detailed insights into each hiking tour, including trail difficulty, key attractions, and practical tips. Your personal anecdotes and reflections add an authentic touch that makes the reader feel like they’re hiking alongside you.

    Your writing style is engaging and relatable, making me feel like I’m embarking on a hiking adventure with a friend who knows all the best trails. Your enthusiasm for the outdoors, the sense of accomplishment that comes with conquering a trail, and your appreciation for the natural world are palpable in every paragraph.

    Thank you for sharing these hiking tours with us, VickiViaja! Your article has left me eager to lace up my hiking boots and explore the beauty of Barcelona from a whole new perspective. Keep up the amazing work, and I’m excited to read more of your captivating travel stories and recommendations.

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