The Mediterranean Sea is the natural Eastern border in Catalonia and offers spectacular coast landscapes like the Costa Brava, and the Pyrenees, the Northern mountain range border, offer a magnificent mountainous landscape with breathtaking views. To discover it, there is an endless network of paths, trails and routes and for those who want to spend some days walking in the nature, there are three organized circular routes around the three main Natural Parks which make the wonders of any sport and mountain lover.
The crossings take from 4 to 8 days and each leg goes from shelter to shelter along trails clearly marked. As they have become very popular, specially in summer, buying your forfeit in advanced is highly recommended. The forfeit is a reservation for all the mountain shelters you choose and it includes breakfast, dinner and the picnic lunch bag is optional. The insurance is also optional.
Aigüestortes and Llac de Sant Maurici Natural Park – Carros de Foc (Chariots of Fire)
Carros de Foc is a high-mountain route with a circular itinerary connecting the 9 mountain shelters inside the boundaries of the Aigüestortes i Llac de Sant Maurici National Park. The route is 55km long with an average height of 2400m and a total elevation gain of 9200m. The crossing develops totally along a high-mountain terrain, with granite blocks, landslides and paths that keep alternating in each of the stages. Some of the stages are can be quite hard but and it requires a little training or being fit. But the reward of the effort is a high-mountain wild landscape of peaks, crests, lakes and forests.
Cadí-Moixeró National Park – Cavalls del Vent (Horses of the Wind)
Cadí-Moixeró is in the Pre-Pyrenees mountain range, with lower heights than Aigüestortes but with also great views and beautiful landscapes. Its circular route, Cavalls del Vent, has 8 shelters and covers 70km distance, but it can be completed in less days because the net gain in altitude is 4800m and the highest summit is at 2.500m. The landscape is varied and it includes a number of farm houses and old buildings full of history as Gresolet sanctuary, the chapel of Sant Martí del Puig and the church of Sant Andreu de Gréixer.
Alt-Pirineu National Park – La Porta del Cel (Sky’s Door)
The shortest route of the three, La Porta del Cel links 4 shelters but the net altitude gain is 11.000m, which makes it the hardest. One of the highlights of the route is climbing Pica d’Estats, the highest peak in Catalonia (3.143m). The route also passes by many spectacular lakes, including Lake of Certascan, the biggest natural lake in the Pyrenees.
At only a few hours from Barcelona, the wilderness and beauty of Pyrenees offers mountain lovers a fascinating getaway from the city which we highly encourage to be discovered by our visitors as well.