Barcelona is the capital of the Catalonia region of Spain and is known for both modernist and ancient landmarks, which tend to attract lots of people year in, year out. The city is busy, with vehicles and people moving in all sorts of directions, not to mention that the football fanatics throng stadia and other sporting venues to watch football and other games. But you may be wondering where to go next, of course, after traversing the cosmopolitan city and visiting the incredibly spectacular features that dot the town. If mountains fascinate you or you’re into climbing mountains and hills, or maybe you want a weekend escape, then this guide is all yours.
Nothing beats Montserrat National Park when it comes to undisturbed natural beauty and unusual land formations. Montserrat is a Catalan name that translates from “serrated mountain.” There’s a monastery situated right at the top of this unique landscape where most hikes start. The awe-inspiring views from the top of the mountain are hard to explain. What’s more is that you can access the mountain, which is about 54 kilometres from the city, by train up to where you then connect to the mountain via a cable car or rack railway.
Montseny Natural Park
Want to have a mind-blowing experience of the Catalan countryside? Montseny, which is approximately 1,700 metres above sea level, is the place to be, especially if you want some serene environment, or you to go for mountain biking or hiking. The trip to this region is already a breathtaking experience. It’s worth noting that the invasive beech forest surrounding the mountain is excellent scenery.
The beautiful thing with Barcelona is that just a few kilometres away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and it’s so quiet that you may think that you’re in a completely different world. Montjuic is another mountain you want to include in your bucket list when you’re in Barcelona.