Best trails in Barcelona, Catalonia

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Looking for a great trail near Barcelona, Cataluña? AllTrails has 52 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Parc Natural de la Muntanya de Montserrat or Sant Llorenç del Munt i l'Obac Natural Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Parc del Garraf or Parc de Collserola. Ready for some activity? There are 24 moderate trails in Barcelona ranging from 3 to 38.2 miles and from 242 to 2,421 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Barcelona, Catalonia
Top trails (52)
#1 - Mount Tibidabo Walking Route
Parc de Collserola
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
Mount Tibidabo is the highest point in Barcelona and one of the most important icons of Barcelona. From the top of the Mount you can enjoy the famous Pico Aserrado de Montserrat and the Pyrenees on the horizon. On this trail you will enjoy wooded hills, beautiful views and the oldest amusement park in Barcelona, opened in 1905 where you can enjoy more than 30 attractions. During the walk you will see the Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart, an impressive church visible from anywhere in Barcelona at night and the Collserola Tower, built for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and tallest structure in the entire city. The Collserola National Park covers 8,000 hectares of protected forests and meadows and is the great green "lung" of Barcelona. In geographical terms, the mountain range incorporates two different biodiversity: the Euro-Iberian and the Mediterranean. Apart from the abundant flora, nature lovers will be interested to know that the park is home to 190 species of animals, including squirrels, foxes, the occasional wild boar and a wide variety of birds.Show more
#2 - Barcelona - Sant Vicenç dels Horts via GR 2
Collserola Natural Park
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Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 6 h 16 m
A beautiful route from the city of Barcelona to the municipality of Sant Vicenç dels Horts, located in the metropolitan area of Barcelona and popular for the multitude of hiking trails that can be done in its surroundings and the beautiful views from its highest areas. Specifically, this route can be carried out on foot, by bicycle or on horseback.Show more
#3 - Antoni Gaudí Architectural Walking Tour
Parc Guell
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
Enjoy Modernista Barcelona, celebrating the work of Gaudi. There can't be many devoutly religious, politically conservative architects from small, European stateless nations who have inspired both a musical and a progressive rock concept album—1986's "Gaudí" by the Alan Parsons Project. But there's never been an architect quite like Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926), who designed seven properties now on the UNESCO World Heritage list. These works sit vaguely within the parameters of Modernisme, a particularly Catalan variant on the Art Nouveau style that was sweeping Europe from 1880 to World War I. This movement championed architecture as an expression of national identity at a time when an increasingly prosperous and self-confident Catalan middle class was receptive to such a message. Gaudí never subscribed to any manifesto, but was sympathetic to this aesthetic, and contributed an abiding interest in the forms of nature. Exploring his work you'll find this fascination with nature—its colors, forms, curves and undulations—everywhere: in the sweeping bench at Park Güell; the massive, rippling façade of La Pedrera; the flowing interior of Casa Batlló. Perhaps, above all, you’ll find it in the perforated cigar towers, flora- and fauna-encrusted Nativity façade and the spectacular polychrome finials capping the pinnacles of La Sagrada Família, the unforgettable and unfinished basilica on which he worked from 1883 until death. To understand his place in the Catalan national pantheon, think of Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rennie Mackintosh rolled into one. Both those remarkable architects have attracted substantial heritage industries, inspiring posthumous executions of their designs, to some controversy. The sheer scale and protracted effort to complete La Sagrada Família dwarfs these efforts. There have been demonstrations by outraged devotees and deputations of distinguished architects, who protest that the project cannot fulfill Gaudí's vision because the lack of detailed plans make this unknowable. Yet, aside from this tumult, people of every nationality and every faith—and none—find something compelling in its weird appearance. Whether you love the eclecticism of the designs, the boldness of the concepts and exuberance of the colors in the church, the park and the two splendid residential buildings—or find them alien—you will never forget them. Show more
#4 - Turó de Santa Maria, Turó de Valldaura y Ermita de Sant Medir
Collserola Natural Park
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 4 h 14 m
The Collserola Natural Park area is a popular hiking area right near Barcelona. It is easily accessible from the city. There are many trails in this area if you wish to extend or shorten your hike. There are also many trailheads to access the area. Some trails in this park are dirt while others are paved with gravel.Show more
#5 - Parc de la Ciutadella - Port Forum - Barceloneta
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
#6 - Parc Güell
Parc Guell
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 29 m
Parc Güell is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Barcelona. Situated on a hill with beautiful gardens and architecture, it was designed by the famous Antoni Gaudí. There are many different routes one can take in this area. It is family friendly and easy to get to from the Vallcarca Barcelona Metro stop. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage site.Show more
#7 - Ruta de La Bonanova, El Tibidabo, y Vallvidrera
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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Length: 11.2 mi
#8 - La Rambla
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 46 m
This quintessential city walk delivers high energy, bold theatricality, and incredible urban design. Just because something is a tourist trap doesn't mean that it can't be fun. If you want to soak up the incredible energy of this most dynamic of European cities with all its color, vitality, noise and smells, you really need to dive right into this drag of market stalls. Its collection of kiosks, shops, cafes and general al fresco mayhem running from the iconic Placa de Catalunya down to the sea is not to be missed. Barcelona's Rambla was originally a watercourse, a sandy arroyo called rmel (Arabic for "sand"). Today seasonal runoff has been replaced by a flood of humanity. No wonder Federico Garcia Lorca called this the only street in the world he wished would never end: the show of humanity rages relentlessly - mimes, acrobats, jugglers, musicians, puppeteers, portraitists, break-dancers, rappers, and rockers stretched out beneath the canopy of plane trees. A pedestrian runway between two traffic lanes, the Rambla remains an essential Barcelona event. The crowds seethe and dawdle. Couples sit at cafe tables no bigger than tea trays while nimble-footed waiters dodge traffic. Peddlers, kiosk owners, parrots, and parakeets along the Rambla dels Ocells (Rambla of the Birds) create a cacophony of birdsong and catcalls that clamors over the din of taxis and motorbikes. Here, in busy Barcelona, the Rambla is permanently filled with squads of revelers, often more animated at 3 AM than at 3 PM. Show more
#9 - Barcelona Waterfront Walking Tour
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
If you are looking for evidence that urban regeneration works, look no further than Barcelona's waterfront. A couple of decades ago the idea of pointing visitors, particularly overseas visitors, to Barcelona's beaches would have been laughable. Sure, there was a beach around the old fishing quarter, where there were some worthwhile restaurants, but the beach itself was pretty uninviting and showed signs of its proximity to Barcelona's port and industry. Visitors who wanted a little R&R would be pointed south to the long beaches at Sitges (a short train ride away) or north to the delightful coves of the Costa Brava, particularly those between Tossa de Mar and the lovely coves at Tamariu and around Aiguablava. Then came the 1992 Olympics and a project to re-envision the waterfront area as a leisure hub, with opportunities to eat, drink, cycle, sail, work out, play beach volleyball, shop, gently toast in the sun or pamper yourself in five-star luxury hotels. Today you can do all these things along a four-kilometer stretch of beach that provides locals and visitors alike with a whole new playground. And the beaches proudly fly the Blue Flag-the European Union hallmark of beach and water quality. It wouldn't be Barcelona if art and design wasn't on the agenda, so as you wander along you'll find some pretty amazing public artworks and installations. As Olympic legacies go, it's pretty impressive stuff, so take a half day off from heavy-duty cultural sightseeing and recharge your batteries with this unexpected bonus in what the discreetly nationalistic tourist board describes as "the only European capital that has more than four kilometers of beaches."Show more
#10 - GR 6 and Passeig de Les Aigues Circuit
Collserola Natural Park
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Length: 5.6 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
Walk or jog to the Oficina Diputacio entrance (gated but open to the public), just north and slightly west of the Montbau metro stop. Here the route begins as you start to run up a paved road, heading north through Campus de Mundet. Turning left (west) at the Facultat de Psicologia roundabout you will make your way to the start of a dirt road that turns to head northeast uphill, before turning back again to the northwest. (No cars are allowed on the dirt road as there is a chain where the pavement ends.) After several steep switchbacks you will be near the top of the hill where there is an intersection with access to a single-track trail to your right (a little hard to find) heading east back downhill. Take the trail down the hill, and turn left at a fence to follow the trail back northwest as it parallels Carrer Germans Desvalls up to a small park (Font De La Marquesa). Here you will turn left (west) to start back up another steep hill trail with several switchbacks near the top. The trail brings you to a dirt road near Mirador de Cerdanyola from where you will head south along the open ridge line, which offers beautiful views of Barcelona below. (Again, no cars seem to have access to this area.) The dirt road ends at the Centre d'acollida d'animals de companyia, where it can become a bit confusing, but head east toward the nearby sharp curve on BP-1417 (staying on the north side of the highway and watching for cars). Here, if you look carefully near the highway railing, you will again find access to a single-track trail heading back north into the woods. Taking the trail you will soon come to a junction, turn right (southeast) and follow the trail as it heads down to Mirador de Montbau. From here you turn left to get on a dirt road that heads back northwest, ending at Ermita de Sant Cebrià d'Horta. Turning right, you finally take Carrer de Sant Cebrià southeast, passed Escola Baloo, and back to the start. This completes a running loop of about 10km (six miles). This is a highly recommended route, mainly on single-track trail and dirt roads, with several solid hill workouts offering beautiful views of Barcelona. If possible, it is best to do this run in daylight hours as some of the trail-heads can be hard to locate, and be on the lookout for wild boars in the wooded areas!Show more
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