Summer is coming! This is one of the best times of the year to step around all the territory that presents itself to you. You will find activities for all tastes: family walks, hikes with kids, one-day return trips, ascents to the most emblematic peaks in Catalonia, and multi-day mountain treks. Each option has its own charm and its own genuine natural landscapes. Thanks to the local companies that can guide you and liven the activity up, you will inevitably fall in love with the landscapes you will come across.

Let’s start in La Garrotxa, a volcanic land whose Croscat and Fageda d’en Jordà Route will allow you to discover that peculiar site full of history and of lava rivers that left their print here forever.

Nearby, in Ripollès, accompanied by skilled local guides, you can learn about the natural environment of the region, while Ribes de Freser has got all the ingredients you need your first steps into Nordic walking. This morning outing will allow you to find out about the benefits of this activity which will intensely connect you with nature.

Another option to discover the territory is the self-guided routes that you can follow on your own through all the Catalan geography. In the Alt Pirineu region, for example, Lo Pallars Fer Hike allows you to walk through paths, wild valleys, deep woodlands and river banks of the Pyrenean high mountains, overlooking mythical peaks such as Monteixo or La Pica d’Estats.

Together with your group, you can also go for the route of the other face of La Forca, a spectacular itinerary that starts at the foot of Cadí’s north face, in the Cerdagne region, and takes you to the other slope, in the Berguedà region, under the watchful eye of the imposing Pedraforca massif.

These routes allow you to discover the intensity of small mountain villages and their inhabitants who, from generation to generation, still preserve the heritage of their valleys. You will get the opportunity to know many of them if you go for the circular route with cable car and trek through Cadí-Moixeró, which will take you to the highest spot of La Molina and offer you unforgettable views. This rather easy itinerary will allow you to see some chamois, marmots, vultures and, with a bit of luck, bearded vultures. 

Some mountains are permanently linked to some episodes of history. The Mountains of Freedom Route, between Alt Pirineu and Pallars Sobirà regions, with a section in the French Ariège, is really moving, not only because of its beautiful scenery, made of a wide range of Pyrenean woodlands and wild mountain lakes, but also because of the history it hosts: the history of the Jews who crossed it to flee the holocaust.

If you are with kids, adapt the difficulty and duration of the walk so that you all enjoy it. Many of our proposals can be adapted to all ages and some routes have been designed for all the family, such as the Woodlands and waterfalls Route through Aigüestortes i Sant Maurici National Park. These half-day itineraries allow you to walk at your pace and to discover an amazing landscape full of elements that will motivate the whole group.

This natural site also hosts other options of discovery hikes you can do all year round across this unique place of the Pyrenees, such as the Family Hike through Monastero Valley. Accompanied by a dynamic guide, you will step deep into this lush valley and cross its wooden footbridges and rivers while listening to its legends. A short and easy walk, ideal for a pleasant morning with all the family. 

Take advantage of being in the area to discover Colomers circus and its natural lakes, a route that will allow you to find out about a series of geological curiosities related to this majestic Pyrenean enclave. And don’t forget about the different hikes through the Pyrenees, whose routes can be adapted to your group.

In the Cerdagne region, through the guided hiking routes, local experts will take you and your family to find out about animal tracks, flora, history and geography so that your walk becomes a really pleasant experience. Together with your family, you can also go for an easy walk around Àreu, starting point of some mythical mountain routes, and discover Costuix barns, ancient constructions of the valley. This route has also a harder variant, across the history and the woodlands, for more adventurous walkers.

Here is a list of the most recommended mountain treks for people who want to get in close touch with nature. The multi-day outings allow you to fully immerse yourself in the mountain, walking, watching and enjoying the evolution of the landscapes of those fantastic natural sites. Hikes such as the Torb’s Mountain huts Trek, in the Eastern Pyrenees, allow you to reach a deeper dimension, far from civilisation, in total symbiosis with nature. In this case, the route links Núria Valley to Canigou Massif and can be done during a 5-day circular itinerary, or for up to seven days if you want to ascend the most popular peaks in the region. The full package includes accommodation in mountain huts and all the technical information you need for the trek.

The Trek between the Pyrenees and the sea, mythical because of the emotion generated by the fact of linking the highest mountains in the Pyrenees of Girona and Costa Brava, will take you through spectacular crests, woodlands and charming villages. After departing from Camprodon Valley,  you will reach Empordà region after 5 days of impressive landscape metamorphosis.

La Porta del Cel (The Heaven's door) is a demanding 5-day trek that departs from Tavascan with accommodation in mountain huts that will take you to the highest peak in Catalonia, La Pica d’Estats.

And if you feel like surmounting some summit, remember that the specialised local guides can help you to do mythical ascents, such as the Pallars Routes. They can take you closer on board a 4x4 vehicle and accompany you on the route that best fits with your physical condition until you reach the top and enjoy the feeling of touching the sky of the natural site you longed to so much.

If you want peaks, don’t forget Vall Ferrera valley, which hosts La Pica d’Estats as well as other mountains with lower technical and physical difficulty, such as Monteixo or La Pica Roja. Or other more demanding ones like Sotllo, Pic de Baborte and  Coma Pedrosa, whose 3,000-metre crests  are worthy of high mountain hikers.

And finally, here are two simple options to enjoy landscapes related to water: Guided tour around Ivars i Vila-sana Lake, including a picnic halfway with tasting of local products, wines and cheeses; and Guided walk around Sant Llorenç Dam, a two-hour walk for all the family with explanation about the changes that the dam generated to the ecosystem, creating a very wealthy area for the fauna and flora of this natural site run by the Segre river.