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Home Experiences Discovering Catalan Landscapes: Hiking and Cycling on the GR-11, GR-92 and Greenways

Discovering Catalan Landscapes: Hiking and Cycling on the GR-11, GR-92 and Greenways

Catalonia, with its diverse landscapes full of natural beauty, is an ideal destination for hiking and cycling enthusiasts. The GR-11 and GR-92 routes, along with the Greenways, offer a perfect combination of adventure and culture, traversing from the majestic Pyrenees mountains to the charming Mediterranean coasts.

In this article, we offer a detailed guide to exploring these trails, ideal for both hikers and cyclists seeking a unique outdoor experience.

GR-11: Through the Catalan Pyrenees

The Pyrenean Trail, known as the GR-11, crosses the Girona Pyrenees, offering spectacular views and an immersive experience in wild nature. This route starts in the Núria Valley and extends to Cape Creus. As the trail progresses, hikers can enjoy impressive landscapes, such as those in the Núria Valley and the Coma de Vaca cirque. The path is well-marked and offers several shelters where hiking enthusiasts can rest.

One of the most notable sections of the GR-11 in Girona is the one from the Núria Valley to Ulldeter. This segment, which can usually be completed in two days, is intense but rewarding, with landscapes that include mountain lakes, alpine meadows, and panoramic views of rocky peaks. It is ideal for those looking to physically challenge themselves while enjoying pure nature. Along this route, hikers cross emblematic areas such as the Marrana Pass and can contemplate the majesty of Pic de Bastiments and other peaks in the area.

After each route, it's time to rest, and Grans Hotels de Catalunya has the best establishments to do so. In towns like Setcases, Ribes de Freser, Camprodon, or Llanars, you will find hotels offering exceptional service, comfortable rooms, and spectacular views that will make you enjoy the Catalan landscape even more.

 

GR-92: Following the Catalan Coast

The GR-92 or Camí de Ronda runs along the impressive Costa Brava, from Cap Creus to Blanes. This route offers a perfect combination of sea and mountains, allowing visitors to enjoy crystal-clear coves, fine sandy beaches, and towering cliffs. Along the way, you can discover emblematic places such as Cadaqués, with its rich artistic heritage, Cape Creus, with its unique rocky landscapes, and charming coastal towns such as Llafranc, Calella de Palafrugell, and Tossa de Mar.

A recommended section for both walking and cycling is the one from Tossa de Mar to Begur. It is a spectacular 43 km route that stands out for its combination of secluded beaches, crystal-clear coves like Cala Pola and Cala Giverola, and charming fishing villages like Calella de Palafrugell. Hikers can enjoy panoramic views of the Mediterranean, with stops at places of interest such as Sant Feliu de Guíxols and the Sant Pol beach, ideal for exploring in spring or autumn to avoid the summer heat and crowds.

To recharge and rest, Grans Hotels de Catalunya has ideal accommodations in towns like Begur, Calella de Palafrugell, Llafranc, Pals, or Cadaqués, among many others. Each of these places offers a unique experience, exquisite local cuisine, and a peaceful atmosphere that invites relaxation.

 

The Greenways: Routes Suitable for All Ages

Catalonia's Greenways transform old railway lines into cycling and hiking routes, connecting small towns and cities with a sustainable focus. These routes are ideal for families and cyclists of all levels, offering easy terrain and charming views without motor vehicle traffic. Routes like the Carrilet Route I and II connect Olot with Sant Feliu de Guíxols, crossing spectacular natural landscapes and towns full of culture and history.

One of the most popular sections is the Carrilet Route I, which connects Olot with Girona. This 54 km route is characterized by being mostly flat and crosses volcanic landscapes and forests, passing through several charming villages. It is perfect for families and cyclists looking for a peaceful but culturally enriching route.

Along the Greenways, you will find hotels that allow you to recharge for the next adventure. Both in Girona, Olot, and Sant Feliu de Guíxols, you can enjoy a charming stay that will further enhance your experience.

 

Exploring Catalonia on foot or by bike is an excellent way to connect with nature and discover the rich diversity of landscapes and culture in the region. Are you up for it?

 

 

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