Hiking the Catalan Pyrenees

Spain
Walking
Self-Guided
Hiking the Catalan Pyrenees

Hiking the Catalan Pyrenees

Prices

From $795USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Hike your way through the beautiful Pyrenees of Catalonia

Loop through the mountains above the charming town of Setcases, spotting golden eagles above you.

Conquer two mountain passes, earning the best vantage points to see over the Pyrenees.

Descend through lush valleys where creeks meander, animals live, and flowers bloom in carpets.

Make yourself at home in welcoming alpine towns and villages, sampling regional cuisine and chatting with friendly locals.

Coming to Spain to hike? Book yourself a spot on the Hiking the Catalan Pyrenees tour! This deep-dive into Catalonia’s mountains, villages, and valleys is a perfect introduction to the Catalan Pyrenees for any eager hiker.

Climb to 2000-metre mountain passes, watching vultures soar overhead as you take in the sight of the peaks surrounding you. Climb down through verdant valleys, where animals roam and flowers dot the ground. From villages perched precariously on mountainsides to monasteries hidden among the hills, Catalonia’s history and culture are on full display. With each kilometre trekked on the Hiking the Catalan Pyrenees tour, you’ll fall more and more in love with wonderful Catalonia.

Hiking the Catalan Pyrenees Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival and Welcome Meeting

Arrive in Ripoli, where you’ll be picked up and taken to the picturesque mountain town of Camprodon. Spend the afternoon enjoying the town, which sits at the confluence of the Ter and Ritort rivers. The town centre is full of historic buildings and cute cafes, so you’ve got plenty to enjoy today.

You’ll have a welcome meeting today to collect information about the route ahead and ask any questions you may have. You can also have this meeting on the morning of Day 2.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Camprodon
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Alt Garrotxa Hike to Molló

Get a warm-up in this morning with an easy hike through the Alt Garrotxa. You’ll hike through unbelievably lush meadows punctuated by wildflowers and streams.

Descend through valleys and forests to Molló, where a pretty Romanesque church from the 12th century awaits. After acquainting yourself with the town, settle in for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Molló
Distance
3.5-4 hours, 13.7km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Mountain Passes and Peaks to Setcases

After enjoying breakfast, start hiking towards the two mountain passes you’ll cross today. The summits of the Pyrenees loom in the distance as you climb to Col de Fembra Morte, crossing over Col de Liens. Enjoy a picnic lunch here before following the northern ridge of Puig de les Agudes to descend.

End your hike in Setcases, where a traditional Spanish dinner and a cozy bed await.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Setcases
Distance
5-6 hours, 13km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Loop Hike from Setcases

After breakfast and coffee, begin a loop hike through the mountain valleys near Setcases. This area is full of native plants and animals, so keep your eyes peeled.

Return to Setcases for another night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Setcases
Distance
5-6 hours, 13.7km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Ter Valley to Camprodón

The Ter Valley offers panoramic mountain views, scenic forests, and red-roofed mountain villages. Explore it today, pausing in the village of La Roca, seemingly built to hang off the rock (roca) it’s built on.

Follow the river to Camprodón, where you can spend the evening at your leisure.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Camprodón
Distance
4-5 hours, 13.6km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Climbing the Collada Verda Pass to Ribes de Freser

Start the morning with a quick transfer to L’Abella, where you’ll set out on today’s route. Climb gradually through a valley up to the Collada Verda Pass, where you won’t be able to do anything but gawk at the high mountain views. Your trail winds through even more wonderful scenery, with golden eagles and vultures cruising through the air above the rolling mountains.

End the day in Ribes De Fraser, where you’ll enjoy dinner and flip through all the new photos you’ve taken.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Ribes de Fraser
Distance
6-7 hours, 20km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Monastery Visit and Hike to Queralbs

Rise in the morning and enjoy a railway ride to the Núria train station, where an ancient monastery presides over the nearby valley. You’ll hike from the monastery down to Queralbs, enjoying a bit of light downhill hiking.

Once in Queralbs, take the train to Ribes de Fraser. Enjoy your last night, chowing down on tapas, dancing with the locals, and sipping Spanish wine.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Ribes de Fraser
Distance
3-4 hours, 10.6km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Tour Concludes

Your hiking tour in the Catalan Pyrenees is all done! Either pre-book some extra days or head to the airport to depart.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Hiking the Catalan Pyrenees Price and Dates

This self-guided walking tour in Spain is run as a custom tour for your group and the price depends on whether you book B&B style or half-board and what time of year you choose to travel in.

Prices below are per person.

Regular Season (March 1-May 31 and October 1-November 30):

  • Per self-guided traveller with B&B option: $825USD
  • Per self-guided traveller with half-board option: $1,075USD

High Season (June 23-September 15):

  • Per self-guided traveller with B&B option: $1,050USD
  • Per self-guided traveller with half-board option: $1,195USD
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Accommodation on the Hiking the Catalan Pyrenees Tour

This tour is based in hotels. The hotels offer daily breakfast and comfortable rooms and are 2-3-star.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Rooms are double occupancy. If you prefer a single room where possible, you can pay a supplement of $195USD. Solo travellers will be required to pay a $195USD supplement in addition to the applicable single room supplement.

Hotel Cims in Camprodón

The rooms at Hotel Cims blend modern design with Spanish influence, making this an elegant stay. The concierge is incredibly helpful if you need a dinner recommendation.

Hotel Calitxó in Molló

This hotel is known for its big restaurant serving tasty regional cuisine. Enjoy well-equipped rooms and helpful staff.

Can Tiranda in Setcases

Nestled among the mountains, you’ll love the views from this little welcoming hotel. The restaurant is good and the rooms are comfortable.

Hotel Catalunya Park in Ribes de Freser

With bright, spacious rooms and a great outdoor pool, this is the perfect place to end off our explorations in Catalonia.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Hiking the Catalan Pyrenees Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included. If you book the half-board option, 7 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included. Accommodations before or after the tour are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for your luggage is included throughout the tour. An arrival transfer from Ripoli is included. Transfers at the end of the tour can be added as a supplement. Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary are included.

Also Included

  • Detailed trip notes, GPS, maps, and guidebooks
  • Luggage transfers each day
  • Welcome meeting

Not included

  • Flights
  • Guide services
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Visas if required
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Optional activities or excursions
  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Half-board upgrade: $250USD
  • Departure transfers

Frequenty Asked Questions about Hiking the Catalan Pyrenees

How hard is the Hiking the Catalan Pyrenees tour?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. You should be comfortable hiking between 3 and 7 hours per day in mountainous terrain to get the most out of this tour. No technical experience is required.

Do I need a visa to travel to Spain?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Hiking the Catalan Pyrenees tour?

7 breakfasts are included. If you book the half-board option, 7 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Ripoli to start this tour?

Fly into the Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) and take the RENFE train at T2B to Estació de Sants. Then, take the train R3 to Puigcerdà to Ripoli station. A taxi will wait for you to drive you to your hotel.

Is the Hiking the Catalan Pyrenees tour guided?

This tour is run as a self-guided tour by default. You will be provided with all necessary information to complete your self-guided tour. Self-guided tours offer great flexibility in your day-to-day, but you should be comfortable with more independence than you’d have on a guided tour. If you prefer a guided tour, this can be arranged. Additional charges may apply. Let us know if you’re interested in this option.

Where does the Hiking the Catalan Pyrenees tour end?

The tour ends in Ribes de Freser. You can find your way back to the airport or book a transfer as a supplement.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Spain?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Spain?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Spain for this tour?

The best time to visit Spain for this tour is between May and late September when the weather tends to be warm.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3/5. You should be comfortable hiking between 3 and 7 hours per day in mountainous terrain to get the most out of this tour. No technical experience is required.


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