Catalonia is a paradise for nature lovers. There’s no better description for a land that’s home to such a wealth of natural wonders. From towering peaks to heavenly beaches, the region boasts steep mountain passes, iconic rivers, breathtaking waterfalls and villages steeped in history.
It’s also a multifaceted territory that you wouldn't be able to explore fully even in a hundred lifetimes. However, with this Collection, I offer you the opportunity to start crossing places off your list. Come and discover the provinces of Tarragona and Lleida on an exciting 21-day trip.
From Los Puertos Natural Park to the Pyrenees, this adventure explores famous areas like the Llaberia mountain range and the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park. The route offers panoramic views of the high mountains and the picturesque landscapes along the region’s rivers. These lands, which are home to many springs, promise a beautiful journey that you’ll never forget.
The route follows the epic GR 7 through the region. The entire long-distance trail stretches from Tarifa, at the southernmost end of the Iberian Peninsula, to Cyprus on a journey of around 10,500 kilometres (6,500 mi). In this Collection, you explore the trail through Catalonia, with a total of 408 kilometres (250 mi) to cover and more than 11,400 metres (37,400 ft) of elevation gain to overcome.
The best time for this adventure is late spring, when there is less risk of snow in the higher areas and the flowers are in full bloom. Autumn is also a good option, as there are fewer visitors than in summer and the temperatures are cooler. I don’t recommend winter unless you have mountaineering skills and equipment.
All stages end at accommodation, be they hostels, mountain huts, hotels or campsites. Be aware that, in remote areas, availability is very limited, so it’s best to book well in advance. Take a sleeping bag for tent nights, as well as warm layers and a waterproof jacket. Even in the middle of summer, the temperatures can drop dramatically, especially in the mountains.
Bear in mind that toilets along the route are few and far between. Sometimes you’ll find water fountains, but it’s best to always carry enough water and food for each day. I go into more detail in the route descriptions.
This Collection is for people with decent fitness and experience of walking long distances. Of course, you’re free to organise the adventure as you wish, adapting each stage to your needs.
The start point, Fredes, is part of Castellón. I’ve placed it here so as not to lose a single stage from the complete route, for those who wish to continue the adventure through Valencia. The Collection for this route can be found here: komoot.com/collection/1972718.
Fredes is not accessible by public transport. If you prefer, you can start from Paüls, in Catalonia. To do this, take a train from Barcelona to Tortosa and a bus to Paüls from there.
The end of this beautiful journey is at La Farga de Moles, which has bus connections to Barcelona and Lleida. You can check the timetable at alsa.com/en/web/bus/home.
If you’d like to make the full journey through Spain, here are the links to the other Collections:
Enjoy your trip to Catalonia!
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Last updated: April 29, 2023
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This first stage marks the transition from the province of Castellón to that of Tarragona. The 24.5 kilometers that separate you from your destination take you from the natural park of Tenencia de Benifasar to the natural park of Los Puertos (Els Ports in Catalan).
The itinerary runs entirely along paths…
You wake up at the foot of Monte Caro, which with its 1441 meters above sea level is the highest in the Los Puertos natural park. Today you have to go through very green forests, vertiginous slopes and mountain passes with beautiful views.
Today's track has more negative elevation than positive, but don…
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The third stage is much smoother in terms of unevenness and somewhat shorter than the previous ones. The landscape is now totally different: you go from a scene of wild mountains to one of softer forms where olive groves predominate.
You practically reach sea level in a matter of ten kilometers. On the…
With less than 12 kilometres, the fourth stage is one of the shortest in the Collection. The route is not technically difficult and runs at all times along trails and gravel tracks. Only at the exit and entrance of the place of origin and destination, respectively, do short stretches of asphalt cross…
In this stage, you gain altitude again on a route that takes you through the Sierra de Tivisa through trails, dirt tracks and gravel. The trajectory is ascending at almost all times, but the highest point is located a little before reaching the hermitage of Sant Blai, at 468 meters.
The Route offers many…
Once again in the mountains of Tivisa and fully entering the protected natural area of the Sierra de Llaberia, this day's itinerary is fully integrated into nature. You face a fairly tough stage in terms of distance and unevenness, which runs mainly along paths and dirt or asphalt tracks.
One of the most…
This Route, although it is not particularly long, makes you retrace the steps of the previous day to ascend the Mola de Colldejou. This is the 7.3 variant, which is completely optional but I think it offers spectacular views. The traditional path, the GR 7, is three kilometers less and half as uneven…
Still in the Bajo Campo region, this stage will take you from the Pradell-l'Argentera mountain ranges to the Mirador mountain range. There are 24.5 kilometers and 920 meters of positive elevation gain that run along trails and gravel or asphalt tracks.
The profile of the track ensures that the ascents…
The ninth stage marks the transition from the Bajo Campo region to the Alto Campo region. You will cross natural spaces of great importance, such as the Sierra de Vicent and Sierra de la Musara, which culminate at more than 1,000 meters above sea level.
Moving along mainly gravel paths and tracks, you…
This stage, which runs again along paths and unpaved tracks, goes to the region of Cuenca de Barberá. It runs in constant descent, with an almost imperceptible positive difference. Of course, it is better to use the trekking poles because almost 800 meters of descent await you.
From the surroundings of…
At this stage you find a variant again, the GR 7.8, which on this occasion I have not added to the Route because I consider that the official route is already hard enough. If you decide to take the variant, it would add more than one kilometer and 200 meters of elevation gain to the stage.
On the chosen…
At this stage I suggest you take a detour to Santa Coloma de Queralt. This beautiful medieval town, which is not part of the GR 7, offers all kinds of services. So in addition to sleeping indoors, you can enjoy a pleasant visit.
To do this, you must take the PR-C 21.1 trail, which runs along paths and…
This is the longest stage of the Collection, but the good news is that the unevenness is not as pronounced as in other days. In fact, the ups and downs are quite spread out along the way.
When you rejoin the GR 7 after leaving Santa Coloma de Queralt, you have to face 12 kilometers of asphalt. They are…
On this day you enter fully into the Sierra de Rubió, whose only refuge is Mas del Tronc. Thanks to the fact that the trajectory is ascending from the first hour, this Route offers many beautiful views.
On the other hand, this stage runs mainly along secondary roads and asphalt tracks, although there…
Still in the Noya region, this short stage of only 13 kilometers runs mainly on dirt or gravel paths.
It goes in constant descent to the middle of the Route, a little after finding the detour to the church of Santa María del Grauet on the right. It forms part of the municipality of Aguilar de Segarra…
With this great stage of almost 25 kilometers you make your way in the province of Lérida. You leave the region of Noya behind to enter that of Solsonés.
The first five kilometers take place in a constant ascent whose inclination is accentuated as you advance. The climb culminates in the castle of Boixadors…
This day, shorter and with a much smoother unevenness than the previous one, brings you back to civilization. However, first, he gives you a trip through the Miracle protected natural space, which is part of the municipality of Riner.
The first milestone on the Route is located at the Miracle Sanctuary…
The second longest stage of the Collection takes you back into the mountains. The positive difference in level to be saved, greater than 900 meters, ensures amazing panoramic views. Although it is true that a large part of the itinerary goes along the road, it uses trails almost at all times.
In the first…
This stage, much shorter than the previous one, marks the entrance to the Alto Urgel region. Although the difference in level to be overcome is still quite significant, the climb is faced in a very progressive way over more than ten kilometres.
The first section of the route follows the course of the…
In the penultimate stage you head to the Pyrenees through the La Vansa river valley and the Cadí-Moixeró natural park. This itinerary is entirely shared with the GR 150, a circular itinerary that runs through the Cadí and Moixeró mountains.
During the first section, which follows the course of the Lavansa…
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