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Montseny


Montseny Natural Park
A mere half hour away from Barcelona is the Montseny mountain range, a popular weekend destination among the people of Barcelona. Even from the towns on the southern Costa Brava, Blanes, Lloret de Mar, and Tossa de Mar, the natural park is but a 45 minute drive away. For those who, in addition the touristic hustle and bustle of the coast, would like to see what lies inland, a day trip to Montseny is a fantastic idea, to take a walk on one of the numerous footpaths, see the extensive cultural heritage and enjoy a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants which serve up traditional Catalan cuisine.

Flora and Fauna
The higher you climb up Montseny, the cooler it becomes and the more central-European the vegetation appears. Within a relatively short distance there is a crossover from typical Mediterranean vegetation to an almost alpine landscape. Wild boars, foxes and a variety of bird species inhabit this area.

Typical Catalan Cuisine
Nobody should pass up the opportunity to enjoy some of the region’s typical dishes in one of the numerous restaurants e.g. in the small village of the same name Montseny or in El Brull. The cuisine is rurally influenced and not for vegetarians – stews, meat and cold meat specialities make up the menu.

Heritage Site
Even during prehistoric times this area was inhabited. From this period there have been findings in Aiguafreda, el Brull, Montseny i Sant Marçal and Megaliths can be seen in Serra de l’Arca and Pinedes. You can visit the Vila Romana de Can Tarrès from Roman times for example. It wasn’t until medieval times that Montseny was used for agricultural purposes. Many of the typical Catalan farmhouses and Masias from this period are still standing, as well as Roman religious buildings such as the churches in Sant Pere de Desplà, Montseny, el Brull, la Móra, Sant Marçal and Sant Cristofòl de la Castanya. Well worth seeing are the ruins of Montsoriu Castle which was built in Gothic style between the 10th and the 14th centuries and belongs to the country’s most important examples of military architecture – but the castles in Montclús, Fluvià, Brull or Crülles are also worth a visit.

Get to Montseny

By car:
Take the A7 exit 11 “Sant Celony/Montseny”. After the toll booth take a sharp left at the roundabout, direction Barcelona/Granollers on the C-35. Then follow signs for Sta. María de Palautordera/Montseny.



Recommended Walking Routes
There are several designated walking routes in Montseny Natural Park:
Aiguafreda de Dalt
Exit point: Aiguafreda Information Office Oficina d’Informació d’Aiguafreda, Parc de la Carretera
Length: 7,500 metres
Duration: 2 hours and 55 minutes
Difficulty level: low
Lowest point: 410 metres
Highest point: 680 metres
Places of interest: Church of Aiguafreda de Dalt from the year 898, the large Dolmen of Aiguafreda, 2 Roman pilgrim chapels of Sant Miquel de Canyelles and Sant Salvador.

El Sot de l’Infern (Hell’s Hole)
Exit point: Plana del Coll, on the road leading from Sant Celoni to Turó de l'Home, km 10.2
Length: 3,500 metres
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Difficulty level: medium
Places of interest: Panoramic view from Turó de l’Home, Montseny’s highest point (1,706 metres)

From Bellver to Tagamanent
Exit point: Information Office Punt d'Informació de la Pedralba
Length: 10,500 m
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Difficulty level: medium
Highest point: 370 metres
Lowest point: 1,055 metres
Places of interest: churches of Sant Martí and Sant Cebrià de la Mora, a variety of traditional, Catalan farmhouses (Masias)

L’Empedrat de Morou
Exit point: Can Casades, on the road leading from Sant Celoni to Viladrau, km 20.9
Length: 5.500 metres
Duration: 2 hours
Difficulty level: medium
Places of interest: El Pla de Mulladius; lowland with beautiful vegetation, e.g. juniper, which is also inhabited by wild boars. El Empredrado de Morou; panoramic view of the Santa Fe valley and surrounding mountains (el Turó de l’Home, Les Agudes, La Colina de Morou, La Sierra de Marina) and the Vallès lowlands.

From Passavets to Turó de l’Home
Exit point: Can Casades (Santa Fe parking site), on the road leading from Sant Celoni to Viladrau, km 21
Length: 5,050 metres
Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Difficulty level: medium
Lowest point: 1,140 metres
Highest point: 1,706 metres
Places of interest: Fuente de Passavets fountain, the most southerly fir woods on the Iberian Peninsula, panoramic view from Turó de l’Home, the highest point in Montseny (1,706 metres)