5 Views That Are Worth The Trek | SPAIN

5 Views That Are Worth The Trek | SPAIN

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Sometimes getting the best perspective of a place requires a little bit of exercise.

So, don your favourite Gymshark sportswear pieces this blackout, pack your travel essentials and take a sneak peak at some of the breathtaking views that Spain has to offer...

BUNKER DEL CARMEL

BARCELONA

Barcelona is undoubtedly one of the most breathtakingly beautiful cities in the world: you have the mountains on one side, the beach on the other and a perfectly constructed, architectural gem of a city in the centre of it all.

Said to be one of the most urban viewpoints in Barcelona - the hike to get to the top is nothing more than a gentle, half hour meander. Result.

HOW TO GET THERE: the Metro Alfons X off of the yellow line (L4)...

The Metro Alfons X is probably the nearest transportation link that you'll find which brings you out to the bottom of The Bunkers. From this point on, it's a gentle incline until you reach the top. 

OUR TOP TIP: visit just before sunset to watch the city fall asleep.

ALHAMBRA PALACE

GRANADA

IT'S NOT A SECRET LANDMARK, BUT IT DOES CONTAIN JAW DROPPING BEAUTY

Said to be one of Spain's most iconic monuments - perched atop a plateau in the ancient Albaicín neighbourhood, the massive architectural complex dates back to 889AD.

HOW TO GET THERE: The minibus Alhambra Bus C3, which leaves every 10 minutes from Plaza Nueva to the Alhambra... 

The stop where you need to get off is called 'GeneraLife'. From this point on, you'll see signposts leading up to the Alhambra Palace.

OUR TOP TIP: book your tickets far, far in advance.

MONTSERRAT

BARCELONA

Montserrat mountain is the perfect day trip from Barca in terms of accessibility, distance and powerful, raw natural beauty.

Although it looks like a range of hills, Montserrat is in fact one single mountain with multiple peaks. 

HOW TO GET THERE: the best way to get to the start of the hike is by train from Placa Espanya - we'd recommend getting yourself a return ticket to Monistrol - the journey will take you just over an hour. 

Cross the car park and you’ll soon see little paths snaking their way up the side of the hill. 

OUR TOP TIP: hiking Montserrat will take the best part of a day, so bring plenty of water and pack the appropriate snacks to keep your energy up.

CROSSING CATALONIA 

GARROTXA VOLCANIC ZONE - COSTA BRAVA

It's rare to find a picturesque walk that combines several radically different geographic types, in one extraordinary, week-long hike.

I don't know if we forgot to mention, but this isn't a hike that can be done in one day...

THE ROUTE: This route starts in the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone, a park where 40 extinct volcanic cones thrust up from deep beech forests. The trek then takes you through the town of Banyoles, (noted for its scenic blue lake) before heading into the historic town of Girona.

There's a 15 mile leg down to Costa Brava, but don't lose hope - this will bring you to the final joy of a sparkling coastal stretch with fishing villages, remote beaches and hidden coves.

PARK GÜELL

BARCELONA

You probably wouldn't call Park Güell a trek...but, it does involve walking and it does provide some of the most picturesque views of the sprawling Barcelona metropolis, soo...

It's a must-see: Park Güell genuinely feels like you're stepping inside the pages of a fantasy novel.

HOW TO GET THERE: It's called the 'Magic Mix' - ride the yellow line (L4) to Alfons X, follow the signs to the H6 (Zona Universitaria), get on the H6 and ride it two stops to CAP Larrard. Hop off and walk two blocks to Carrer Larrard. 

If you've managed to make it that far - walk up the street about half a block and catch the 116 bus - it'll drop you off right in front of the park.

Or, grab a taxi - adventure dependant.

Our Top Tip: shoes, shoes, shoes. Your most comfortable pair. You'll regret nothing.


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