Montseny Natural Park is a UNESCO designated biosphere located in Catalonia, Spain, approximately 100km north of Barcelona.
What is Montseny Natural Park
I had not heard of a “natural park” before going to Montseny. According to Wikipedia a natural park “is a reserve of natural, semi-natural, or developed land that a sovereign state declares or owns.” I suppose you could call it a wilder version of the parks you would usually visit in a city or town.
The biggest difference is that there are hundreds of different plant species here that grow in the most diverse climates you can imagine. In this park, you will find both Mediterranean climates and cold mountain climates.
If nature isn’t enough to lure you to this amazing wonder you may be interested to know there are quite a few historical buildings in the park too. Not to mention the slow, happy lifestyle of the residents which is such a breath of fresh air compared to city living. (Excuse the pun)
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Life in Montseny Natural Park
Life in Montseny Natural Park has a different rhythm. One where it might take all morning to go the bank because you run into people you know who stop for a chat.
Or two years to artfully restore a centuries-old Catalonian farmhouse. Perhaps you toast bread over an open fire for breakfast. What’s the hurry?
Or you step outside your front door and pick fruit right from the trees. In my case, I spent 7 hours a day eating delicious and local cuisine. Okay, the locals don’t do that much eating EVERY day, but we did!
If that wasn’t enough to make me fall in love with Montseny the scenery would have done it.
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What Can You Do in Montseny?
Locals are committed to finding a balance between sustainability and supporting the population that lives there. Much of the food served in restaurants in Montseny Natural Park is grown locally and served in a traditional Catalonian style.
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Visit Monsoriu castle which is located in the Montseny natural park. Monsoriu Castle is currently being restored to resemble its former glory days when it played an important role in medieval times.
The park is a perfect haven to enjoy nature. With such a diverse range of wildlife and plants its no wonder that Montensy is such a popular place for hiking and mountain biking. If you’re walking the Via Augusta and Via Austa paths you will pass by several remnants of ancient Roman buildings.
If you’re near the town of La Garriga in Montseny you should take a stroll through and take in the beautiful modernist mansions, most of which were constructed during the 19th century. The town was once a relaxation retreat for many residents fro Barcelona.
My Favourite Part of Visiting Montseny
I admire the people of Montseny and their way of life. It’s so different from my life in Munich, Germany. Or even in Barcelona which is much closer.
I could learn a lot about slowing down from them. In fact, I was so inspired by the fragrant smells of herbs and plants and use of fresh produce that I decided to bring a little of Montseny to Munich by starting my own herb garden!
It’s my little piece of Montseny on my balcony. It reminds me to slow down. I rub the leaves of the peppermint or lavender plant and breathe it in! It’s not the same as being in Montseny, but it does make me feel instantly more relaxed.
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Know Before You Go To Montseny Natural Park
- You can reach any of the towns in Montseny natural park from Barcelona.
- The weather in the park can change quite quickly so keep a jacket with you just in case.
- If your planning on hiking make sure you have the right footwear.
- Basic maps are free at the local information centers.
- You can purchase a complete map from the information centers if you wish to do other routes.
Accommodation near Montseny Natural Park
Apartaments Turistics Cal Ferrer is located in the park and overlooks the Montseny mountains. The apartments are set in an 18th-century cottage that has a surrounding garden. The rooms all have TV’s and fully equipped kitchens and free Wifi is available which has been rated excellent.
Can Llobet is located outside of the town on Montseny and is a quaint little country cottage run by a couple. They offer a perfect opportunity to take in the beautiful views as well as the tranquility of nature. It’s perfect if you need some time out of your busy life. Enjoy a Catalan or vegetarian breakfast each morning before taking a walk in the gardens.
Enjoy a guided hiking tour with organic lunch that leaves from Barcelona. The tour takes you on a 8.5 hour hike through the Montseny natural park. The tour will take you past rural country homes and you will stop for a meal that is made out of locally sourced organic foods.
Take a private hiking tour from Barcelona. The tour guides are happy to change the itinerary to suit your fitness levels. You’ll enjoy a day of hiking that suits you. The tour includes transport from your hotel in Barcelona and a drop off after the days hiking.