Sunday, January 26, 2014

BARCELONA: MONTSENY


El Montseny is a mountainous mass with a characteristic form, dominating and visible from many parts of Catalonia, known everywhere for the beauty of scenery. It's located in the Catalan Pre-coastal Mountain Range, of which this massif is the highest part. It's made up of three different geographical units:

  • El Matagalls
  • Turó de l'Home - Les Agudes (which with 1706m and 1703m are the highest peaks in the park)
  • Pla de la Calma


The Pyrenees from Turo de l'Home in Montseny
The Pyrenees from the top of Turó de l'Home in Montseny



In 1978 UNESCO included Montseny Natural Park within the world-wide network of biosphere reserves, for its variety of countryside, fauna and flora.



Excursions

From the information centers in the Natural Park you can find out about routes and points of interest for the full enjoyment of time spent there. I specially recommend to use the network of sign-posted routes. They start from Fontmartina, Santa Fe, Sant Marçal, Collformic and the Collet of Sant Martí and go up to the most important peaks of the massif.

The most interesting excursions for me would be:

  • Collformic - Matagalls: 3400m, 1h30min
  • Font de Passavets - Turó de l'Home: 3850m, 1h40min
  • Turó de l'Home - Les Agudes: 1550m, 40min
  • Santa Fe - Les Agudes - Turó de l'Home: 11,5Km, 4h30min
  • Empedrat de Mourou: 5,8Km, 1h45min (circular route)
  • Bellver - Turó del Tagamanent: 1,2 km, 30min


The excursions we did this weekend were:

Day 1
  • Collformic-Matagalls

Day 2
  • Font de Passavets - Turó de l'Home


Montseny



Montseny and Montserrat from Turo de l'Home
Montseny and Montserrat in the background from Turó de l'Home


Collfornic - Matagalls


Route from Collfornic to Matagalls in Montseny
Beginning of the route from Collfornic to Matagalls in Montseny


Montseny near Matagalls
Montseny from a point midway between Collfornic and Matagalls


The Pyrenees from Montseny near Matagalls
The Pyrenees from the route between Collfornic and Matagalls in Montseny


Montseny in Barcelona
Nice view of Montseny in Barcelona


Creu del Matagalls
Creu del Matagalls (Cross on the top of Matagalls)


Matagalls in Montseny
When we got to the top of Matagalls, there were many people enjoying the spectacular views of the Montseny


Matagalls in Montseny
View from the summit of Matagalls in Montseny


The Pyrenees from Matagalls in Montseny
The Pyrenees from the summit of Matagalls in Montseny


Creu del Matagalls in Montseny
Creu del Matagalls in Montseny




Font de Passavets - Turó de L'Home



Font de Passavets in Montseny
Beginning of the route from Font de Passavets to Turó de l'Home


Route from Font de Passavets to Turo de l'Home
L'Avetosa in the route from Font de Passavets to Turó de l'Home


Turo de l'Home in Montseny
Near the summit of Turó de l'Home in Montseny


Summit of Turo de l'Home in Montseny
Summit of Turó de l'Home, the highest mountain in Montseny


Turo de l'Home in Montseny
This path leads to the summit of Turó de l'Home in Montseny


Views from Turó de l'Home



Pic de les Agudes in Montseny
Pic de les Agudes from Turó de l'Home in Montseny



The Pyrenees from Turo de l'Home in Montseny
The Pyrenees from Turó de l'Home in Natural Park of Montseny


The Pyrenees from Turo de l'Home in Montseny
The Pyrenees and the Collsacabra (also appears the village of Tavertet) from Turó de l'Home in Montseny


Montseny from Turo de l'Home
The Montseny from Turó de l'Home, its highest mountain


Turo de l'Home in Montseny
Going down from the summit of Turó de l'Home in Montseny




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