Montseny, Cingles and Montserrat

The Catalan Pre-coastal Mountain Range reach their highest altitudes at Montseny Massif, which is a protected area, and declared a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco. Overall, it is a densely forested area, and a perfect location to get a taste of nature when staying in Barcelona. The short distance from the city easily allows a one-day visit.

The lower parts are typical mediterranean forest, and holm oak, cork oak and stone pine dominate the landscape. At higher altitude, deciduous oak species appear, as well as beech woodland and even Fir. Near the summits, sub-alpine meadows and rocky slopes can be found. This great diversity of woodland makes also for a great diversity of birds, mainly forest birds. The landscapes are fabulous and from the highest parts, on certain days and hours the island of Mallorca can be spotted. Montseny is home of the endemic Montseny Brook Newt, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

To the south-west of Montseny Massif, there is another mountainous area known as “Cingles”, which differs from Montseny by having some impressing vertical rock faces, which host different species.

Further south, but belonging to the same Pre-coastal Mountain Range, there is the iconic Montserrat Mountain, which presents a unique rocky landscape and can also be visited.

Alpine Accentor, Craig Martin, Bonelli’s Eagle, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Golden Oriole, Rock Thrush, Wallcreeper, Iberian Green Woodpecker, all species of tit present in the country, Rock and Cirl Bunting, Subalpine and Darford Warbler, Tawny pipit, Red-backed Shrike, Ring Ouzel.

1 day. If you want to visit both Montseny-Cingles and Montserrat, two days would be recommended. Together with Garraf Massif and Llobregat delta, these are the areas to visit if you don’t want to get too far away from the city.

Montseny, Cingles and Montserrat can be visited all year round, although in winter the snow can make it impossible to reach the highest Montseny parts by car.