The mountain ranges of Tarragona offer fantastic walking. But it’s a secret! You wouldn’t know it by looking at most guidebooks because the area is barely mentioned. Once here and you venture up into these enticing mountains you discover that the area is criss-crossed with both long-distance and regional hiking routes – mainly linear. During at least the last 5 or 6 years many local, overgrown paths have also been cleared and new signage erected. What has been lacking is the availability – in English - of good, detailed descriptions of circular day-walks. So it’s great news to see a new publication “Mountain Walking in Southern Catalunya” by Philip and Vivien Freakley. Vivien and Philip have spent 5 winters researching and writing this guide and to quote the book “have knitted together apparently unrelated scraps of footpath”. The handy pocket-size guide book published by Cicerone details 30 walks, graded for difficulty along with simple route maps and photographs. The majority of the walks are in the Els Ports Mountains with a few in the Cardo and Montsia ranges and one being a linear coastal walk. And for good measure the book has some interesting chapters on the geology, wildlife, history, architecture and culture of the area along with useful practical advice such as travel and what to do in an emergency.
So, escape the grey, damp and soggy walks in Britain and Northern Europe and come and check out this little known area of Southern Catalunya. Mid-September to late May are generally suitable months for hiking. With milder weather, longer days and stunning scenery what more could you ask for? You can buy your own copy of the guidebook from Cicerone or Amazon .
Title: Mountain Walking in Southern Catalunya