5 Mountains in Catalonia, from easy accessible to difficult
Catalonia is a region with a great diversity of landscapes that offer endless possibilities to realize audiovisual productions of photography and video for all kinds of fashion brands, sports … If you are looking for mountain locations, Catalonia is your choice!
From the highest and inaccessible locations, with spectacular valleys and peaks not suitable for beginners, to steep peaks locations perfect for adventure sports.
In this article we will guide you so that you can choose the ideal mountain for your audiovisual production depending on your needs. Let’s go there!
The highest peak - Pica d'Estats (3.143m)
Location: Pica d’Estats is the highest peak in Catalonia, located in the heart of the Pyrenees, in the region of Pallars Subirà, about 250 km from Barcelona.
Access: The nearest town is Àreu, on an altitude of about 1800 meters. From that point, a route of about 20km and an incline of 1300 meters awaits you to reach the highest peak in Catalonia. The total time to arrive there, on a route of high difficulty, is estimated between 10 and 12 hours.
Characteristics: The top of the Pica d’Estats is a magnificent natural watchtower that offers wonderful views of the Catalan Pyrenees as well of the Ariege, one of the wildest areas in the French Pyrenees.
Best time for shootings: The route can be done all year, although it is more advisable from July to October. In winter, however, you must go well equipped (crampons and ice ax). It is important to be well informed, before making the route, on the weather forecast and the conditions of the cloud cover.
The most emblematic mountain - Pedraforca (2.497m)
Location: Pedraforca is one of the most known mountains in Catalonia for its particular shape, with two peaks. It is located in the region of Berguedà, about 140 km from Barcelona.
Access: the nearest towns are Gósol and Saldes. From both villages there are routes to reach the peaks. From the two summits, the south can only be accessed by climbing, for that reason most hikers opt for the north top. The route, of high difficulty, is about 7km. It takes about 5 hours and has a difference of 1000 meters in altitude.
Features: There are different tours around the area, all of them spectacular for their dreamlike views. The route is ideal for productions related to climbing and high mountain sports because of the difficulty of the road and its unevenness.
Best time for shootings: The best time to take this route is from late spring to early fall. In wintertime the ascent is complicated by snow and ice.
In the Vall de Núria - Puigmal (2.910m)
Location: Puigmal is one of the peaks located in the Vall de Núria. It is located between the regions of l’Alta Cerdanya and Ripollès, about 170 km from Barcelona.
Access: The nearest town is Fontalba. A forest track, after climbing more than 800 m, ends at the hill of Fontalba (2,070m), where you find a small space to park vehicles. The further route to the top, of high difficulty, is about 15km, which takes about 5 hours and has an incline of about 1000 meters.
Characteristics: On this route, from Fontalba, you will find a multitude of landscapes to reach the top, from clear views to the surroundings to almost lunar stone landscapes, rivers and waterfalls that allow you to choose between different locations for your audiovisual production until you reach Núria in the descent.
Best time for shootings: Route possible for most of the year. In winter, depending on the snow, you can not always reach the town of Fontalba by car.
In the Montseny - Turó de l'Home (1.708m)
Situation: The highest mountain of the Montseny massif with a height of 1708 m, which places it above the other two most representative summits of this massif. It is located in the region of La Selva, about 80km from Barcelona.
Access: The nearest town is Santa Fe del Montseny. You can park your car at the information center Can Casades. The route of medium difficulty is about 5km, with almost 600 meters difference in altitude.
Characteristics: On this route, you will pass through dense beech forests, the most southern of Europe. Along the way you can also enjoy the impressive Californian redwoods and the marsh in the Santa Fe stream, which acts as a mirror of the splendid landscape. Locations that can transport you to another part of the world if you need it.
Best time for shootings: Route possible throughout the year. In winter, it is rarely covered by snow. Choose the season of the year depending on the colors you want to find.
The Mountain of Montserrat (1,236m)
Location: The mountain of Montserrat has a height of 1,236 m. It is located in the region of Bages, about 50 km from Barcelona.
Access: The nearest town is Monistrol de Montserrat. Although climbing from this point to the famous Monastery of Montserrat is the usual route, it has no great interest at the level of locations you can find around and from the Monastery up. There are many routes to choose depending on the needs of your production or photographic shooting.
Characteristics: From panoramic views to dense forests, defined paths or extensive plains, on the mountain of Montserrat you will find any location for sports and mountain activities, for amateur or family.
Best time for shootings: Route possible throughout the year. In wintertime it can be covered by snow.
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