Hiking in the Girona Pyrenees

The famous GR11 path, better known as Transpirenaica, crosses the Pyrenees from one end to another for over 400 km, from Cap de Creus to the Cantabrian Sea. Here are some legs of the route that go through such beautiful areas in the province of Girona as the Alt Empordà, Garrotxa, Ripollès and Cerdanya regions. They are all marked with the familiar red and white stripes used for long-distance footpaths.

Crèdit: Abert Duch

Crèdit: Albert Duch

From La Vajol to Albanyà

This long stretch of the route covers almost 26 km, mainly along dirt tracks with occasional paths, making for easy walking. You will go through the area known as Salines-Bassegoda, discovering on the way the picturesque village of Maçanet de Cabrenys.

Distance: 25.8 km

Total ascent: 816 m

Difficulty: Moderate

Estany de Malniu. Alex Tremps. Arxiu Imatges PTCBG

Crèdit: Alex Tremps

From Sant Aniol d'Aguja to Beget

This leg of the route is ideal for discovering the little-known Alta Garrotxa area. From the magical setting of Sant Aniol d’Aguja you follow steep wild paths, through cols and gullies, until you reach the pretty little village of Beget. It is only at the end of the day that you come to a short stretch of dirt track and road. This walk takes you through beautiful, picturesque scenery: the spectacular Salt de la Núvia waterfall, the abandoned village of Talaixà, the valley of Hortmoier and the cobbled streets of Beget. A real delight!

Distance: 15.85 km

Total ascent: 794 m

Difficulty: Moderate

From Setcases to the Sanctuary of Núria

This challenging, almost 20-kilometre route to Núria will have you panting for breath the whole way, with its continuous 15-kilometre climb. But then, it is one of the legs found most attractive by the hikers that tackle this adventure as it goes through breathtaking high mountain scenery. The walk offers stunning views wherever you look, the path along the mountain ridge between Tirapits and the pass of Noufonts, mountains of over 2,800 m and the spectacular, spine-chilling arrival at the sanctuary of Núria, with its inexplicable mystique. You just have to experience it for yourself!

Distance: 19.5 km

Total ascent: 1,700 m

Difficulty: Difficult

From Puigcerdà to the Malniu mountain refuge

It just keeps on going up! This stage of the route is one long climb. Leaving Puigcerdà, the county town of Cerdanya, you walk along the roadside as far as Guils de Cerdanya. You then hike up the ridge of Peransalt to the plain of Feixa. In the end, you go down to Malniu mountain refuge, built at an altitude of 2,130 m, at the foot of the high peaks of the Puigpedrós. From here it is well worthwhile visiting the lake of Malniu, one of Cerdanya’s true gems!

Distance: 14.8 km

Total ascent: 1,083 m

Difficulty: moderate

Go well-prepared, wear strong boots and be ready to let the Pyrenees impress you, as they never fail to do. The going may be tough, but you’ll be grateful every step of the way for the superb scenery around you. Get walking!