Both the text and the maps for this fourth edition of our guidebook to hiking on the Costa Brava and Barcelona have been thoroughly revised to reflect recent changes in the region. Free downloadable GPS tracks are available, too, for all the treks.
The Costa Brava – literally the ‘rugged coast’, in reference to the rocky, inhospitable nature of much of the shore – runs from the French border southwards towards Barcelona. Behind the coast lie the Serralada Litoral and Serralada Prelitoral.
These ranges include such varied landscapes as the extraordinary conglomerate pinnacles of Montserrat, the dormant volcanoes of the Garrotxa and the subalpine heights of the Montseny. It is this very variety, coupled with its proximity to Barcelona and the coastal towns, that makes walking in the Costa Brava hinterland so attractive.
The authors describe the best hikes in this part of Catalonia, be they the classic routes that form part of the repertoire of any self-respecting Catalan walker, or some of their personal favourites way off the beaten track.
A special feature of this guide is the focus on the enormous variety of wildlife on offer, and the authors, keen naturalists, urge you to carry a pair of binoculars and the appropriate field guides.
This is the 12th review I have done on the Sunflower Landscapes series of books. I have been a devotee since I bought my first guide in 1995. Every one has been a winner, and this one is no exception. This book will open up a whole new side of Spain to you. The car tours are wonderful too. It’s all there for you in this compact book. You really do not need to go and buy detailed walking maps yourself as the maps included for each walk are more than adequate. Don’t leave home without it. (AL, Amazon)