We woke up one Sunday morning with the urge to go out into the mountains! But the minutes passed by and before we knew it midday was fast approaching, too late to go to Montseny or Montserrat. So we decided to head to the Parc Natural del Garraf, which is located about 30 minutes south of Barcelona, roughly inland from Sitges.
I recommend the walk that starts at the chapel of Nuestra Señora de Brugués, which is by the BV-2041, a road that takes you from Gavà to Begues. Right next to the chapel there is the popular and traditional restaurant, Ermita de Brugués. If you plan on having lunch there it is best to call to make a reservation or if you want to follow our lead, you can take advantage of the morning menu that goes on until 12pm and includes toast, salads, some meat dishes, sardines, vegetables…more than enough for a hearty meal before an excursion through the hills, which is what we came here for after all!
As you can see on the map in the photo below, it’s not a very complicated route. You have to the trail that takes you towards the castle called Castillo de l’Eramprunyà. Access to the castle is limited and you can only visit it every second Sunday of the month, but best to double check this as it could change depending on the time of the year.
The best part of the walk isn’t the castle but the trail itself. The red rocks make you feel like you could be in the Gran Canyon! You’ll cross a natural bridge called the “Roca Foradada”, see some amazing views and come across a small cave. The whole trail can take between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your pace and the number of breaks you take, but it is an easy and fun walk, the perfect introduction to mountaineering.
Although the photos make it seem like a wild place you’ll cross paths with plenty of other ramblers. I suggest that to avoid ‘rush hour’ you follow our lead! Have an early lunch, while most people are walking, and begin your walk when the others sit down to eat. There is always the option of eating en route too; if you bring your own food there are plenty of small flat areas to sit down for a picnic.