We left the Pyrenees Friday evening together with our friends and as we still had the rental car Michael and I decided to drive to Montserrat on Saturday after having dropped off Ingo and Peter at the airport.

Montserrat is the world famous monastery an hour drive away from Barcelona. It is situated in the mountain and you can reach it by cable car or by car. Founded in the 10th century it is still functioning.

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It was our third visit to Montserrat and finally we had good weather and could go hiking in the iconic mountain. Starting at an altitude of 740m we climbed down to Santa Cova, a religious shrine built into the rocks.

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Santa Cova shrine can be seen in the back on the right

Walking down the pilgrimage path you will find many religious scenarios.

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After a visit to the chapel we continued a small natural path around and up to the top of the mountain.

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After 90 minutes of climbing up and arriving to the upper cable car station we felt challenged by the iconic rocks and decided to go to the top of one of them.

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On the very top (1200 meters) we could enjoy an amazing view. The weather was incredible – after having spent a few days in the snow, the sun felt so good and it was possible to walk in t-short.

We continued a full round on the mountain after having climbed down from the rock and returned to the monastery – extremely tired after 5 hours of hiking in an altitude between 600m and 1200m.

We will come back for some more!!!

 

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Last week we went skiing with our friends from Dortmund, Ingo and Peter. They arrived on Saturday by plane and the next day we took a rental car to drive to our destination: Baqueira-Beret in the Catalan Pyrenees. After a four hours drive we could check into our lovely apartment in the middle of the Val d´Aran.

Baqueira has been founded in the 1960s as a ski resort and since then has grown into (according to their website) the biggest ski area in Spain with 147 km of slopes. The village has been extended over the decades and we stayed in the most modern area – Val de Ruda. A modern apartment complex constructed with perfect infrastructure:

No cars – as all traffic disappears in the massive underground garage, extension of the major ski lift to the apartments and ski lockers underneath the ski lift, so you did not have any hassle with carrying your ski equipment.

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Modern Val de Ruda apartments with ski lift connection

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View on Baqueira (1970 brutalism)

Michael and I spent full five days on the slopes with daily changing weather conditions: lovely sunny days to cloudy, arctic days with -9 degrees. Though it is not the biggest ski area that we have been to – like Dolomiti Superski with 1200 km of slopes and the biggest ski carousel in the world – it was pleasant for those five days and just enough variety.

Especially, the outer slopes were situated in lovely, natural areas with no signs of civilization. The ski conditions were good with around 250 cm of snow in the mountains. The ski area was located between 1500m and 2600m with mostly blue to red slopes.

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A downside were the ski huts in the area – that lacked food offering and coziness that we are used to in the Austrian and Italian Alpes.

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All in all, we had a great time but next ski trip we will be back in the Dolomites!

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After a rather cold February spring finally started at the end of the month with mild temperatures. So we had a couple of spring walks. For example we walked on the Carretera de les Aigues which is a 9 km walking and cycling path along the slopes of the Tibidabo mountain range with incredible panoramic views over Barcelona. At the end of the track we found a tapas bar where to sit in the sun and enjoy a drink.

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Spring has arrived and so has the new guided walking tour of The Barcelona Feeling: Poble Sec & Montjuic.

Poble Sec is a multicultural, working class neighbourhood of Barcelona located between the sea, the old town and the hill of Montjuic. Its chaotic lay-out along the slopes of the Montjuic with many 19th century houses gives the quarter a distinctive atmosphere that is nowadays very popular among young people.

The tour starts with a discovery of Poble Sec before climbing up the hill of Montjuic – Barcelona´s green lung. During the walk you will escape from the bustling city and will be able to take amazing panoramic photos. We will also take you to one of the best kept secrets of Barcelona on top of the hill!

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