Garraf Natural Park at Sitges, Costa Brava

Two thirds of the municipal area of Sitges is included in the Pla d´Espais d´Interès Natural (P.E.I.N.) (Nature Interest Reserves Plan). This is one of the most important nature reserves along the Catalan coast - it is the Garraf massif, a mountain range forms natural barrier between Barcelona and Sitges. The mountains are characterized by their wild vegetation, fauna and geology. There are extraordinary cliffs and erosion of the calcareous rocks of the Massif has carved out caves and potholes.


Walks
A perfect place for walks during spring and autumn months. But always the dry environment means you will have to carry water with you to drink. There are a number of different circular routes plus two Long Distance Paths cross the Massif: the G.R.5 – from Sitges to Canet runs through the mountain ranges of Montserrat, Montseny and Montnegre -, and the G.R.92 – crosses the Catalan coast from north to south, it crosses the Garraf region in Gavà and Castell d´Eramprunyà, then through Pleta, Garraf and Trinitat, and it finally arrives to Sitges. Near Sitges, the hill of En Boronet (320 m), with Saint Isidre´s cross on the top, and an splendid view from the summit. Penya Riscla and Castellot are also panoramic viewpoints. Morella (594 m) gets you to the top of the Massif, in the Begues area.


Mountain bike
You can explore the Garraf massif on your mountain bike on the multiude of paths and trails available. 20 to 35 km circular routes take you up the Fita, through Jafra, to the Plana Novella, around the paths of Basses, down to Vallcarca through Mas Quadrell, along the tracks at Can Planes and Can Lluçà, or over the fertile plain of Campdàsens.


Climbing
The rocky centre of Garraf offers excellent walls for rock climbing. The Pic del Martell -with pitches of more than 100 meters- Penya Ginesta and Pas de la Mala Dona - are equipped for climbing. The Massif of Garraf is one of the main climbing places of the Catalan coastline. Climbs are mainly easily accessible near the roads or asphalted paths. The Centre Excursionista de Sitges has constructed an artificial wall for climbing in Camp d´Aiguadolç.


Potholing
Many caves and potholes are listed in the Garraf massif. Its calcareous rocks shape the landscape. Water has been making holes in the rocks over the centuries, creating a subterranean world, which is one of the most important in Spain. In total there are more than 260 caves and potholes in the Garraf area, and a subterranean river, La Falconera.


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