Encompassing both the Cadi and Moixero mountain ranges, the Cadi-Moixero Natural Park is a splendid opportunity to get out and stretch your legs in a lesser known gem of preserved wilderness. Accessed by the E9 north of Barcelona (128 km/80 miles), footpaths are extensive, carrying you through both deciduous and coniferous forest, past winding streams and frothy waterfalls and up peaks as high as Vultura, which stands at 2,648 meters (8,688 feet) high. The most renowned peak is Pedraforca (2,506 m), which boats a pair of summits long popular for hiking (the route up the north peak is actually pretty manageable for most ability levels) and has been known for some pretty stiff rock climbing pitches. If you're one to take on lengthier treks, the GR-150, a 113 km (70 m) circular route that covers many of the park's highlights in five stages.
Often overlooked because it lies in the "foothills" of the nearby Pyrenees Mountains, you'll get panoramic viewpoints in both sun and snow that rival higher ranges due to very attractive elevation changes. Stop in the park office in Baga for hiking routes and mapping or consult the included website for potential walks.
Note:Skiers and snowboarders should try the nearby Coll de Pal ski area.