Let me share another epic itinerary for 7 Days in the Pyrenees of Spain. In this article, you will find a one-week road trip from Barcelona, planned after my numerous getaways in the Spanish Pyrenees.

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One-week Pyrenees Itinerary from Barcelona

Visiting the Pyrenees of Spain

About This One-Week Pyrenees Itinerary

While I keep traveling to the Pyrenees of Spain every year, lots of local gems are still in my travel plans for 2024. While wrapping up this post, I am already booking my next weekend in the Pyrenees of Navarra. By the way, you can keep track of all my Pyrenees travel stories by clicking on the Pyrenees hashtag.

Following last week´s article 10-Day Pyrenees Road Trip from Madrid, I have curated for you another itinerary, but this time – from Barcelona. By combining these two routes you can easily enjoy 2-3 weeks in the mountains without missing out on any of the top places to visit in the Pyrenees

Keep in mind that this itinerary for 7 days in the Pyrenees covers entirely different places than the previous 10-day Pyrenees Road Trip from Madrid. So, having both up your sleeve will give you an exclusive opportunity to plan this trip like a local.

Alternatively, you can combine this one-week Pyrenees itinerary with my 5-day Costa Brava Road Trip.

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7 Days in the Pyrenees of Spain: One-week Itinerary from Barcelona
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One of my favorite hikes in the Pyrenees of Spain

About the Pyrenees of Spain

The Pyrenees mountain range is spread between 3 Spanish Autonomous Communities: NavarraAragon, and Catalonia. For these 7 days in the Pyrenees, I´ve built an itinerary across the mountains of Catalonia (since it is the closest area to Barcelona).

Also, right on the border with Catalonia, you will find Andorra, one of the smallest states in Europe. It is nestled in the mountains between Spain and France. So, it is an amazing stop on any one-week Pyrenees itinerary from Barcelona.

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7 Days in the Pyrenees of Spain

Day 1: From Barcelona to Olot

While this 7 Days in the Pyrenees road trip starts in Barcelona, you can also change it to Girona (or make a stop in Girona to enjoy the popular Game of Thrones Tour or Small Group Walking Tour).

Your first destination for this one-week itinerary from Barcelona will be the famous volcanic zone of La Garrotxa, where you can spend a few days hiking and exploring lesser-known villages.

The main small town in this area is Olot, but on the map below you can easily pick any other hotel in the surroundings.

On the way from Barcelona to Olot you can not miss Besalu, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Spain. Alternatively, you can visit the famous Dali Theatre Museum in Figueres or the Lake of Banyoles.

If you are visiting Spain with kids or enjoy local legends, near Lake Banyoles, you can find Les Estunes – a beautiful natural setting, considered the hideaway of the Catalan fairies. It is a nice area to walk around or try to find the magical fairies with your kids.

Les Estunes – a beautiful natural setting, considered the hideaway of the Catalan fairies
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Besalu, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Spain

Days 2-3: La Garrotxa

Visiting La Garrotxa

La Garrotxa is one of the most unique landscapes of the Iberian Peninsula. This Catalan region is considered to be one of the best-preserved volcanic areas in Europe, known for the 40 inactive volcanoes. You’ll need a minimum of 2 days to explore La Garrotxa.

Things to see and do in La Garrotxa

  • Volcanology Center in Olot, a great place to learn more about the volcanoes of La Garrotxa (get your tickets now)
  • the ancient villages of Santa Pou, Sant Joan de les Fonts, and Sant Feliu de Pallerols – all of these are great for the fans of secret villages in Spain
  • Hot Air Baloon Flight over the volcanoes (check availability)
  • a waterfall Gorg de Moli dels Murris
  • hiking the volcanoes: the most popular trail is this one on Wikiloc (from the parking of Fageda d´en Jorda or from Santa Margarida parking) – for more trails you can check the official web, unfortunately not available in English
  • Fageda d´en Jorda (often called one of the top magical forests in Spain)
  • Alta Garrotxa Area of Natural interest (check the trails on the official web)
  • the village of Rupit & Salt de Sallent waterfalls

Days 3-4: Andorra

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Andorra is a must-stop during these 7 days in the Pyrenees
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My last romantic weekend in Andorra

From La Garrotxa to Andorra

After experiencing La Garrotxa, head to Andorra for a few days.

It is an easy stop for a one-week Pyrenees itinerary: many people even visit Andorra on a day trip from Barcelona (which is not enough, in my opinion). You can read more about Andorra in my Andorra Travel Guide and Romantic Weekend Ideas for Andorra.

On the way from La Garrotxa to Andorra, you can make a stop at one of these places:

  • the ancient Iberian settlemnt Poblat ibèric de l’Esquerda
  • Jardins Artigas
  • Roman Temple of Vic
  • Salt de Mir waterfall
  • the monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll
  • Cercs Mine Museum
  • fans of mysterious and haunted places in Spain can consider making a stop at Parador de Cardona (it is also relatively on the way)

What I like about Andorra is the great hotel offer and the famous Caldea SPA (if you decide to visit – go first thing in the morning, otherwise it is too crowded).

Top experiences to book in Andorra:

Days 5-6: Lleida (or Vielha)

Visiting Lleida

There are two main regions to stay in the province of LleidaVielha (in the Vall D ´Aran region) and somewhere near Lleida city. Here, your plan for these 7 days in the Pyrenees will depend on personal preferences.

The province of Lleida is known for one of the most famous hiking areas in SpainCogost de Montrebei. Visitors access it from Parking La Masieta (but the previous booking is a must-do since it often gets full). You can dedicate one day to Cogost de Montrebei and another one – to exploring the secret villages of Lleida. For more ideas, check out this post about my weekend in Lleida.

Another alternative is to stay somewhere near Vielha in the Vall D´Aran region (which I describe within my 10-day Pyrenees Itinerary from Madrid). If you opt for staying near Vielha, head to this post for more details.

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La Seu Vella Cathedral visited during my weekend in Lleida
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The Romanesque Churches of Vall de Boi visited during my last weekend in the Pyrenees of Catalonia
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Aiguestortes – one of the most unique National Parks in Spain

Things to see and do in the region of Lleida

Day 7: From Lleida to Barcelona

To finish this 7 days in the Pyrenees itinerary, you can drive back from Lleida city (or Vielha) to Barcelona.

On the road from Lleida (or Vielha) to Barcelona, you can visit the graffiti village of Penelles, the castle Castell de Montsonis, or the village of Montfalco Murallat.

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The graffiti village of Penelles

Important thing to know about driving near Girona

Let me also warn you about a current scam on the road from Girona to Figueres – La Jonqura – France.

The robbers pass you with their car while making signs that something is wrong with one of your wheels. While you stop to check it out, one of them entertains you and his partner steals your handbags. They specifically look for non-local cars (knowing that tourists do not speak Spanish and usually have cash). Unfortunately, friends of mine were recently robbed like this. So, I went with them to the police office to discover that it was a frequent scam. The police officers are after this criminal group. However, the problem is that the robbers are not Spaniards and use cars rented in France. So, by the moment the victims call the police, they have already crossed the border and are outside of reach.

This scam only takes place in the touristy areas of CataloniaGirona, Figueres, Cadaques, and Barcelona. Once you reach La Garrotxa and the Pyrenees, I have never heard of similar stories. But you need to know the details in order not to fall into this trap and end up ruining your epic 7 Days in the Pyrenees right from the start.

If you have any questions about this 7 days in the Pyrenees itinerary, let me know in the comments below.

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