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Last week I could finally enjoy hiking in Cogost de Montrebei, one of the most adventurous trails in Spain. In this post, I will share all the tips and details for those planning a visit.

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About Cogost de Montrebei

What is Cogost de Montrebei

Cogost de Montrebei is a stunning gorge situated between the Spanish regions of Aragon and Catalonia.

The height of the canyon reaches 500 m with a span that narrows at some points to less than 20 m. It is Spain’s only gorge that is easily accessible to visitors, crossed by a bridle path cut into the rock.

The natural setting of the Montrebei Gorge offers a few spectacular hiking trails with unmatched views.

Cogost de Montrebei is often listed among the most unique hikes in Spain and is considered one of the top Spanish Adventurous Activities.

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Cogost de Montrebei – one of the most adventurous things to do in Spain

How to Get to Cogost de MontRebei

To reach Cogost de Montrebei you need to rent a car. It is set 3 hours from Barcelona, 2,5 hours from Andorra, and 1h15min from Lleida. You can easily combine a visit to Cogost de Montrebei with this Pyrenees Road Trip Itinerary, a weekend in Lleida, or a weekend in Sierra de Guara in the Pre-Pyrenees.

The most important thing to know about Cogost de Montrebei is that you need to book a parking spot a few days in advance. The only option to leave your car is La Masieta parking, which often gets full during the summer months. You can book it via the official site for 8 euros.

On a more personal note, I managed to visit Cogost de Montrebei this April during my weekend in Sierra de Guara. However, it was already my second attempt – the first took place during another weekend in the Pyrenees of Catalonia (last October). Although, back then there were no parking spots available (one day before). So, I decided not to risk going to Cogost de Montrebei without an assured parking spot.

Once getting to Cogost de Montrebei this April I saw that the parking was not full (although the entrance cost displayed was a bit higher – 10 euros). We could have gotten it without a previous booking (on a weekday in April). Nevertheless, La Masieta Parking is not big enough to house all the potential visitors during the summer-peak season in Spain. Therefore, going to Cogost de Montrebei spontaneously is risky.

Another curious detail worth mentioning (in case it happens to you too) was that I could not book the parking in English – some kind of glitch would appear in the process. But once I switched the language to Spanish it all worked out.

La Masieta Parking is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. during the high season, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. the rest of the year. You can check the schedule here.

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The Montfalco Walkways – check out the video on IG and TikTok
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Hiking in Cogost de Montrebei

Hiking in Cogost de Montrebei

Hiking in Cogost de Montrebei is a great experience for all ages since there are a few different trails to choose from.

I hiking with the kids this time, but many travelers I saw did. My only warning would be that there are no barriers as you walk along the gorge, so you should be extremely careful while keeping an eye on the little ones.

There are 4 main hiking trails to pick for hiking in Cogost de Montrebei:

  • 1 – Alsamora Trail (4,8 km one-way / 3h 15 mins)
  • 2 – Gorge Trail
    • Option 1: 3,5 km one-way / 1h 45 mins (only the Montrebei Gorge)
    • Option 2: 5 km one-way / 2 h 45 mins one way (till the Montfalco Walkways)
  • 3 – Altimiris Trail (3,4 km one-way / 2h 10 mins)
  • 4 – Obaga Grain Trail (4,7 km one-way / 2h 30 mins)

Most of the visitors pick the Gorge Trail to walk along the spectacular Cogost de Montrebei canyon towards the famous wooden walkways Pasarelas de Montfalco. I have also chosen option 2 of the Gorge Trail for myself. By and large, it has been a medium-difficulty hike.

So, the first part of Gorge Trail (or option 1) is an easy walk (often in the shadow), while its second part (or option 2) starts once the gorge ends, and involves some steep climbs under the sun to reach the Montfalco Walkways.

However the Montfalco Walkways are honestly quite impressive, so if you are in good shape it´s worth going for option 2.

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Cogost de Montrebei – one of the most adventurous things to do in Spain
The bridge before reaching the Montfalco Walkways

Tips for visiting Cogost de Montrebei

  • Book your parking in advance here (no vehicles are allowed beyond the parking area)
  • Bring sun protection, enough water, and some layers (check my hiking essentials here)
  • Do not leave the marked trails (especially for 4-Obaga trail: it might be dangerous)
  • Dogs must be kept on a leash

If you like birdwatching in Spain, bring with you binoculars. The walls and crags of Montrebei are full of unusual plant life (such as Pyrenean violet) and raptors (like bearded vultures and golden eagles).

Also, the 3-Altamiris trail will take you to the ancient settlement of Altamiris (from the Vth-IXth centuries), which you will not see on a popular Gorge Trail.

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The first bridge before the gorge of Montrebei

My impressions of Cogost de Montrebei

Cogost de Montrebei fully deserves its place on the list of Top Spanish Hikes and Best Pyrenees Hiking Trails.

This trail can not be called one of the secret hikes in Spain, since even in the off-season of April it was touristy. Nevertheless, the experience was great. The first part of the Gorge trail was a pleasant walk with spectacular views, while the second part towards the Montfalco Walkways felt quite challenging due to the steepness and sun.

Nevertheless, I will definitely return to Cogost de Montrebei one day – either to show the gorge to the kids or to test another trail 3-Altmiris.

You can check out the video from my visit on IG and TikTok.

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