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The magnificent Mura

by Jon Platt on August 26, 2017

The Magnificent Mura: Wandering Through Medieval Charmer.

Hiking through the stunning Parc Sant Llorenc and visiting the magnificent medieval town of Mura - the perfect getaway from Barcelona! 

Hiking in the stunningly beautiful Catalonia

During my hiking adventure in Catalonia, I kept to the GR 5 trail. It’s a wonderful 200+ km path circling the Barcelona in a wide arch. The trail sometimes crosses with others and at times it runs hand-in-hand with another.

For quite a while the GR5 trail is joined by the Els 3 Monts trail. At one spot I had to decide if I wanted to move on along the GR 5 or if to make a detour along the Els 3 Monts to the village of Mura. In addition to possibly losing a day, I knew the trails takes you down to the valley, which meant a lot of climbing up the next day.

The Magnificent Mura: Hiking Through the Park Sant Llorenç del Munt and Wandering In the Medieval Town of Mura. awomanafoot.comCould I ask for a better spot for a wild camp?

Is walking to Mura worth the detour?

I didn’t know much about this village. I’ve already passed by a few cute towns and didn’t think much about going off to see another one. After one of the most spectacular wild camping spots in Parc Natural de Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac (well, maybe except for the frost and wild boars visit) I went to find out if the detour is worth my time. At the Tourist Information office (Centre d’Informació del Coll d’Estenalles, grab the park’s map in pdf here), the Park Ranger convinced me to go to Mura. She even called a few places to check accommodation as it was still before the main tourist season. She said that Mura is “something else”. In a few hours, I found out she was quite right. 

TIP! The Park Ranger also confirmed a very important rule: although the law in Catalonia forbids wild camping if you are a hiker and can’t make it to an accommodation before sunset – you can pitch your tent as long as you leave in the morning and leave no trace. 

The Magnificent Mura: Hiking Through the Park Sant Llorenç del Munt and Wandering In the Medieval Town of Mura. awomanafoot.com

The Magnificent Mura: Hiking Through the Park Sant Llorenç del Munt and Wandering In the Medieval Town of Mura. awomanafoot.com

TIP! The Tourist Information spot is the perfect place to leave your car (there is a big parking lot) or come by bus to start your hike toward Mura. There are buses reaching this spot from Terrassa. It would be the perfect weekend getaway from Barcelona, as the walk from the TI to Mura is about 10 km one way. 

The Magnificent Mura: Hiking Through the Park Sant Llorenç del Munt and Wandering In the Medieval Town of Mura. awomanafoot.com

The magnificent natural beauty of Parc Natural de Sant Llorenç

The weather was great, the landscapes even better, so off I went.

The hike itself toward Mura from the Park offices is just brilliant. After the initial climb, there is mostly walking flat or downhill. The ground is rocky and tricky – be careful to not lose your footings on the gravel and rocks. Words cannot describe the beauty of the surrounding area – I hope the photos can portray it at least in some way. 

The Magnificent Mura: Hiking Through the Park Sant Llorenç del Munt and Wandering In the Medieval Town of Mura. awomanafoot.com

The Magnificent Mura: Hiking Through the Park Sant Llorenç del Munt and Wandering In the Medieval Town of Mura. awomanafoot.comThat’s the spot where the two trails separate. GR5 continues to the left, Els 3 Monts turns sharply right.

Even though I was hiking in mid-February,