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Hiking in Spain in July

August 3, 2011

At first the idea of hiking in Spain in July, which is across the Mediterranean from an unbearably hot Israeli summer, seemed foolish. But as a big fan of outdoor adventures, I was determined to figure something out. After some research, the weather at Montserrat, a mountain outside Barcelona, seemed bearable.

When we arrived in Spain, everyone was commenting about what a weird summer it had been. Some claimed it was the coldest and rainiest July in ten years. It turns out this was perfect for strenuous but fantastic hiking.

Here’s what we saw:

Montserrat 1

Montserrat 2

On the way back down from the Sant Jeroni summit:

Montserrat 3

Climbing back up to the monastery from the Santa Cova Chapel:

Montserrat 4

There was beautiful (and wonderfully un-hot) fog hanging over the serrated peaks of the mountains for much of the day, and when the sun did break through, it made things that much more special.

It also made returning to a sweltering Israel that much harder. I will definitely not be attempting any hiking here for a while!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2011 2:45 am

    Looks like a great time! Hope you guys enjoyed yourselves and perhaps maybe, learned a little Spanish too 😛

  2. August 6, 2011 10:19 am

    Wow… looks absolutely gorgeous!

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