Spain Hot Air Balloon Ride: Sunrise Flight over Catalonia from Barcelona

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Ride on a hot-air balloon over Catalonian landscapes and go on a magical and unforgettable adventure. Enjoy a new sensation of freedom and the tranquility of floating through the air with a panoramic view from up to 3000 feet high.


This excursion offers you a high quality experience full of emotions: a hot-air balloon ride over spectacular Catalonian landscapes with full service, including hotel pick-up and transport to and from Barcelona. After being transferred by 4WD vehicles, Passengers will have the opportunity to help prepare and inflate the balloon.

Experience floating from a height of up to 3,000 feet high. The passengers will have the opportunity to admire the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean Sea, Montserrat and Montseny massifs and even sometimes Barcelona itself. A 2-hour option is available for guests who want to enjoy a much longer flight.

Discovery Flight Program (1 hour)

Only 30 minutes away from Barcelona, the flights take place close to Montseny Natural Park. The take-off site is in Cardedeu (25 miles north of Barcelona and the nearest take-off site from the city).

Adventure Flight Program (2 hours)

The exact flying area will be kept secret and will vary according to the pilot and the weather. The points of interest that may be seen on the longer flight include Pla de Busa, the Parador de Vic, the Lluçanès valley area, the surrounding of Manresa, Montserrat mountain, the Sierra del Cadí, the Parador of Cardona, surrounding of Berga city in the pre-Pyrenees, Osona area, Bages area, Montseny Natural Park and even more.


  • Pick-up in Barcelona and transport to the launch site

  • Balloon flight

  • Champagne toast after the flight

  • Typical Catalonian brunch at a traditional restaurant

  • Presentation of First Flight certificate

  • Insurance

  • Cava toast and soft drinks during the flight (2-hour flight option)


  • Meals and drinks (unless specified)

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

Available Languages:

English, French, Portuguese and Spanish

Please Note:

  • Please confirm exact pick-up time with tour operator.

  • No children under the age of 6 are allowed in the flights.

  • This excursion is not recommended for pregnant women.

  • There is a maximum of 8 people per balloon (but it is possible to organize flights up to 100 passengers on request).

  • The maximum weight for each person is 220 pounds (100 kilos).

  • There is no seating available in the basket, passengers will be standing during the flight.

  • Passengers will board the balloon by climbing into the basket with the assistance of the crew.

  • This tour is subject to favorable weather conditions. If it is canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.

  • We recommend that you wear appropriate clothes according to the flying season and have sporting shoes.


  • Brunch

  • Certificate

  • Beverages (including alcohol)

  • Welcome drink

  • Insurance

  • English-speaking guide
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Discovery Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight over Catalonia from Barcelona

Ride over the Catalonian landscapes and a magical and unforgettable adventure awaits you! Get the opportunity to admire the Pyrenees mountain range between France and Spain, Mediterranean Sea, Montserrat and other Barcelona landmarks on this thrilling hot air baloon ride!

Duration: 3:30 - 7 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Fri, Sat and Sun
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Brunch / Certificate / Beverages (including alcohol) / Welcome drink / Insurance / English-speaking guide

This is an absolutely fantastic trip. We went on our last day and I would definitely recommend it. The pilot was very friendly and informative. He explained everything and we felt very involved, we even helped to roll the balloon up at the end!! The trip ended wih a glass of cava and a toasted cheese sandwich (made using the balloon burner!!) Go for it!


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  • 06:00

    Meet Your Driver at Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona

  • Drive from Barcelona

    Your day starts at dawn with a pick up from the city centre of Barcelona. The driver will transfer you by comfortable minivan or 4x4 from Barcelona to the quaint Spanish village of Cardedeu

  • Balloon Flight Preparation

    You'll be invited to get involved and help prepare the hot air balloon. Learn more about how a hot air balloon is set up, inflated and what are the safety precautions to follow. Discover stunning views of the city from your launch field and take off point.

  • Flight over Catalonia

    Find panoramic views of Barcelona as your hot air balloon takes flight over the Catalonian landscapes. Get the chance to view and admire the Montserrat peaks, the Mediterranean sea and other iconic landmarks of Barcelona from a unique perspective.

  • Landing and Celebration

    The landing marks the end of your hot air balloon ride where the "chase crew" will come and collect the balloon and all passengers. Finally, celebrate your hot air balloon experience with drinks and a hearty brunch before receiving a flight certificate signed by the pilot.

  • 11:00

    End of Tour

  • (For Pick-Up) Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona (Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona, Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain) Time: 06:00:00

  • (For Drop-Off) Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona (Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona, Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain) Time: 11:00:00

Pick-up Time & Location

  • (For Pick-Up) Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona (Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona, Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain) Time: 06:00:00

Drop-off Time & Location

  • (For Drop-Off) Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona (Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona, Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain) Time: 11:00:00

Price & Options

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  • Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.

  • Children 6 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Printed VELTRA voucher

Requirement(s) - Others
  • Please call the activity provider the day before to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.

Additional Note(s)
  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

  • You must have a printed copy of your VELTRA voucher to present upon check-in. You will not be able to participate in this activity if you only have a digital copy on your mobile device.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 8.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is my hot air balloon flight?

The balloon ride starts in the early morning (pick up from Barcelona at dawn) and ends around 12 noon. The exact time is set according to the flying season, time of year and weather conditions. Your balloon flight time will last between 1 - 1.5 hours. The whole experience (including transportation from Barcelona) is half a day or approximately 5 - 6 hours.

Does the weather or time of year impact the hot air balloon flight?

It is necessary to have good weather conditions for a good flight. Hot-air ballooning is an activity directly dependant on weather conditions. To ensure the flight goes ahead, weak winds (less than 20 km per hour) and no rain are required. In case of unsuitable weather conditions, your flight will be postponed to another day.

The flying season in Catalonia Spain is possible all year round. In fact, flying in winter offers travellers an advantages because the weather is generally more stable allowing for a longer duration flight. You can sleep in longer too because dawn takes place later in the morning.

Will I experience vertigo during the hot air balloon ride?

No, because there is no physical link between the balloon and the ground. There is no feeling of dizziness or vertigo. During the flight the basket remains stable and there is a feeling of incredible ease during the take-off.

How big is the balloon and how many people will be in the basket?

The most popular model is the 2.200 m3 with a diameter of 17 meters and height of 23 meters. It is comparable to a 6-floor building. This is a specialized hot air balloon ride from Barcelona. The aim is for you to have an experience of a lifetime so groups are kept small to maximise your enjoyment. You will share a flight with a maximum of 8 people in the hot air balloon basket.

What is the best time of day to enjoy a hot air balloon flight?

The morning. The climate is usually fresh and winds are stable. Balloons cannot fly during the middle of the day because of thermals and turbulences caused by the warming sun. The extra advantage is that you'll be hot-air ballooning early in the morning around sunrise.

How do you control the direction of the hot air balloon?

The only possible action for a hot-air balloon pilot is to heat the balloon to make it ascend or to let it cool down which causes the balloon descent. The horizontal direction is controlled by the winds. Depending on the altitude, the pilot will find different winds going in different directions and at different speeds. The pilot will use his/her experience to identify and handle the winds that will make it possible for the hot-air balloon navigation.

Is it cold during the hot air balloon flight?

The temperature is not much colder than on the ground, during the hot-air balloon flight. Temperature decreases 1°C every 200 meters but the lost of temperature is not as important at the altitude reached during a normal flight. During the winter flights, the burner acts as a heater. Yet, we strongly advise to wear a jersey while the inflating phases of the balloon and after the landing.

Can I sit in the hot-air balloon basket during the flight?

No, all passengers should stand for the duration of the flight and have bent knees for the landing.

Can my family and friends come to watch?

Passengers are more than welcome to bring friends and family to see them off. Those wishing to follow the balloon in their own vehicle are also welcome. This option can be a great way of involving everyone in the fun. You must advise details at time of booking.

How does a hot-air balloon fly?

A hot-air balloon doesn't fly, but rather floats in the air. This kind of flight is based on a physical scientific law (Archimede theory of impetus) which applies to the air making hot-air lighter than cold-air, therefore allowing elevation.

What does it feel like to fly in your hot air balloon?

Flying in a balloon is an experience of a lifetime. It's a unique sensation of floating freely through the air. It's like standing inside an open-air elevator in the sky. The flight is quiet and silent. You can live this emotional adventure flight with 360º panoramic views around you.

The wind is the master of your flight moving the balloon and its travellers on an undefined route. The pilots control the altitude, direction and speed. The balloon burner is (6 meter flame) heats the huge hot-air balloon in order to ascend higher and higher. From above the landscape and villages below are amazing and looks so tiny. The air is pure and you will feel no sensation of cold. Without heating the balloon, you will descend slowly and enjoy the landing. You'll fly a few metres from the village rooftops and local people are always astonished by a big balloon that floats quietly above their heads. Your pilot will announce the time to land and pull the rope linked to the main parachute valve to let hot air escape and then the basket touches slowly to the earth. The hot-air balloon stands still ... your dream had become a reality!

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This is an absolutely fantastic trip. We went on our last day and I would definitely recommend it. The pilot was very friendly and... informative. He explained everything and we felt very involved, we even helped to roll the balloon up at the end!! The trip ended wih a glass of cava and a toasted cheese sandwich (made using the balloon burner!!) Go for it! more


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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made between 30 business days (06:00:00 local time) to 15 business days (06:00:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made within 15 business days of your activity (after 06:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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