Walking in Catalonia

 
Walking in Catalonia Spain
Walking in Catalonia Vinyard
 

This north east province of Spain is tremendously mountainous, bordering France, Andorra and the Pyrenees to the north and the Terres de Lleida (Lerida) to the west . In the former high peaks there are lakeland areas of outstanding natural beauty and much of this area is a natural park preserving the  unique landscape and ecosystem. The peaks of Lerida form the valleys carved by the rivers of Catalonia. The province of Catalonia is a haven for walkers, skiers and adventure sports providing such varied countryside that all interests are met.

The province of Catalonia has nearly 600km of coastline on offer to its visitors. Ramblers and walkers can stroll along this extensive coast enjoying its stunning views. Spanning the natural beauty of the Costa Brava (Rough Coast) in Girona (Gerona) bordering France with its cliffs, coves and mixed pebbled sandy beaches; down to its southern border with Valencia on the Costa Daurada (Golden Coast) with its beautiful golden sandy Mediterranean beaches.

Although the climate is quite temperate it can easily vary; with sunny summers, warm spring and autumn, with short cool winters, its proximity to the Pyrenees can mean the occasional frost and cold wind in the winter months. The famous Roman monastery, de la Verge de Montserrat, sought out by pilgrims throughout the ages is set high in the spectacular mountain range of  Noguera in western Catalonia. The valleys below these peaks form the rich olive fields of Garrigues.

 

Airports
There are three airports servicing this catalonia with the major airport of, Barcelona providing you with the greatest choice. The other airports at Girona and Reus, in the southern area, and mainly Ryanair and for the latter only Thomson Fly.

  • Barcelona
  • Girona / Gerona (northern area)
  • Reus (southern area)

The ports of Barcelona and Tarragona offer you the opportunity to visit the Balearic Islands

Catalonia has much of historical interest and has several natural parks protecting the fauna and flora of this stunning area.  The region itself is divided into four provinces Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona and  Lerida.

 
Abbey at Perpignan
Walking in La Noguara Spain
 

Walking Around Barcelona
Barcelona is the regions capital city and a major Spanish commercial port, which is south of the old medieval city, known as Barri Gotic. It is here that you can explore the cities museums and see the impressive Cathedral. The city boasts many architectural works of the famous Antoni Gaudi  and perhaps one of the best known is the La Sagrada Familia and the Palau Guell. Today, it is a world heritage site and the Palace and its museum make a wonderful day out. The famous Ramblas with its streets lined with boutiques, shops, cafes and restaurants is a fascinating spectacle

Walking in Girona / Gerona
The city of Girona is a major attraction for tourists in the summer wanting a trip away from the coast. This beautiful city is best seen on foot, walking along the narrow streets of the Call quarter its steep alleyways, really gives you a feel for what it was like centuries ago. Situated in the Ter valley and split by the Onyar river this fascinating characteristic can be easily seen from the ancient footbridge. Just to the north of Girona is the birthplace of the famous painter Salvador Dali, Figueres. Its museums house some of the finest pieces of his surrealist work, 'the Persistence of Memory'.

 
Walking in Perpignan Spain
Tossa de Mar Catalonia Spain
 

Walking Near Lerida / Lleida
Is nestled in one of Spain's most mountainous regions on border of the Aragon province. As an area Lleida is extremely importance to the Spanish economy, both for its agriculture and textiles products. The City is popular all year round with skiers in the winter and adventure sports enthusiast and walkers spring to autumn.

Walking in Tarragona
South of Barcelona, this key Roman city has many fine examples of the Roman life, an amphitheatre, aqueducts and the Christian cemetery, Necropoli i Museu Paleocristia. The latter shows you exactly how the graves were discovered and you can see this from specially built platforms. You can also see close to the coast the Tomb of the Scipios and a short distance form Tarragona you can also see the historic monasteries of Santa Creus and Santa Maria de Poblet.

 
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