Holidays in Catalunya

Catalunya is Spain's most diverse and exciting region. Contained by the high peaks of the Pyrenees to the north and by some of the loveliest beaches in the Med to the east, there are no fewer than 13 Natural Parks here, chosen for their outstanding natural beauty or their importance for conserving local flora and fauna. Setting out through the countryside on an early summer morning you could be forgiven for thinking that the whole landscape was subject to a conservation order, preserving for all time the magnificent mediaeval villages - small but perfectly formed - set against a backdrop of scarlet poppy fields, rice paddies and distant snowy peaks. Buzzards soar overhead, butterflies flit from hedgerow to meadow, and life ambles along at a very civilized pace where lunches are long and a siesta is essential.

The Catalan people understand the importance of tradition more than most, having battled to keep their customs and language alive under Franco and Catalunya today wears her autonomy with tremendous pride. On most Sundays in summer you can witness the dancing of the sardana, not unlike typical Greek dancing, if a little slower and more controlled! The Catalan language is widely used and a resurgence of interest in traditional cooking provides a feast of authentic flavours which rely on sound ingredients rather than upmarket techniques.

Yet those in search of a little sophistication will not be disappointed, for in addition to its traditional heritage, this region has long been at the forefront of contemporary art and design. Picasso, Dali­, Gaudi and Miro all painted, designed or sculpted here, and Barcelona today is a fantastic artistic melting point of styles from sombre Romanesque and graceful Gothic right through to the truly avant garde.

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Following in the Footsteps of Picasso

lush valley and mountains, Els Ports

From $1629 per person

Led by our expert local guide this 7-night guided walking holiday explores the vast Els Ports Natural Park, one of the largest and most rugged of Catalunya’s protected areas. The park stretches for some 60,000 hectares between Catalunya, Valencia and Aragon and sits within the renowned Terra Alta winemaking region.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and all evening meals, with wine, included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Expert-led holidays.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Catalan Classic Walk

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From $1358 per person

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Beautiful circular walk taking in lovely coastal stretches and unspoilt country landscapes. Fabulous bird and plant life; very good hotels and swimming opportunities every day. 2 nights are spent in a luxury castle.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfast and 4 evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Great vegetarian meal options.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Discovering the Ebro Delta by bike

Circular route from Poble Nou del Delta

From $1344 per person

On this 7 night single centre cycling holiday discover the lush wetlands of the Ebro Delta. A range of cycle routes direct from the hotel gives you total flexibility to choose from a day at the coast or birdwatching in the nature reserve.

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  • 7 nights, single centre
  • All buffet breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Good choice for families.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Cycling around the River Ebro

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From $1378 per person

This 6 night holiday combines cycling along river and coastal trails taking in a wonderful mix of charming villages, historic cities and fabulous birdlife. All hotels have pools.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All buffet breakfasts and 3 evening meals included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Especailly good for solo travellers.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Good choice for families.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Catalan Coastal Walk

Beach and village view.

From $1406 per person

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Mainly coastal walking also taking in sweeping green valleys, pretty wine villages, hidden white hamlets and colourful fishing harbours. Highlights include artists' favourite, Cadaqués, and the spectacular bay at Roses, with C16 castle and ruined citadel.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfast and 6 evening meals
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Destinations with bird watching opportunities.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Contrasts of Catalunya Cycling

Beach front at Calella de Palafrugel

From $1525 per person

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Packed with contrast and variety, this easy 6-night cycling tour takes in the unspoilt Catalan coast, passing through olive groves, peach orchards and stunningly beautiful, pretty coloured villages. All the hotels have pools, and 2 nights are spent in a luxury C14 castle.

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  • 6 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 4 evening meals included
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  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Undiscovered Southern Catalunya Cycling

A boat on the Ebro

From $1685 per person

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Explore Southern Catalunya, favoured by Picasso, by bike on a mixture of riverside paths, via verde and quiet roads. This is 'real' Spain with lively towns and charming villages with a backdrop of coast or mountains.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All buffet breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.
  • Beautiful lakes and rivers.

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Catalan Coastal Cycling

Calella de Palafrugell

From $1828 per person

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Follow the unspoilt Catalan coast on this easy 8-night cycling tour. Our varied routes take you through olive groves, peach orchards and stunningly beautiful, pretty coloured villages. All the hotels have pools, and 2 nights are spent in a luxury C14 castle.

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  • 8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
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  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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Classic Catalan Cycling

Callela from Cami de Ronda

From $2205 per person

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This 10-night holiday explores the wonderfully undiscovered Catalan countryside, a region of pine-fringed valleys dotted with historic castles, hilltop fortresses, ancient wine villages and beautiful countryside. It's wonderfully quiet cycling too, where you can discover unspoilt Catalunya.

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  • 10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • All continental breakfasts and 6 evening meals included
  • Holidays with gastronomic meals.
  • Varied routes for nature lovers and botanists.
  • Discover stunning historic sites en-route.
  • Lots of swimming opportunities.
  • Perfect for couples.
  • Follow stunning coastal routes.

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