The Catalan people understand the importance of tradition more than most. Having battled to keep their customs and language alive under Franco, Catalonia (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.
Despite this, those in search of a little sophistication on Catalonia adventure holidays 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 pot of styles from sombre Romanesque and graceful Gothic right through to the truly avant garde.
When planning your Catalan adventure holidays, here at Headwater, we have a wide range of different types of activities available to experience while you're visiting. If you're the type of person or group who love seeing all the sights by foot, one of our classic walking holidays is ideal! You will explore a variety of picturesque costal paths and lush green valleys as well as ancient cork and pine forests. Ideal for bird-spotters and nature lovers, our Catalan Classic Walking excursion takes you through traditional fishing ports, sun-drenched villages and natural habitats not on the usual tourist trails.
Want to experience more of this beautiful place? Why not give one of our Classic Catalan Cycling tours a try? You'll visit some of the areas' more cultural spots including ruined castles, hilltop fortresses, cathedrals and battlefields. Some of our exciting Catalonia adventure holidays have a RidePlus option; this means that longer, more challenging routes are available for those who are more experienced cyclists.
Fancy a bit of everything on your Catalan activity trips? Well you can with a holiday from Headwater! We have a multi-activity trip available which incorporates both walking and cycling adventures, as well as the opportunity to try out some of the country's delicious cuisine on the evenings where dinner isn't included in the package.
Beautiful circular walk in Catalonia taking in lovely coastal stretches and unspoilt country landscapes. Fabulous bird and plant life; very good hotels and swimming opportunities every day. Two nights are spent in a luxury castle.
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 14th century castle.
Beautiful circular walk in Catalonia taking in lovely coastal stretches and unspoilt country landscapes. Fabulous bird and plant life; very good hotels and swimming opportunities every day. One night is spent in a luxury castle.
Combine a stay at the beach with a choice of gentle walking and cycling routes for an active family holiday. You stay in the fishing village of Calella de Palafrugell, where the rocky coastline has a number of small coves, nearby, to explore. We provide a range of fully researched, self-guided walking and cycling routes, typically at Activity Level 1. A complimentary Headwater bike for your exclusive use throughout your stay is included to give you total flexibility.
Packed with contrast and variety, this easy 4-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 1 night is spent in a luxury 14th century castle.
Mainly coastal walking also taking in sweeping green valleys, pretty wine villages, hidden white hamlets and colourful fishing harbours. Highlights include artists' favourite, Cadaques, and the spectacular bay at Roses, with a 16th century castle and ruined citadel.
This 8-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 Catalonia (Catalunya).