The Catalan people understand the importance of tradition more than most, having battled to keep their customs and language alive under Franco and 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.
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.
When planning your Catalan cycling holidays, here at Headwater, we have a wide range of different types of activities available to experience while you're visiting. 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.
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.
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).
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.