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 walking 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.
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.
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.
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.