For natural beauty and striking scenery, the Catalan Pyrenees are truly equipped with some of the best in the world. The varied landscape boasting coastline, mountain peaks, deep valleys and lakes in a climate which alternates between being sun-kissed to snow-covered, make this region of Catalonia highly attractive to people from all walks of life as a holiday destination.
Visitors here can find facilities to enjoy the most exhilarating sport activities, not to mention the many other things to do, some of which are quite a bit more relaxing!
The Catalan Pyrenees are located about an hour’s drive north of Barcelona and here you can find very different adventures to those found in Catalonia’s capital metropolis. Some of the best walking and hiking routes are yours for the taking and there are several companies offering adventure tours to suit individual requirements and tastes.
Single-day excursions provide the chance to visit the many Natural Parks, but for those wanting something a little longer in duration there are many other options. Either way, all you will need is a quality pair of trekking boots and a sense of adventure to enjoy the vast expanse of spectacular rivers, waterfalls, sweeping valleys and panoramic views.
Some of the most spectacular mountains have an altitude of just below 3000 metres, such as the Puigmal, the Pedraforca, els Encantats and the most symbolic mountain for the Catalans, the Canigó. For those not afraid of heights, La Pica d’Estats stands above the rest.
If adventure walking is not your cup of tea, why not consider hitting the rivers for some adrenaline-fuelled white water sport in a kayak, canoe or even hydro-speed craft!
The quality of the waters here have allowed this region to become a key adventure sports destination all year round and the Catalan Pyrenees also play host to the Extreme Kayak Pyrenees Cup.
The majority of visitors to this part of Catalonia come for the winter-sports and with many resorts to accommodate snow-seekers it is no wonder why. Visitors can enjoy snowboarding, both downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and even dog sleighing up in the mountains on a typical winter-holiday here.
Very well known ski-resorts are located in the valleys of Vielha, Boí, Núria and La Cerdanya, which offer some of the best skiing in Europe.