In the air
The epic Catalan landscapes take on a new dimension when you descend toward them from 4,000m up hanging from a parachute. Castelló d’Empúries-Empuriabrava has one of the best places in Europe to go parachuting and skydiving. For a less extreme option, you can also try a hot-air balloon ride or paragliding.
Catalonia has much to offer watersports lovers. The Noguera Pallaresa is one of its most spectacular rivers, especially after the spring thaw. It starts in the Pla de Beret, right in the middle of the Val d’Aran. Its 146 kilometres are a paradise for lovers of rafting and kayaking. Banyoles lake is perfect for a serene canoe trip.
Hit the beach!
There are more than 800 kilometres of coastline, from Cape Falcó in the north, to the Sènia river to the south. Coves and beaches offer a host of nautical adventures, from sailing and tubing to diving and even underwater fishing. Six big aquatic centres along the Catalan coastline also provide instruction.
Whether you’re hitting a summit, freewheeling along the coast or bombing down a forest track, Catalonia has terrain for every kind of rider. And the vies verdes, or Greenways, a network of bike routes reclaimed from old, disused railway lines, offer easy cycling adventures for family groups.
Catalonia is one of the few destinations where you can ski while enjoying the Mediterranean climate – sun, mild temperatures and great light. Whether it’s for longer stays or day trips from Barcelona, the Catalan Pyrenees offer ten Alpine resorts to choose from with a combined total of 700km of runs.
Catalonia’s ravines are ideal canyoning territory. You can find canyons in the Catalan Pyrenees, especially in the Pallars Sobirà region and in the town of Llavorsí, where you can descend the Berrós and Estaron canyons In the La Garrotxa region, you can enjoy the Sant Aniol canyon and the Canals canyon.
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