Hiking Catalonia from the lowlands to the PyreneesActive tourism, fauna, flora, heritage, gastronomy, local traditions, and much more
Everyone knows Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia. But Catalonia is much more than Barcelona. In this itinerary we will discover, while walking, this unknown region. With our guide, we will cross Catalonia from the plain to the Pyrenees. We will combine active tourism with the observation of flora and fauna, cultural heritage, gastronomy, traditions and much more.
- Price person in double room: €1.150
Single room supplement: €150
- Departure date: 24/05/2020; 25/10/2020
- Group (max/min): Mín. 4 persons (consult us the price). Max. 14 persons. Consult us in other cases
- Closing date:
20 days before start
DAY 1: THE BEGINNING
Pick up the group at Barcelona or at its airport. It will take about three hours to our destination. On the way we will stop for a few minutes along the road to view Montserrat, the sacred mountain of Catalonia, to admire its characteristic monoliths. The Montserrat mountain range is located to the east of the Llobregat river. It’s characteristics and spectacular formations make it unique. Its highest point is the summit of Sant Jeroni, at 1,236.4 m. Throughout the millennia, the isostatic and tectonic movements, climate changes and erosion have ended up shaping an abrupt relief, with large walls and rounded blocks of pink conglomerate and clay. Inside it, the erosion of karstic type has created caves and torrents. It was declared a natural park in 1987 to guarantee its conservation. Overnight at Lleida (H****).
DAY 2: THE IVARS WETLANDS. THE PLAINS OF CATALONIA
We will walk around the wetlands of Ivars, a natural space with a great wealth of flora and fauna. Birds are the richest vertebrate group. The creation of a large wetland of about 130 hectares of land along with recreated natural habitats, facilitates an increase in the diversity of species. In a few years, after the recovery of space, more than 225 species have been observed. The aquatic birds, characterized by their great mobility and ease of colonization, find here a great diversity where it is necessary to emphasize different species associated to ripen as well as aquatic birds.
We will then visit the Remei Castle and its winery. The castle is built on an old building which, at the end of the 19th century, the Girona family, representative of the Catalan high bourgeoisie, conferred the castle structure upon adding the characteristic four battlements. In 1939, it suffered the effects of an explosion of a spray gun although the affected parts were reconstructed immediately. The patio and the noble floor, which retains the furniture and decoration, move us to an esthetical one of the time. After lunch at the Remei restaurant, we will visit La Seu Vella, in Lleida, defined as one of the best works of Catalan architecture from the 13th century. Overnight in Lleida (H ****).
DAY 3: TOWARDS THE NORTH
Morning free time, so you can walk through Lleida, enjoying a drink or shopping. After lunch (not included), we’ll travel to Les Avellanes Monastery. We’ll spend the night at the Monastery Inn Les Avellanes (H***).
DAY 4: CASTELS AND MONESTERIES
In the morning, tour around Àger. On this walk you will find the old Colobor Hermitage and enjoy fantastic views of the valley of Àger. After the picnic, we will visit the canonical St. Pere d’Àger. The canonical of Sant Pere is a monumental complex formed by the walled enclosure of the town of Àger, the castle and the dependencies of the canonical monastery in the town. The construction of the castle began in the 11th century, on the remains of a previous wall that surrounds the entire enclosure, which is probably of Muslim origin, but a padded stone sector is considered of the Roman period. Overnight at the hotel-monastery of Les Avellanes (H***).
DAY 5: A SPECTACULAR CANYON
In the morning we’ll have a walk through the most spectacular gorge in Catalonia, Montrebei. It constitutes, without a doubt, one of the most unique natural spaces of the Pyrenees. From a landscape point of view, it is the only great free stream of infrastructure and great biodiversity. The Congost is a narrow and deep valley between the mountains that excavated the Noguera Ribagorçana River. The passage of time and the strength of the river have pierced the rock and wrecked it, dragging its remains and modelling the landscape. The fluvial lace occurred approximately 5 million years ago, until today. We will walk by foot or kayak in order to appreciate its spectacularity.
After lunch we will go to Tremp, the capital of the county of Pallars Jussà, where we can walk freely. We will spend the night at the Hotel Terradets (H ***), Cellers.
DAY 6: WALKING FOLLOWING THE DINOSAURS PRINTS
We will walk following the footprints that were left by the last European dinosaurs. Near the village of Orcau (Pallars Jussà) we will visit the important site of Orcau-2. Here we will see dozens of dinosaur footprints, preserved on the surface of an extensive layer of limestone. This layer was formed at the bottom of a shallow lake, very close to the sea, in which vegetation abounded. The footprints conserved in Orcau-2 were produced by a group of great herbivorous and quadruped dinosaurs that are known as titanosaurs. These animals could reach gigantic sizes and had an extraordinarily long neck and tail. The head was, however, very small, especially in relation to the size of the rest of the body.
We will also observe a reef of rudists. Before lunch, Jerome, the owner of Sauvella winery, will explain the influence of geology on the taste of wine. After lunch, travel back to Barcelona, where the itinerary ends.
Alternatively, we can organize one or two extra days in Barcelona.
- Guiding: The trip is guided by a geologist or an environmental scientist. Languages: English, Catalan and Spanish.
- Transportation: 20-seater bus or 7/8-seater coach, from and to Barcelona. Transport from the country of origin to Barcelona and return is not included in the price of the package.
- Overnight: Stays in a 4-star and 3-star hotels.
- Food: Continental and Catalan breakfast. Complete picnic for lunch. Breakfast is not included on day 1 and lunch on days 1 and 3, neither. Dinners consist of a menu in the overnight stay. Meals will consist mainly of local products and include water and wine.
- Visits: Castell del Remei and its winery, La Seu Vella, Monastery of Les Avellanes, canonical St. Pere d’Àger and Sauvella winery.
- Optional: Kayaking in Montrebei.
- Climate and clothing: In the months of May, June and September, temperatures are reasonably mild and in July and August may be hot. The use of light clothing, hat or cap, sunglasses and sunscreen is recommended. In April and October it can get cooler and rainy. The use of long pants is advisable to walk around places with thick vegetation. In case of rain or cold it is recommended to wear waterproof clothing.
- Insurance: Basic.
- Security: Security details will be given upon arrival.
The Services not listed are not included in the price
The services not mentioned are not included in the price
"I have been on a couple of excursions with Pyrenees Trips in Catalonia and would like to express my appreciation to the guide who was very professional, showing great patience and in-depth knowledge of the region (geologically, historically and culturally). Our group continually relied on his invaluable expertise in order to make for an extremely enjoyble excursion "
"For those who like the history of the earth and enjoy the landscape and understand it, it is essential to have a good guide that interprets the rocks and the footsteps of evolution. Without guidance, it can hardly be understood"
"A new and different vision of the evolution of the planet thanks to the interpretation of the rocks and the landscape. An amazing itinerary."