Catalonia is an autonomous region in northeastern Spain. It consists of the 4 provinces of Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona and Lleida and extends to the north of the Pyrenees and in the east to the Mediterranean. Catalonia is about the size of Belgium and has a diverse topography.

p1100689_lowresThe varied landscape is made up of the high mountains of the Pyrenees with some 3000m peaks, the Pyrenean foothills, the volcanic mountains of the Garrotxa, the central Catalonian plateau, several coastal mountain ranges parallel the coast, interrupted by plains and finally highlighted by 580km Mediterranean coast, starting in the north with the wild rocky coastline of the Costa Brava which merges with long sandy beaches.

In Catalonia’s hinterland there are countless roads with little traffic. There are numerous well-paved little roads with plenty of climbing for demanding road cyclists, as well as an extensive network of trails and paths for mountain bikers and cycling tourists.

Drive between gnarled cork oaks and pines by medieval villages, volcanic landscapes, historical castles and monasteries, or through spectacular coastal roads with impressive harbor views on the Costa Brava. For cycling tourists in particular, Catalonia offers some car-free former rail lines-routes, the Vias Verdes.

The Catalan cuisine is characterized by the typical landscape “Mar y Muntanya”, sea and mountains. In our kitchen seafood and meat are combined in one court and promises you a new taste experience. The Catalan cuisine consists of fresh seasonal vegetables, fish, meat, seafood, olive oil and rice from the Empordà or from the Ebro Delta. For about 12 € you get a 3-course lunch menu with traditional home cooking and wine included. Rub garlic and tomato on fresh toasted country bread, add olive oil and sea salt and maybe a few thin slices of serrano ham. For dessert, you should definitely try a Crema Catalana, a Catalan Cream with caramelized sugar on top. Or visit one of over 50 restaurants in Catalonia that have been awarded one or more Michelin stars.

pan-tomate-jamonBarcelona, the capital city of the region, offers a wide variety of sights, culture and nightlife. Enjoy masterpieces of architecture as Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, the gotic quarter with the cathedral, visit the lively Ramblas and Paseo de Gracia or one of numerous museums. Take the opportunity to get to know this fascinating vibrant metropolis before you leave, to top a sportive holiday.

 

Calella, located 50km north of Barcelona on the coast, was appointed by “aces

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Europe” as European Town of Sport 2016. Calella is start and finish point of the first stage of the “Volta a Catalunya” and the venue of Ironman 70.3 a middle distance triathlon which take place in May and a long distance Ironman in October. More and more athletes select Calella in spring and autumn for extensive training weeks. Both, triathletes and road cyclists, gather first kilometers and elevation gain in the mild Mediterranean climate or close the season in fall there. Calella has a good access to the airport of Barcelona, offers numerous certified bike hotels in all price ranges as well as high-quality road bikes and mountain bikes for rent. With numerous restaurants and shopping opportunities, a well-equipped spa center and a direct train to Barcelona, Calella also offers non-biking companions diversity.

 

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