Cycle from mountains
to the Med
Fiona Smart, from Mas Pelegri, explains why cycling is one of the best things to do in Catalonia: “Catalonia is the mountain biking destination of Spain. This is where the pro cyclists live and train as they have the best year-round weather and totally different terrain from the high mountains to the volcanic national park to the flatter lands towards the coast.”
Catalans have taken advantage of this perfect terrain by paving over hundreds of kilometres of disused railway lines, now known as “Vías Verdes” – or Greenways. Open exclusively to those on bike, foot or horseback, these excellently maintained paths give you access to treasures hidden from motorists: goat-filled ravines, crystal-clear rivers, waterfalls, ancient churches. Cycle from old town to old town, pause at the old restored stations or choose a downhill route and freewheel your way across some of Spain’s most inspiring scenery. Excellent local tour operators will help you plan your route, will drop you of at the top, and are on hand 24/7 if you need any assistance along the way.