Catalonia family activity holiday, Spain
Description of Catalonia family activity holiday, Spain
Take your family to Catalonia this year on an activity holiday that can be tailored to suit each and every one of your team.
Each of our sporting itineraries can be customised to include as many or as few activities as you like with the addition of massages, indoor games, a gym and swimming pool completing a wonderful week away for the whole family.
As this a centre based activity holiday you'll be invited to take part in activities such as cycling, high ropes, horse riding and hiking from the comfort of a spacious en-suite family room in a small sports hotel in the Catalonia countryside.
Activities throughout the week are flexible enough to be able to suit all levels and age groups so even if you have a fit and active child alongside a sibling that prefers things at a slower pace, you'll find enough variety to keep them both happy and engaged all week long.
We want you to have the best family holiday ever so don't hesitate to get in touch with us so we can explain in greater detail what you can expect from our team of bi-lingual experts and local guides based at our sports centre.
The surrounding countryside alone is well worth the visit with peaceful roads providing access for rental bikes to pedal off into the wide blue yonder as well as optional transfers from Girona, Barcelona or Figueres.
Throughout your stay you'll be in really safe hands with the centre's husband and wife coaching team, Fiona and Gareth, providing the utmost in care and attention to each and every member of your family. As qualified cycling and triathlon coaches, Fiona and Gareth are able to offer expert advice and guidance, and as Fiona is also a trained sports masseuse and sporting injuries therapist you can rest assured that everything's covered from core and conditioning to simply having a great time in the Catalonian countryside.
9 Reviews of Catalonia family activity holiday, Spain
Reviewed on 21 Aug 2021 by Richard SkinnerAbsolutely brilliant. Fiona and Gareth were fantastic hosts and the rural hotel, with it's pool and excellent restaurant made a perfect base for a 2 week holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Jun 2019 by Gill GleggFrom the moment we were picked up from the airport the holiday was beyond expectation. Everything was perfect, I wanted a horse trekking related holiday in hills and countryside and that is what I got. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Mar 2019 by Michael MartinezKayaking and exploring the caverns of the fortress in Lago De Banyoles were our students favorite times. They were both very different experiences for our students. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Oct 2018 by Saket PriyadarshiThe most memorable part was kayaking, the ropes course and zip wire and hanging out with the cats and other guests. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Apr 2018 by Melanie FaithInteracting with our hosts, Gareth and Fiona - their charming children and the other guests - and the splendid scenery and hiking in the area. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Aug 2017 by Caroline VibertReally enjoyed the Via Ferrata. The holiday was terrific. The weather was unseasonably hot but having a pool really helped. There were some local short bike rides (6-10 miles) as well as much longer tours for the more ambitious. Read full review
Reviewed on 14 Jul 2017 by Rebecca FlemingThe boys loved the Canyoning which we did with two other families and the location was chosen for the age of participants. The others would say the water pArk or the horse riding was the best part. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Aug 2017 by Russell ParsonageVaried local activities. Varied cycle routes and swimming in the crystal clear lake. First class. Fiona and Gareth and their team were the perfect hosts and nothing was too much trouble. Hope to go back again soon. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Sep 2014 by Mary Anne RoffsExcellent. We have all returned fit, healthy and happy. Read full review
PlanetTo preserve nature and lessen the impact of ourselves, our business and clients on the natural environment. To provide a place to stay in nature where people can come and enjoy the beautiful environment and spend time, relaxing, becoming more healthy and gaining fitness. We offer a range of activity sports with the aim of having an activity to fit every fitness level. We also welcome any disability and anyone with food intolerances or special food requirements. It is important to us that all guests have a great time.
We think about water and power usage and what waste we are producing. We plant local plants like olives and lavender that require little watering. We have left the wood at the back of the property that we look after and harvest, but still keep the healthy trees. The harvested wood is then used in the wood burning stoves. We have underfloor heating as in the winter the nights can be a little chilly. The historic house has been rebuilt in the old ways but with added insulation, so it stays warm in winter but cool in Summer. The walls are 60cm thick, so slowly heat up in the Summer and then keep their heat through the winter. This system works really well, so you do not need much AC, but we do have a large AC unit run by PV panels in the centre of the building to keep the bedrooms at a good temperature (25°C indoor temp even in the last heat waves). People are always amazed how cool it is in the Summer inside. We also have shutters fitted to all the windows, so we can shut the shutters in the Summer to prevent the sun warming up the rooms. As the walls are really thick and as we have thought about window placement, this means in the Summer the sun misses the south facing windows due to the sun height, but in the winter can warm up the rooms as the sun is at a lower height and therefore shines in. We also vent in the cool night air in the Summer. The new suites have the eco ventilation for the night and we run the AC in the afternoon via the PV panels. To keep what PV electric we make we first turn on the central AC unit in the main building, as that keeps its temperature well. Then in the afternoon we move the power to the AC units in the new suits to get them down to 24°C and then at night we turn on the eco ventilation. The window and the roof placement for the new suites allows for shade in the Summer and the suns warmth in the Winter, so we hardly ever need to heat the new garden suites in Winter.
We have a solar pool cover and a PV solar system run the AC and the hotel in daylight hours. This means our pool is swimmable from March through to November all via the suns power. Our light bulbs are all eco and we think about each watt that is used. Our hair dryers are all 1kw rather than 2kw for example and we do not have electric kettles. Instead we provide thermoses of hot water for tea and coffee in the dining room and kettles on the gas rings of the BBQs. We look at each product and try and reasearch and buy the ones that used the least amount of power but still function well.
All waste is divided and what can be recycled is recycled. We also compost. All of our waste water goes through a septic tank which technically produces drinkable water. We water our garden from the old cisternas which are connected to our roof, so we collect rainwater to fill the cisternas, as they did in the old days. We run the whole of our small boutique hotel on 4kw usually, but can up the power automatically for example if everyone turns on their hairdryers at the same time. But usually we run at less than 4kw, which for such a large place is unheard of in Spain.
We plan to keep buying PV panels and adding more AC units as the number of heat waves escalate, so that we are not burning fossil fuels to keep cool. We are off grid, but do not be scared, most people do not even notice.
PeopleWhere we can we buy local in season produce, so for example our onions are Figueres onions, apples & pear from local orchards, local wines etc. We also have our own small vegetable garden. We buy locally and use local companies for almost everything. We also support the local restaurants by booking tables for our clients. We send our clients to the local best shops if they require anything and let them know the local market days etc.
We offer good wages to locals and train them. For example we have been employing a local guy and supporting him in his studies to become a more qualified sports coach.
We are part of the local community and support the Gegants (this is a local tradition where at festivals the local Gegants (people wearing huge heads, to make them look like giants) go and dance and perform. We also give all visitors access to maps and information about everything in the local area, from festivals, to museums, to sites of interest and the times of the local markets etc.
We campaigned with the local community against high voltage power lines being put in the area. The campaign was not completely successful but we did manage to get them moved so as not to disturb as much of the local wildlife. We all offered to club together to pay for them to go underground, but the electrical company said this would set a precedent and would not allow it, which we find ridiculous. In the end the power company said they would put the line where they wanted it or they would work with the local town councils to come up with the best solution, although they would not bury it. So we did have a small effect, but not the one we wanted. The MAT is a very controversial project here, but it has all been passed in Madrid and Catalunya is very angry.
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