Spring has – nearly – sprung and in the countryside of Catalonia the flora and fauna are blossoming. So as we say ‘adios’ to the cold weather, now is the time to get your hiking boots on and enjoy the great outdoors.
The valleys of the Pyrenees offer some of the best trails for walking, biking and horse riding. The mountains are impressive, with peaks rising up to around 10,000 feet as is the abundance of nature not found in other parts of Spain.
Looking inland, why not start by heading to Vall de Nuria for breathtaking views. Take a picnic for arrival up top, and if you don’t feel like a gruelling trek, hop on the cog train that winches itself up the mountain side.
The National Parc of Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Mauri is one of very few in this area, and is worth taking a few days to explore.
It’s split into two halves: Espot and Estany on the East side and Aiguestortes and the Boi Valley on the West. The East side has the river Escrita, with the serene lake “Estany de Sant Maurici”. The West has the river Sant Nicolau which twists and turns its way down the Aiguestortes or “twisted waters” valley.
Perhaps the most famous and unusual of mountains in Catalonia is Montserrat (or the Sawed Mountain). Perched precariously on top of this great rock is a monastery, that partly dates back to the 11th century.
You can get to the mountain top by road but more dramatic is the gondola ride up the side of the mountain – vertigo sufferers beware!
Or catch the last bits of powder and head to La Val d’Aran, one of the best skiing areas in Spain, and frequented by their Royal family.
When all this adventuring starts to feel like too much hard work, head back to PGA Catalunya for some rest and relaxation.
And don’t forget, playing golf in the cooler months often means the fairways will be a lot quieter, leaving you free to take your time and appreciate yet more stunning scenery.
Are you the outdoorsy type? What’s your top activity for Catalonia in Spring?