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07 Aug 2017

The landscapes and the climate of Catalonia are an enticement to enjoy cycle tourism the whole year

Catalunya is a perfect place to enjoy cycling along with gastronomic and cultural activities

Catalonia has five greenways built over former railway tracks, which foster sustainable, non-motorised mobility for cyclists and walkers. These trails, which are generally not steep, have markers and are suitable for people with reduced mobility or young children. In the eastern zone of the Catalan Pyrenees, there is a track of 135 kilometres that takes in the Iron and Coal Route, which begins in Ripoll and ends in Ogassa after passing through Sant Joan de les Abadesses; and the Little Railway Route, following the old railway line, which offers two possible variants, one from Olot to Girona (54 km) and the other from Girona to Sant Feliu de Guíxols (40 km). In the south of Catalonia, the greenways through the Baix Ebre and Terra Alta regions, each one of 27 kilometres, offer magnificent natural settings. The former runs through the Ebro Delta, a natural space of abundant bird life and gentle orography close to the sea. The latter runs through mountain passes and the Pàndols and Cavalls ranges, where it is still possible to find trenches and other relics of the Spanish Civil War.

From the interior through to the tucked-away coves of the Costa Brava, the Empordà region invites the visitor to discover its territory in a gradual and relaxed manner. The best way of doing so is by means of cycle tourism, a well-established pastime in Catalonia and a good way of organising holidays with family and friends. The Baix Empordà Cycle Tourism Network covers a zone with 370 kilometres of bicycle tracks. It is also possible to cross the Pla de l’Estany region, cycling along the Salamis Route.

In the Terres de Lleida region, there is a track in the Segre River basin that takes in asphalted country roads and other local tracks with very little traffic. Hence, on the western plain one can stop and find food and lodging in cities and towns like Lleida, Cervera, Agramunt and Balaguer and admire the architectural and cultural heritage of these municipalities. Along the way, there is a good network of hotels, rural guesthouses, refuges and restaurants where the cyclist can rest and recoup his or her energy.

In the south of Catalonia, in the Terres de l’Ebre region, the cyclist may go from Montblanc to the River Ebro, covering a zone that is very rich in terms of its culture and natural beauty and in which one can stop to contemplate and photograph the botanical and ornithological diversity of the area, or visit the Cistercian monasteries.

With most of the cycle tourism routes that we propose, it is possible to combine sporting activity with all kinds of other gastronomic (wineries, restaurants, etc.) and cultural (visiting museums, archaeological remains, monasteries, etc.) pleasures, which the whole family may enjoy.

Find out more information at: http://www.catalunya.com/what-to-do/get-active/shall-we-go-for-a-bike-ride

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