Activities, sports and leisure Catalonia
The largest European stadiums are found in Spain. The big clubs are the pride of the cities. Barcelona vibrates to the rhythm of Barça, flagship football club of the country and symbol of Catalan resistance against the power of Madrid. Winner for the 24th time of the national championship (La Liga) in 2016 in front of his eternal rival Real Madrid, Barça (FC Barcelona) celebrated in 2009 in front of his eternal rival Real Madrid, Barça (FC Barcelona) is especially proud to offer the most spectacular and attacking football in Europe. And it works !
The players in the blue and red jersey have also shamelessly robbed him of Germany in 2017, with a very large check), Cameroonian Samuel Etóo or French Lilian Thuram, Antoine Griezmann and Thierry Henry, and so on. Few guys from the country, finally ...
The aficionados in quêêyo ...
The victories at Euro 2008, the World Cup in 2010, then Euro 2012 attest to the insolent health of Spanish football, even if the early elimination at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 has somewhat calmed the enthusiasm of the country's supporters. Among the players in the selection, there are only a good third of Catalans, but it is the national flag that flies in the streets of Catalonia during these competitions!
But Iberian football still dominates the continental scene. This is confirmed in particular by the victories of Real Madrid (in 2014 and 2018) and FC Barcelona (in 2009, 2011 and 2015) in the Champions League. And, since 2004, Spanish clubs have won the Europa League 9 times: Sevilla (5), Atletico Madrid (3) and Valencia (1).
With the Pyrenees in its northern part, Catalonia will delight all hikers. No less than 30 GR crisscross the province, as well as hundreds of trails suitable for pleasant day trips. The first are, as in France, marked in red and white. The colors yellow and white indicate short hiking trails (PR, Petit Recorregut), and green and white short local trails (SL, Senders Locals). You will find detailed information on the most interesting ones on our pages, but here is a general overview of the major routes:
- The Pyrenees trail, or GR 11, is arguably the most popular. It crosses the Catalan Pyrenees from Cap de Creus to the Aran Valley, at the foot of Aneto, and continues to the Atlantic (Cap Higuer) for the most enduring. It's a bit of a counterpoint to the GR 10 which passes on the French side. The entire route is covered in just over 1 month.
- The GR 92 is also very famous. It runs along the Mediterranean coast for 579 km, from Portbou (on the French border) to Ulldecona, south of the Ebro Delta. It alternates old customs paths, passages in land and mountainous sections, but without ever moving away from inhabited areas.
- The GR 107, or “Moixeró” trail.
- The GR 211 goes around the Aran Valley in 93 km. Various variations allow you to engage on other trails, or even branch off to the south and the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park.
- The Carros de Foc draws a wide loop in the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, connecting its 9 refuges over a distance of 55 km.
- On the memeMoixeró, for a complete route of 90 km.
- The GR 150 and its variants also cross the natural park of CadíMoixeró1 follows the entire line of ridges.
- The GR 175, alias ruta del Cister (“Route des Cisterciens”), traverses the Montblanc region for 105 km, connecting the 3 main Catalan Cistercian monasteries: Poblet, Vallbona de les Monges and Santes Creus.
Cycling and mountain biking
This is an activity that is on the rise in Catalonia! The region is seeking to revitalize its Greenways, by upgrading old railway lines. The tourist offices near the circuits distribute detailed brochures on this subject. A good way to combine sport, tourism and culture. The rhythm is perfect for savoring imperceptible details in the car.
- The classic ruta del Carrilet connects Olot in the pre-Pyrenees to Girona, with option as far as Sant Feliu de Guíxols, on the Costa Brava. In total, 135 km of equipped tracks.
- La route del Ferro i del Carbó short from Ripoll to Ogassa, for 15 km, by Sant Joan de les Abadesses.
Otherwise, a good dozen reception centers spread throughout Catalonia offer marked circuits suitable for mountain biking (called BTT in Catalan!), with rental on site. The one in La Seu d'Urgell has designed some 80 circuits on its own!
Skiing and winter sports
Catalonia s & rsquoBeret, in the Val d & rsquoend. The Pyrenean snow cover under a Mediterranean sky ...
We also practice cross-country skiing, Nordic skiing (preferably with guide), walks in snowshoes and the snowmobile.
White water sports
A specialty of the Pyrenees, whose HQ is in Sort. When the snow melts, the torrents swell and attract thrill seekers ... Thus the Noguera Pallaresa, the Segre or the Garonne in the Aran Valley. On the program: rafting, kayaking, hydrospeed ...
We should also mention the existence of the La Seu d'Urgell Olympic Park, fitted out for the 1992 Olympic Games, and now accessible to water sports enthusiasts.