Category: Spain

Get Active and Explore Catalunya – Go for it!

Déu n’hi do! Wow in Catalan. It’s a word I used a lot on a recent trip to Catalunya when experiencing what the great outdoors there has to offer, and if active holidays are your thing then then this is a place for you. I was based in and around the districts of Solsonès and Alt Urgell in Lleida. An area of rolling hills, castles, historic towns, and to the north the magnificent Catalan Pyrenees tempt you to explore them. This is a great area to visit if you love the countryside, nature, mountains, and activity holidays, and luckily...

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Experience Catalunya – Lleida and the Pyrenees

So what do you know about Catalunya? Many of you will have been to Barcelona and it’s a fabulous and vibrant city. Maybe you’ve taken a holiday in the Costa Brava and been fortunate enough to discover one of its beautiful and romantic coastal towns such as Calella de Palafrugell? Maybe south to the Costa Daurada? But what more? Well, there is plenty more to Catalunya if you are brave enough to hire a car and set off on a voyage of discovery. There are natural parks in every direction, fabulous wine regions to explore, and, of course, great...

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Cares Gorge – The Best Walk in Spain?

If you are anywhere in the region of the of the Picos de Europa then you have to walk the ‘Garganta del Cares’ – the Cares Gorge. Is it the best day walk in Spain? I don’t know the answer as I’ve not walked them all (yet!), but it’s a walk of staggering beauty with breathtaking views. Cares Gorge is 12km long and is bookended by the villages of Caín in the south and Poncebos in the north. The gorge was created by the river Cares and splits the western and central massifs of the Picos range. The scale...

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Hiking in the Picos de Europa

It was during a trip to the Isle of Skye a few years ago that I decided that precious days off work on walking holidays may be better spent somewhere where I wasn’t going to get soaked to the bone, battered by wind, and having to do the fandango across waterlogged paths so as to avoid treading on a hundred frogs. Don’t get me wrong, I love walking in Britain and the west coast of Scotland and the islands are magical places. It’s just that sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of sun on your back and not...

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Special Highlights from El Camino Hike with G Adventures

In the previous two posts on this topic we covered the 3 Main Stages of the El Camino Itinerary and the Overall Sentiments of the experience along the famed pilgrimage route. In this post I want to delve a little deeper and share with you my personal highlights from the trip and what I believe are some of the most stunning and amazing locations along the final 6 days of The Way. Now I want you to bear in mind that I often work as a travel photographer and absolutely love taking photographs (and making videos), so this selection...

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The Three Main Stages of an Eight-Day Camino Hike

Two weeks ago I set out to walk 116km over 6 days through the final stretch of the famed El Camino, or The Way, in north western Spain. It was a big undertaking and even though I am in relatively good shape, love hiking and being outdoors, 116 in 6 days is a big push. The trip had been organized through a company called G Adventures, and prior to taking off they sent me a detailed itinerary with an outline of how the hike was going to be. This was a great planning tool and allowed me to gain...

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