From the high Pyrenees to the wetlands of Terres de l’Ebre, along the Mediterranean coast, Catalonia offers cycling fans everything they need for a satisfying journey on two wheels; being one of the best appreciated destinations for international cyclists to stay. In addition to the pleasant temperatures all year round, quiet roads and specialised accommodation offer all guarantees and services for this sport.
Catalonia’s rich terrain has also led to the creation of a total of 18 mountain biking centres and trails, comprising more than 6,400km of marked itineraries taking you to every corner of the destination. Mile upon mile of well-maintained road routes, as well as bespoke services and accommodation, Catalonia is a land where everything is within reach.
Catalonia accounts with more than 60 accommodation facilities with the Cycling in Catalonia label, recognized as bike-friendly lodging. This seal of approval, certifies and guarantees the commitment of the destination to cycle tourism.
Its diverse geography includes mountain passes – in the Val d’Aran – and the large sandy beaches of the Costa Daurada.
It’s a region with a rich natural and cultural heritage too, as well as revered gastronomy (https://isyourhome.catalunya.com/experiencia/catalonia-is-appetising/), all of which perfectly complement a cycling adventure.
Moreover, the destination offers the possibility of cycling family activities, to enjoy the more relaxing side of cycle tourism. Catalonia has a wide range of routes that are suitable for everyone, such as the Greenways – old disused and turned into a network of family friendly cycle paths (https://www.viesverdes.cat/en/). Over a third of the region is protected and boasts one National Park, 14 natural parks and many sites of special interest, protected areas, marine and natural reserves.
In Catalonia, road cycle tourism is an experience for everyone: a perfect Mediterranean cycling destination. Of the 11 Catalan municipalities with the Sports Tourism Destination label, 5 are certified in road cycling:
- Girona (Costa Brava)
- Lloret de Mar (Costa Brava)
- Santa Susanna (Costa Barcelona)
- Cambrils (Costa Daurada)
- Salou (Costa Daurada)
Catalonia will participate at the Cycle Show (https://www.cycleshow.co.uk/) as exhibitor in this year’s edition in Alexandra Palace in London (21-23 April) to present some of the cycling facilities and experiences the destination has to offer.