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With its golden beaches, endless sunshine, high-rise resorts and bargain deals, Spain has long been considered the prime destination for package holidays in Europe. But, travel beyond the well-known tourist hot spots and you’ll find a country full of fascinating cultural diversity, enticing Mediterranean cuisine and stunningly beautiful landscapes just crying out to be explored.
Comprising 17 distinct regions, Spain is a country of enormous regional diversity. Borne out of ancient historical, political and social divides, modern-day Spain reflects the traditions and identities of its past. No more so than in the region of Catalonia (also called Catalunya) where local culture, language and heritage are deeply revered and proudly celebrated.
Located in the northeast corner of Spain, Catalonia has an impressive coastline stretching almost 600km from the border with France in the north to the marshlands around Valencia. Its rich, cultural heritage and modern tourist vibe is no better displayed then in its magnificent capital city of Barcelona, one of Europe’s must-see destinations. But venture outside of the regional capital and there are many coastal wonders to be enjoyed. In fact, for those searching for a walking holiday close to home but a world apart, then look no further than the Catalonian coastline.
One of the coastal highlights is undoubtedly the Delta del Ebro Natural Park. A web of lagoons, sand dunes, reed beds and salt marshes, this protected wetland is one of the most important in all the Mediterranean providing a home to numerous species of birds including the wonderfully exotic Greater flamingo. Close by is the Els Port Natural Park, a rugged limestone massif with high cliffs and deep valleys. Sparsely populated, it boasts an abundance of wildlife and glorious scenery – just perfect for walks on the wild side.
So, if you want to see a side of Spain that defies most expectations then take a look at our Catalonia Coast & Village Trails walking holiday – you won’t be disappointed.View our holidays here