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Spotlight on Southern Catalunya

August 15th, 2016 by
The Historical amphiteather of Tarragona.

The Historical amphitheater of Tarragona.

How about heading off the tourist trail to experience a unique and rarely seen side of Spain? Located in the Terres de l’Ebre region of Southern Catalunya, and traversed by the longest river in Spain, you’ll find the Ebro Delta – one of the most remarkable delta regions of its kind in Europe. Aside from its protected lagoons and wildlife, this little-known region harbors ancient cities, glorious sandy beaches and some of Spain’s most breathtaking landscapes, not to mention mouth-watering local tapas  and regional wines. Welcome to the real Spain…

For the seaside lover…

Discovering the Ebro Delta by bike

Based in the charming whitewashed town of Poble Nou del Delta, this tour offers a week of gentle self-guided cycling against the spectacular backdrop of the Montsià  Mountains. Discover the beautiful, unspoiled beaches of Illa de Buda, Sant Carles de la Ràpita (with its sweeping promenade) and Riumar; soak up some Roman history in UNESCO Tarragona, overlooking the sea; and marvel at incredible flora and fauna in bird-filled lagoons and nature reserves.

  For the history buff…

Undiscovered Southern Catalunya Cycling

Every day is different on this 8-night self-guided cycling tour, where you’ll discover historic towns and villages amidst superb views of mountains, gorges and waterfalls. Marvel at the 2000-year-old Templar city of Tortosa; wander the medieval streets of Picasso’s picturesque Horta de Sant Joan; explore the charming old town of Miravet; and follow our suggested walking paths across the site of the Battle of the Ebro – the longest and largest battle of the Spanish Civil War.

For the artistic type…

Following in the Footsteps of Picasso

On this guided walking tour you’ll explore the vast Els Ports Natural Park, one of the largest and most rugged of Catalunya’s protected areas and the inspiration for much of Pablo Picasso’s work. You’re based near Horta de Sant Joan, one of the prettiest towns in Terra Alta and the one-time home of the great artist. Visit the cave Picasso lived in, tour the museum that houses several of his works and take in the varied and dramatic landscapes which inspired him: rocky mountains, marble quarries, ancient forest and lush river valleys.

  For a bit of everything…

Cycling around the River Ebro

Spend 6 nights exploring the best of the Terres de l’Ebre on a wonderful mix of rural, riverside and coastal trails. Soak up Roman and Spanish Civil War history in ancient Tortosa; get close to nature in the Ebro Delta’s impressive freshwater reserve, home to sticklebacks, lilies and herons; enjoy the sun, sand and excellent seafood at Sant Carles de la Ràpita; and take in the rustic villages, sprawling rice fields and fragrant orchards of rural Spain.

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