Summer activities. Trip ideas.
28 Jul 2020

Summer activities. Trip ideas.

A whole world of possibilities to enjoy leisure, culture, gastronomy and nature in a Tourist Destination that works to generate confidence and security.

We are in the middle of the summer season living a very different situation. The planning of holidays and summer activities has changed. The public administrations and the tourist sector have worked to generate confidence and security for the traveller, both for those who have chosen to travel locally and for those who come from other countries. The main concerns of tourists and visitors are safety and health, which is accompanied by a certain amount of caution when choosing a destination. It is essential to generate tourist proposals based on value-added services that will generate confidence and security. The demand for activities linked to sustainability and carried out in a natural environment has grown this season. Sustainability is already part of the strategy of companies, not only those that are part of the tourist network, and it is a growing trend. Tourists and visitors are increasingly looking for more sustainable travel alternatives and services and suppliers that meet the requirements of environmental respect and sustainable mobility.

In the face of the uncertainty of being able to choose a holiday destination, travel ideas have emerged that meet the requirements of trust, safety and health. Catalonia’s tourist destination has a wide range of activities available for both residents and foreigners. It is a rich and diverse territory from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean, which has an extensive artistic background, a broad cultural heritage and a highly regarded gastronomy, as well as a whole coastline where you can relax and enjoy beach activities.

In the hottest months, the activities near the sea and those that allow you to enjoy in a natural environment are the most demanded. Hiking in natural areas, adapted and marked itineraries, which are accessible to everyone. Performed routes by environmental educators and marked routes to enjoy the natural parks or long-distance itineraries to make a journey like Montseny, Montserrat and San Llorenç de Munt i l’Obac. This is one of the longest and most well-known routes, known as the Three Mounts Traverse with 106 kilometres of route. In the natural spaces of Catalonia there is a variety of landscapes that impresses. The pine areas of the Maresme, the wetlands of the Baix Llobregat, the cliffs of the Garraf, the vineyards of the Penedès or the steep mountains of the Berguedà, the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada or the Pyrenees are magnificent environments that you can discover on foot, by bike or even on horseback.

By the sea you can practice all kinds of water sports. The Windsurfing and Kitesurfing are the most popular activities, but you can also enjoy a refreshing drink in any of the many beach bar and tapas cabins. However, if you just need to rest, you don’t have to make much of an effort to be able to lie down and sunbathe in a good hammock or on a towel in the sand, accompanied by a good book.

Panoramic view of one of the most beautiful places of the Costa Brava

There are many activities to do on the beach as well as swimming. In each of the Family Tourism Destinations, there are countless proposals and services to enjoy the summer comfortably and in the company of the little ones. Catalonia has a very extensive coastline with a varied tourist offer of sun and beach. From emblematic areas such as the Costa Brava, to a differential proposal such as the Delta de l’Ebre or the beaches of the Costa Daurada. A whole territory of wonderful sites and spectacular coves to explore and enjoy fully the activities of the sea.

A trip through the territory of the Catalan tourist destination can be full of surprises. This is a region where you can easily go from one end to the other, combining the beach, the mountains, the city and the countryside.  The combinations are endless and will give you the colour of history.

If any of the travel ideas and programs for this summer have an interest in culture, history or painting, you have many interesting examples. You can find unique buildings in Barcelona, such as the Sagrada Familia or the Auditorium Palau de la Música Catalana, the important archaeological centre of the Imperial Tarraco, the monastery of Poblet in Tarragona, the architectural complex of the churches of the Vall de Boí in Lleida… All of them declared World Heritage by UNESCO.

Exterior view of the Poblet Monastery

Catalonia has always been a creation of cultures and influences. Painting and architecture are also part of its identity. As a whole, the cultural legacy is immense and comes from a step intimately linked to its cultural and artistic production. There are prestigious cultural and artistic proposals where visitors can get to know all aspects of it, as there is a very wide range of leisure activities available that cover different disciplines related to the world of culture, architecture and art.

Catalonia, is also known for its long tradition of refined cuisine, with a wide variety of food, wine and dishes linked to the Mediterranean Sea and in the farms, olive trees and vineyards of the countryside. To taste and enjoy the culinary products of a country is to explore all its traditions at once. Catalan cuisine has constantly absorbed influences that have helped shape the country’s rich and diverse culinary traditions. Discovering a country’s food and drink and visiting its markets to purchase its local products. Tasting and talking to culinary experts, exploring the wine routes and enjoying the select menus of its restaurants. All this is  Gastronomic Tourism.

The Gastronomic Forum is one of the main events that allows to taste and talk with culinary experts.

All these historical, cultural and artistic influences have given this cuisine a marked Mediterranean spirit, while providing new ingredients that have been incorporated. The land produces the products that form the basis of this cuisine.

When it comes to planning and preparing a holiday, the options are many and varied. Travelling, even if it is a short trip, allows you to enjoy new experiences and acquire new knowledge.


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