Self guided cycling vacation in Spain

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This trip can be tailor made to suit you between 1 April - 18 November
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Responsible tourism: Self guided cycling vacation in Spain

Environment

The Vias Verdes is an excellent resource for visitors to Catalonia, it cuts through magnificent scenery off the beaten track and a lot of time and money has been invested to create this cycling and walking trail. Our clients are encouraged to use all the conservation measures laid out in the guidelines and code of practice issued by the Generalitat de Catalunya. Litter must be disposed of at the various points on the route. Fires must not be set. Water must be used in a responsible manner. Animal and bird life should be respected. Route signs should be followed. We feel very privileged to be able to offer this tour to our guests and encourage responsible tourism through this programme.

Community

This tour takes you through an area which has many conservation programmes and initiatives. The trail itself has undergone a complete overhaul using local resources and natural materials. Users of the route are encouraged to abide by the codes and guidelines set up for the protection of the environment and wildlife. All the old stations have been restored to allow the traveler to break up his journey causing minimal impact to the surroundings. The small local communities along the route service all these facilities giving economic value back to the area. There are also visitor centres along the way setting out the various initiatives being undertaken in this area which will allow you to, if not take part actively, be able to support throughout your stay.

The second half of the route visits old traditional towns which promote their own individual cultural and economic heritage. Girona is very much the centre of Catalan culture with it ancient University and Cathedral, while Palamos represents the traditional fishing heritage of the area. The Vias Verdes is a network of old railway lines across Spain which have been restored and modified so that the public may walk or cycle through some of the most important natural areas of the country. The Vias Verdes passport can be stamped on each different route. This encourages the traveler to get involved and be aware of the conservation projects going on in any one area.

Reviews of Self guided cycling vacation in Spain

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Visiting a new part of Spain

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


As we wanted a cycling vacation we should have taken our own research. For a 'chill' vacation the accommodation was very good.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Good

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


La Rectoria accommodation: comfortable ease, nothing a problem, beautiful rural location, delightful hosts and delicious food.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If possible get a good map of the Grarroxta area similar to an ordinance survey before setting off to compliment any given maps. If
possible take your own water bottle and helmet.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Traveling by cycle reduces environment although as our bags were moved each day anyway maybe this is not true. Always stayed
locally ate local produce.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very good

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


From a bike you see the country in a way you never can from a car - we saw a huge variety of scenery in just a few days.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


We would definitely recommend this operator to either keen or beginner cyclists - just tell Alan whether you want to do more or less, and he's happy to plan an itinerary for you.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


We stayed in some great small hotels in some stunning settings, run by owners who were really committed to making our vacation special.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We loved the flexibility of this trip - Alan and Vivian were happy to tailor the trip to our needs and always ready to offer advice or ideas. The trip they planned allowed us to see Catalonia and stay in some fantastic places without the hassle of sorting everything out ourselves.

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