Family cycling and water sports vacation in Spain
This one’s for adventurous families: seven days of cycling, snorkelling and kayaking on the Costa Brava, with a charming townhouse as your base
Cycle the foothills of the Gavarres Cycle to Calella de Palafrugell snorkelling at the bay of La Fosca Sea Kayaking at the Bay of Castells Cycle around local medieval villages Sailing trip from the Bay of Palamos Seven nights’ accommodation in a luxury townhouse
€625To€785 excluding flights
Price is per person based and includes 7 nights accommodation and everything specified in the itinerary.
Suitable for families with children aged 12 upwards.
Suitable for families with children aged 12 upwards.
Description of Family cycling and water sports vacation in Spain
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
1 Reviews of Family cycling and water sports vacation in Spain
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 01 Sep 2018 by Vicky Taylor
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Too many to mention! Accommodation was great! Paddle boarding was great!! Sea kayaking amazing! Cycling brilliant and sailing relaxing!!
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Take the bus if you’re flying into Barcelona.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
The showers were all heated by solar power. All the people who ran the activities seemed to be local Catalan and although we considered hiring a car to transfer from the airport it was totally unnecessary. Ideally we would have travelled by train rather than flying but once we were in Palamós we got to most places under our own steam.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Brilliant! Great with teenage kids!
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThe accommodation. We have lovingly restored a townhouse in the center of Palamos which had been derelict for 7 years, We employed local tradesmen to breath new life into the project and have upcycled many pieces of furniture purchased from second hand shops. We have installed solar panels on the roof terrace to take full advantage of the sunny south facing position, therefore all our water is solar powered and the system also contributes to our heating. The utility room has three different bins, one for organic waste, one for plastics and one for cardboard and glass.
Small rucksacks are provided with the bikes and guests are asked to put all rubbish in it for disposal at the end of the day. Packed lunches are provided in reusable containers and refillable water bottles.
Fresh food is sourced locally, and menus are very much dictated by the seasons, which reduces transportation. Strawberries and peaches only appear on the menu in the summer, and pumpkins, mushrooms, apples and pears are on the table in autumn. Our local bakery produces fresh bread every day from a wood burning oven, free range eggs and chicken are delivered from the smallholdings to the butcher, and weekly markets provide organic produce.
The Emporda is an area of great natural wealth. Its situation and layout means that it provides a habitat for a number of species which are under threat of disappearing. There are three areas of special interest that you might want to visit by bike. The Isles de Medes, a tiny archipelago which has a unique flora and fauna system, supporting a lavish marine life, the Aguamolls Natural Park, a wetland home to over300 species of birds, and the Gavarres Natural Park, where wild boar roam through ancient cork, oak, and pine forests. Guidelines are given to our guests on arrival regards using the Cycle Network in a responsible manner.
PeopleOur aim is to provide quality self guided and guided tours, enabling our guests to experience the natural beauty of the Emporda region of Catalunya without damaging the environment. The main economy in the area is based around agriculture and tourism. Through our cycling tours we support the local economy by booking directly with locally run and managed hotels and restaurants, including the ‘Turisme Rural' initiative. We support local markets and producers by including visits and tastings by bike on our travels.
Preserving local culture is of paramount importance to our cycling tours. Although Catalunya is in Spain, and everyone here speaks Spanish, the first language, particularly in rural areas is Catalan.
We are based in Baix Emporda which is very much a rural community that takes great pride in its heritage, particularly since the end of the Franco regime, when many local traditions were banned for the Catalan people. Every village has a strong sense of community, and there are always festivals, concerts, film shows, craft fairs, markets throughout the year. We have started a regular articles page on our website of any forthcoming events, and we actively encourage our guests to participate. Our tour always includes several visits to local producers.
We believe that experiencing local culture, makes a vacation memorable and worthwhile, and the best way to do it is on a bike! In many ways this strong sense of tradition is what makes this area so unique and worthy of a visit. Unlike some other areas of Spain, the Baix Emporda area of Catalunya is largely unspoilt, has managed to preserve its language and traditions, and has retained its own identity. We feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful place, and would like the opportunity to share the experience with like minded travelers through cycling with us.
For 2017 we are supporting 2 local charities. first the Fundacio Mona, a chimpanzee sanctuary that provides primates with a nurturing and restorative environment.The second project is the International Red Cross. This particular scheme is run by volunteers who provide baby milk, nappies and clothes to babies up to 18 months, whose families are on low income support. For every tour booked we donate €20 between both projects which is paid annually in October.
We have also employed a new cycling guide who is Catalan and was previously made redundant.