5 must-see places where to practice Responsible Tourism in Catalonia.
Responsible and sustainable tourism is a type of trip that fully respects nature and the environment, and preserves the well-being and tradition of local populations.
Responsible and sustainable tourism in Catalonia finds answers 365 days a year , and focuses mainly on the rediscovery of rural and naturalistic realities. The “kmO” trend is based directly on the theme of responsible and sustainable tourism and allows you to taste and enjoy local foods and traditions.
Here is a selection, not definitive, of 5 regions in Catalonia where contact with nature is mixed with the rediscovery of oneself, proximity to native species, the search for good food and spiritual reflection.
There are hiking and trekking excursions, bike and walking tours, nature walks and cultural trips. They all have something in common, they enrich emotionally. It is an opportunity to have fun and relax but above all it is the best way to increase your own life experience.
Where to do responsible tourism in the VALL DE BOÍ
Located in the heart of the Pyrenees The Vall de Boí has one of the most impressive Romanesque complexes in the world and intact millenary traditions that make you travel in time. The Aigüestortes Park, the only National park in Catalonia, with landscapes that leave you speechless. And much more…
Each time of the year offers activities and experiences for all types of audiences.
Visits to the Romanesque complex, a World Heritage Site since 2000. Interpretive or sport trekking, bicycle touring, hydrotherapy, gastronomic experiences and traditional festivals.
Don’t miss: La Baixada de Falles. A unique experience of living in the first person, a tradition rooted in the cult of purifying fire, reinvented and adapted to current times and that unites the entire Pyrenees.
RESPONSIBLE TOURISM IN THE BERGUEDÁ.
With less than an hour from the Catalan capital, this region rich in historical and cultural heritage, is a perfect place to practice sustainable itineraries. Hiking and trekking lovers will find a wide range of tours in the middle of nature, in the shadow of the Massís del Pedraforca, one of the three most emblematic mountains of Catalonia next to the Canigó and Montserrat.
The town of Bagá is one of the best preserved medieval groups in Catalonia. Strolling through its beautiful cobbled streets will take you back in time.
Don’t miss it: the Patum de Berga. Fights of Moors and Christians, angels against demons, giants, drums and pyrotechnic shows fill the streets of Berga during the week of Corpus. The Patum is a party born and derived from the ancient representations of medieval theater. Since 2005 it has been recognized as “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.”
This northern region of Catalonia is characterized by the diversity of its landscapes.
But what singularizes it more than anything else is volcanism. La Garrotxa is a land of muted volcanoes. An environment with more than 40 volcanic cones, a unique and fascinating landscape like few others.
Its valleys house ancient castles, medieval bridges and varied Romanesque hermitages.
Bike lovers cannot miss the opportunity to pedal along the Carrilet Route. It is an old narrow-gauge train route converted into Vía Verde, which allows you to discover the area in a safe and inspiring environment.
Don’t miss it: A walk through the Bosc de Tosca. Pedra Tosca de les Preses Park is a rural space with unique characteristics formed from the lava wash of the Croscat volcano, where extraordinary dry stone walls can be observed.
THE DELTA DEL EBRO
Second wetland of the western Mediterranean after the French Camargue, the Ebro Park, since 2013 declared a Biosphere Reserve, includes a series of fresh and salt water lagoons.
The park is divided from the Ebro into a northern part, with natural areas and dunes and a southern, wilder part, which includes the unique Punta de la Banya, a green and swampy island, a favorite habitat for many bird species, which communicates with the Delta alone through the Trabucador isthmus, narrow and picturesque passage in the middle of the sea.
It highlights its ornithological richness, with more than 400 species and some of the most important marine bird breeding colonies in the Mediterranean, among other herons and Flamingos
Numerous itineraries are possible and suitable for sighting aquatic bird species in unique scenarios. The area is also popular with fishing enthusiasts and there are several opportunities for fishing tourism on the river or in the sea.
Don’t miss it: rice. It is the basic and common ingredient par excellence in delta cuisine. With it, many dishes are prepared such as seafood paella, black rice, dorado and brown rice among others.
If these dishes are substituted for rice as a basic ingredient for noodles, it becomes fideuá, another popular dish that enjoys great acceptance in crazy gastronomy.
RESPONSIBLE TOURISM IN THE PRIORAT
A beautiful landscape of gentle hills halfway between the interior of Tarragona and the Ebro Lands. This region gives its name to one of the most important wine-producing denominations in all of Spain, the Priorat. The sight is lost among the extensions of vineyards that form the backdrop of the mountains of Montsant, which surrounds the area and has a long hermit tradition.
In addition to the biological and landscape richness, the Priorat offers several activities related to the culture of wine, obviously, and oil, all in an environment of very characteristic small towns. Do not forget to visit the Charterhouse of Santa Maria de Escaladei, the main monument of the region.
The prior and his domains were the ones that gave name to what is called the historical Priorat and later to the whole region.
Do not miss it: Visiting Siurana. At 737 meters of altitude and surrounded by a precipice, Siurana, was the last bastion of Saracen resistance in Catalonia (1154). Today it is a charming little town of 40 houses and cobbled streets and the remains of the Saracen fortress, located at the entrance of the town.
At its feet a swamp of clean and calm waters offers the possibility of practicing all kinds of water sports. The quality of the rocks together with the benign climate also makes it a goal for climbing enthusiasts.