Water Routes in Catalunya

If our recommendation last week was the tren dels llacs, which offers several options to enjoy the views and aquatic activities in rivers, lakes, dams, … this week we go a step further recommending the best routes for those of you who want to enjoy the water as the main point of the excursion. There are... View Article


If our recommendation last week was the tren dels llacs, which offers several options to enjoy the views and aquatic activities in rivers, lakes, dams, … this week we go a step further recommending the best routes for those of you who want to enjoy the water as the main point of the excursion.

There are plenty of available routes all over Catalunya. If you have already done any of these routes, you will have surely discovered a secret place, a hidden spot, a charming location, … where you have been able to relax and enjoy the surroundings. We have put together some of our favourite routes, trying to offer a variety of alternatives (via ferrata, hiking, MTB, aquatic activities, …) all over the Catalan country.

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If you have followed us for a while, you will already know our weakness: a via ferrata (iron way). For those of you who don’t know what we are talking about, a via ferrata is an itinerary equipped with iron bridges, zip lines, rungs, ladders … that allow to any hiker not used to climb, to reach places of difficult access. Once introduce the via ferrata, we will start or recommendations in the province of Lleida, with a visit to the Congost de Mont-rebei, which separates the Catalan side of the Montsec (a mountain) from the side in Aragón (our neighbours). The route is only about 4 kilometres long (always depending on the exact point where we start walking), and it can take you as much as a whole day, depending on the time you spend on each one of the 8 viewpoints that could be found along the route. This itinerary is quite soft, without big difficulties, and runs through a balcony excavated along the wall of the mountain. There are associations and companies offering the chance to start the route on kayak and then walk the way back, depending on the level of water on the dam.

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let’s move to another province and jump to Girona, where our best recommendation is the Ruta del Torrent de la Cabana, in Campdevànol (also known as the route of the 7 gorges). An easily accessible route, without big slopes or difficulties and perfectly indicated. The total distance to cover this circular routes is about 9 kilometres and, although it can be finished in about 3 or 4 hours, we recommend you to take it easy and enjoy the surroundings as well as each one of the gorges, starting in the Gorg de la Cabana and finishing in the Gorg del Colomer, where you will find an impressive waterfall. Do you dare to take a dive in Autumn? And, if you are afraid of getting lost or insecure of the path, this website explains in detail the whole route (it is in Catalan, we know. But there are also plenty of pictures of the paths.)

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Let’s continue? Yes?

Let’s move again and go the the province of Barcelona. Our recommendation this time is a route to be ride. A route of about thirty or forty kilometres, suitable for a MTB that will guide us from the from the reservoir know as pantà de Susqueda to the one known as Pantà de Sau, following the river Ter. This round route will allows us to enjoy the woods of Holm oaks, chestnut trees and beech trees, with the magnificent and stunning presence of the cliffs known as Tavertet, Rupit and el Far. Along the route, we can also enjoy some jewels of the Catalan architecture, such as the Gothic medieval bridge, which crossed the Ter and visible only when the lever of the water is low enough, and the Romanesque church of Queròs.

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Let’s finish with our last recommendation. And we have to move to Tarragona to find it. Here we will find an impressive route of just 3 kilometres that will allow us to enjoy waterfalls, industrial patrimony, nature, … We are talking about the Niu de l’Àliga (the nest of the eagle), a natural setting in Alcover, where the river Glorieta was for centuries the one and only source of energy for several mills in the area, and which was, years later, the main source of the hydroelectric power station, whose remains can still be seen, that supply electricity to the towns of Alcover and Selva del Camp. If we follow the canalizations that brought water to the mills, we will reach the Valley of the Glorieta, an astonishing wooded area, that will lead us to a viewpoint over the waterfall offering spectacular panoramic view. And, what about the name of this route “the nest of the eagle”? What is it about? From this spot, from the viewpoint, you can see, hidden among the vegetation a stone that the meteorological conditions have sculpted over the years, which recalls an eagle. Can you see it? Up there, in its nest?

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Which routes do you recommend us? Which are your favourite? Which ones do you plan to do first? We would love to receive your comments! You will find us on FacebookTwitter and Google +. And you want to send us pictures, you can share them on Instagram using always the hashtag #livecatalunya


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