The last year has brought mentality changes in every way: we have learned to value what we have and those closest to us, to appreciate the little everyday things and to live in the moment with our loved ones.
One of the good things we have learned from this situation is that it has allowed us to rediscover our territory, our community, the closest place we have: Catalonia.
Today we want to share a list of five of the best plans to enjoy with your family this summer in Catalonia.
1. Lake excursions from the Pyrenees
There are countless mountain excursions suitable for young (and not so young) children.
Throughout the entire Catalan Pyrenees, you will find lakes and marshes surrounded by magnificent natural settings that you can explore with your little ones according to your preferences, be it longer or shorter routes. The reward? A good swim when you get to the lake with a refreshing drink. (Only if it is not a National Park, where bathing is forbidden)
- Meranges lakes in La Cerdanya
The Meranges lakes in La Cerdanya are the most visited ones at the Pyrenees during this time of the year. At 2,100 meters of altitude, the path to get there is suitable for everyone, especially children.
- Tristaina lakes in Andorra
The three most popular lakes in Andorra include an easy, well signposted and level hiking route, and the reward is reaching 2,300 meters of altitude to gaze at the spectacular views.
- Sant Maurici lake in Pallars Sobirà
Located in the heart of the Sant Maurici i Aigüestortes National Park, it is the most emblematic lake in the Lleida Pyrenees. In this National Park there are more than 200 lakes and hundreds of easy, level hiking routes, perfect for family holidays.
It is the only National Park in Catalonia and guided hiking or trekking trips are organized from our adventure experiences center, for half or full days.
You can arrive to the lake by taxi, as it is a protected area.
- La Torrassa reservoir in Pallars Sobirà
Very close to the National Park, this lake is in La Guingueta d’Àneu, where you can spend a pleasant time on the grass next to the water or enjoy activities in its calm waters, such as kayaking, paddle surfing, canoeing, Big SUP (a stand-up paddle for ten people where the challenge is not to fall) and, for the kids, inflatable platforms on the water so they can have a ton of fun.
2. A full beach day
Play with the sand, make castles, jump the waves, swim or get started in a nautical sport.
On the Ribes Roges beach in Vilanova i la Geltrú you will find our sea experience center where you can practice kayaking, paddle surfing, pedalos, Big SUP, catamaran, sailing or windsurfing.
3. Travel to Andorra
Spending a few days in Andorra is always a good idea: A great tourist, gastronomic and leisure offer for all ages.
Music festivals, street markets, fairs with attractions during the summer, the Caldea spa for families with children over five, Naturlandia or the Mont Magic Family Park in Canillo in Grandvalira with plenty of activities designed for children. Meaning, not having a good time is definitely NOT on the menu.
4. Visiting the Delta de l’Ebre or Aiguamolls de l’Empordà
Visiting protected natural areas is always a good idea to start making your little ones aware of the importance of preserving the natural environment in our country.
Two of the most important protected natural areas in Catalonia are the Delta de l’Ebre and the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, with thousands of fauna and flora species and a very important natural reserve of our community.
While you’re in them you can practice cycling or drive quads, do some kayaking, horse riding or simply travel along hundreds of beautiful, scenic hiking routes.
Sustainability and care for the environment, our top priority
Often when we go hiking in the mountains it is common to find waste.
We must be aware that our forests, mountains, beaches and lakes are the lung of our planet and it is our duty to take care of them to leave a better world for our children.
We should always carry a recycling bag to put the cans, bags, papers from your picnics. And whenever possible, we collect this waste that we find in the mountains or on the beach.
At RocRoi we practice sustainable active tourism, and we’re proud to be part of the community of companies that have obtained the Biosphere Sustainable Tourism certificate.
‘Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better’ – Albert Einstein