For a country roughly the size of California, Spain sure packs a hell of a punch. And it isn’t all red wine, siestas, and the running of the bulls—Spain is actually a top destination for outdoor lovers.
There are probably thousands of ways to adventure your way across this fun-loving country, but here are my five favorites.
1. See Catalonia by bike
The winding roads, alpine villages, and white-sand beaches of Catalonia make the region a dream come true for road cyclists. The area is stacked with challenging terrain, and each hill climb leads to stunning vistas.
Catalonia’s must-sees include the cities of Barcelona and Girona and the mountaintop Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey (which is surrounded by enough hiking paths to justify a full-day visit).
The region’s Mediterranean coast, La Costa Brava, is idyllic in every sense of the word. It offers some of Catalonia’s mellower cycling and some of Europe’s best seafood. The small fishing town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols is a particularly charming spot for a rest day.
Our friends at G Adventures hit many of these spots on their eight-day Cycle Northern Spain tour.