Mountain wonders, urban fun

Book our summertime family activity holiday to the Catalan Pyrenees and you’ll definitely be set for fun in the sun: the region of Catalonia gets some 300 days of sunshine every year! Our trip is based in Sort, close to Spain’s mountainous border with France. It’s an attractive medieval-style town with a castle, which explodes with colour around July when its annual fiesta occurs.

Appropriately, ‘Sort’ is the Catalan word for ‘luck’, and we certainly consider it to be a lucky find: hidden deep in activity country, it is the perfect base from which to head off adventuring.

The town sits on the Noguera Pallaresa River, a winding waterway that calls to be kayaked and explored by raft. It’s also capital of the Pallars Sobirà county, a green hilly land where you can hike and mountain bike day in and day out!

At the end of your stay, it is possible to extend your holiday to Barcelona, the coastal capital city of Catalonia. It is a hub of culture which has something for everyone in the family, with a mix of beaches, a range of art galleries and museums, and some of the best international restaurants by the Mediterranean.

Enjoyment near the Pyrenees

In Sort, you’ll have a landscape full of mountains all around, and it will be impossible to hold back the urge to explore! During the holiday you will travel into the wilderness by jeep and get familiar with the extraordinary environment of Northern Spain. We’ve planned routes which make for relaxing walks, meaning that parents and children can keep a similar pace. Not that there isn’t room for faster modes of transport – how about absorbing your surroundings while on horseback?

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An extensive two hour course will be provided to teach you how to ride comfortably and confidently. You might however prefer to go mountain biking 1850 metres above sea level and shoot through forest trails – needless to say; you’ll be in the perfect location for it!

Groups will also take to the Noguera Pallaresa in kayaks. Expert guides will be on hand to show the way, and families can demonstrate their skills with paddle while powering through the attractive countryside. Likewise, you can enjoy one of the best family rafting days we have found and try your hand at negotiating stunning rapids. Further excitement comes with canyoning as you swim, jump, and abseil away! This is an action-packed itinerary. 

Adventures in Spain

We’re sure that many of you will have seen fantasy films where brave characters make epic journeys in enchanting lands. This is exactly how you and the children will feel when you’re clambering through the Catalonian outdoors. Best of all, you won’t have enemy armies or mythical creatures chasing behind you – just bright, open spaces and glorious weather. Middle Earth, eat your heart out.

Our Activities Abroad team loved the old-world feel of Sort.

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Stepping through its streets is like travelling back in time. The views of the Noguera Pallaresa look especially good in family photos and are great to share with friends! Rafting on this lovely river is perhaps our office’s favourite activity in Sort.

We would highly recommend staying on in Barcelona and getting lost in its culture, whether admiring Gaudí’s artistic architecture found around the city, or sitting down for a sumptuous paella in a seaside café. It’ll be a marvellous urban contrast to your rural activities trip. Just enquire when making your booking and our Travel Experts will help to arrange it all for you.

Get an expert opinion

Family holidays are so important so please get in touch and let our Travel Experts use their firsthand experience to help you make the right decision for your family. We’ve explored our destinations with our own families, we’ve slept in the accommodation, dined in the restaurants, rafted on the rivers, zip wired through the tree tops, played in the snow, marvelled at the Northern Lights… So please contact us if you have any questions.

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