Catalonia’s athletic tradition is known throughout the world, both for its capacity to organise international championships as well as for the high degree of specialisation of many towns and cities, which offer high quality resources and services to help athletes of all levels enjoy the pursuit of their hobbies. Moreover, the Pyrenees’ superlative meteorological and natural attributes, in addition to a number of high-quality tourism offerings and modern athletic facilities, give fame to these mountains and make them the ideal natural setting for elite athletes and professionals, hobbyists and tourists alike who wish to go on training retreats, participate in competitions or practice their favourite sports with everything they need. And they do so closely adhering to the values intrinsic to sport in the Pyrenees, such as equality, inclusion and accessibility, innovation and healthy life habits.
More than 1,000 kilometres of marked trails
With more than 1,000 kilometres of marked trails, the Pyrenees await you with an endless array of mountain routes with different levels of difficulty. It is a prime destination for all backpacking and hiking lovers, and the great trails are complemented by a large selection of tourist routes, a network of exciting local trails and an infinity of detours to help you discover the most interesting spots on each itinerary. Walking in the Pyrenees means forming part of deep valleys and spectacular mountain passes; it means delving into wild landscapes and paths steeped in the history and heritage of Catalonia.
Biking: MTB, road and gravel
Majestic mountain passes, roads, trails and paths
The Catalan Pyrenees are an unbeatable setting for the practice of cycling, which is not just an athletic activity but also a way to improve one’s personal wellness and quality of life. You will pedal through majestic mountain passes, roads, trails and paths where the bike and the cyclist merge into a landscape made to be enjoyed while raising and lowering gears, feeling this sport’s epicness in your legs.
The ideal setting for your training sessions
If what motivates you is running in the mountains, in the Pyrenees you’ll find the ideal setting for your training sessions, apart from a wide selection of mountain races and events that will put you to the test.
The forest tracks, trails and paths are waiting for you to come test your limits, whether you’re just starting out in this athletic discipline or have run countless kilometres but are seeking to get faster.
A genuine natural setting will make you feel privileged
For outdoor sport lovers, the Pyrenees are bound to become your favourite territory. Enjoying sport in such a genuine natural setting will make you feel privileged, you’ll feel like you’re merging with the landscape, and even your athletic performance will improve. The connection to nature is immediate and at every step you’ll encounter new stimuli that will seduce you even more strongly.
You’ll find yourself in an incomparable place to practice sport, whether to enjoy it for pure pleasure or to train in the best conditions for the most demanding competitions, surrounded by nearly 3,000-metre peaks, glaciers and green plateaus.
Mountaineering and climbing, water sports, air sports, on horseback... a wide range of adventures
The land of snow
The Catalan Pyrenees are the land of snow and winter sports. Sixteen ski and mountain resorts offer trails and slopes for all types of visitors.
From west to east in the Catalan Pyrenean range, Alpine ski resorts offer their visitors ample skiable areas with varying levels of difficulty and steepness depending on the skier’s skill. And as for international competitions at the highest level, La Molina and Baqueira Beret are home to facilities designed for hosting large events. Thanks to the specialisation of the skiable domains you can enjoy different modalities of winter sports, such as Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing or snowboarding.
Accessible and inclusive sport
Catalonia is a leading destination for accessible tourism in the state of Spain, with more than 1,100 tourist sites that have facilities for people with disabilities, reduced mobility and special needs.
To foster equality, inclusion and accessibility in sport, many towns and cities with athletic facilities have worked in recent years to eliminate architectural and communication barriers to make it easier for people with some disability to practice their favourite sport.