While I was in Spain I decided to visit my friends sister who lives in the Tremp Valley in the Spanish Pyrenees, as I had heard that they lived in a stunning area and it just happened to be on the route I was taking to Andorra. 3 years previously they moved from the UK and set up a business in Spain.
They set up Red Rock Trails, offering cycling and adventure holidays with accommodation based in their renovated 100 year old farmhouse. While I was there I got to see their beautiful accommodation and experience Heather’s amazing cooking.
Unfortunately I didn’t have time to experience some of the more adventurous activities they offer but I did manage to explore a few nearby villages, do a few hikes around some nearby lakes, see some waterfalls and swim in the local lake. It is a stunning area that I would love to go back and explore more.
While I was there I had a chat with Heather about what made them move over there:
“About 15 years ago we had this feeling that there must be more to life than sitting behind a desk for 8 hours a day and living for the weekends and holidays (obviously nothing to do with impending thirtieth birthdays…!) and we had this idea of changing our lives completely, to something simpler, healthier and more immediate.
With a background in engineering, hospitality and project management and an interest in cycling, skiing and the outdoors, we decided to look for a place in which we could create a haven for people looking for fantastic cycling, high-octane adventures and great food.
We then spent the next ten years worth of holidays exploring northern Spain looking for the perfect spot (we are more planners than impulsive types!), but we kept returning to the Tremp valley. It has stunning scenery, World Heritage recognised architecture, more adventure sports you can shake a stick at and a thriving local food scene not that anyone knows about it!
It is only relatively recently that good transport links from this little known comarca, Pallars Jussa (similar to an English county) have been developed to the provincial capital, Lleida, and other major cities in Catalonia. Lessons have been learned from the unsympathetic over development of the Spanish Costas and tourism is being developed, but in a sustainable and responsible way, so that the essential essence of the area is not lost.
With incredibly low light pollution, the area already holds ‘Dark Sky’ status (who knew you could see the Milky Way with the naked eye!?) and is well on the way to attaining ‘UNESCO Geoparc’ status which recognises the geological and paleontological importance of the area. We love taking our young (and not so young!) visitors out to see the fossilised footprints of the last dinosaurs on earth.
In the short time we have been here we have watched vultures feeding (as part of the efforts to reintroduce diverse species into the Pyrenees); taken on whitewater rapids; kayaked through the stunning Mont Rebei gorge and hiked the narrow path cut into its vertiginous cliffs; gone on all day epic singletrack mountain bike rides; drunk local wine made from an almost lost variety of grape; and taken in the most breathtaking views from a tandem paragliding flight.
Three years after we moved, we are really loving it here. Our kids are now trilingual (Catalan is spoken more than Spanish here) and every day we find out something new about the place and its people.
Clare we are so pleased to welcome you to our little part of Spain, you only have a couple of days, but we hope you see a little bit of what Catalonia has to offer outside of Barcelona and the Costa Brava.”
Heather, Chris, Dan & Iona thanks for showing me where you have made home and showing me some of the beautiful places to see in the area.
If you would like to see more about what activities they offer, click here
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