Everyone deserves an autumn adventure and just about nowhere is as adventurous as Catalonia this year, particularly if you head in the direction of the thrilling Muntanyes de Prades.
Although only hour’s drive from Reus Airport, Muntanyes de Prades couldn’t be more different from Costa Daurada’s Mediterranean coastline. Rugged and untamed in parts, they’re scattered all over with pretty villages, fun places to hike and bike with kids, wild natural pools, endless museums and even immense prehistoric caves. Vast Monestir de Poblet is here; one of Spain’s largest Cistercian monasteries and a World Heritage Site. You’ll come across fabulous town tours designed just for families. There are lessons for anything from archery and horse riding to mushroom hunting. And even younger kids will feel inspired to walk for miles on easy, well marked mountain trails.
Plus the entire area is an official Family Adventure Holiday destination, certified by the Catalan Tourist Board so it’s guaranteed family-friendly right across the board from accommodation to activity centres.
The highly coveted Family Friendly Holiday labels are only awarded to the best of the best after a rigorous certification process pioneered by Catalonia to ensure the highest of standards. So you can be sure that all labelled destinations and attractions are just right for you and your kids. Here’s a hint of what family-friendly adventure you can look forward to in Muntanyes de Prades this autumn:
Historic Prades is right in the heart of Muntanyes de Prades and it only takes a few minutes wandering round its old quarter to work out how it earned the nickname Red Town or Vila Vermella: almost all its medieval buildings are made from local red stone, which is very striking and totally unique to this part of Catalonia.
Go with the theme of originality and take a family tour of the town. Ingenious guides could teach classes on how to make history stick for kids, though obviously they have the advantage of working with tales of Moorish conquests and Castilian royal connections plus a huge collection of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance architecture, including an enormous spherical fountain in the Plaça Major and two very grand town gates dating back to the 12th century.
Kids will probably also like Prades Aventura, one of the fun places in Prades where they can run about a bit, learn archery, go on nature walks, scramble up some fairly daunting climbing walls or give child-size paintball their best shot.
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