Traiectus helps you escape and discover new trails...
Edu Martinell is a busy guy. He runs the excellent Trail Running Soul site, and has now launched a fantastic trail running tours service in the amazing Pyrenees environment. He kicks off by explaining a but more about Traiectus
As a trail runner and outdoors lover, and knowing there are extremely beautiful spots in the Pyrenees and the Costa Brava, two beautiful spots in the North-Eastern corner of Spain, I thought there had to be a way to make life easier for trail runners around the world who wanted to spend their vacations practicing their favorite sport in such special environment.
Few other companies worldwide were offering specialized trail running tours (and none in Spain), so I decided that something like Traiectus would make the perfect idea: one put by trail runners and for trail runners.
So Traiectus was born as a business offering supported trail running tours. This means we take care of everything so you can simply enjoy your runs. When you book a tour, we make the reservations at each of the accommodations, we prepare our daily picnic “on the go” and we carry all your stuff to the next lodge while you run. 0% hassle 100% fun!
There are two types of tours: either guided by one of our local experts, or for those craving for more freedom, self-guided tours. So if you choose a guided tour, an expert mountain guide will lead the group (between 5 and 12 runners) so you don’t have to worry about orienteering. If you decide to do a self-guided one, you will have a roadbook to guide you through the mountains. In both cases, though, you will have Traiectus’ support at all times.
There are currently three different types of trail running tours available – coastal tours and medium and high altitude tours.
Full Traiectus portfolio
Trail Brava – a 3-day tour through the coastal trails of the renowned Costa Brava. You will visit beautiful coastal villages, stay in cozy hotels and run on a great variety of trails (dirt roads, technical singletrack, beaches, etc). A combination of tourism, outdoor sports and trail running perfect for an off-season trip (read here, when the weather keeps you from running where you live)
Trail Brava 5 – extending the above tour another two days, for those able to spend a week in this beautiful location. A first day will take through beaches and a natural park and on the last one you will run the last miles of the Pyrenées (where it meets the Mediterranean sea) right on the border with France.
Medium altitude tours
Trail Rocabruna: a 4-day option ideal for those willing to get a taste of the Pyrenées. Ranging from 2300ft to 6500ft, this is a 55mile tour which will take you through tiny mountain villages. Singletrack and dirt roads, cozy mountain lodges and hotels and the opportunity of running in a highly rich cultural environment. If you’d like to trail run through old churches and other interesting cultural sites in a single holiday trip, this is what you’re looking for.
High altitude tours
Trail Malniu – 3 days right in the heart of the Pyrenees. This is a 45 mile high altitude route through some of the highest peaks of the Eastern Pyrenees (up to 9000 feet). You’ll stay in huts and live for three days the spirit of these mountains (and maybe even come across Kilian Jornet in one of his training routines… ;)
Trail Malniu 5 – a long version route which shares the first 3 days with the Trail Malniu tour and then goes for 2 more days into Andorra, the country of the Pyrenées. This is a demanding tour with around 70miles total which crosses beautiful spots in between two countries. If you’re fit enough and are craving for mountain runs, this is you’re tour!
The tours can also be customized to the needs of each group: we can go out on any given dates, make the routes longer/shorter, easier/harder and even combine tours. With the help of local professional guides (experienced trail runners) each tour gives the possibility of discovering Spain and its wild nature in a way not available until now.
Each tour gives a unique experience to all level runners, from those looking for a combination of traditional holidays spiced up with a bit of running, to those craving for high altitude demanding trail runs. All of them in a unique area: northern Spain, either the Costa Brava (one of the top destinations for tourists around the world) or the Pyrenées a mountain range with the perfect conditions (just the right altitude to run, with tons of trails to discover and beautiful landscapes and mountain villages).
NOTE – Traiectus are offering all MST readers 10% off a Trail Tour by clicking here when booking!!
So, if you ever thought of doing trail running vacations, you should visit Spain! Head over to the website for more details or become a fan on Facebook.