Category Archives: Pyrenees

You really don’t want to rest and relax? Have you got a little more time? How do you feel about spending one or more days in the Pyrenees? We’ll find nature there in its purest state, deep woods, green fields, wild animals …But culture as well: Romanesque mountain chapels, forgotten hermitages, castle ruins, stone cabins, ancient paths and a great deal more!

The National park of ‘Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici’.

National Park of Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici

 The variety of landscapes is enormous and all of them stand out for their pure nature, the variety of flora and fauna, clean rivers and their high peaks, which are snow-capped for many months of the year. This is Catalan high mountain land, well away from regular tourist circuits.

I suggest to cross the ‘Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici’, the only one of its kind in Catalonia, from west to east, going through the mountain pass Portarró d’Espot, 2,423m high. Continue reading

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Alpine circuit excursion in the Catalan Pyrenees.

Ascending to the Puigmal summitThis circuit excursion starts on the high plateau of Fontalba, situated above the pretty Pyrenean village of Queralbs. We’ll ascend the peak of Puigmal (2,913m) and come down the other side to reach the sanctuary of Núria, returning from there to our point of departure. Continue reading

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Ull de Ter at Núria: a classic in the Catalan Pyrenees.

Sanctuary of NúriaHere we’re talking about a high altitude trek from Ull de Ter, source of one of Catalonia’s most important rivers, the Ter, to Núria sanctuary, both of which are situated at some 2,000m altitude. Continue reading

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The Catalan Pyrenees, a different view.

View from 2,800 m altitude in the Pyrenees

I propose that you travel with me around the beautiful Camprodon valley, visiting its little villages, finding its Romanesque churches and going deep into nature through mountain paths that are markedly alpine in character. Routes for all levels are available: Continue reading

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The high mountain lakes of the Cerdanya.

 

Lake Engorgs in La CerdanyaIn the Pyrenean region of Cerdanya, there are a whole series of high mountain lakes to be found at an altitude of some 2,000m, in an alpine environment of green pastures, great stone escarpments and peaks of up to 2,800m.. Your trip will be interesting from all points of view and good summertime weather permitting you can even have a refreshing bathe. Continue reading

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The ‘Serra d’Ensija’, solitary mountain.

Mountain Serra d'Ensija

  The itinerary I suggest here is a classic high mountain circuit, around 5 or 6 hours long. It is set amongst wooded areas and high, solitary mountains, those of the ‘Alt Berguedà’ pre-Pyrenees. Continue reading

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The ‘Riera de Sant Aniol’, the swimming pool river.

River Sant Aniol

This valley is found right in the Parque Natural de la Alta Garrotxa (High Garrotxan Natural park). Surrounded by high crags, the ‘riera de Sant Aniol’ runs through it: Continue reading

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Between volcanoes and woods.

Intense volcanic eruptions and violent earthquakes rearranged the Garrotxa landscape in those dark days of long ago. However, when visiting the region nowadays, Continue reading

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Romanesque Art in the Boí Valley, Catalonia’s world heritage.

 

Romanesque church in Sant Climent de Taüll

A two-day outing in this lush, High Pyrenean valley, where we find a wide variety of Romanesque churches, little mountain villages and gorgeous scenery, such that this valley has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Continue reading

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The region of Pallars Sobirà, paradise for adventure sports.

Rafting in the river Noguera Pallaresa

This region in the high Pyrenees provides one with all kinds of strong emotions, ranging from rafting to canyoning, to be practiced in the Noguera Pallaresa river and some of its tributaries. Continue reading

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