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:
- Itineraries around the dry-stone cabins. Get to know the old rural heritage of this area ( 2 options) , with splendid mountain views. An excursion of 2 to 4 hours, amidst wide open grasslands and old cultivated highland pastures, where nowadays flocks of sheep and herds of cattle graze. Suitable for all levels of fitness.
- Excursion to an old carabineer barracks, situated fully in the mountains, with unbeatable views both towards the highest peaks and the distant Mediterranean. This excursion takes us across stunning meadows, gradually leading upwards. A four hour outing suited to all levels of fitness.
- A climb up to the abandoned village of Feitús, fording the same river 5 times, through luxuriant Pyrenean woodlands. In Summertime, when the weather is good, there’s a chance to bathe in a river’s little pool. The village of Feitús is comprised of very old natural stone houses, taking us straight back to how people lived until not long ago. A most interesting trip! A four hour outing, suitable for all levels of fitness.
- Ascent to the Costabona peak ( 2,448m), by way of a panoramic route, following a long forest track between two valleys. This excursion is about 3 hours on foot and requires an average level of physical fitness.
- Route amid the Setcases rivers, ascending through one valley and descending by another, crossing two beautiful, high mountain rivers, through incomparable scenery of flora and fauna. An outing of 4 hours with various opportunities to bathe in crystal clear river waters. With a bit of training, suited to all levels of fitness.
- For the most daring, a dip in a high mountain lake, with the opportunity of ascending the Pic de Bacivers ( Peak of Bacivers) at 2,845m. An alpine type excursion of between 4 and 6 hours – not dangerous, though which demands a certain level of physical training. If at the end we’ve any strength left, there’s also the adjacent Bastiments peak to climb, at a height of 2,884m, coming down and back by another path. In my opinion, this is one of the best mountain excursions in the area!
- Romanesque route: unbeatable XI and XII churches in Camprodon, Llanars, Molló, Rocabruna and Beget, ending the trip at this stunning village and with a chance to take a refreshing dip in the river’s pools. These churches comprise a clear example of the mountainous Catalan Romanesque. This route lasts around 4 hours, with sundry strolls through the aforementioned villages. There’s an opportunity to sample some traditional Catalan cuisine in Beget.
- To complement the Romanesque trip, whether on the outgoing or return journey: one can visit two extraordinary Romanesque monasteries at Ripoll and Sant Joan de les Abadesses. Santa Maria de Ripoll has a unique, 12th century sculptured doorway; an incomparable two-floored cloister and various tombs of the nobility from Catalonia’s earliest days. Sant Joan de les Abadesses then stands out for its sensational 12th century monastic church; a beautiful Gothic cloister and a group of sculptures from the Descent of the Cross, which is Gothic as well.
I can provide consultation for many other interesting excursions in this stunning Pyrenean valley. Just ask me!
One day return excursions, starting off from your accommodation point, or outings of 2 or more days, including a stay in a hotel or CRP.