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Year of Publication: 2008

Pyrenean landscape

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This small book you hold in your hands is designed to be your new and inseparable

travel companion for the Catalan Pyrenees, a practical guide to help you to discover

the most spectacular landscapes, to enjoy the finest routes with the greatest ease and

comfort and to marvel at the most picturesque and charming nooks and crannies

in the fantastic mountains that are the Catalan Pyrenees.

The routes described here are merely to give you an idea, however, and the itinerary

you finally choose will depend on your starting-point, how you plan to organise

your time and how long you want to spend on each visit.

Remember that if you would like more detailed information about the routes we

suggest, all you need to do is visit a Pyrenean Tourist Office.

Have a great trip!

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Frontier

Autonomous

comunity boundary

Tourist brand

region boundary

Pirineus region boundary

Motorway

Strategic road

Local road

Narrow-gauge

railway line

Tourist Information

Offices

River, stream

Reservoir

Mount

Town

There is a place where your feelings will truly fly high; from Cape Creus to

the Val d’Aran, across the long northern strip of Catalonia that is formed by the

Pyrenees and pre-Pyrenees. These are lands full of surprises, dominated by soaring

peaks and deep valleys where great rivers are born, Alpine meadows and fir

forests. Discover a treat for all five senses as you enjoy adventure, excitement,

relaxation, culture and cuisine. Come to the Catalan Pyrenees and prepare for

sensations, and above all for feelings.

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Val d’Aran

Alta Ribagorça

Pallars Jussà

Vielha

Pont de

Suert

Tremp

This travel guide contains descriptions of 6 fantastic routes around the 11

comarques (counties) in the Catalan Pyrenees, where incredible surprises

await you. We hope you will enjoy all the routes we suggest!

Sort

Alt Urgell

Pallars Sobirà

La Seu

Solsona

Solsonès

Puigcerdà

Cerdanya

Berga

Ripoll

Berguedà

Ripollès

Olot

Garrotxa

Figueres

Alt Empordà

ROUTE 1

ROUTE 2

ROUTE 3

ROUTE 4

ROUTE 5

ROUTE 6

Alt Empordà and Garrotxa

Figueres - Olot

Ripollès and Cerdanya

Ripoll - Puigcerdà

Berguedà and Solsonès

Berga - Solsona

Alt Urgell and Pallars Sobirà

La Seu d’Urgell - Sort

Val d’Aran

Vielha

Alta Ribagorça and Pallars Jussà

El Pont de Suert - Tremp

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Sant Joan

de les Fonts

Olot

Vall d’en Bas

Les Planes

d’Hostoles

Garrotxa

Besalú

Les Preses

Santa Pau

Sant Feliu

de Pallerols

Maçanet de Cabrenys

Castelló

d’Empúries

Peralada

Figueres

Alt Empordà

ROUTE 1

Alt Empordà and Garrotxa

Figueres - Olot

Alt Empordà. This is a county in the northeast corner of the Iberian Peninsula,

where the Costa Brava begins. To the north, the county borders on the eastern

end of the Pyrenees, which reach the sea at steep and rocky Cape Creus. Alt

Empordà is the easternmost county in the Catalan Pyrenees, its climate

favouring the natural presence of typical Mediterranean vegetation. The capital

is Figueres.

Garrotxa. This county straddles the mountains and the plains, volcanic lands

which run down from the Pyrenees to the Cordillera Transversal mountain

range. Most of the territory is at an average altitude of below 600 metres, with

maximum heights below 1,600 metres. An outstanding attraction in Garrotxa

county is the town of Besalú, with its superb medieval architectural heritage.

The capital, Olot, stands close to the famous beech forest known as La Fageda

d’en Jordà.

Besalú 8 9


Route

Distance Recommended road

From Figueres to Olot 46 km

N-260

Total

46 km

Alt Empordà

Figueres Tourist Office

Pl. del Sol, s/n. Figueres

Tel. (+34) 972 503 155

www.figueresciutat.com

Peralada Tourist Office

Pl. Peixateria, 6. Peralada

Tel. (+34) 972 538 840

www.peralada.org

Maçanet de Cabrenys

Tourist Office

Aparcament del Pont, s/n

Maçanet de Cabrenys

Tel. (+34) 972 544 297

www.massanet.org

Castelló d’Empúries

Tourist Office

Jaume I, s/n

Castelló d’Empúries

Tel. (+34) 972 156 233

www.castello.cat

Garrotxa

Garrotxa Tourist Association

Av. Onze de Setembre, 22, 2a Olot

Tel. (+34) 972 271 600

www.turismegarrotxa.com

Olot Municipal Tourist Office

Hospici, 8. Olot. Tel. (+34) 972 260 141

www.olot.cat/turisme

Besalú Tourist Office

Pl. de la Llibertat, 1. Besalú

Tel. (+34) 972 591 240. www.besalu.net

Santa Pau Tourist Office

Pl. Major – Can Vayreda. Santa Pau

Tel. (+34) 972 680 349

www.garrotxa.com/santapau

Vall d’en Bas Tourist Office

Local S. de les Olletes, El Mallol

Sant Privat d’en Bas (La Vall d’en Bas)

Tel. (+34) 972 692 177

www.vallbas.cat

Les Preses Tourist Office

Antiga Estació, s/n. Les Preses

Tel. (+34) 972 692 023

www.lespreses.cat

Sant Feliu de Pallerols

Tourist Office

Ctra. de Olot, s/n

Sant Feliu de Pallerols

Tel. (+34) 972 444 474

www.ddgi.es/sfp

Les Planes d’Hostoles

Tourist Office

Pg. de l’Estació, 2

Les Planes d’Hostoles

Tel. (+34) 972 448 026

www.lesplanes.cat

Sant Joan les Fonts

Tourist Office

Ctra. de Olot, 53

Sant Joan les Fonts

Tel. (+34) 972 290 507

www.santjoanlesfonts.cat

The Croscat Volcano ON FOOT: VERY EASY / DISTANCE: 2.9 km / DURATION: 45 min

The Croscat Volcano is Strombolian in type. Its horseshoe-shaped crater, 600 m long

and 350 m wide, is not visible from any point along our route. Due to quarrying for

lapilli over many years, a huge crack more than 100 m deep and 500 m long has formed.

The quarrying finally came to an end in 1991 when the Catalan government bought out the mining company.

Access to the Croscat Volcano is regulated and controlled, and

visitors are required to respect opening times and follow the

instructions posted on information panels inside the Natural Park.

Guidebooks and other publications are available from Can Passavent.

Our route starts at the Santa Margarida picnic area. Crossing the

GI-524 Olot-Santa Pau road, follow the signs to the Croscat

Volcano. Passing through Masnou, we find a turn-off on the left

which leads us to Can Passavent, the Natural Park’s reception

and information centre.

Fageda d’en Jordà beech forest

(Joan Maragall path) ON FOOT: VERY EASY / DISTANCE: 1.5 km / DURATION: 22 min

Fageda d’en Jordà is a beech forest growing on the lava flows from the Croscat

Volcano. Its relief is gently undulating, with small hills known locally as tossols.

The landscape changes greatly here from one season to another, with reddish tones

predominating in autumn, grey in winter and fresh shades in summer. Besides beech,

there are oak and holly trees which also grow in the sunnier parts of the forest.

Leaving the Can Serra car park (4 km

along the GI-524 Olot-Santa Pau road)

southwards, we cross the road. On the

other side are the steps leading down into the beech forest and,

on the right, a monument erected in memory of the poet Joan

Maragall, inscribed with the famous poem this forest inspired

him to write.

Going down the steps, we find the path leading into the forest,

which forms a loop through the forest and takes you back to

the car park.

Garrotxa

Croscat Volcano

Olot

Can

Passavent

Sta. Margarida

Fageda

d’en Jordà

Torn

Volcano

Can Serra

Puig Safont

Volcano

Mallola

Volcano

Puig de Martiova

Volcano

Masnou

Croscat

Volcano

Santa Pau

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From Sant Martí de Llémena

to Santa Pau BY CAR / DISTANCE: 35 km / DURATION: 3 h

This route takes us around the Llémena and Finestres valleys, through forests and

following rivers to reach the heights of the Sierra de Finestres mountain range.

Our starting point is Sant Martí de Llémena, where we can visit

the Church of Sant Martí. From Olot, take the C-152 road, then the

C-63 towards Santa Coloma de Farners, taking the I-531 at Sant

Feliu de Pallerols. From Sant Martí, take the GI-531 to Sant Esteve

de Llémena.

We then continue straight on along the GI-531 until we come to

Sant Aniol de Finestres, then cross the village and turn left. In the

centre is the Romanesque Church of Sant Aniol. After visiting

the village, we return to the bridge, turning left to take the path

to Mieres.

After driving for 15.5 km, we reach the Iberian settlement of

Palomera, after which we reach Mieres, with its Baroque church

and square bellower.

We now turn off to the left, onto the GI-524 road to Santa Pau and Olot. Santa Pau has a spectacular medieval

centre, with porticoed square, Romanesque castle adorned by a fine tower and the “Portalada de Sant Antoni”,

a monumental gateway opened in the medieval walls.

This route is of outstanding artistic interest, leading us around the narrow streets

and squares of the medieval town.

From Olot, we take the A-26 motorway and the Figueres N-260 road to reach Besalú.

Worth visiting:

More routes information on www.visitpirineus.com

Garrotxa

Santa Pau

Sant Aniol

de Finestres

Sant Esteve

de Llémena

Les Planes d’Hostaler

Iberian settlement

Visit to Besalú ON FOOT: VERY EASY

· The Monastery of Sant Pere (Romanesque church that formed part of a monastery dating from 977).

· The Hospital of Sant Julià (interesting 12th-century façade).

· Cúria Real (used as Palace of Justice and Royal Court).

· Porticoed square: Plaça de la Llibertat

· Miqveh (Jewish purification baths, the third-most important in Europe)

· Fortified bridge over the River Fluvià (symbol of the town).

· Carrer de Tallaferro, a street with Romanesque gateway.

· The Church of Sant Vicenç (Romanesque and Gothic).

· Casa Cornellà (12th-century Romanesque civil house).

Mieres

Sant Martí

de Llémena

WE SUGGEST

ALT EMPORDÀ

A monastery overlooking the sea

Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes

El Port de la Selva

Tel. (+34) 972 387 559. www.mhcat.net

A minute of free fall

Skydive Empuriabrava

Empuriabrava

Tel. (+34) 972 450 111.

www.skydiveempuriabrava.com

Discover Alt Empordà

Alt Empordà Tourist Association

Figueres

Tel. (+34) 972 514 431. www.empordaturisme.com

Empúries, a stroll through history

Archaeology Museum of Catalonia - Empúries

L’Escala

Tel. (+34) 972 770 208. www.mac.es

GARROTXA

Besalú by night, or medieval Besalú

Besalú Tourist Office

Besalú

Tel. (+34) 972 591 240. www.besalu.net

Quad routes

Vall d’en Bas Tourism Initiatives

Hostalets d'en Bas

Tel. (+34) 655 902 287 / 655 902 288.

www.quadsdenbas.com

The volcanoes by bicycle

Agència de Turisme Medi Ambiental

Les Preses

Tel. (+34) 972 692 023. www.garrotxa.net/atma

Guided hikes in Catalonia

Giroguies

Olot

Tel. (+34) 972 303 886 / 636 490 830

www.giroguies.com

Landscapes by train

The Cultural Tourist Train of Roses

Roses

Tel. (+34) 972 256 625. www.trenrosesexpres.com

See and enjoy history

Ciutadella Museum of Roses

Roses

Tel. (+34) 972 151 466

www.rosesfhn.org

Romanesque treasure

Canonical Church of Santa María

Vilabertran

Tel. (+34) 972 508 787. www.mhcat.net

Castle of Sant Ferran

Catalan Fortresses

Figueres

Tel. (+34) 972 502 653 / 972 506 094.

www.lesfortalesescatalanes.info

Carriage, narrow gauge railway or horse?

Tour Turístic

Santa Pau

Tel. (+34) 972 680 358.

www.i-santapau.com

The complete freedom of self-guided hikes

A Peu

Santa Pau

Tel. (+34) 972 680 450.

www.a-peu.com

Flying over volcanoes

Vol de Coloms

Santa Pau

Tel. (+34) 972 680 255 / 689 471 872.

www.voldecoloms.com

The information contained in the “We Suggest” section is taken from Guide to Make the Most of Catalonia,

published by Turisme de Catalunya.

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Cerdanya

Puigcerdà

Alp

Bellver de

Cerdanya

Llívia

Ripollès

Setcases

Ribes de Freses

Camprodon

Sant Joan de

les Abadeses

Vallfogona

del Ripollès

Ripoll

Olot

Monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll

ROUTE 2

Ripollès and Cerdanya

Ripoll - Puigcerdà

Ripollès. This is a Pyrenean county perched amongst the high peaks near the

border with France, including Mount Puigmal. Ripollès county straddles two

valleys: the Vall de Ribes (watered by the River Freser) and Vall de Camprodon

(through which the River Ter flows). Apart from the outstanding cultural heritage

in the capital, Ripoll, other important sights include two valleys, Vall de Camprodon

and Vall de Núria, whilst a visit to the Romanesque village of Sant Joan de les

Abadesses in also outstanding.

Cerdanya. This county, as charming as it is small and traversed by the Segre

River Valley, conserves a great artistic heritage. Gazing down on the plain from

the peaks here, we can discover marvellous nooks and crannies that invite us to

rest and relax, take a stroll or sit in contemplation. Lakes, green valleys, steep

mountainsides and prodigious, unspoilt natural beauty need to be admired in

silence and without hurry. The capital of Cerdanya county is Puigcerdà. Winter

sports fans will find all they need in La Molina, La Masella and Lles de Cerdanya,

whilst other places of interest include Llívia and Bellver.

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Route

From Ripoll to Puigcerdà

Ripollès

Ripoll Tourist Office

Pl. Abat Oliba, s/n. Ripoll

Tel. (+34) 972 702 351

www.ajripoll.org

64 km

Camprodon Tourist Office

Pl. d’Espanya, 1. Camprodon

Tel. (+34) 972 740 010

www.camprodon.cat

Vall de Camprodon Tourist Office

Ctra. comarcal C-38, PK 9600

Camprodon. Tel. (+34) 972 740 936

www.valldecamprodon.org

Sant Joan de Les Abadesses

Tourist Office

Palau de l’Abadia, 9

Sant Joan de les Abadesses

Tel. (+34) 972 720 599

www.santjoandelesabadesses.com

Distance Recommended road

From Olot to Ripoll N-260

Total

31 km

95 km

N-152

Vall de Ribes Tourist Board

Pl. de l’Ajuntament, 3, baixos

Ribes de Freser. Tel. (+34) 972 727 728

www.vallderibes.cat

Vallfogona del Ripollès

Tourist Office

Puig Estela, 9. Vallfogona del Ripollès

Tel. (+34) 972 701 909

www.ddgi.es/vallfogona

Setcases Tourist Office

Rec, 5. Setcases

Tel. (+34) 972 136 089

www.setcases.info

Cerdanya

Bellver de Cerdanya Tourist Board

Pl. Sant Roc, 9. Bellver de Cerdanya

Tel. (+34) 973 510 229

www.bellver.org

Cerdanya Tourist Office

Cruïlla N-152/N-260. Puigcerdà

Tel. (+34) 972 140 665

www.cerdanya.org

Alp Tourist Office

Av. Tossa d’Alp, 6. Alp

Tel. (+34) 972 890 385

www.ddgi.es/alp

Llívia Tourist Office

dels Forns, 11. Llívia

Tel. (+34) 972 896 313

www.llivia.org

Puigcerdà Tourist Office

Querol, 1. Puigcerdà

Tel. (+34) 972 880 542

www.puigcerda.com

By bicycle along the Iron

and Coal Route BY BICYCLE: MEDIUM DIFFICULTY / DISTANCE: 24 km / DURATION: 1 h 30 min

The old railway line, once used to transport iron and coal from the mines in Ogassa,

has now been converted into a cycle path which is ideal for easy and enjoyable rides.

The route begins in Ripoll. At the end of Passeig de Sant Joan in

Ripoll, take the C-26 road in the direction of Camprodon to the

industrial estate where we find the sign indicating the start of

the cycle path. The route is flat and easy and signposted throughout.

The cycle lane ends in Torralles railway station in Sant Joan de

les Abadesses (km 12), from where we can retrace our path.

The most outstanding sights in Sant Joan de les Abadesses

include the magnificent 12th-century Romanesque monastery,

the museum, the Church of Sant Joanipol and the medieval bridge.

In Ripoll, we should not miss the Monastery of Santa Maria, with

its extraordinary portal, and the Church of Sant Pere.

From the Sanctuary of Núria

to Queralbs ON FOOT: VERY DIFFICULT / DISTANCE: 6.5 km / DURATION: 2 h 20 min

This route begins in Núria, which we can reach by taking the rack railway from the

stations in either Ribes de Freser or Queralbs. Having visited the sanctuary, we cross

a wooden bridge, turning left to reach the lake. From there, following the white and

red signs indicating GR-11 (long-distance path 11), we pass the Chapel of Sant Gil and the fountain of Doctor

Bassols, turning left onto the path that leads to the dam.

Climbing to the top of a small hill, we can enjoy fantastic views

of the sanctuary and the lake before taking the path on the left

towards Queralbs, following along the bottom of the gorges. We

soon reach the Sallent plain, crossing the river to the Cave of

Sant Pere and, shortly after, the Sastre waterfall. Further on, we

can admire the Cremal bridge, the impressive Dent d’en Rosell

rock wall, and the Cave of Sant Pau before crossing the railway

line and the Riura mountain river bed.

After walking for around two hours and ten minutes, we reach

the Fontalba road. Crossing it, another ten minutes’ walking brings

us into the charming and picturesque village of Queralbs, where

we can visit the Church of Sant Jaume and admire its outside

porch, with columns and arches adorned by fine capitals.

Ripollès

Sanctuary of

Núria

Sant Gil

Sant Joan

de les Abadesses

Roques de

l’Oratori

Fontalba

Refuge

la Colònia Jordana

el Guillot

el Guitard

Ripoll

Núria

Mount Àliga

Pic de l’Aliga

Hostel

Roques de

Totlomón

Daió

de Baix

Queralbs

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Romanesque route

through Vall de Camprodon BY CAR / DISTANCE: 45 km / DURATION: 4 h

This Romanesque route begins in

Camprodon, a town on the River Ter

where we can visit the Romanesque

Monastery of Sant Pere; the monolith erected to commemorate

the birth here of the composer Isaac Albéniz (1860); and the new

bridge, or Pont Nou (late 12th century).

Taking the GIV-5264 road to Setcases, we come to Llanars, visiting

the Church of Sant Esteve de Llanars. The road now ascends to

Vilallonga de Ter, where a particularly interesting sight is Catllar

Castle. The same road now takes us into Setcases, where the Church

of Sant Miquel contains a Baroque altar dating to 1754, the only

one that was saved from destruction in 1936 in this part of the

Pyrenees.

A mountain track which is only advisable for 4x4 vehicles now

leads up to the top of the village, from where we can drive on to Espinavell before descending a little to Molló.

Here, we can visit the Church of Santa Cecília. Next, we descend further to Beget, heading towards Camprodon

along the GIV-5223, passing through Rocabruna and finally reaching Beget, the end of this route. In Beget is

the Church of Sant Cristòfor, whilst Rocabruna boasts a fabulous castle where we can still see some of the walls

dividing the fortification, as well as the Chapel of Sant Llorenç de Rocabruna.

Vall de Núria Vall de Camprodon - Monastery of Ripoll

Ripollès Cerdanya

Beget

Rocabruna Rocabruna

Castle

Molló

Llanars

Camprodon

Villalonga de Ter

Setcases

Ripoll

Lake Malniu ON FOOT: MEDIUM DIFFICULTY / DISTANCE: 3.5 km / DURATION: 1 h 15 min

This is a short but lovely and peaceful walk through the Sierra de Puigfarinós mountain

range, commanding magnificent views over southern Cerdanya.

To find the start to this route, leave Puigcerdà along the N-260

road. At Ger, turn off onto the GIV-4031 towards Meranges. The road

continues to Girul. Once there, take the track up the hill to the

Malniu mountain refuge.

To the right and below the refuge are a fountain, some tables

and a small lake. This is where our route begins, northward,

following the river bank through a lush, green landscape. At first

the path rises steeply for a short way, but it then levels off, turning

towards the right. It is less than a 45-minute walk to Lake Malniu,

the final point along this route. To return, we simply retrace our

steps, following the same path back.

Prat de Cadí ON FOOT: VERY DIFFICULT / DISTANCE: 7 km / DURATION: 2 h 15 min

This is a hike through one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Sierra del Cadí

mountain range to the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, where mountain goats can often

be seen on the distant slopes.

We start out from the village of Martinet (on the N-260 road

between La Seu d’Urgell and Puigcerdà), where we find an asphalt

track leading to Estana and where we should park ready to begin

the walk.

Heading south along the main street in Estana, we leave the old

washing place behind us on the right as we head towards Mount

Cadí. Following the signs, we reach Coll de Pallers, followed by

Graus de Riclà and Coll de Reineres, where we cross the river,

the path levelling out as we advance. Next comes Coll Roig, Prat

de Cadí and a fountain. To return, we retrace our steps, following

the same path back.

Malniu Refuge

Guirul

Meranges

Lake Malniu

Ger

Martinet

Estana

Coll de Pallers

Coll de Reineres

Coll Roig

Puig de la Canal

del Cristall Prat de Cadí

Bolvir

Cadí-Moixeró

Natural Park

Puigcerdà

Mount

Costa Cabirolera

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This is a fantastic, spectacularly beautiful drive through a green, light-filled landscape

dotted with superb Romanesque churches.

The route begins in Bellver de Cerdanya, at the foot of the N-260 road between

Puigcerdà and La Seu d’Urgell. In Bellver, take the chance to visit the old town

with a porticoed square and the lovely Church of Santa Maria i

Sant Jaume at the top. Nearby, at the edge of the town, take the

road that leads to Santa Eugènia to visit the interesting church

Bolvir

of the same name.

We then return to Bellver, taking the minor road that leads to

Talló, where we can admire the Church of Santa Maria de Talló

(12th century) one of the most outstanding in the county and

once the seat of a canonical community.

Those with more time at their disposal and who are interested in

continuing this fascinating Romanesque route should not miss

the Church of Santa Cecília in Beders, the Church of Sant Pere in

Olopte, the Church of Santa Maria in All and the Church of Santa

Cecília in Bolvir.

Bellver de Cerdanya

More routes information on www.visitpirineus.com

Cerdanya

Romanesque route from Bellver

de Cerdanya to Talló BY CAR / DISTANCE: 36 km / DURATION: 3 h

Bellver de

Cerdanya

Olopte

La Seu d’Urgell

All

Talló Beders

Puigcerdà

Segre River

Alp

WE SUGGEST

RIPOLLÈS

Activities in the heart of nature, all year round

Vall de Camprodon

Camprodon

Tel. (+34) 972 740 936.

www.valldecamprodon.org

The valley for nature-lovers

Vall de Núria

Queralbs

Tel. (+34) 972 732 020. www.valldenuria.com

Mountain refuges in Torb

Atlas Natura

Ribes de Freser

Tel. (+34) 972 727 728 / 610 320 867.

www.atlasnatura.com

Pyrenean crossing

Atlas Natura

Ribes de Freser

Tel. (+34) 972 727 728 / 610 320 867.

www.atlasnatura.com

CERDANYA

Cerdanya from the sky

Globus del Pirineu-Cerdanya

Das

Tel. (+34) 972 140 852 / 639 631 264.

www.globospi.com

La Molina, adventure all year round

La Molina

La Molina

Tel. (+34) 972 892 031. www.lamolina.com

Quads in Cerdanya county

Viatges Molineu

La Molina

Tel. (+34) 972 892 033 / 972 145 151.

www.lamolina.es

From the Pyrenees to the Costa Brava by

mountain-bike

Tornasol Aventura

Ripoll

Tel. (+34) 972 702 747.

www.tornasolaventura.com

Go as you please in Ripollès county

Ripollès Desenvolupament

Ripoll

Tel. (+34) 972 704 499.

www.ripollesturisme.com

Jump into the adventure

Basaroca Aventura

Toses

Tel. (+34) 670 216 510 / 699 439 447.

www.basaroca.com

The mountain for skiers

Lles ski and mountain resort

Lles de Cerdanya

Tel. (+34) 973 293 049 / 639 380 233.

www.lles.net

Trekking and 4x4 in Cerdanya county

Viajes Turing Cerdanya

Puigcerdà

Tel. (+34) 972 880 602 / 607 144 473.

www.turingcerdanya.com

The information contained in the “We Suggest” section is taken from Guide to Make the Most of Catalonia,

published by Turisme de Catalunya.

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Solsonès

Solsona

Sant Llorenç

de Morunys

Gòsol

Berga

Puigcerdà

Castellar

de N’hug

Berguedà

Pedraforca massif

ROUTE 3

Berguedà and Solsonès

Berga - Solsona

Berguedà. This county, whose capital is Berga, embraces the high Llobregat

River Valley, which links the Pyrenees with the central depression. Though the

southern half of the county is much less mountainous, the average altitude in the

north is over 2,000 metres.

Solsonès. Near the very heart of Catalonia, amid peaceful dry farming fields,

surprising, vast pine forests and charming pre-Pyrenean landscapes, lies a county

in which silence, rest and relaxation and quiet contemplation find their natural

home. The treasures we can find in this pre-Pyrenean county, whose capital is

Solsona, range from magnificent examples of Neolithic art to Romanesque

masterpieces. Pure, clean air, peaceful waters, wild mountains, winding paths,

breathtaking peaks, well-equipped ski resorts; all this and more are to be found

in Solsonès county, enabling visitors to enjoy a host of sports as they choose, in

perfect harmony with nature.

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Route

Berguedà

Berga Tourist Office

Àngels, 7. Berga

Tel. (+34) 938 211 384

www.turismeberga.cat

Berguedà County Tourist Office

C-16 km 96, 20. Berga

Tel. (+34) 938 221 500

www.elbergueda.cat

Castellar de n’Hug Municipal

Tourist Office

Pl. Ajuntament. Castellar de N’Hug

Tel. (+34) 938 257 016

www.castellar.diba.es

Gósol Tourist Office

Conseller Agustí Carol i Foix, s/n. Gósol

Tel. (+34) 973 370 016

www.gosol.cat

Distance Recommended road

From Puigcerdà to Berga C-16

From Berga to Solsona 40 km

Total

58 km

98 km

C-26

Solsonès

Solsonès Tourist Office

Ctra. de Bassella, 1. Solsona

Tel. (+34) 973 482 310

www.turismesolsones.com

Sant Llorenç de Morunys

Tourist Office

Ctra. Berga, s/n. Sant Llorenç de Morunys

Tel. (+34) 973 492 181

www.lavalldelord.com

Medieval route in Berguedà county BY CAR / DISTANCE: 25 km / DURATION: 5 h

Much of Berguedà county still conserves a medieval air. This route takes us to the

most outstanding Romanesque chapels here, from Berga and Avià to Obiols and, finally,

to Sant Quirze de Pedret.

First, though, we visit Berga and its

most interesting monuments: the

Church of Sant Joan, the Chapel of La Pietat, the Lledó fountain

and Sant Ferran Castle. Taking the C-26 Solsona road, we come

to Avià, known for its popular miniature Christmas crib competition,

where we can also visit the churches of Sant Martí and Santa Maria.

Next, we take the road to Colonia Rosal (B-4135), turning off on

the right towards Estany de Graugés. This brings us to the C-16

road, where we turn right. A little further on is the turn-off onto

the road leading to the pre-Romanesque Church of Sant Vicenç

d’Obiols.

Our next stop is Sant Quirze de Pedret, famed for its beautiful

Sant Vicenç

architecture and picturesque sites. To get there, take the C-16 once

more, turning left towards the centre of Berga. At the first roundabout, turn off to the right. The impressive Church

of Tres Naus awaits on the other side of a pretty Gothic bridge over the Llobregat River.

Path of the

Good Men BY CAR, BY BICYCLE OR ON FOOT / DISTANCE: 205 km / DURATION: 10 DAYS (ON FOOT)

This is an international long distance

path, the GR-107. It is possible to walk

or go on horseback or by mountain bike in certain sections.

The path takes us past many vestiges from Cathar history. Here

are towns that still conserve a medieval air, castles, Romanesque

churches, defence towers, museums, natural parks, landscapes,

hidden paths, mountain villages, traditions, festivities and much

more to make this route a source of enormous enjoyment and

pleasure for visitors.

The path, which is between 189 and 205.2 km in length depending

on the variants chosen, passes through Berga, Gósol, Josa del Cadí,

Bagà, Bellver de Cerdanya, Talló, Merenc de les Vals, Arcs dels

Termes, Orlú, Signal de Chioul, Montelbó and Montsegur.

Berguedà

Solsona

Avià

Foix

Prades

Ax les Thermes

L’Hospitalet

Coborriu

de la Llosa

Josa

Gósol

Bonner

Sant Quirze de Pedret

Obiols

Graugés

Montségur

Comus

Orlú

Mérens

Portella

Blanca

Bagà

Saldes

Queralt

Berga

Berga

La Colònia

Rosal

Bellver de Cerdanya

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From Gósol to Pedraforca

through the Verdet pass ON FOOT: VERY DIFFICULT / DISTANCE: 12.3 km / DURATION: 5 h 30 min

Pedraforca, a massif in the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, is one of the most emblematic

and outstanding mountainous areas in Catalonia.

Our route takes us to Pedraforca’s highest peak, Pollegó Superior, from where we

can enjoy far-ranging views over the surrounding countryside and mountains. Mountain goats can also frequently

be spotted along the way.

Those attempting the hike should be fit, have good orientation

skills and be prepared to take particular care when crossing the

rocky terrain between the Verdet pass and the Enforcadura.

To reach the starting point, leave Berga on the C-16 “Eix del

Llobregat” road northwards towards the Cadí tunnel. At Malanyeu,

turn left onto the B-400 to Gósol, where we find the car park.

The route begins in Plaça Major (1,426 m). Taking Carrer Picasso,

we turn left into Plaça Dr Pere Pons, from where Carrer Cerdanya

leads out of the town towards Bagà (signposted). Follow the white

and red GR-150 and GR-107 long-distance path signs, and the

white and yellow signs indicating short-distance path PR C-123.

Visitors are recommended to obtain full information about this

walk before attempting it.

Font Negra Sant Jaume de Frontanyà

Berguedà Solsonès

Terrers

Fountain

Portella

Fountain

Serra de

la Muga

Gòsol

Gósol Castel

Roca

Fountain

Serra del Verdet

Prat

Gran

Tartera

de Gósol

Pedraforca

From Sant Llorenç de Morunys

to the Sanctuary of Lord ON FOOT: MEDIUM DIFFICULTY/ DISTANCE: 10 km / DURATION: 1 h 30 min

To begin this route, leave Sant Llorenç de Morunys along the LV-4241 road towards

Coll de Jou, turning left onto the track that runs past the Romanesque Chapel of

Sant Serni del Grau and through the Roca Foradada tunnel. We continue along the

bank of the River Rasa de Torroella to reach a large, flat area or

esplanade where we can park.

Steps forming a via crucis, or Stations of the Cross, lead up to the

flat-topped hill known as the Mola de Lord. Reaching the summit,

we follow the same path to the Sanctuary of La Mare de Déu de

Lord, which is inhabited by a community of monks. Next, it is well

worth walking around the edges of this great mass of rock to enjoy

views of the Llosa del Cavall reservoir and the Vall de Lord. To

return, we retrace our steps, following the same path back.

Vall de Lord BY CAR / DISTANCE: 88 km / DURATION: HALF DAY

The recommended starting point for this route is to take the LV-4241 road from

Solsona.

We can enjoy a refreshing drink from many fountains along the way, such as the Font de Lladurs (a 20-minute

walk from the remains of Lladurs Castle), Font del Teixó and Font

Fenerals, this last commanding views of Vilamala.

Crossing the Coll de Jou hill, we come to the Creu del Codó rest

area, with a viewpoint a 10-minute walk away. We then continue

towards the Port del Comte ski resort, until Coll de Port, a mountain

pass on the border with Alt Urgell county. Descending past the

Cardener springs (where this river is born), we can visit the village

of La Coma, the Church of Santa Creu in Ollers, the Vall-llonga

bridge and, above all, historic Sant Llorenç de Morunys with its

church, monastery and old town. On the way to the Sanctuary

of Lord, we pass the tiny Romanesque Church of Sant Serni de

Vilamantells, then drive up to the sanctuary along the Llosa del

Cavall road, enjoying marvellous panoramic views over the

reservoir. The road then leads us back to Solsona, our original

starting point.

Coll de Jeu Tuixén

Tuixén

Sant Serni

del Grau

Sant Pere Màrtir

Roca

Foradada

Mare de Déu de Lord

Coll de Port

Cardener

Fountain

Coll de Jou

Teixó

Fountain

Lladurs

Fountain

Lladurs

Castle

Solsona

Sant Llorenç

de Morunys

Sant Jaume

La Coma

Santa Creu d’Olles i

Pont de Vall-llonga

Sant Llorenç

de Morunys

Sanctuary

of Lord

Berga

Llosa del Cavall

Marsh

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Vall d’Ora

More routes information on www.visitpirineus.com

This route takes us back in time to discover customs and lifestyles from other periods,

and to visit several important jewels of Romanesque art.

We leave Solsona along the C-55 road towards the Sant Ponç

reservoir and the Church of Santa Margarida in Navès. Later on,

following the course of the River Aigua d’Ora at the foot of Mount

Busa, we enter a broad valley in which stand a monument to Count

Wilfred, a saw mill, the Ca l’Ambròs mill, a Romanesque bridge

and the old school, which now houses a small museum. Later on,

we can stop at the church in the former Romanesque Monastery

of Sant Pere de Graudescales (10th century). We return to Solsona

along the C-26, visiting the Romanesque Church of Sant Esteve

in Olius, as well as the Modernista (Catalan Art Nouveau) cemetery.

This route takes us deeply into lands rich in history. We leave Solsona on the C-451

road towards Torà, reaching Peracamps (L’Hostal Nou) and crossing the bridge to

take the old Torà road (LV-3005).

Nearby, following the signs to this megalithic monument for 10 minutes, we come

to the Dolmen of Llobera. Later, another 30-minute walk will take us to the Vallferosa

tower, one of the best-conserved of its

kind. Along the same road, a crossroads

Solsona

leads us to Ardèvol, where we can climb up the defence tower in

the middle of the village.

El Miracle

From here, we go on to the Sanctuary of Pinós, where a wind

rose carved in stone indicates that we are at the geographic centre

of Catalonia. Continuing onward, the Calaf road leads us to La

Molsosa and Prades. Returning to the Sanctuary of Pinós, we pass

through the village of Su and continue to the Sanctuary of the

Miracle, where we can admire the church and the majestic 18thcentury

Baroque altar. Back on the road again, we come to the

tiny church in Torredenegó before returning to Solsona along the

LV-3002 road.

Solsonès

BY CAR / DISTANCE. 70 km / DURATION: HALF DAY

Sant Pere de Graudescales

Sant Esteve

and Olius

Cemetery

Solsona

Central Catalonia BY CAR / DISTANCE. 115 km / DURATION: FULL DAY

Tàrrega

Torà

Roman Bridge

Ecomuseum

Santa Eulàlia

de la Vall

Sant Ponç Marsh

Perecamps

Santa

Margarida

Torredenegó

Dolmen of Llobera

Vallferosa

Tower

Ardèvol

Sant Lleïr

Monument to

Count Wilfred

Aigua d’Ora

River

Navès

Su

Pinós

Prades

La Molsosa

WE SUGGEST

BERGUEDÀ

Flying school in Berguedà county

Volem Activitats. Avià

Tel. (+34) 938 230 521. www.volem.net

Berga and Queralt, city and nature

Berga Town Hall Information and Tourist Office

Berga

Tel. (+34) 938 211 384. www.ajberga.es

Relax in the Catalan Pyrenees

Berga Resort. Berga

Tel. (+34) 938 211 250. www.bergaresort.com

Donkey reserve

Fuives. Berga

Tel. (+34) 646 492 310. www.fuives.com

A horse and you

Casa Vilaformiu. Berga

Tel. (+34) 616 757 658 / 608 232 523.

www.vilaformiu.com

The first cement museum

Museu del Ciment Asland de Castellar de n’Hug

Castellar de n’Hug

Tel. (+34) 938 257 037. www.mnactec.com

Mountain sensations

Cingles. Castellar de n’Hug

Tel. (+34) 938 257 016 / 938 257 125.

www.cingles.org

SOLSONÈS

Solsonès county: contrasting landscapes

Solsonès County Tourist Office. Solsona

Tel. (+34) 973 482 310.

www.turismesolsones.com

The smugglers route, as you please: on foot,

by car, by bike...

Solsonès County Tourist Office. Solsona

Tel. (+34) 973 482 310.

www.turismesolsones.com

Architectural and industrial heritage in

Berguedà county

Dinamització del Patrimoni. Cercs

Tel. (+34) 608 222 525. www.dinapat.com

Life in the coal mine

Cercs Mining Musem. Cercs

Tel. (+34) 938 249 025. www.cercs.net

Gaudí in the Lillet Valley

La Pobla de Lillet Tourist Office

La Pobla de Lillet

Tel. (+34) 938 236 146 / 687 998 541.

www.lillet.diba.es

Quads for all

Quads Olvan. Olvan

Tel. (+34) 639 980 153. www.quadsolvan.com

Discover life at a textile estate

Colònia Vidal Musem in Puig-reig. Puig-reig

Tel. (+34) 938 290 458.

www.museocoloniavidal.com

The textile estate route

Llobregat River Park Consortium

Puig-reig

Tel. (+34) 938 380 093. www.parcfluvial.org

An interesting and different leisure time option

Pedraforca Summer Camp. Saldes

Tel. (+34) 937 441 029 / 678 563 649.

www.colonieselpedraforca.com

Vall d’Ora Ecomuseum

Solsonès County Tourist Office. Navès

Tel. (+34) 973 482 310.

www.turismesolsones.com

Castellar de la Ribera rural school

Solsonès County Tourist Office

Castellar de la Ribera

Tel. (+34) 973 482 310.

www.turismesolsones.com

The information contained in the “We Suggest” section is taken from Guide to Make the Most of Catalonia,

published by Turisme de Catalunya.

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València d’Àneu

Esterri d’Àneu

Ribera de Cardós

Sort

Alt Urgell

Llavorsí

Organyà

Tavascan

Pallars Sobirà

La Seu

d’Urgell

Tuixén

Solsona

Lake of Sant Maurici

ROUTE 4

Alt Urgell and Pallars Sobirà

La Seu d’Urgell - Sort

Alt Urgell. In this county where natural beauty and historic interest live in perfect

harmony, the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park lies in the Segre Valley between the High

Pyrenees and the Sierra del Cadí mountain range. This county is also home the

Alt Pirineu Natural Park. The capital, La Seu d’Urgell, looks out on a great mountain

plateau where all the main routes into the Pyrenees meet. Our route will lead us

to discover countless unique, impressive natural beauty spots.

Pallars Sobirà. Running through this county and surrounded by snow-topped

mountains and lush, green valleys are the rapid, rushing waters of the Noguera

Pallaresa River. To the north are peaks around 3,000 metres, such as the Pica

d’Estats, the highest point in Catalonia. This natural wealth of forms, colours,

sounds and sensations of all kinds provides a superb setting in which to sample

the varied cultural attractions here. The landscape is perhaps the most outstanding

feature and attraction in Pallars Sobirà county, its beauty and diversity giving us

a sense of privilege just to be here. Particularly enjoyable are visits to Aigüestortes

National Park, Lake Sant Maurici and the Alt Pirineu Natural Park. Throughout the

year, this same natural wealth enables the visitor to enjoy a huge range of adventure

sports, particularly at the many ski resorts in the county.

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Route

Distance Recommended road

From Solsona to La Seu 75 km

C-26 / C-14

From La Seu to Sort 52 km

Total

Alt Urgell

127 km

Alt Urgell County Tourist Office

Pg. Joan Brudieu, 15. La Seu d’Urgell

Tel. (+34) 902 154 715 / 973 353 112

www.ccau.cat

La Seu d’Urgell Tourist Office

Av. Valls d’Andorra, 33. La Seu d’Urgell

Tel. (+34) 973 351 511

www.turismeseu.com

Organyà Tourist Office

Pl. de les Homilies. Organyà

Tel. (+34) 973 382 002

Tuixén Tourist Office

Pl. Serra del Cadí, 1, bxs. Tuixén

Tel. (+34) 973 370 030.

http://tuixent.ddl.net

N-260

Pallars Sobirà

Pallars Sobirà County Tourist Office

Camí de la Cabanera, s/n. Sort

Tel. (+34) 973 621 002

www.pallarssobira.info

Esterri d’Àneu Tourist Office

Major, 40 bis.

Esterri Àneu

Tel. (+34) 973 626 345

www.vallsdeneu.org

Llavorsí Tourist Office

Ctra. de Cardós, s/n. Llavorsí

Tel. (+34) 973 622 217

http://llavorsi.ddl.net

València d’Àneu Tourist Office

Av. Port de la Bonaigua, 9

València d’Àneu

Tel. (+34) 973 626 038.

http://altaneu.ddl.net

Vall de Cardós Tourist Office

Camí comunidor, s/n.

Ribera de Cardós

Tel. (+34) 973 623 239

Tavascan Tourist Office

Ctra. de Tavascan, s/n. Tavascan

Tel. (+34) 973 623 079.

www.tavascan.info

Route around Baridà BY CAR / DURATION: 2 h 30 min

This car route takes us along the Quer Valley to El Querforadat on the slopes of the

Sierra del Cadí mountain range.

To reach our starting point, we take the N-260 road from La Seu d’Urgell to Puigcerdà.

Along the way we pass the Sant Vicenç baths in El Pont de Bar municipal borough

before reaching El Pont de Bar town itself. A little further on, we

come to the turn-off leading to the tiny villages of Bar and Toloriu

(which also form part of El Pont de Bar) and El Querforadat (Cava

municipal borough). The attractions in Bar include the castle and

the Church of Sant Esteve, whilst Toloriu boasts the lovely Church

of Sant Jaume.

Leaving Toloriu behind us, the road climbs up into the mountains,

commanding ever-more spectacular views of the landscape. Finally,

we reach El Querforadat, on the border with the Cadí-Moixeró

Natural Park. The artistic and architectural attractions here include

rustic houses with their typical wooden balconies, which imbue

the village with a very special charm. Moreover, the breathtaking

views of the Cadí mountains from here are absolutely unique.

ON FOOT: VERY DIFFICULT / DISTANCE: 10 km / DURATION: 2 h 30 min

In ancient times, wood from the great Sant Joan de l’Erm forests was used to build a

large part of the boats for the Catalan fleet. Nowadays, even though

the woods are still in the process of being regenerated, we can

already see many truly impressive exemplars of fir trees here. Sant Joan de l’Erm Vell

Our route takes us through the Alt Pirineu Natural Park, starting

at the mountain refuge in La Basseta, in the municipal borough

of Montferrer i Castellbò. To get to this starting point, we take

the N-260 local road from La Seu d’Urgell towards Lleida, turning

off after three kilometres onto the Montferrer road, passing through

Castellbò.

From the refuge, we take the signposted path to Sant Joan Vell on

the right, leaving the new chapel on our left. The path climbs up

into the mountains through magnificent woods, entering the area

known as Els Àrtics and passing near the Torrent dels Riguerals River.

Alt Urgell

La Seu

d’Urgell

Route along the plains of La Seu

and Vall de Castellbò

El Pont

de Bar

Cadí-Moixeró

Natural Park

Sant Joan de l’Erm

Seix

Albet

Sant Andreu

de Castellbó

Castellbó

Aravell

The ascent ends at a point commanding fantastic views of Vall de Romadriu, Coll de la Basseta, Serralada del Cadí

and Salòria. Another five kilometres brings us to the ruins of the Sanctuary of Sant Joan Vell.

Cava

Santa

Creu

Toloriu

Tossal

del Quer

Vilamitjana

Bar

Barguja

El Querforadat

Puigcerdà

La Seu

d’Urgell

Montferrer

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Natural Park.

Route through the valleys of Tuixén BY CAR / DISTANCE: 29 km / DURATION: 5 h

This route takes us from east to west, through the valleys of Josa and Vansa, stopping

at many historic old Romanesque churches nestling in the mountain landscape. We

shall also pass through lovely green river and forest landscapes in the Cadí-Moixeró

The route begins in Josa. To get here from La Seu d’Urgell, take the

LV-4008 road south, passing through Cerc before coming to the turnoff

to Josa. North of this village stands the Romanesque Chapel of

Santa Maria de Josa.

Along the way to Tuixén, we can visit Chapel of Sant Jaume de

Tuixén. Once there, we turn off right towards Fórnols, following the

forest track through Montargull and Sorribes before turning off on

the left to the Chapel of Sant Julià dels Garrics, with its fine Lombard

arches and stone-covered apse.

Route through

the valleys of Sant Joan

The valleys of Sant Joan, in the municipal borough of Valls de Valira, lie in northwest

Alt Urgell, on the border with Andorra and Pallars Sobirà county.

Our route begins in La Seu d’Urgell, from where we take the N-145 road 2 km to the

village of Anserall on the River Valira. Next, we ascend from La Seu, turning off to

the left. The most interesting monument in Anserall is the old Romanesque Monastery

of Sant Serni de Tavèrnoles (built in 1040).

We now return to the main road until a signpost indicates that

we should turn off to the left to Cívis. Another 5 km along the

Cívis road brings us to Argolell, where we can admire the

Romanesque Church of Santa Eugènia.

This road follows one of the main routes used by smugglers in

the past. Our visit to Argolell concluded, we retrace our steps back

to the crossroads, now taking the road to Sant Joan Fumat, where

we can see the church.

Further on, in Asnurri, we can stop at the Romanesque Church of

Santa Eulàlia before finally reaching Civís, one of the most attractive

villages in the county, with its typical high mountain architecture

and with many houses sporting stone roofs and wooden balconies.

Alt Urgell Alt Urgell

Santa María de Josa

Sant Jaume de Tuixén

Ars

Cornellana

Fórnols

Sant Jaume

de Fórnols

Sisquer

Sant Julià

dels Granics

Josa

Tuixén

BY CAR / DISTANCE: 40 km / DURATION: 5 h

Sant Joan

Fumat

Civís

Asnurri

Anserall

Sorribes

Barceloneta

d’Urgell

San Fruitós Seu

de l’Espluga La

Argolell

La Seu

d’Urgell

Sant Llorenç

de Morunys

La Valira

River

We now continue along the same road to the crossroads, where we turn off towards Ars. The most outstanding

monument in this village is the Romanesque Church of Sant Martí, with its cylindrical belltower, one of very

few in the Pyrenees. Leaving Ars, the beaten earth track leads to Ras de Conques, where we can gaze on the

Tarter dels Minairons, a great rock mass which, according to legend, was made by the “Minairons”, superhumanly

strong “little people” who deposited all the rocks in this area. We now return along the same road that we took

to complete this fascinating route.

Route to the southern reaches BY CAR

This route begins in La Seu, where we take the C-14 “Eix del Segre” road towards

Organyà at the southern end of the county. A few kilometres before we reach this

town we can visit “Els Pontarrons”, a site containing remains from the old medieval

road. Here are four bridges, built to cross huge crevasses in the rock.

Organyà, which lies 22 kilometres from

La Seu d’Urgell, is famous for the book of homilies named after

the town. Discovered in 1905, the Homilies d’Organya constitute

one of the oldest literary documents written in Catalan. From

Organyà, we go on to visit Fígols (2 km away), where we can

admire the Romanesque Church of Sant Víctor.

Back on the main road again, we continue to Coll de Nargó. This

town, along with El Pont de Claverol (Noguera Pallaresa), can

rightly be considered the capital of the raier (“raft-maker’s”) world.

Nowadays, in a bid to revive this tradition of steering rafts of felled

trees downriver, an annual descent is organised, and takes place

on the third Sunday in August. Here, too, we can visit the Raier

Museum and the Romanesque Church of Sant Climent, a monument

declared of historic and artistic interest due to its splendid belltower.

Coll de

Nargó

Rialb Marsh

La Seu d’Urgell

Organyà

Oliana

Basella

Mirambell

Romanins

Fígols

Oliana Marsh

River Segre

Our route now continues to Oliana, where we find several Romanesque churches: Sant Andreu del Castell (Oliana),

Santa Llúcia de Tragó (Peramola), Santa Maria de Castell-Llebre (Peramola) and Sant Serni de la Salsa (Bassella).

Finally, we reach our final stop, Mirambell, at the southernmost point in Alt Urgell county, from where we can

enjoy unforgettable views over the surrounding countryside.

Arsèguel

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Medieval bridges route

(Hug Roger) ON FOOT: MEDIUM DIFFICULTY / DISTANCE: 8.8 km / DURATION: 5 h 15 min

Recommended all year round, this is a fascinating journey to visit much of the rich

natural and cultural heritage in Vall de Cardós. Visitors should remember that this

is not a round route. It starts and ends at different points, and

this should be taken into account for the return journey.

Lladorre Mill

We enter the Vall de Cardós from Llavorsí, taking the L-504 road

that runs through the valley to Tavascan. There is access by road

to all the townships along this route.

From Ainet de Cardós, it is well worth making a 20-minute detour

to see the remains of the fortified castle of Pui, perched on a

hill on the right-hand side of the valley and commanding

magnificent views. The sights we shall see along the rest of the

route include architecturally interesting medieval bridges and

typical mountain villages. Another possible detour is the visit

to the picturesque village of Esterri de Cardós.

Route of the Lovers ON FOOT: MEDIUM DIFFICULTY / DISTANCE: 3.7 km / DURATION: 1 h 30 min

From Esterri d’Àneu, we take the road

leading to Vall d’Isil, known for the

Falla (“bonfire and burning effigy”)

festival which takes place here on the Feast of Saint John.

Ascending, we pass through the second village on the way, beside

the reservoir. The two starting points on this route are Plaça Major

in Borén and the Romanesque bridge in Àrreu, which stands beside

the Isil road, around 200 m from Borén.

The hike is made particularly enjoyable by the splendid views

and the chance to visit the village of Àrreu. Along the way, we

can see the Church of Sant Martí in Borén, the Chapel of La Mare

de Déu de les Neus, the remains of Àrreu Castle, the village of

Les Bordes d’Àrreu and the medieval bridge in Borén. Near the

Chapel of La Mare de Déu de les Neus is a borda (“country house”)

built on the top of a small hill, where we can still see the ruins of Àrreu Castle.

Pallars Sobirà Pallars Sobirà

Arròs de Cardós

Ainet de Cardós

Borda del Pubill

Llavorsí

Lladorre

Mare de Déu

del Pont

Ribera de Cardós

Borda de Joan

Bordes d’Àrreu

Mare de Déu

de les Neus

Esterri

de Cardós

Isil

Borén

Esterri d’Àneu

According to legend, the lord of Àrreu built a high tower in his castle in which to lock away his daughter when

he found out that she had fallen in love with a young Moorish man. He kept her imprisoned here until, one dark

night, the young man climbed the tower wall in order to rescue his beloved. The next day, the lord set out to

recover his daughter, abandoning all his possessions. The legend does not tell us whether he found her or whether

the young couple lived happily ever after. To find out, you have to complete the route.

The route is ideal at any time of year, except the winter season, when snow can be heavy along the way.

Route to the “cursed”

Mountain of Tor ON FOOT: VERY DIFFICULT / DISTANCE: 8 km / DURATION: 4h

This route is the most popular in the

county, recently made well-known

thanks to Carlos Porta’s book Trece

familias y tres muertos (“Thirteen Families and Three Deaths”).

From Llavorsí, we take the L-510 local road to Alins. We find

the sign indicating the start of the path just 1 km along the road

from Alins to Àreu, and we can leave the car at this point.

The route can be recommended all year round, except snowy

periods in winter and spring. People not used to walking are

advised to allow a full day to complete the route. The return route

is the same as that taken for the ascent. It is possible to book a

taxi from Alins for the return. Moreover, by approaching the route

the other way round, the path is made flatter and easier.

There are various truly spectacular sections between Norís and

Tor, with breathtaking paths over the top of the canyon. According to legend, a priest crossing the canyon on

horseback promised that, if he emerged unharmed, he would commemorate the feat with an inscription. Strangely

enough, there is a rock along the way engraved with the words “If I escape from this and do not die, never again

neither bears nor bulls”, in a reference to the inhabitants of Os, Civís and Tor.

This route features the finest panoramic views to be found anywhere in the Pyrenees, showing us the different

architecture found in villages along the way, as well as cattle tracks and high mountain scenery.

Llavorsí

Alins

Bordes

del Campo

Norís

Borda Bartonico

Tor

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Church of Son del Pi.

More routes information on www.visitpirineus.com

ON FOOT: FAIRLY EASY / DISTANCE: 3 km / DURATION: 50 min

From Gerri de la Sal, take the local road to Peramea, a small, well-conserved village

whose attractions include the Church of Sant Cristòfol, La Roca del Castell “Castle

Rock”, a medieval tower known as La Torre dels Colomers and the monumental tree

in the village square. In the high season, the Era Ortega Museum is open to the public,

enabling us to see the rooms in this farmhouse, the church, the smithy, the prison

and the basement of a country house (cellar, granary, baking oven…).

Between Peramea and Balestui we cross a wet holm oak forest, noting that the path

conserves interesting examples of its original paving. Between Balestui and La Borda

de Cossant, the path combines a unique mixture of Mediterranean vegetation and

spectacular views over the Pla de Corts to the south and the villages

of Baro and Arcalís to the north.

A walk through

the enchanted forest

Access by car: From Gerri de la Sal, take the local road to Peramea.

Vehicle access is also possible along a track from El Compte, leading

off from the N-260 road, 1 km north of Gerri de la Sal.

A rather long alternate route takes us to La Borda de Cossant. To

get there, take the small road from Baro to Escós and continue

to ascend along the forest track.

Pallars Sobirà

Bretui

Fuster d’Isil House.

Balestiu

Masia

d’en Jaume

Borda

de Cossant

Mola de Montaner

Peramea

Gerri

de Sal

WE SUGGEST

ALT URGELL

4x4 thrills

Sip Outdoor Activities

Bassella

Tel. (+34) 973 463 042. www.bassella.com

The last kingdom of the dinosaurs

Paleontologia i Entorn Consortium

Coll de Nargó

Tel. (+34) 973 383 048

PALLARS SOBIRÀ

Aigüestortes by 4x4

Espot Taxi Association

Espot

Tel. (+34) 973 624 105. www.taxisespot.com

Extreme whitewater

Roc Roi

Llavorsí

Tel. (+34) 973 622 035. www.rocroi.com

The power of the rivers of Pallars county

Rafting Llavorsí

Llavorsí

Tel. (+34) 973 622 158. www.raftingllavorsi.com

La Seu d’Urgell will surprise you

Turisme La Seu

La Seu d’Urgell

Tel. (+34) 973 351 511. www.turismeseu.com

A range of adventure sports: canoeing,

rafting…

Turisme La Seu

Tel. (+34) 973 351 511. www.turismeseu.com

Enjoy your leisure time

Turisnat Pirineus Resort

Sort

Tel. (+34) 973 621 008.

www.turisnatpirineus.com

Enjoyment guaranteed

Àssua Activa. Sort

Tel. (+34) 973 621 259. www.assua.com

Take a fearless plunge with Rafting Sort

Rafting Sort Rubber River

Sort

Tel. (+34) 973 620 220. www.rubber-river.com

The information contained in the “We Suggest” section is taken from Guide to Make the Most of Catalonia,

published by Turisme de Catalunya.

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Val d’Aran

Les

Bossòst

Vielha

Arties

Salardú

Sort

Unha

ROUTE 5

Val d’Aran

Vielha

Val d'Aran. Occupying a valley watered by the River Garonne, Val d’Aran lies at

the westernmost end of the Catalan Pyrenees. The fact that this is the only Atlantic

valley in the Central Pyrenees confers peculiar geographic, climatic and human

characteristics on the area. Val d’Aran has its own language, Aranese, a variant

of the Gascon dialect of Langue d’Oc, which shares official status here with Catalan

and Spanish. The capital is Vielha, whilst the most outstanding tourist attractions

here include the superb skiing slopes, found all over this unusual comarca (county).

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Route

Distance Recommended road

From Sort to Vielha C-28

Total

80 km

80 km

Val d’Aran

Torisme Val d’Aran

Ctra. Gausac, 1. Vielha

Tel. (+34) 973 640 688 / 649 949 516

www.torismearan.org

Bossòst Tourist Office

Pg. Eduard Aunòs, 14

Bossòst

Tel. (+34) 973 647 279

http://bossost.ddl.net

Val d’Aran Tourist Information

Office

Sarriulèra, 10. Vielha

Tel. (+34) 973 640 110

www.torismearan.org

Val d’Aran Tourist Information

Office

Trav. de Balmes, 2. Salardú

Tel. (+34) 973 645 197

www.torismearan.org

Les Tourist Office

Avda. Sant Jaime 39. Les

Tel. (+34) 973 647 303

www.turismoles.com

Val d’Aran Tourist Information

Office

Mola, s/n. Arties

Tel. (+34) 699 969 044

www.torismearan.org

A walk around

the lakes of Colomèrs

The Colomèrs cirque is a circular mountain bowl or basin whose most outstanding

peaks include the Creu de Colomèrs, the Tuc de Ratera, the Gran Tuc de Colomèrs

and the Tuc de Sendroisa, among others. The sheer rock walls and steep canals make

this a truly spectacular sight. All the surrounding mountain peaks command magnificent

panoramic views over the dazzling infinity of lakes that lay at our feet.

The route begins at this point, in the

village of Salardú. We take the

asphalted track leading up towards the

Aiguamòg Valley to Banhs de Tredòs (9.5 km) before turning onto

an earth track, continuing for 3.5 km (4x4 vehicles only) to reach

the start of the path to the Colomèrs mountain refuge. Vehicle

circulation is restricted along this second part of the route between

July and September (a taxi service is available).

Two signposted circular routes are recommended from the Colomèrs

refuge: the short route (yellow signs) and the long route (red

signs). The second route leads to the culminating point, Còth de

Pòdo, allowing us to enjoy spectacular views of superb landscapes

along much of the way.

The Water Route

Pòrt de Vielha pass ON FOOT / DISTANCE: 15.8 km / DURATION: 5 h 40 min

This route, beginning at the old Vielha

hospital, at the south tunnel mouth,

takes us on a 15.8 km hike to discover some of the least-known

Aranese landscapes.

Along the way, we can enjoy impressive views of green fir, oak

and beech forests, as well as the spectacular vistas from the Pòrt

de Vielha. We shall also learn why this is called the “Water Route”.

Waterways, springing from the mountains, accompanies us along

much of the way. Hikers are advised to use two cars, one parking

at the south tunnel mouth, the other at the end of the route.

Val d’Aran

ON FOOT: MEDIUM-HIGH DIFFICULTY

DISTANCE: (SHORT ROUTE: 4.45 km) / (LONG ROUTE: 9.40 km)

DURATION: (SHORT ROUTE: 2 h 45 min) / (LONG ROUTE: 4 h 45 min)

Vielha

Colomers

Refuge

Salardú

Major

de Colomèrs

Lake

Tuc de

Montanero

Coth deth Pòdo

Banhs de Tredòs

Pletiu dera

Montanheta

Vielha

Sant Esteve

Forest

Espitau de Vielha

Betren

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Vielha - Montgarri Riverside

More routes information on www.visitpirineus.com

From L’Artiga de Lin

to Còth deth Hòro ON FOOT: VERY DIFFICULT / DISTANCE: 6 km / DURATION: 3 h 45 min

This route takes us through the Joèu River Valley, a delightful natural environment

featuring thick forests and Alpine meadows in the highest parts. As we ascend Còth

deth Hòro, facing Mount Maladeta, we can enjoy spectacular panoramic views.

To get to the starting point for this route, leave Vielha on the N-230 road towards

France. On reaching Les Bòrdes, turn off to the left, crossing the village and taking the

track that leads to L’Artiga de Lin. On the way, we see the Sanctuary of La Mair de Diu

dera Artiga on the right. You can park

near the cabins and the mountain refuge.

The surroundings of hazel, oak and fir are a delight to see. Before

setting out, visit the Uelhs deth Joéu, a spectacular waterfall formed

by melting water from the glaciers on Mount Aneto.

We set out from the refuge along the path south. After a hike of

two and a quarter hours we reach fabulous Lake Deth Hòro (“bull”

in Aranese), lying in an outstanding natural beauty spot. Next,

we ascend Còth deth Hòro, overlooking the Escaleta Valley, from

where we can enjoy truly fantastic views over the highest peaks

in the Pyrenees and its highest and most impressive mountain,

Mt Aneto (3,404 m). To return, we retrace our steps, following the

same route back.

River Aiguamoix

Val d’Aran

Norte del

Valle de la Artiga

Artiga de Lin

Cabin

Còth deth Hòro Lake

Artiga de Lin

Refuge

Malh deth Melic

Es Bòrdes

WE SUGGEST

VAL D’ARAN

Defying nature

Horizontes Aventura

Vielha

Tel. (+34) 973 642 967

www.horizontesaventura.com

Long live the Val d’Aran

Torisme de la Val d’Aran

Vielha

Tel. (+34) 973 640 688. www.torismearan.org

With its rich cultural and historic heritage, Val

d’Aran offers visitors 300 km of paths, 100 km

of mountain bike routes, spa centres to relax

the senses, unique Aranese cuisine, adventure

sports centres all over the land, more than 30

fine churches and a good number of museums.

Val d’Aran Tourist Information Office

C. Sarriulèra, 10. Vielha

Tel. (+34) 973 640 110. www.torismearan.org

The information contained in the “We Suggest” section is taken from Guide to Make the Most of Catalonia,

published by Turisme de Catalunya.

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Alta

Ribagorça

Vielha

Pont de Suert

Barruera

Torre

de Capdella

Tremp

La Pobla de Segur

Isona

Pallars Jussà

Sant Climent de Taüll Church

ROUTE 6

Alta Ribagorça and Pallars Jussà

El Pont de Suert - Tremp

Alta Ribagorça. The superb heritage here includes some of the most outstanding

examples of Catalan Romanesque art, with magnificent mural paintings such as

the world-famous Pantocrator at Sant Climent de Taüll. This is a land of snowcapped

mountains, green valleys watered by winding, crystal-clear rivers and

countless picturesque landscapes of unique beauty, such as the Vall de Boí.

Altogether, this is an irresistible invitation to enjoy nature and discover the most

magnificent beauty spots. Along with Pallars Sobirà, Alta Ribagorça county shares

the fantastic Aigüestortes i Lllac de Sant Maurici National Park, whilst the activities

available include mountain sports, adventure sports and, of course, skiing.

Pallars Jussà. This county straddles the high Pyrenean peaks and the vast Sierra

del Montsec mountain range. The landscape here is a prodigy of beauty and

colour, including whitewater, peaceful rivers, lakes and pools, high peaks and

deep valleys. All this makes Pallars Jussà the perfect setting for open-air activities,

from extreme adventure sports to the most gentle and relaxing pursuits. In Vall

Fosca, a mountain cable car waits to carry us up the winding Gento Lake Valley

to the high mountain lakes.

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Route

Distance Recommended road

From Vielha to Pont de Suert 40 km

N-230

From Pont de Suert to Tremp 52 km

Total

92 km

Alta Ribagorça

Alta Ribagorça County Tourist Board

Av. Victorià Muñoz, 48. El Pont de Suert

Tel. (+34) 973 690 402 / 902 101 516

www.ribagorca.com

Vall de Boí Tourist Board Office

Pg. Sant Feliu, 43. Barruera

Tel. (+34) 973 694 000

www.vallboi.com

El Pont de Suert Tourist Office

Av. Victorià Muñoz, 22. El Pont de Suert

Tel. (+34) 973 690 640

www.elpontdesuert.com

N-260/C-13

Pallars Jussà

Isona i Conca Dellà Tourist Office

Del Museu, 4. Isona

Tel. (+34) 973 665 062

www.parc-cretaci.com

La Pobla de Segur Tourist Office

Av. Verdaguer, 35. La Pobla de Segur

Tel. (+34) 973 680 257

www.pobladesegur.cat

Tremp Tourist Office

Pl. de la Creu, 1. Tremp

Tel. (+34) 973 650 005/09

www.ajuntamentdetremp.cat

Vall Fosca Tourist Board Office

Únic, s/n. La Torre de Cabdella

Tel. (+34) 973 663 001

www.vallfosca.net

Route along the River Caldes

to Lake Negre ON FOOT: MEDIUM-HIGH DIFFICULTY / DISTANCE: 4.8 km / DURATION: 2 h 15 min

This route forms the gateway to the Caldes river basin, a magnificent starting point

for countless trips to see the high mountain lakes and peaks, including the particular

delight of discovering wonderful Lake Negre, one of the deepest in the Pyrenees.

Our starting point is the car park at the Cavallers reservoir. Taking

the path along the right bank, we cross the Riumalo flats, only

moderately difficult, though certain sections are rather steep. Near

Lake Negre is the Ventosa i Calvell refuge, where accommodation

and meals can be provided.

Lake Negre is the starting point for many more walks around

the Colieto Valley and the other lakes below Les Agulles de

Travessani, as well as to the peak of Mount Montardo.

Enjoy hikes through beautiful natural scenery, discovering the extraordinary routes

to be found in this Pyrenean county.

One of the main routes in the network of footpaths in this county is the Camí de l’aigua, or “Water Path”, which

links El Pont de Suert and Vall de Boí, from the Monastery of Lavaix to the Caldes de Boí spa.

Ascending 650 m along its 26 km course, the Water Path crosses

through varied landscapes of enormous natural interest, including

the Escales reservoir, the Dall meadows, mid-mountain forests

of oak and hazel and many river environments inhabited by lush,

green vegetation, such as the Salencar de Lleps and Barruera rivers,

their typical flora and fauna enhancing the attractions for the

visitor even more. This is clearly one of the most important and

interesting paths in the network found in Alta Ribagorça county.

Alta Ribagorça

Cavallers

Dam

Caldes de Boí

Planell de

Riumalo

Ventosa i Calvell Refuge

Negre Lake

Mount

Comalespada

Punta Alta de

Comalesbienes

Hiking in Alta Ribagorça County

The Water Path ON FOOT: MEDIUM DIFFICULTY / DISTANCE: 26 km

Vilaller

Barruera

La Vall de Boí

El Pont de Suert

La Pobla de Segur

Caldes de Boí

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Moreover, this Water Path is also the route to discovering historic, architectural and cultural value of the highest

order in all the villages we visit along the way, particularly as regards monuments in the characteristic local

Romanesque style and fine examples of the unusual mountain architecture here.

Romanesque route

through Vall de Boí BY CAR / DISTANCE: 75 km / DURATION: 3 h

Alta Ribagorça boasts one of the most important series of Romanesque churches in

the world. UNESCO proclaimed the Vall de Boí Romanesque site as World Heritage

in 2000. There are eight churches and one chapel in this valley: La Assumpció de

Cóll, Santa Maria de Cardet, Sant Feliu de Barruera, La Nativitat de Durro, the Chapel

of Santa Eulàlia d’Erill la Vall, Sant Joan de Boí, Santa Maria de Taüll and Sant Climent

de Taüll.

Our route begins in El Pont de Suert, taking the N-230 road north, turning off after 2 km onto the L-500 to Vall

de Boí.

Our first stop is in Cóll, where we can visit the Church of La

Assumpció. Returning to the main road, we turn left at the crossroads,

making for the village of Cardet to see the Church of Santa Maria.

Next, km 12 brings us to Barruera, site of the Church of Sant Feliu.

From here we turn off onto a minor road, after which another 3

km brings us to the tiny village of Durro and the Church of La

Nativitat de la Mare de Déu. From here, a track leads up the

mountainside to the Chapel of Sant Quirc, which commands

magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

El Pont de Suert

To admire the majestic belltower of the Church of Santa Eulàlia,

we now need to return to the main road, turning left at the

crossroads at km 15.5 to reach the village of Erill la Vall, stopping

to visit the lovely Church of Sant Joan before continuing onwards once more to Taüll. This town boasts the two

best-known monumental sites in the whole valley: the Church of Santa Maria and the Church of Sant Climent.

Sant Climent de Taüll

Sant Feliu de Barruera

Alta Ribagorça Pallars Jussà

Coll

Barruera

Cardet

Erill

la Vall

Durro

Boí

Taüll

From the Collegats gorge

to the Terradets gorge, along the reservoirs

BY CAR / DISTANCE: 47 km

This is an exceptional route that combines sport, culture and nature, leading us to

discover the Sant Antoni and Terradets

reservoirs, the River Noguera Pallaresa,

fountains, riverbeds, deltas, flora and fauna, chapels, castles, towers,

marine fossils, archaeological sites, caves… and, needless to say,

to enjoy a range of water sports.

La Pobla de Segur

It is possible to take the route along the waterside by car, starting

out from any town, from north to south or vice versa. There is

also the possibility of taking the train, from Cellers to La Pobla

de Segur, stopping at Guàrdia, Palau, Tremp and Salàs de Pallars;

or going by bicycle, from La Pobla de Segur to Cellers, along the

west bank.

Northern area: the Sant Antoni reservoir is the largest freshwater

body in Catalonia in terms of surface area, and offers visitors small

beaches located in a magnificent area for enjoying water sports.

Tremp

Aramunt

Sant Antoni Dam

From Tremp (county capital and, for centuries, the main link between the plains and the Pyrenees) to La Pobla

de Segur (Congost de Collegats), the second-largest town in Pallars Jussà, situated at the confluence of two rivers,

the Noguera Pallaresa and the Flamisell, with the Sant Antoni reservoir, passing through Talarn.

Sant Antoni reservoir, Salàs de Pallars and Sant Joan de Vinyafrecal. From the Collegats Gorge towards Tremp

(passing through Conca de Dalt and Conca Dellà) via El Pont de Claverol, Pessonada, Aramunt, la Font de la O,

El Mirador dels Ensulciats and Montesquiu, skirting the reservoir, from Nerets to Vilamitjana. From Montesquiu,

we can visit the municipal borough of Isona i Conca Dellà, visiting Llordà and Orcau castles and seeing the

impressive dinosaur remains.

Central area: Noguera Pallaresa / Gavet Canal. The life of the people of Pallars county revolves around this

waterway. From Vilamitjana to Llimiana (Terradets reservoir) with superb views over the whole lovely valley, the

Tremp basin and Mount Montsec. Following the Noguera Pallaresa downriver, passing through Gavet de la Conca

– along the River Gavet (where intensive fishing is practised, and we can find a picnic area with fountain and

barbeque). Fontsagrada and Els Masos de Llimiana, where the Noguera Pallaresa broadens, flowing into the Terradets

reservoirs. In Vall de Barcedana is the fortified site of Sant Gervàs Castle.

Southern area: Terradets dam. Situated at the foot of the Sierra del Montsec mountain range, the last great bastion

of the Pyrenees, Terradets dam stretches from the Tremp basin into Terradets gorge.

Leaving Llimiana in the direction of the dam, passing through the Barcedana canyon picnic area and the Cellers

pine forest, we reach the Terradets dam. We return over the bridge, taking the C-13 road towards Tremp, passing

through Cellers, Guàrdia, Puigcercós and Palau de Noguera. Before reaching Tremp, we turn off to the left, towards

Fígols, then come to Claret, from where we can enjoy marvellous views of the Tremp basin and Conca Dellà.

Moreover, just off this route is Mur Castle, a magnificent military and religious stronghold.

Talam

Salas

de Pallars

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Route

to Terradets reservoir ON FOOT: FAIRLY EASY / DISTANCE: 9 km

Terradets reservoir is an ideal spot for enjoying water sports, as well as the starting

point for many hiking and cycling routes, all amid the most impressive natural scenery.

Over Cellers, we can see Mur Castle. Near the reservoir itself is

one of the best places in Catalonia for climbing: the walls of

Mount Terradets, featuring the spectacular Regina Rock. Further

on, on the right, we cross a bridge to reach Llimiana, the most

spectacular viewpoint over the Tremp basin. Here, too, is a veritable

jewel of Catalan Romanesque art, the Church of la Mare de Déu

de la Cinta.

Heading towards the Barcedana Valley, passing through Sant

Miquel de la Vall, we come to the Sant Gervàs site, comprising

a chapel, a castle and a 12th-century village, Els Vilots, as well

as the remains of a 9th-century military chapel.

Returning amid fields of cereals, vines, olives and almonds, we

pass through Masos de Llimiana on our way to Gavet de la Conca

and Tremp.

Mont-Rebei Gorge

Pallars Jussà Pallars Jussà

Guardia de Tremo

Cellers

Tremp

Terradets Marsh

Vilamitjana

Gavet

de la Conca

Els Masos

de Llimona

Llimiana

Sant Antoni dam

Vall Fosca

More routes information on www.visitpirineus.com

The Vall Fosca route takes us through the most northerly part of the county, encircled

by countless mountain peaks. This is a valley full of marvellous landscapes, lovely

nooks and crannies and picturesque villages. Here, too, are endless opportunities for

trips and open-air activities of all kinds.

There are several routes enabling us to enjoy nature in its purest state and discover

unique cultural heritage, such as the Romanesque Church of Sant Vicenç de Cabdella,

a fine building perched on high and overlooking the whole valley.

Flowing through the midst of this landscape, with its many rivers,

canyons, fountains and green meadows, surrounded by mountains

soaring to 3,000 metres, is the River Flamisell.

The natural gateway to Vall Fosca is Senterada on the N-260

from La Pobla, towards El Pont de Suert, where we take the L-503

to La Pobleta de Bellveí. Following the road up the River Flamisell,

we reach the foot of the Sallente cable car, which will take us to

the Gento reservoir, commanding views over the whole valley

and its 22 fantastic lakes in what is an unforgettable experience.

Once at the top of the cable car route, there are countless routes

and walks we can take around the Tort and Gento reservoirs.

El Pont de Suert

La Pobla se Segur

Erinya

BY CAR / DISTANCE: 20 km

Tort Dam Gento Dam

Cabdella

Senterada

Flamisell River

Cabdella Tower

La Pobleta de Bellveí

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WE SUGGEST

ALTA RIBAGORÇA

More than a ski station, a mountain resort

Boí Taüll Resort

Taüll

Tel. (+34) 902 406 640. www.boitaullresort.com

Mountaineering courses

Catalan Mountain Sports School (ECEM)

El Pont de Suert

Tel. (+34) 902 275 285.

www.escolamuntanyacat.com

The park with 200 lakes

Aigüestortes i Llac de Sant Maurici National Park

Tel. (+34) 973 696 189

PALLARS JUSSÀ

At the gateway to history

Conca Dellà Museum

Isona i Conca Dellà

Tel. (+34) 973 665 062. www.parc-cretaci.com

“Modernism” (Catalan Art Nouveau) in La Pobla

de Segur

La Pobla de Segur Municipal Tourist Office

La Pobla de Segur

Tel. (+34) 973 680 257. www.pobladesegur.org

The Pyrenean lakes by cable car

Vall Fosca Municipal Tourist Board

La Torre de Capdella

Tel. (+34) 973 663 001. www.vallfosca.net

The Valley of Catalan Romanesque art

Vall de Boí Trust

Tel. (+34) 973 694 000

Pyrenean fauna routes in Durro, Montiberri

and Senet

Alta Ribagorça County Tourist Board

Tel. (+34) 972 690 402. www.ribagorca.com

Romanesque art in Alta Ribagorça county

Vall de Boí Romanesque Interpretation Centre

Erill la Vall

Tel. (+34) 973 696 715

Discover Tremp and its surroundings!

Tremp Town Hall

Tremp

Tel. (+34) 973 650 005 / 973 650 009

www.ajuntamentdetremp.com

Guided tours around the scenes

of everyday life

Salàs de Pallars Town Hall

Tel. (+34) 973 676 003. http://salas.ddl.net

The information contained in the “We Suggest” section is taken from Guide to Make the Most of Catalonia,

published by Turisme de Catalunya.

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