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Season: Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Duration: Departure 08.30h - Return 19.30h
This is a perfect tour for anybody wanting to truly escape the city and immerse themselves in nature. Not to mention that you’ll also be visiting one of the world’s most famous mountain ranges.
We will leave Barcelona at 8:30am and half way to the Pyrenees, we will stop for a short break in the ancient town of Vic.
With your guide you will have time to stroll around the town centre taking in the cathedral (a mixture of styles ranging from romanesque to neo-classical), and some magnificent renaissance and baroque buildings; or to simply relax while having breakfast in the heart of town on a beautiful arched square (one of the biggest in the country) where the market and other major events are held.
Our visits to Vic coincides with traditional market days, something which has been taking place every week for over a thousand years!
From Vic we continue up to the Pyrenees. Before we board the train, we will briefly visit Queralbs, which, at an altitude of 1,236 metres, is the last vehicle-accessible village on the way up to our mountain valley destination.
This tiny mountain village has a population of only 200 permanent residents living in a rambling collection of traditionally built stone houses. Perched on the side of the mountain, this impossibly quaint, picture postcard beautiful hamlet is one of the most memorable parts of the day.
Here, you will also be able to see the Church of Sant Sadurni de Fustanya, built from stones so perfectly-hewn that legend says it was built by the fairies and witches said to inhabit the surrounding caves.
From Queralbs, we take the last 6km of the impressive rack railway up to an altitude of 1,964 metres and into the stunning mountain valley of Vall de Nuria. Thanks to the cable car, from here you will be able to get to an altitude of more than 2,000 metres with no effort at all.
If you love hiking, then ask the guide to show you some routes, there’s something for everyone – from the hard and strenuous to light and easy. You’ll have plenty of time to hike well away from the valley and truly experience the solitude of the mountains.
In the valley you’ll also find the sanctuary, originally built to house pilgrims to the valley, and which takes its name from the Virgin de Nuria. Her image, buried in the earth, was reputedly unearthed by a very persistent ox!
In the valley, you can enjoy the unspoiled scenery, sharing it with unusual birds and animals ranging from Gryphon vultures to chamois, and golden eagles to marmots, and take one of the many different walks and hikes. Alternatively, you can try horse riding, open air bowling, archery lessons, crazy golf or go boating on the lake. If that seems too energetic, another option is to enjoy some of the traditional Catalan dishes available in the restaurants.
We will go back from Vall de Nuria to Queralbs by rack railway and then the bus will takes us to Barcelona, arriving there at around 7:30 pm.
Things To Bring
Please bring suitable clothing, footwear and sun protection.
Right after booking you receive a voucher.
Please print it or show it on your mobile phone at :
Palau de la Musica (exact address on your voucher)
Please be there 10 minutes before departure time.
– Transport in a small mini-coach with full air conditioning
– Professional, English speaking guide
– Rack railway ride from Queralbs to Vall de Nuria
– Cable car ride in Vall de Nuria to an altitude of more than 2,000 meters above sea-level
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