5 days, 7 days
Duration
Moderate
Difficulty
Spain
Location
June-October
Availability

  Exhilarating hiking in the Pyrenees through Catalonia’s only national park

 Stunning hiking trails in the Aigüestortes National Park, with hundreds of glacial lakes

  Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Romanesque churches of the Vall de Boí

  Idyllic natural surroundings, with an abundance of wildlife and alpine flowers

  Relax and unwind after your hikes in a vintage SPA resort


Hiking in the Spanish Pyrenees: Vall de Boí and Aigüestortes National Park

Discover Romanesque heritage and alpine beauty on this self-guided walking holiday.

This hiking trip takes you into a beautiful hidden corner of the Spanish Pyrenees. On a week-long walking holiday, you will first explore the Vall de Boí – an unspoilt alpine valley that is the gateway to the rugged granite mountains of the Aigüestortes National Park. You will follow scenic walking trails along the alpine meadows and into the high peaks of the Pyrenees. Here, you will discover crystal-clear lakes, filling deep bowls which were carved by glaciers during the last ice age. There are over 200 lakes in the national park, not to mention numerous rivers and waterfalls. As you walk, you will sometimes feel as though you are surrounded by water, which takes on fabulous hues of green and blue in the northern Spanish sunshine.

The Vall de Boí is also home to wonderful heritage; in particular, its collection of nine Early Romanesque churches, dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. They are regarded as the best-preserved Romanesque churches in Spain and are today designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The sight of these beautiful structures set against the stunning backdrop of the surrounding mountains is sure to take your breath away!

You will stay in welcoming family-run hotels with good restaurants, as well as vintage SPA resort with many relaxing treatment options for weary hikers. If you choose the longer, 7-day trip, you will also spend one night in the Ventosa I Calvell mountain hut. This is basic but gives you the opportunity to access the high mountain passes (above 2,500m), which offer some of the very best views in the Pyrenees.

5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS From €450 per person sharing*

*A high season supplement will apply from late July – late August
*A single supplement charge will apply for solo walkers

7 DAYS/6 NIGHTS From €675 per person sharing*

*A high season supplement will apply from late July – late August
*A single supplement charge will apply for solo walkers

ACCOMMODATION

All accommodations are carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. The standard accommodations of this trip are listed below. If any are unavailable, we will book a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked. This may involve supplements or discounts.

Extra overnight: You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

AVAILABILITY You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, from June 16th to October 25th.
INCLUDED
5-DAY HOLIDAY
4 nights in selected hotels with en-suite facilities
4 breakfasts
2 dinners
Luggage transportation on days 2 and 4
Day 1: transfer from El Pont de Suert to Barruera
Day 4: transfers to start and from end of your walk
Day 5: transfer to El Pont de Suert for bus to Barcelona
Detailed route notes & maps
Pre-departure information pack
GPS tracks
24/7 telephone support
INCLUDED
7-DAY HOLIDAY
5 nights in selected hotels with en-suite facilities
1 night in a mountain hut (dormitory and shared bathroom)
6 breakfasts
4 dinners
2 packed lunches on days 5 and 6
Luggage transportation on days 2 and 4
Day 1: transfer from El Pont de Suert to Barruera
Day 4: transfers to start and from end of your walk
Day 5: transfer to the start of your walk
Day 7: transfer to El Pont de Suert for bus to Barcelona
Detailed route notes & maps
Pre-departure information pack
GPS tracks
24/7 telephone support
NOT INCLUDED
Flights & travel insurance
Transport between Barcelona and El Pont de Suert on arrival and departure days
Any lunches or dinners not mentioned in included section
Local buses or taxis, other than those mentioned above
Local tourist taxes at hotels (to be paid locally in cash)
Any other items not mentioned in the program
OPTIONAL EXTRAS
Additional nights before, during or after the walk
Single room supplement
Public transport between Barcelona and El Pont de Suert on arrival and departure days
DIFFICULTY & TERRAIN This trip is rated moderate overall. You will walk on wide gravel tracks in the valley and a mix of mountain trails and stony footpaths up in the mountains. Some trails can be quite exposed. You will occasionally need to use your hands to cross scree slopes with large boulders.

 

1

Day 1: Arrival in Barruera

You can reach Barruera by taking a bus from Barcelona to El Pont de Suert (4hrs – 5½hrs). A pre-arranged taxi will take you from there to your hotel in Barruera.

This small mountain town has a very pleasant historic centre and a beautiful Romanesque church; Sant Feliu. Depending on your arrival time, you can relax in one of the local bars or buy some provisions for tomorrow’s lunch picnic.

Dinner is included tonight; a set menu of typical Catalan dishes in the small restaurant of Farré d’Avall.

Overnight: Barruera. Dinner included.

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Day 2: Hike from Barruera to Taüll via Durro

Distance: 8.2 km | Ascent: 740 m | Descent: 360 m | Walking time: 4½ hrs approx.

OR: with extra loop walk from Durro

Distance: 14 km | Ascent: 965 m | Descent: 5700 m | Walking time: 6½ hrs approx.

You begin your first hiking day by ascending from the valley to the higher mountain village of Durro. Here you have the option of doing an extra 6km loop walk high above the valley. You will pass the beautifully situated chapel of Sant Quirc de Durro, where bonfires are held every year during the traditional Fallas festivities.

You continue your hike across the panoramic Camí del Pago to the village of Boí, where you can stop and visit the Romanesque church of Sant Joan plus the National park Visitors’ centre. A short final ascent then takes you to the village of Taüll. Here, you will find the most beautiful of the Vall de Boí’s Romanesque churches: the church of Sant Climent. Its famous bell tower is particularly impressive. It once contained magnificent frescos, but these were removed in the last century and taken to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) in Barcelona for safekeeping. You can see a superb video presentation at the church in which the frescos are recreated in front of your eyes.

Overnight: Taüll. Dinner not included but plenty of restaurant options in the village.

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Day 3: Tossalet de Creuetes and Cassenoves

Distance: 6 km | Ascent: 400 m | Descent: 400 m | Walking time: 3 hrs approx.

OR

Distance: 11 km | Ascent: 850 m | Descent: 850 m | Walking time: 5½-6 hrs approx.

Today’s walk takes you across the high mountain ridge above the village of Taüll. You will climb to the peak of the Tossalet de Creutes (elevation: 1921 m), from where you will have stunning views over the Vall de Boí. You have the option of turning back here if you prefer a shorter walk or wish to visit the churches of Taüll. Otherwise, continue following the path along the ridge. Further along, you will pass through an alpine forest with many flowers and birds.

Finally, you reach the Casesnoves mountain pasture. Here, you will enjoy magnificent views across the Aigüestortes valley with its glacial lakes Estany Llebreta and Estany Llong.

You return to Taüll via the same path and once again enjoy the exuberant alpine flora and views over the villages.

Overnight: Taüll. Dinner not included but plenty of restaurant options in the village.

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Day 4: Aigües Tortes Valley and Lakes

Distance: 13.6 km | Ascent: 675 m | Descent: 675 m | Walking time: 5½ hrs approx.

After breakfast you will be transferred to the entrance of the National Park, where a meandering river (Aigüestortes) cuts its way through a bucolic alpine valley. Here, you begin a steep (but shaded) climb through a pine forest. You will reach a series of glacial lakes (known as Dellui) at an elevation of 2360 m, surrounded by the impressive high peaks of the Pyrenees. This makes a beautiful spot for a picnic lunch – you may even encounter some friendly marmots as you relax in these idyllic surroundings!

Beginning your descent, you will first traverse a scree slope with huge boulders. This is a little challenging, but thereafter you have an easy gradual descent through pine woods and open hillside with many alpine roses (Rhododendron ferrugineum). You will reach the Estany Llong mountain refuge, where you can stop for a refreshing drink before following a wide gravel track back to your start point.

A pre-arranged taxi transfer will then take you to your accommodation at the Hotel**** & SPA Manantial in Caldes de Boí, where you can relax in the outdoor pools or indoor SPA. Dinner is included tonight and is a menu with different choices.

Overnight: Caldes de Boí. Dinner included

5

Day 5: Departure

Your hiking trip in the Pyrennees comes to an end after breakfast this morning.

A taxi will take you to El Pont de Suert, from where you can catch a bus to Barcelona.

If you are travelling by car and need to pick it up from Barruera, you can walk there via a beautiful riverside path (9 km, 3 hrs approx.) or we can arrange a taxi.

1

Day 1: Arrival in Barruera

You can reach Barruera by taking a bus from Barcelona to El Pont de Suert (4hrs – 5½hrs). A pre-arranged taxi will take you from there to your hotel in Barruera.

This small mountain town has a very pleasant historic centre and a beautiful Romanesque church; Sant Feliu. Depending on your arrival time, you can relax in one of the local bars or buy some provisions for tomorrow’s lunch picnic.

Dinner is included tonight; a set menu of typical Catalan dishes in the small restaurant of Farré d’Avall.

Overnight: Barruera. Dinner included.

2

Day2: Hike from Barruera to Täull via Durro

Distance: 8.2 km | Ascent: 740 m | Descent: 360 m | Walking time: 4½ hrs approx.

OR: with extra loop walk from Durro

Distance: 14 km | Ascent: 965 m | Descent: 5700 m | Walking time: 6½ hrs approx.

You begin your first hiking day by ascending from the valley to the higher mountain village of Durro. Here you have the option of doing an extra 6km loop walk high above the valley. You will pass the beautifully situated chapel of Sant Quirc de Durro, where bonfires are held every year during the traditional Fallas festivities.

You continue your hike across the panoramic Camí del Pago to the village of Boí, where you can stop and visit the Romanesque church of Sant Joan plus the National park Visitors’ centre. A short final ascent then takes you to the village of Taüll. Here, you will find the most beautiful of the Vall de Boí’s Romanesque churches: the church of Sant Climent. Its famous bell tower is particularly impressive. It once contained magnificent frescos, but these were removed in the last century and taken to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) in Barcelona for safekeeping. You can see a superb video presentation at the church in which the frescos are recreated in front of your eyes.

Overnight: Täull. Dinner not included but plenty of restaurant options in the village.

3

Day 3: Tossalet de Creuetes and Cassenoves

Distance: 6 km | Ascent: 400 m | Descent: 400 m | Walking time: 3 hrs approx.

OR

Distance: 11 km | Ascent: 850 m | Descent: 850 m | Walking time: 5½-6 hrs approx.

Today’s walk takes you across the high mountain ridge above the village of Taüll. You will climb to the peak of the Tossalet de Creutes (elevation: 1921 m), from where you will have stunning views over the Vall de Boí. You have the option of turning back here if you prefer a shorter walk or wish to visit the churches of Taüll. Otherwise, continue following the path along the ridge. Further along, you will pass through an alpine forest with many flowers and birds.

Finally, you reach the Casesnoves mountain pasture. Here, you will enjoy magnificent views across the Aigüestortes valley with its glacial lakes Estany Llebreta and Estany Llong.

You return to Taüll via the same path and once again enjoy the exuberant alpine flora and views over the villages.

Overnight: Täull. Dinner not included but plenty of restaurant options in the village.

4

Day 4: Aigüestortes Valley and Lakes

Distance: 13.6 km | Ascent: 675 m | Descent: 675 m | Walking time: 5½ hrs approx.

After breakfast you will be transferred to the entrance of the National Park, where a meandering river (Aigüestortes) cuts its way through a bucolic alpine valley. Here, you begin a steep (but shaded) climb through a pine forest. You will reach a series of glacial lakes (known as Dellui) at an elevation of 2360 m, surrounded by the impressive high peaks of the Pyrenees. This makes a beautiful spot for a picnic lunch – you may even encounter some friendly marmots as you relax in these idyllic surroundings!

Beginning your descent, you will first traverse a scree slope with huge boulders. This is a little challenging, but thereafter you have an easy gradual descent through pine woods and open hillside with many alpine roses (Rhododendron ferrugineum). You will reach the Estany Llong mountain refuge, where you can stop for a refreshing drink before following a wide gravel track back to your start point.

A pre-arranged taxi transfer will then take you to your accommodation at the Hotel**** & SPA Manantial in Caldes de Boí, where you can relax in the outdoor pools or indoor SPA. Dinner is included tonight and is a menu with different choices.

Overnight: Caldes de Boí. Dinner included

5

Day 5: Mountain hike to Refugio Ventosa i Calvell

Distance: 5.5 km | Ascent: 580 m | Descent: 135 m | Walking time: 3 hrs approx.

Tonight, you will have the opportunity to experience an overnight stay in a typical Spanish mountain hut. You will leave your main luggage in the hotel in Caldes de Boí, where you will return tomorrow.

After breakfast, you will be transferred (20 mins drive) to the Cavallers dam, situated at the end of the Caldes valley. Carrying just what you need for the night, you begin a beautiful hike, first along the Cavallers reservoir and then gradually ascending through an increasingly rocky and barren mountain landscape to the Ventosa i Calvell hut, where you will spend the night at 2215 m altitude.

From the hut you can walk a little further, to the glacial lake Estany Gran de Colieto or to the rocky wasteland at the foot of the Coll de Contraix. You can continue as far as you want, because you will return to the refuge via the same route. Before dinner you have time to take a hot (or cold) shower and prepare your ‘bed’ for tonight: a bunkbed as wide as the rooftop, where people sleep side to side – remember to take a sheet/sleeping bag liner with you and some ear plugs!

Dinner is included tonight. You will be seated at large tables and will enjoy the same set menu as all other guests.

Overnight: Refugio Ventosa i Calvell mountain hut

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Day 6: Port de Rius – Port de Colomers – Estany Travessani and descent to Caldes de Boí

Aigüestortes loop walk

Distance: 8.5 km | Ascent: 655 m | Descent: 655 m | Walking time: 4 hrs approx.

Descent to Caldes de Boi

Distance: 8.7 km | Ascent: 130 m | Descent: 875 m | Walking time: 3½ hrs approx.

After breakfast at the refuge, you will be given a prepared picnic lunch to take with you. We recommend doing a hike through the impressive mountain world of Aigüestortes, before descending back to Caldes de Boi. You will walk through a rugged granite landscape among the glacial lakes of Travessani and Estany de Monges to the mountain pass Port de Rius (2475 m) and then along the Estany de Mangades to the Port de Colomèrs, from where you look out over the beautiful Cirque de Colomers on the north side of the National park.

You then descend via yesterday’s path to the reservoir of Cavallers and continue down through the valley to the hotel & SPA in Caldes de Boí. Once again dinner is included.

Overnight: Caldes de Boí. Dinner included

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Day 7: Departure

Your hiking trip in the Pyrennees comes to an end after breakfast this morning.

A taxi will take you to El Pont de Suert, from where you can catch a bus to Barcelona.

If you are travelling by car and need to pick it up from Barruera, you can walk there via a beautiful riverside path (9 km, 3 hrs approx.) or we can arrange a taxi.


Getting to Barruera

  The most convenient airport is Barcelona Airport – El Prat (BCN).

You can also fly to Girona Airport.

  • There is one direct bus from Barcelona airport to El Pont de Suert (departing 15:15).
  • There are 4 buses daily from Barcelona Nord to El Pont de Suert (between 06:25 and 16:00). These take between 4 – 5½ hours.
  • Bus timetables are available at www.alsa.es
/ You can also travel by train from Barcelona Sants station to Lerida (every hour, journey time: 1 hr) and then catch the bus to El Pont de Suert from there (2 hrs).
An included taxi transfer will take you from El Pont de Suert to your hotel in Barruera.

Departure from Caldes de Boí

A taxi transfer is included to take you from Caldes de Boí to El Pont de Suert, where you can catch a bus to Barcelona or Lerida.
If travelling by car, you can park at Barruera for the duration. You can also avail of a discounted price as you will not need the transfers to and from El Pont de Suert.
Hiking in the Pyrenees; Vall de Boi
Hiking in the Pyrenees, Estany Dellui
The Vall de Boi
Hiking in the Vall de Boi
Sant Feliu de Barruera
Vall de Boi, Estany de Travessani CCEliziR
Hiking in the Vall de Boi, near Estany Travessani
Estany de Cavallers
Valle de Boi; Pino Negro above Cavallers
Taüll; Church of Sant Climent
Aiguestortes National Park
Refugi Ventosa i Calvell
View from the Refugi

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