Start: Barrruera End: Barruera
You individually travel to the Vall de Boi, by either private (rental) car OR public bus and/or train from Barcelona via the nearby town of El Pont de Suert. From there we can arrange a taxi to Barruera for you. If you are early, you can relax in one of the bars of this small village or do some lunch shopping for tomorrow. Dinner is included tonight; a set menu of typical Catalan dishes in the small restaurant of Farré d’Avall.
The day starts with a climb from the valley to the higher mountain village of Durro. Here you can decide to do an extra loop high over the flanks of the valley. On your way, the chapel of Sant Quirc de Durro, situated on a beautiful viewpoint, where the annual bonfire is lit during the Fallas festivities. Then you continue via Durro across the panoramic Camí del Pago to the village of Boí, where you can visit the Romanesque church of Sant Joan plus the National park Visitors’ center. After a short final ascent, you reach the village of Taüll, where the most beautiful of all Romanesque churches can be seen: the Sant Climent with its impressive bell tower. Don´t miss a superb video presentation during which the Romanesque frescos are ‘painted’ in front of your eyes and come alive. The original frescos were removed a century ago and taken to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC) in Barcelona to prevent illegal trade.
Challenge: 8.2 km, 4.5 hrs, 740m ascent, 360 m descent.
With extra loop: 13.7 km, 6 - 6.5 hrs, 965 m ascent, 570 m descent.
From Taüll you do a there-and-back walk across the high ridge above the village; the so-called “Pala de Taüll”. Your first stop `en route´ is the top of the peak Tossalet de Creuetes (1921 m) from where you have a splendid view over the valley of Boí. If you to walk want more, follow the path further alongside the ridge and through an alpine pine forest with wonderful flowers and many birds. The end point is the former pasture area "Casesnoves" where you have a beautiful view across the heart of the National Park: the Aigüestortes valley with lakes Estany Llebreta and Estany Llong. Then you walk back to Taüll via the same path.
Challenge: 6 km, 3 hrs, 400m ascent & descent.
Extension: 11.2 km, 5.5 - 6 hrs, 850m ascent & descent.
After breakfast a taxi will pick you up and take you to the entrance of the National Park where a meandering river (Aigues Tortes) cuts its way through a bucolic alpine valley. There you start a steep but shady walk through a pine wood to a series of glacier lakes called Dellui which are absolutely lovely for a picnic, you may be lucky and see the marmots leaving their shelters and showing themselves. During the descent you will traverse a scree slope with huge boulders and then descend through an open wood of black pines and alpenroses (Rhododendron ferrugineum) with dark pink flowers. After a drink at the refuge Estany Llong, you return to the start of the walk. Finally, the taxi-van takes you to the hotel in Caldes de Boi, for a well-deserved relax in the outdoor pools or indoor SPA circuit.
Challenge: 13.6 km, 5.5 - 6 hrs, 675 m ascent & descent.
In this stage of the trip you will experience an overnight stay in a typical Spanish mountain hut, you will be taken after breakfast by taxi to the Cavallers dam. With some basic luggage in your rucksack you start a beautiful walk, 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.
Challenge: 5.3 km, 3 hrs, 580m ascent , 135m descent.
After breakfast, you pick up the pack lunch that has been prepared for you. Because the walk back to Caldes de Boí is short, we offer you an alpine hike through the impressive mountain world of Aigüestortes. You walk through a rugged granite landscape along the glacier lakes of Travessani and Estany de Monges to the mountain pass Port de Rius (2475m) 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. Then you descend via the same path as yesterday to the reservoir of Cavallers and continue down through the valley to the hotel.
Morning walk: 8.5 km, 4 hrs, 655 m ascent & descent.
Afternoon return route: 8.7 km, 3.5 hrs, 130 m ascent, 875 m descent.
If you have parked your (rental) car in Barruera or just want to spend another day of walking and visiting Romanesque churches, you follow a beautiful riverside path from Caldes de Boi to Barruera. Halfway you have a drink in Erill la Vall and visit the Romanesque church Santa Eulalia, with replica of the wooden sculpture “Descent from the Cross” (original is exhibited in el MNAC) which is moving in its simplicity and devotion.
Challenge: 9 km, 3 hrs, 130m ascent, 550m descent.
The hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite. Some of the hotels we work with appear here. If a certain hotel is unable to confirm due to lack of availability, we will request a similar one and inform you about the alternative booked.
Extra nights can be booked at any of the accommodations along the way.
A family owned hotel in a nice traditional buiding with comfortable and cozy traditional rooms. It also includes several sitting rooms as well as two outdoor terraces for those who want to be in touch with nature, with views to the town and the mountains.
Rantiner is a cozy family hotel opened in 2002, with 28 comfortable rooms and 3 suites equipped with full bathroom and great views to see the churches of Taüll and Sant Climent Santa Maria .
The emblematic construction of this hotel follows the canons of the mountain architecture, offering maximum comfort thanks to the constant improvements and updates in its facilities. The proximity to the Thermal Center is such that there is the possibility of accessing it from the hotel itself without having to go outside. An ideal hotel to enjoy healthy and family stays with the Boí Valley at your fingertips to savor its culture, its people and its excellent cuisine.
Since the inauguration in 1979 the refuge was updated year after year but the changes were always interior, aesthetically the Ventosa seen from outside remained the same. Finally, in 2017 the Center Excursionista de Catalunya together with the guards decided to take a step forward to improve the comfort of users and guards of the refuge by providing hot showers and more services. Sleeping facilities are a bunkbed as wide as the rooftop. You only need to take a sheet with you and we recommend some ear plugs. At dinner (included) you are seated at large tables and will enjoy the same set menu and maybe a nice chat with the other guests.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between May and October.
Arrival in Barruera
From Barcelona via the nearby town of El Pont de Suert and then get on the taxi to Barruera that we can arrange for you. There are several buses per day that take between 4 and 5.5 hrs to get from Barcelona Nord to El Pont de Suert; PLUS a direct connection from Barcelona airport at 15.15hrs (once per day; all busses operated by ALSA; www.alsa.es). You can also travel by train from Barcelona Sants railway station to Lerida (1 hour, trains every hour) and then hop over on a bus to El Pont de Suert (2 hrs journey).