Situated between Pallars Sobirà and Alt Urgell, the Alt Pirineu Natural Park is the largest in Catalonia. Pernui, in the district of Sort, is the gateway to this park, but its offices are in Llavorsí, where the centre in the Pajar d'en Tonet can be visited, which offers information and organises exhibitions and workshops.
The park is home to a large number of protected species, both animals as well as plant, and it has a variety of landscapes from Mediterranean forests to alpine flora. The village of Alins offers the possibility of admiring one of the many peculiar trees of the area due to its age or its size: the Pla de la Selva Fir, a tree catalogued as a Natural Monument.
Of note in the landscape is the Glacial Lake of Certascan, the largest in the Pyrenees, and the Cigalera de l'obaga de Baleran, one of the deepest gorges in Catalonia. However, perhaps the most famous is the Pica d'Estats, the highest peak in Catalonia, which has become an authentic symbol. It is said that Jacint Verdaguer was the first Catalan to climb it.
The park also includes several towns and villages belonging to up to fifteen districts, where an interesting cultural heritage can be enjoyed, both at an architectural as well as an archaeological level in addition to works of sacred art. Visitors can also participate in the fiestas and traditions, some from ancient times.
Currently there are a series of cross-border itineraries, along the GR-11, and for more experienced mountaineers, the Pyrenean Haute Route.
Districts it covers
Alins; Alt Àneu; Esterri d'Àneu; Esterri de Cardós; Farrera; La Guingueta d'Àneu; Lladorne; Llavorsí; Montferrer i Castellbò; Rialp; Soriguera; Sort; Tirvia; Vall de Cardós; Les Valls de Valira.
Mixed or both
Does it have a visitor centre?
1,590 species of vascular plant; 22 species that are either endangered or very rare within Catalonia. For example, Cerinthe glabra, Hippuris vulgaris, Juniperus thurifera, Salix hastata, Matthiola valesiaca and Astragalus penduliflorus.
29 species of odonata (insects) three of which are vulnerable according to the IUCN; 268 species of vertebrae catalogued to date; rare or endangered species such as the grizzly bear, otters, muskrat, bearded vulture, cinereous vulture, Egyptian vulture, red kite, capercaillie, rock ptarmigan, grey partridge, boreal owl, woodcock, wallcreeper, white-winged snowfinch and the Pyrenean newt; Aurelio's rock lizard and the largest settlement of capercaillie in the country (150 catalogued males).
Bird observatory at the high La Mollera d'Escalarre observation point.
Route through Castellot, Port Aulan, the medieval bridges in the valley of Cardós, Route of the Virús shelters
Seasons and times
Open all year round
Opening hours - summer
9:00 to 14:00
Opening hours - winter
9:00 to 14:00
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Access for disabled people, Picnic area, Camping area, Toilets, Shop, Chapel, Museum, Observatory, Refuge
Carrer de la Riba 1
Town or city
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