Pirineus

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The peaks of Canigó, Els Encantats, La Pica d’Estats and El Puigmal are just a few of the most emblematic mountains in the Catalan Pyrenees, the largest mountain range in Catalonia. More than 300 kilometres mountain range begins in Val d’Aran and descends into the Mediterranean sea at the headland of Cap de Creus, forming valleys with vastly different characters that gave rise to the regions you see today. This is undoubtedly a natural landscape for enjoying the countryside, the historical remains of Catalonia´s past and all kinds of outdoor activities, such as climbing, adventure sports and skiing.



Ski resorts, Romanesque in the Boí valley, Pyrenean peaks.

Enjoy nature in protected areas such as the Parc Natural de l’Alt Pirineu.
  • Region: Alt Urgell, Alta Ribagorça, Berguedà, Cerdanya, Garrotxa, Pallars Jussà, Pallars Sobirà, Ripollès, Solsonès, Val d'Aran
  • Province: Girona, Lleida
  • District: Abella de la Conca, Alàs i Cerc, Alins, Alp, Alt Àneu, Argelaguer, Arsèguel, Avià, Bagà, Baix Pallars, Bassella, Bellver de Cerdanya, Berga, Besalú, Beuda, Bolvir, Borredà, Cabó, Campdevànol, Campelles, Camprodon, Capolat, Casserres, Castell de l'Areny, Castell de Mur, Castellar de la Ribera, Castellar de n'Hug, Castellar del Riu, Castellfollit de la Roca, Cava, Cercs, Clariana de Cardener, Coll de Nargó, Coma i la Pedra, Conca de Dalt, Das, El Pont de Suert, Espot, Espunyola, Espunyola, l', Estamariu, Esterri d'Àneu, Esterri de Cardós, Farrera, Fígols, Fígols i Alinyà, Fontanals de Cerdanya, Gavet de la Conca, Ger, Gironella, Gisclareny, Gombrèn, Gósol, Guardiola de Berguedà, Guils de Cerdanya, Guingueta d'Àneu, la, Guixers, Isona i Conca Dellà, Isòvol, Josa i Tuixén, La Pobla de Segur, La Torre de Capdella, La Vall de Bianya, Lladorre, Lladurs, Llanars, Llavorsí, Lles de Cerdanya, Llimiana, Llívia, Llobera, Llosses, Maià de Montcal, Meranges, Mieres, Molló, Molsosa, Montagut i Oix, Montclar, Montellà i Martinet, Montferrer i Castellbò, Montmajor, Navès, Nou de Berguedà, Nou de Berguedà, la, Odèn, Ogassa, Oliana, Olius, Olot, Olvan, Organyà, Pardines, Peramola, Pinell de Solsonès, Pinós, Planes d'Hostoles, Planoles, Pobla de Lillet, Pont de Bar, Prats i Sansor, Preses, Prullans, Puigcerdà, Puig-reig, Quar, Quar, la, Queralbs, Rialp, Ribera d'Urgellet, Ribes de Freser, Riner, Ripoll, Riu de Cerdanya, Riudaura, Sagàs, Salàs de Pallars, Saldes, Sales de Llierca, Sant Aniol de Finestres, Sant Esteve de la Sarga, Sant Feliu de Pallerols, Sant Ferriol, Sant Jaume de Frontanyà, Sant Jaume de Llierca, Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Sant Joan les Fonts, Sant Julià de Cerdanyola, Sant Llorenç de Morunys, Sant Pau de Segúries, Santa Maria de Merlès, Santa Pau, Sarroca de Bellera, Senterada, Setcases, Seu d'Urgell, la, Solsona, Soriguera, Sort, Talarn, Tírvia, Tortellà, Toses, Tremp, Urús, Vall de Boí, la, Vall de Cardós, Vall d'en Bas, Vallcebre, Vallfogona de Ripollès, Valls d'Aguilar, Valls de Valira, Vansa i Fórnols, Vilada, Vilaller, Vilallonga de Ter, Viver i Serrateix
  • Size: 7065
  • Inhabitants: 340578
  • Web: http://www.visitpirineus.com

Geographical location

The ten regions under the Pyrenees tourist brand are located along a 300 kilometre strip of land stretching from east to west, at the northern end of Catalonia.

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History

What to see

Apart from the Val d’Aran, which has its very own tourist identity, the Catalan Pyrenees are spread over ten regions. The westernmost is that of Alta Ribagorça, with its capital El Pont de Suert. A visit to the Romanesque set of monuments in the Boí valley is essential, as it is a World Heritage Site. It includes masterpieces such as the Santa Maria and Sant Climent de Taüll churches. It runs northwards from the Alt Pirineu, with glacial valleys such as Vall Fosca, up to the Montsec mountain range to the south. The largest town is Tremp, with a fantastic collection of well-preserved heritage sites such as: the castles of Mur and Llordà, the basilica of Santa Maria de Valldeflors and the Creu de Tremp square.

The Alt Urgell occupies the upper basin of the river Segre river from its source in Cerdanya. Half the population is concentrated in the capital, La Seu de Urgell, which has some great architectural gems, including the cathedral of Santa Maria, and the cloister and church of Sant Miquel.

As they descend to the area of La Garrotxa, the Pyrenees lose most of their high-mountain appearance. In the capital, Olot, you can see the Neo-Classic church of Sant Esteve and examples of modernist buildings, such as Casa Solà-Morales. Other major sites include the Medieval monuments in Besalú, the basalt wall of Castellfollit de la Roca, Romanesque architecture in Beuda and Vall d’en Bas.

What to do

The geological landscape of high mountains and lakeland areas makes it ideal for adventure sports, such as mountaineering, skiing, mountain biking, paragliding, kayaking / canoeing and rafting. The only national park in Catalonia, the Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes i l’Estany de Sant Maurici, covers an area between Alta Ribagorça and Pallars Sobirà.The region of Pallars Sobirà is where you can find the Pica d’Estats mountain, the rooftop of Catalonia, standing at 3,143 metres. The Noguera Pallaresa river is the backbone of the region, and is still one of the area´s major economic drivers, as it is a centre for all kinds of whitewater sports. Other places to see are the valleys: Vall Farrera, Vall d´Áneu, Vall d´Ássua and Vall de Cardós. The surrounding area includes the natural park shared with Cerdanya and Berguedà, the Cadí-Moixeró park, with its Alpine landscapes.The peaks of Tosa and Puigmal rise up over the Cerdanya area. There is a marked contrast between the sub-Alpine mountain areas and the valley, which enjoys a much more temperate Mediterranean mountain climate. Apart from the usual mountain sports activities (skiing, mountain biking, mountaineering, fishing), ice hockey is also played here. In the capital, Puigcerdà, is the old convent of Sant Domènec.The natural resources of the Berguedà area include the Cadí-Moixeró park, which spreads over most of its territory, and the pre-Pyrenean massif of Pedraforca, the Fonts del Llobregat in Castellar de n’Hug and La Baells reservoir (water sports). The Corpus Christi festival in Berga, known as La Patum, has been listed as Intangible World Cultural Heritage.

Very close to Olot, the capital of La Garrotxa, there are a great many interesting beauty spots, such as the Parc Natural de la Zona Volcànica de la Garrotxa (where the famous Croscat, Montsacopa and Montolivet volcanoes can be seen) and the Fageda d’en Jordà beech forest.

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