Pyrenees Mountains Day Tour

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Introduction

This full day tour is the perfect chance to step into the Pyrenees Mountains and immerse in a historic experience through the north medieval towns. Take the rack railway to get high and be closer to the mountains!


   Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday    11 hours
Highlights

Discover in a one-day trip, one of the world's most famous mountains ranger, Pyrenees

 

Visit on this full day tour the small city of Vic to capture its long and storied history but also to discover the cradle of one of the most popular sausages in Catalonia.

 

Find Queralbs, the getaway to the Núria Valley, one of the most know pilgrimage sites in Catalonia.

 

Catch the rack railway to climb meters of natural space of a great beauty. 

Key details

LANGUAGE

This tour is available in English.

MEETING POINT/ RETURN POINT

C/Palau de la Musica, 1 - 08003, Barcelona. 

(The office is located directly opposite the famous Palau de La Musica.)  

SCHEDULE

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 08:30 AM

DURATION

Approximately 11 hours

Full description

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 leave Barcelona at 8:30 am from outside the Palau de la Musica, the departure point for all of our Day Tours from Barcelona.  Very quickly, we leave the city behind us as we head north. Our final destination may be the mountains, but on all of our day tours, we try to include as much variety as possible.

Just an hour from Barcelona, and halfway to the Pyrenees, we stop for a short break in the ancient Roman town of Vic. In keeping with our philosophy of giving you as much time as possible to explore on your own, we head first for the Market Square where we will give you an introduction to the town and suggestions of what to see.

You'll have plenty of 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 the town: 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. However, before we board the train, we will visit Queralbs, which, at an altitude of 1,236 meters, 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 Sadurní de Fustanyá, 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 meters and into the stunning mountain valley of Vall de Núria.Thanks to the mountain railway, you’ll be able to get high into the mountains 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 Núria. 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, of varying levels of difficulty.

If that seems too energetic, another option is to enjoy some of the traditional Catalan dishes available in the valley’s restaurants.

 After a few hours in the mountains, we will board the train for a short 20-minute ride back to Queralbs and then an hour and a half drive back to Barcelona, arriving at around 7pm-7.30pm.

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Included

  • Pyrenees tour departing from Barcelona.
  • Rack railway tickets
  • Professional guide.
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned minivan or mini bus.
  • Small-group tour.

Excluded

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Meals or dinks.
  • Other services not specified.
  • Gratuities (optional).

Cancelation rules

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Reviews

Truly fantastic!
It was the best trip to the Pyrennes that one could hope for. We got a couple of hours to hike the beautiful Pyrenees mountains after a short train ride up to them. Our guide Laura was knowledgeable and helpful. You aren’t on the bus long and the stops are astonishing! The locations that we've visited were amazing. Totally worth it!!!
Lucy Knight

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