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Overview

Revel in the incredible mountain scenery of the Pyrenees Spain on this hiking day trip from Barcelona, with an experienced guide. Travel through the charming villages of the Pyrenees’ foothills by minivan, and ride a rack railway to the gorgeous Nuria Valley, a vision of green pastures and peaks overlooking a jewel-like lake. Drink in the setting and crisp air, and enjoy time to follow the hiking trails, go horse riding or boating, or visit a traditional restaurant. Numbers are limited on this small-group tour for a more personalized experience.
  • Full-day small group tour by minivan to the Pyrenees
  • Visiting the historic town of Vic and its cathedral and market square
  • Personalized small group and commentary
  • Riding the rack railway from Queralbs to a stunning mountain valley
  • Hiking, horse riding, boating and other activities
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Transport by comfortable air-conditioned minivan
Put on warm clothes and sturdy walking shoes, and meet your guide and the rest of your small group in central Barcelona. Hop inside your air-conditioned minivan and journey into the countryside on route to the Pyrenees.

As you travel, hear tales of the region’s history from your guide and pass Montseny Natural Park, a protected region of mountains, forests and high moors.

After roughly an hour, make your first stop in the quaint market town of Vic. Enjoy free time for breakfast (own expense) or to explore the medieval center, with its picturesque market square, cathedral and Romanesque and neoclassical buildings.

Back aboard your minivan, continue to the stone-built mountain village of Queralbs; the last point on your route accessible by road. Leave the minivan, and accompanied by your guide, ride the rack railway up to the Nuria Valley. Home to a lake and bright green pastures ringed by high peaks, this picturebook valley is one of the most beautiful in the Pyrenees.

Admire the scenery from the train, and on arrival, enjoy several hours to explore as you wish. Perhaps follow your choice of the hiking trails suitable for different fitness levels, such as the paths up to the Valley Coma de Vaca. Although a good physical fitness is not a prerequisite of this tour, a reasonable level is required if you wish to take the Coma de Vaca trails.

Alternatively, take your pick from the local activities (own expense) such as horseriding or boating, or enjoy a meal (own expense) at one of the traditional Catalan restaurants. See the Itinerary for details of the activities available.

When the time comes, return to Barcelona where your trip ends at the start point. 

Please note: Annual track maintenance on the rack railway from Queralbs means that the line is closed between Mondays and Fridays from November 1 to November 30. On these days, the tour will run to an alternative itinerary that involves accessing the mountain valleys by road or hiking at a lower height. These changes will in no way take away from your Pyrenees experience.

Itinerary

Head north quickly leaving the hustle and bustle of a busy Mediterranean city behind, driving past Montseny. The Montseny is a 30,000 hectare natural park that was designated a world biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1978 and is still a haven for wild boars, badgers, hares, foxes, red squirrels, eagles, and red partridges among others, living in beech, pine and oak forests.

Just an hour from Barcelona, you will stop for a short break in the ancient settlement of Vic. Here you will have a chance to stroll around the town center with its cathedral (a mixture of styles ranging from Romanesque to neo-classical), and its magnificent renaissance and baroque buildings; or to relax while having breakfast in the heart of the town: a beautiful arched square where the market and other major events are held.

Continue up to the Pyrenees driving past the Montesquiu Castle, surrounded by dense Oak and Red Pine forests. Montesquiu Castle is a fortified building dating from the 10th century. Originally serving the military until 15th century, it later became a stately home.

Next stop is Queralbs, which, at an altitude of 1,236 meters above sea level, is the last vehicle-accessible village on the way up to our mountain valley destination.

Queralbs has a population of only 200 permanent residents, but numbers are swollen in the summer when the age-old tradition of transhumance brings shepherds and their flocks up to the higher ground. This has been documented tradition since 1273, when the infant Jaume, son of Jaume 1 of Catalonia and Aragon bestowed the right to the grazing land on the people of the village. Here you will see the Church of Sant Sadurni de Fustanya, built from stones so perfectly-hewn that legend has it that it was built by the fairies.

From Queralbs, you take the last 6 kilometers of the impressive rack railway, construction of which began in 1931, up to an altitude of 1964m above sea level, into the stunning mountain valley, formed by the glacial action of the ice from all 7 surrounding peaks pushing downwards. In the valley is a sanctuary, originally built to house pilgrims to the valley, which takes its name from the Virgen de Nuria. Her image, 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, or you can try horse riding, open air bowling, archery lessons, crazy golf, or boating on the lake. If that seems too energetic, another option is to enjoy some of the traditional Catalan dishes available in the valley's restaurants.

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E
, Oct 2018

Only reason why I do not rate it Excellent (5 stars) is because of the bus used. It was too small and uncomfortable for such a long trip. Other than that, everything else to include our guide, was EXCELLENT!!!

A
, Oct 2018

One of the best things u can do in Barcelona

C
, Jul 2018

Only do this if you have a lot of time in Barcelona, and do not live near any mountains where you are from. It was nice scenery, but a lot of driving. You are in the bus for good 5 hours and also train for 1 hour. The stop in the town of Vic was nice (this is where you NEED to get some snacks and water) as they don't provide for on excursion. You can get some food at the Pyrenees but not much variety and not that great. Provide you with a drink but an hour away from Barcelona on the way back.

M
, Jul 2018

It was an amazing tour, the guid was friendly and funy, the locations that we've visited werd amazing.
I wish we were able to stay longer time in each place.

N
, Jul 2018

I booked this tour last minute because of the great reviews. However, I was disappointed. Going on the trail to Nuria Valley was not an option. When I asked about it the guide said that there is no time. When we got to Nuria Valley, we had less then two hours for exploration. It takes only an hour to go around the lake. It was very rushed. But the views are great.

A
, Jul 2018

Don’t let the length of this trip prevent you from going! You aren’t on the bus long and the stops are amazing! Totally worth it!

T
, Jun 2018

Excellent! Great scenery, plenty of time to eat and hike. Highly recommend.

A
, Apr 2018

Beautiful tour and great way to explore the Spanish country side. Our guide Gloria was so friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend for getting outside the city for a day!

m
, Mar 2018

Trip was disappointed as when we get to Pyrenees it was snowing, ski season was still in full blast as families are still skiing! We were expecting to see the scenery as shown in the picture which was the highlight of the tour, but instead, we spent 2 hours there in the ski resort doing nothing! There were 14 of us on the tour, some of them were in light sweat shirt and shorts, completely unprepared for the weather! We wish the tour agency would let us know before hand on what to expect they must know the situation as the ski resort is still active, cancel the trip or give us an option to skip going up to Pyrenees since we will not be able to do or see anything. Very disappointed as we only have couple of days in Barcelona, and this day was completely shot, could have done some other tours if they let us know before hand.

W
, Mar 2018

We enjoyed the trip. Our guide Anna was excellent. She was knowledgeable, very friendly and went out of her way to give us a very good experience. We did another tour with her to Girona and Costa Brava following this and she was once again excellent. One of the best guides we have met


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