Sunday, May 4, 2008

CATALONIA - PYRENEES: AIGÜESTORTES AND VALL DE BOI


Next I would like to show you some pictures I took when I went to  Aigüestortes and Llac de Sant Maurici National Park and to La Vall de Boí (Boi Valley) in North of Catalonia, near France, between the mountains of the Pyrenees.

Boí and Espot are the villages where the headquarters of the park are. You have to go there to visit the most beautiful places of this national park: Aigüestortes and Lake Sant Maurici. But you can also access other places from neighboring villages.


As the private vehicle access into the park is very limited, it's really advisable to use public transport with 4x4 vehicles. In Boi and Espot, 4x4 taxi service  is available throughout the year. It's a shuttle service to Aigüestortes and Lake Sant Maurici. 

Aigüestortes i Llac de Sant Maurici National Park



Located in the heart of the Pyrenees, this is the most genuine representation of a mountainous area. The majestic landscapes and views make National Park of Aigüestortes a truly unique location. Centuries old woods of fir trees and black pines are scattered around the park, which also contains nearly 200 mountain lakes.

Landscape in Aigüestortes National Park in Catalonia
Typical landscape in Aigüestortes National Park


Aigüestortes National Park in Catalonia
A snowcapped mountain in Aigüestortes National Park


Landscape in Aigüestortes National Park
Under a lovely day, the landscape looked even more fascinating


Brook in Aigüestortes National Park in Catalonia
Another brook in Aigüestortes National Park. The murmur of the fresh water was really pleasing


Wooden bridge in Aigüestortes National Park
A wooden bridge over one of the brooks of Aigüestortes National Park


Aigüestortes National Park in Catalonia
A beautiful snow-covered landscape in Aigüestortes National Park


Aigüestortes National Park in Catalonia
Walking along on snow-covered paths in Aigüestortes National Park


Estany long in Aigüestortes National Park
View of The Estany Long (Long lake), the end point of our day trip in the Aigüestortes National Park


Estany long in Aigüestortes National Park
A group picture with the Estany Long in the background


Viewpoint in Aigüestortes National Park
Viewpoint in Aigüestortes National Park. From here the views are great




Vall de Boí



During the 11th and the 12th centuries, Vall de Boí experienced a rich building and artistic activity. Guilds of stonecutters, master painters and handcrafters’ workshops erected, decorated and furnished an extraordinary ensemble of Romanesque churches:

  • Sant Joan of Boi *
  • Sant Feliu of Barruera *
  • Sant Climent of Taüll *
  • Santa Maria of Taüll *
  • La Nativitat and Sant Quirc of Durro *
  • Santa Eulàlia of Erill la Vall *
  • Santa Maria of Cardet and L’Assumpció of Coll

* The ones we visited

Eight Romanesque churches and one hermit, all of them considered World Heritage by UNESCO.


Overview of La Vall de Boí


Vall de Boí in Catalonia
A river between the mountanins of Vall de Boí

Viewpoint in Vall de Boí in Catalonia
From this viewpoint near Boí and Erill La Vall the views of La Vall de Boí were fantastic


Sant Joan de Boí


Sant Joan de Boí Romanesque church in Vall de Boí
Sant Joan de Boí Romanesque church

Village of Boí in Vall de Boí
Overview of Boí with a snowcapped mountain in the background


Sant Feliu de Barruera



Barruera romanesque church in Vall de Boí
Barruera romanesque church is maybe smaller than the other ones but, of course, it's also a lovely romanesque church


The three boys of the group


Sant Climent de Taüll



Slender bell tower and apse of Sant Climent de Taüll


Sant Climent de Taüll in Vall de Boí
Sant Climent de Taüll is probably the most impressive romanesque church of La Vall de Boí


Santa Maria de Taüll


Santa Maria de Taüll romanesque church in Vall de Boí
Santa Maria de Taüll romanesque church, also in the village of Taüll


Nativitat de Durro


Nativitat de Durro romanesque church in Vall de Boí
Nativitat de Durro romanesque church in La Vall de Boí


Santa Eulàlia d'Erill la Vall


Erill la Vall in Vall de Boí
Boí, a typical village of La Vall de Boí from Erill La vall


Santa Maria d'Erill la Vall romanesque church in Vall de Boí
The bell tower of Santa Maria d'Erill la Vall is the higher one of the romanesque churches of La Vall de Boí


Santa Maria d'Erill la Vall romanesque church in Vall de Boí
Santa Maria d'Erill la Vall lit at night


Santa Maria d'Erill la Vall romanesque church in Vall de Boí
Another picture of Santa Maria d'Erill la Vall with snowcapped mountains in the background


A group picture inside our apartment. We spent a really four nice days in La Vall de Boí


A snow storm surprised us the day of our return to Barcelona


If you liked these landscapes, clicking on the next links you will find links to other fantastic places in the Pyrenees of Catalonia, Andorra and France, like:


- Catalonia:

- Andorra:

- France:


Besides, If you like medieval villages like the ones of this post or medieval architecture, clicking on the next links you will find more beautiful villages and fantastic medieval monasteries in Catalonia:


- Medieval villages

- Medieval Monasteries



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