Mountains of tradition
Can you imagine a place where nature and tradition merge with a spectacular landscape? This place exists: Alt Pirineu Natural Park, the biggest protected area in Catalonia.
High mountains, deep valleys and glacial lakes make up this vast protected area where traditional activities and historical buildings are still alive. From Catalonia's highest peak Pica d'Estats to the lowest point in Noguera Pallaresa valley, the park offers genuine Pyrenean landscapes that are home to many endangered animal species.
TOP 7 MUST-SEE PLACES
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Virós Forest is one of the most emblematic and well-known places in Alt Pirineu Natural Park. It combines a rich historical heritage and a gorgeous nature. If you go in the forest you will probably come across deers, chamois or even capercaillies, a huge endangered bird living among the trees of the forest.
Noarre is a beautiful spot where you can travel back in time to understand the traditional lifestyle in the Pyrenees. Noarre is a small settlement where shepherds and their families used to live in summer while their flocks where grazing in the high mountain pastures. All this heritage is still unspoiled in Noarre.
COMA DE BURG
Coma de Burg is wide valley where traditional acitvities and nature come together. The valley offers a large variety of landscapes: thick forests, fields, grasslands, traditional buildings and picturesque villages. It's a very calm and peaceful spot with a pleasant and charming atmosphere.
COMES DE RUBIÓ
Comes de Rubió is a gorgeos area full of grasslands and forests on the mountain locally known as Torreta de l'Orri, the highest summit in the southern sector of Alt Pireneu Natural Park. If you decide to hike all the way up to the summit your eyes will enjoy an amazing view of the whole region, the Pyrenees and beyond.
Certascan is the largest glacial lake in the Catalan Pyrenees and also one of the deepest. It lies in the middle of a high mountain landscape with grasslands and rocks contrasting with the deep blue water in the lake. All together forms a typical Pyrenean picture.
Before the waters of Noguera Pallaresa get wilder, the river stops for a while at Escalarre marsh, an amazing wetland area with relaxing crystal-clear water where many animals and plants species live together.
Pica d'Estats is the highest mountain in Catalonia. Its summit is at a height of 3.143 meters above sea level. It's one of the most emblematic hiking routes in the Pyrenees. In winter the snow and the ice make it impossible to climb it, but everything changes in summer when the snow melts.