Driving through this mountain area you will find lots of small,quiet and nice towns and little villages like the one on my picture.I don't know the name of that one because the picture was taken on the road,but is always a pleasure see places like that on the nature.
On this area you'll find also lot of campgrounds and small hotels and bed and breakfast,here in Spain they are called "Casas Rurales" and they are always located in small villages like that one or just outide of the towns in the nature.
Another interesting option if you are travelling for this area of Spain is make the "Romanesque Route".There are lots of beautiful romanesque architecture churches specially at Boí Valley,it is designed for UNESCO as World Heritage and in almost all small towns and villages of this area has a nice church to see.Mostly of all these small churches can be visited on that times: 10 a.m to 12 p.m and 4 .m to 8 p.m.
That valley is the second main entrance to the National Park by the south,and by car is about 1,30 hours from Espot.
Also very close to Boí in the little town of Caldes de Boí,you will find a very nice Spa,so if you feel stressed take a break here!. :-)
Soon I'll make a separate page to give you a little more of information.
Picture taken at St. Climent Church,in the town of Taull,it was built in XI century.
Do you like adventure sports? here you will find some places where you can book some exciting excursions around and practice sports as: Climbing,Kayaking,Kanoeing,Buggies,Quads, and also horse rides.I got this place from a local guide:
NOGUERA AVENTURA, available at Boí-Taull Resort,El Pont de Suet and El Pont de Muntanya.
This picture was taken leaving the area on our way to Barcelona.We stoped to have a nice lunch in the small town of Barruera and then we took the highway to Barcelona.
We stoped on this small lake,where I saw a signal to visit an old Monastery,unfortunatelly I didn't had the time to see in this time,it was located just next to that lake.In all this mountain area,you'll find awesome landscapes!!.
ORDESA NATIONAL PARK
If you enjoyed your visit to Aiguestortes,then very close you have another beautiful National Park to see.This time is located at Huesca province also at Pyrenees and about 1.45 hours by car from Spot.Is the NATIONAL PARK OF ORDESA AND MONTE PERDIDO.
Here you can do lots of walking routes and see awesome landscapes aswell.Unfortunatelly I never been there yet,this picture was taken for my nephew few years ago,but hope to visit this nice place very soon!.
Andorra is located at about 1,30 hours by car from Espot,on the way to the twon of SORT,is another good place to visit on the area.
Andorra is a small country located at Pyrenees mountains aswell and is a paradise for shopping and winter spots ,it has also lot of nice ski stations.
Take a look to my Andorra page for more information.
Picture fall colors in Andorra.
If you visit the area during wintertime,and if you like skiing,then yu can go to Superespot Ski Resort.It is located about 8 miles from Espot.During this time it is always crowded specially on weekends and holidays,but here you'll find lot of small hotels.
I didn't had the chance and the time to go there this time,I've been only once few years ago,but I never trying to skiing,just a short visit to the station.You'll find lots of ski stations like that if you visit this part of Spain.
This picture was taken on the area but is not the ski station of Superespot.
AIGUES TORTES NATIONAL PARK
Located at Central Pyrenees,in Lleida province,and including four regions of same province:La Alta Ribagorça,Pallars Sobirá,La Val d'Aran and El Pallars.It has an extension of 40.852 Hectareas.
There are more than 200 small lakes,the largest and most known is called St. Maurici.Also here you'll find lots of wildlife and botanical species,so this is the perfect place for nature lovers and birdwatchers.
As I said in my page intro,this last visit to that Park,it was closed for lot of snow and ice on the small roads to the acces to the Park.Lucky that we asked a gamekeeper that was near the entrance and he told us that we can go inside the National Park from another small road and then when we find ice on the road then,we can leave the car there and go walking inside.An that is what we did! at least we had the chance to spend about two hours walking in such a beautiful place and also I got a few very nice pictures!. :-)
PREPARING THE CAMERA
If you like photography,this is the perfect place for you!.On this picture you can see my nephew Jorge preparing his camera on that small stream.Here you will find lot of nice places to make some good pictures,don't forget bring your tripod!!.
Take a look to my travelogue to see a few more photos taken inside the Park.
GUIDED TOURS AT BOÍ
Another good idea if you would like to see the park and don't want to walk too much is that one:Rent a 4X4 taxi-car to to there.Just next to that small church in the village of Boí,there is a sort of taxi stop.During my last trip there and because the Park was closed,the small parking lot was empty of cars.
When the Park is open normally during all summer and autoum seasons,they are placed and waiting for visitors here.
You can take one of this cars with driver, for one or two hours,I'm not very sure about the time,but I know that they will take you to see some of the best places inside the National Park,including lots of stops there to take photos and also to see a few of the small lakes and best landscapes.
The price is about 10 Euros per car and you can see them very easy because they don't have the word TAXI,they got a the name of AIGUES TORTES.
There are lots of nice routes to do walking inside the park,so if you like hiking or trekking be ready to make them!.These routes are not very hard,but be careful because a few of them may be too long,they tooks between 2 till 6 hours,so be prepared to walk a lot.
A good idea may be ask for a map of the Park in the main entrance and then ask for your favorite route and where you can take it.
These are just a few of the routes that you can do:
CIRCUITO DE AIGUESTORTES (Boí-Alta Ribagorça)
EL MIRADOR DEL ESTANY DE SANT MAURICI (Espot-Pallars-Sobirá)
RUTA DEL AL MARMOTA AL ESTANY NEGRE (Boí-Alta Ribagorça)
POR LOS ESTANYS DLE LA VALL FOSCA (Cabdella-Pallars-Jussá)
EL GRAN CIRCO DE CLOLOMERS (Salardú-Val D'Aran).
This is a picture of Estany de Sant Maurici,in catalan language lake is estany.It is located just entering the National Park and just next to the parking lot.You must to leave your car in the parking because is not allowed to enter any vehicles inside the Park.
The best option to see most of small lakes and best landscapes of the park,is walking of course,on my next tip I'll tell you a few nice routes to do inside the park.
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