A couple of weeks ago Sergi and I went on a much earned (and looked forward!) weekend getaway. We went to La Vall de Boí which would translate to something like Boí Valley and it is located at the north west of Catalonia at a four or five hour drive from our home.
There are two main attractions that make this small valley so interesting: on one hand, the National Park of Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici with its amazing landscapes, ponds, lakes and rivers; and on the other hand the incredible collection of Romanesque churches, scattered around the villages in the valley that are considered World Heritage by UNESCO.
This is the first trip Sergi and I have gone to since we bought our Canon 600D, and between this and that all the valley is amazingly photogenic, we took like 500 pictures in four days!! But don’t panic, I have been able to reduce that to a smaller selection to share with you all here 😉
The first day we went hiking into the National Park of Aiguestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici. We started our hike at Planell d’Aiguestortes and went up to Estany Llong. The landscape is amazing isn’t it?
We even got to see a frog!! You should have seen us urbanites so super excited watching the frog 🙂
The town of Boí.
The town of Durro, this church is called Sant Quirc.
The church of Sant Feliu in Barruera.
This photo is from the top of the bell tower of the Santa Eulàlia church in Erill la Vall. In many of the churches you can climb up to the top of the bell tower, to me it was a bit scary because I am scared of heights but the views are great and also it was quite trilling to be up there on a tower that was made hundreds of years ago…
The second hike we did was bordering the dam of Cavallers and then following up the river that flows into it.
This is the village of Taüll. All the villages in the valley maintain a traditional aspect. Stone houses, cobbled narrow streets. And the beautiful mountains around always present.
These four days were amazing. We were able to breathe, relax and recharge batteries to come back to the routine energised 🙂
So what do you say? Willing to pay a visit to la Vall de Boí? 😉
PPS: If you are in a travel-blog reading mood you can check the posts about my last trips to Sweden and to Madrid.