Yesterday I shared with you some pictures from our getaway to la Vall de Boí. Today I wanted to give you some recommendations on what to do in the valley 🙂
First of all, I want to recommend a small restaurant in Erill la Vall called La Granja. It is part of a rural bed and breakfast called L’Era de Ferro. They have this great garden/terrace with relaxing music and the owners, a young man and his sister were really nice and friendly. The food is a combination of local products, such as beef from the valley, but cooked in a modern way, and the deserts are crazy good. I had a brownie of Snickers with raspberry ice cream… so delicious!! Find the directions of this place here.
Also, if you want to do a hike you should to do the one that goes from Planell d’Aiguestortes to Estany Llong. You can see the photos on my last post, there are so many nice sights during this hike… and plus, it is not a hard hike, there were many families with kids and people of all ages walking there. According to the official guide of the Valley, this hike takes about three ours to complete (1.30h to climb up and 1.30 to climb down). Sergi and I took a little longer to get to the Estany Llong, about two hours I think, because we were stopping all the time to admire the landscape and take photos 🙂
However is very important that you know that since this area is inside the National Park of Aiguestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici it is a protected area!! And it is not permitted to get up to Planell d’Aiguestortes with your own car. You can either start walking from the authorised parking at Palanca de Molina, and then you have to add a couple of extra hours to hike up to Planell d’Aiguestortes and two more hours to get back down to the car or take one of the National Park taxis. (I guess all this I am saying isn’t easy to understand without a map, so download this one here. These places I am talking about are right in the middle of the map 😉 )
We chose the second option because we were worried that if we started walking from Palanca de Molina we would get tired before getting to Estany Llong. I would recommend you to do the same if you do not feel capable of walking 7h because the best part of the hike is from Planell d’Aiguestortes upwards.
This taxis can be taken from Boí or from Palanca de Molina and drop you at Planell de Aiguestortes. Then to get back you have to go to were they dropped you and you’ll find some taxis waiting for passengers. As of today, the cost of this service is 10,2 €. Find here more information about the services and a contact telephone number.
Finally, I also told you about the amazing collection of Romanesque churches that can be found in this valley. To enter them you have to pay, but they are totally worth it! Specially those where you can climb to the top of the bell tower, it is a bit scary to climb up those steep wooden stairs but it is a magical feeling to be up there in a tower that was built hundred of years ago… We visited four of them, and I specially loved Sant Climent church in Taüll and Santa Eulàlia in Erill la Vall, and in both of them we went up to the bell tower.
You can also find more information about all this and other hikes and things to do in the valley on this website.
Hope this has been useful, and be sure to let me know if you get the chance to go to La Vall de Boí 😉