La Vall de Boí – Recommendations

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.

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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 🙂

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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.

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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.

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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 😉

Jara

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Weekend getaway to la Vall de Boí

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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?
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We even got to see a frog!! You should have seen us urbanites so super excited watching the frog 🙂
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The town of Boí.
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The town of Durro, this church is called Sant Quirc.
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The church of Sant Feliu in Barruera.
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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…
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The second hike we did was bordering the dam of Cavallers and then following up the river that flows into it.
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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.
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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? 😉
Jara
PS: Find out more about this beautiful valley here and here 🙂
PPS: If you are in a travel-blog reading mood you can check the posts about my last trips to Sweden and to Madrid.

Trip to Sweden – Västerås and Stockholm

This past week I have been at a student conference in Västerås, a medium sized city in the south of Sweden…

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The event was hosted at Mälardalen University which I loved. All the buildings were beautiful, with great natural lighting and modern furniture. And everywhere were tables, sofas and benches to sit around and chat or work.

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On Thursday afternoon, me and my colleagues from Girona University, managed to finish early the conference activities and made a quick trip to Stockholm which was an hour away by train. I had already been there in 2012 with Sergi, but I was glad to repeat the visit, it is such a nice city!

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The trip has been amazing, and as always, travelling is been such a way to disconnect from everything. Also, Swedish people, however serious and quiet, are such a welcoming people! Everyone we talked to was extremely nice with us!

On another subject, I have encountered some surprises on the balcony at my arrival. Some of them are good but some of them are bad… I’ll snap a few pictures tomorrow and share these news with you here 😉

Jara

You might also want to read about my, also beautiful city, Girona