I had been wishing for a long time to visit the Pyrenees, so when the opportunity arose for a short trip in this area of Costa Brava I couldn’t miss the chance to go and have at least a quick glance.
From Girona, where I was staying, the Spanish Pyrenees are rather far, still it is possible to go there on a daily trip (although I would for sure recommend a longer stay). After a couple of hours bus ride, we eventually reached Ribes i Queralbs and boarded the train climbing up to Vall de Nuria, where cars are prohibited. The scenic rack railway ride offers superb views of this area of the Pyrenees, where the mountains are both rugged and beautiful.
No doubt: I felt enchanted by this first tasting of the Pyrenees and will be back!
The Nuria Valley mountain resort offers a broad range of activities almost all-year round – canoeing, archery, horse-riding for adults and pony riding for kids, downhill and nordic skiing and much more – although what I was really keen to do was a little trekking. That’s why with my friends Laurel and Isabel we decided to have a very quick lunch and then started the hike down to the lovely village of Queralbs. As the level drops 900 meters, the hiking path is steep but very nice, and the view is awesome.
And after this first tasting of the Pyrenees I know for sure that I’d like to be back to explore more of this wild and beautiful region.
If you fancy some more reading on this beautiful area, you may enjoy Hiking the Vall de Núria, Pyrenees by my friend Laurel, with whom I spent a lovely day in this area of the Costa Brava.