Route of the Pyrenees

Forests, rivers, captivating landscapes and rugged peaks. Nature in its pure state. A journey around the Pyrenees through La Seu d’Urgell, Vielha and Bielsa.

Day 1
Departure. Sunday.
From east to west, this route goes across some National and Natural Parks in the north of the peninsula, stopping in numerous places rich in beauty and history. We begin our journey in Lérida. In Seu d’Urgell, you will discover the Romanesque cathedral, its best-preserved secret, and a monumental setting open to nature. Don’t forget to visit the Diocesan Museum, the Romanesque church of San Miguel or the Casa de la Ciudad, where the town hall is located, and walk leisurely around the old town with its porticoed streets and old mansions, as the commercial Canonges street with its magical porticoes. The Olympic Park of Segre, which hosted the Olympic Games in 1992, is a place for sports such as canoeing, rafting and river boarding. Golf, BTT circuits, hiking and of course ski are all part of the wide range of activities you can enjoy in the Leridan Pyrenees. The Natural Park of Cadí-Moixero, located in the pre-Pyrenees, and the Natural Park Alt Pirineu offer landscapes of unrivalled beauty where you can discover on foot the natural heritage of these lands. Known as the capital city of cheese, make the most of your stay trying the delicious artisanal cheeses of the Pyrenees.
Day 2
In your journey from La Seu to Vielha you will see the overwhelming beauty of the mountains of the Pyrenees. Once in the Valle de Arán, which has its own language, we recommend the Romanesque Route where you will discover places such as Bossòst, Era Mair de Diu dera Purificación, Salardú, with the church of Sant Andrèu, and Artíes, with the church of Santa María. The National Park of Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurice, where all the distinctive elements of the high mountain come together, is so beautiful and majestic in every season that you will be surprised no matter the time of the year you visit. During the snow season, you can’t miss the opportunity to ski in the nearby tracks of Baqueira-Beret or ride sledges pulled by dogs and relax in the spa of the Parador itself. Vielha is a very lively town both during the winter and the summer and, along its streets, you will discover beautiful houses, charming craft shops, gourmet shops and numerous bars and restaurants with a wide range of pinchos and a varied culinary offer. Don’t forget to try a good plate of olla aranesa (made of vegetables, meat, beans) or, as a curiosity, the local caviar produced in a factory you can visit.
Day 3
On the way to Huesca, the final destination is Bielsa. A place to experience the mountain, where nature is at its highest expression and you will feel as if being in this planet were a really magical experience. A tourist and farming village with some 300 inhabitants, Bielsa preserves the flavour of the traditional world without forgetting the current services. Located at the gateway of the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido, declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, deep and lush valleys of glacial origin offer us some landscapes of overwhelming beauty in the shadow of huge rugged peaks and the eternal white mantle at the top. A wild territory with stunning waterfalls and a fairy-tale forest which, in every season, offer unforgettable moments, colours, smells and landscapes to frame. A recommended visit in Bielsa is the Museum of Ethnology or the nearby medieval village Aínsa, one of the most beautiful villages of Spain. And if you like strolling through charming villages full of Romanesque architecture, don’t miss the opportunity to follow a route through Tella, Bestue, Fanlo, Valles de Gistain and Plan. Nature in its pure state offers a wide range of sports possibilities. Rivers make their way through rocky gorges, a paradise for lovers of canyoning and rappelling. The BTT or hiking routes are also tempting options, in which the routes of the Cinca waterfall or the Marboré lake offer some wonderful landscapes. Before you say goodbye, try some roasted lamb or a good boar stew paired with wines from Somontano.