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From Barcelona: Pyrenees Mountains Day Tour

4.9 / 5

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Activity provider: Explore Catalunya

From Barcelona: Pyrenees Mountains Day Tour

Activity provider: Explore Catalunya

From US$ 114.72 per person

Experience the amazing Pyrenees mountains on a day tour from Barcelona. Visit the ancient market town of Vic, a charming stone-built mountain village, and enjoy the views of a high mountain valley.

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Duration 11 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Pyrenees mountains from Barcelona
  • Wander around the 900-year-old market in the medieval town of Vic
  • Wander around the streets of Queralbs village, perched high in the Pyrenees
  • Take an traditional railway ride up to the mountain valley of Val de Nuria
  • Take a hike in the mountains
Full description

This is a perfect tour for anybody wanting to truly escape the city and immerse themselves in nature. From Barcelona, take an exciting and picturesque journey into one of the world's most famous mountain ranges. Depart Barcelona in the morning and head north towards the Pyrenees. Along the way, stop for a short but sweet break in the medieval town of Vic.  In keeping with the philosophy of giving you as much time as possible to explore on your own, head first for the Market Square where the guide will give you an introduction to the town and suggestions of what to see. You'll have plenty of time to stroll around the town center. See the grand cathedral and some magnificent Renaissance and Baroque buildings, or simply relax while having breakfast in the heart of the town: a beautiful arched square (one of the biggest in the country) where the market and other major events are held. The visit to Vic coincides with traditional market days, something which has been taking place every week for over a thousand years! From Vic, continue up to the Pyrenees. Before boarding the train, briefly visit Queralbs, which, at an altitude of 1,236 meters (4,055 feet), is the last vehicle-accessible village on the way up to the mountain valley destination. This tiny mountain village has a population of only 200 permanent residents living in a rambling collection of traditionally-built stone houses. Perched on the side of the mountain, this impossibly quaint hamlet is one of the most memorable parts of the day. See the Church of Sant Sadurní de Fustanyá, built from stones so perfectly-hewn that legend says it was built by the fairies and witches said to inhabit the surrounding caves. From Queralbs, take the last 6 km (4 miles) of the impressive rack railway up to an altitude of 1,964 metres (6,443 feet) and into the stunning mountain valley of Vall de Núria. Thanks to the mountain railway, you’ll be able to get high into the mountains with no effort at all. If you love hiking, then ask the guide to show you some routes, as there's something for everyone. In the valley you’ll also find a sanctuary, originally built to house pilgrims to the valley, and which takes its name from the Virgin de Núria. Her image, buried in the earth, was reputedly unearthed by a very persistent ox! You can even try horseback riding, open-air bowling, archery lessons, crazy golf, or boating on the lake. Another option is to enjoy some of the traditional Catalan dishes available in the valley’s restaurants. From Queralbs, the return trip to Barcelona begins, and you'll arrive back in the city in the early evening.

Includes
  • Transportation
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Rack Railway tickets
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Meet directly opposite the outdoor cafe of the famous Palau de la Musica, which is just off the street Via Laietana. The exact office address is Calle Palau de la Musica, 1, 08011.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  •  While lunch is not included, there will be stops in places with a wide range of lunch options to suit all budgets
  •  Please note: Annual track maintenance on the rack railway from Queralbs means that the line is closed between Mondays and Fridays from November 1 to November 30. On these days, the tour will run to an alternative itinerary that involves accessing the mountain valleys by road or hiking at a lower height. These changes will in no way take away from your Pyrenees experience
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 88 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
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All in all a really good trip! I personally could have done without the trip to the town of Vic, in favor of more time in the town of Queralbs, which in my opinion was far more beautiful. In Vic we had an hour - in Querabls we had 15 min. But the last stop on the tour is overwhelmingly beautiful and completely surreal. I would definitely recommend this trip to ANYONE with good walking function.

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August 23, 2022

Rod was a great guide-personable, excellent knowledge and presentation of history (and everything else you might want to know about, including recipes!), skilled driver, really made the trip fun and interesting. Van was clean and comfortable, with very welcome AC in the hot weather. Highly recommend this trip, with no hesitation.

July 26, 2022

Vic is a very nice village. I suggest to do the tour on a Saturday since there is a small market in the heart of this village. Also we loved Val de Nuria. This is a ski resort which can be accessed by a train. Unfortunately we weren't so lucky with the weather as few moments after we arrived, low clouds obstructed the view. There was a lake which was frozen and lots of family with kids sledging. Our Guide Jordi was amazing. He is very friendly and its like we already knew him. He made our day memorable. Highly recommended.

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March 9, 2022

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