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Vall de Nuria, Queralbs

#2 of 23 in Nature in Catalonia
Valley Nature / Park
Vall de Nuria, a valley opening south out of the Pyrenees, earns its name from the legend of St. Giles, who lived here around 700 CE. When a Roman persecution against Christians forced him out of his hermitage, he hid a painting of the Virgin Mary in a cave. After being found by a pilgrim in the 11th century, it became a symbol of fertility for the valley's shepherds. You can reach the valley via scenic rail from the south--take the train through a deep gorge up into the mountains, and then catch the gondola if you'd like to go even higher. In summer, hike through the verdant evergreen forests and grassy meadows, past a placid lake. In winter, enjoy skiing on 10 runs of varying levels. The ski area is served by multiple lifts and the gondola that runs year-round. The valley is about two hours outside of Barcelona by train. Use our Queralbs trip itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Vall de Nuria and other attractions in Queralbs.
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  • Went visited this placed in May 2017 and just picked the trip from reading about it on day trips from Barcelona. We drove to this location from Barcelona which is about a 2 hour trip and the drive up ...  more »
  • very preety place, great views, great for hiking. less than two hours from barcelona, so it's a good idea to fill a day if you have. there is mountain train that takes you up (a tram) and when you get...  more »
  • We spent just over 3 hours at the Sanctuary which, when we visited, was FAR too long (but we couldn't truncate because of the train timetable). The weather was wet and the visibility poor so we couldn...  more »
  • Magnificent place at the end of a 3 hour uphill walk. Very surprised about the size of the monastery​. In the restaurant they serve a delicious buffet for € 21,50.
  • We took a snow walking trip up there Vall De Núria and it was the highlight of our trip. Picturesque views and a stunning atmosphere completely hidden within the Pyrenees and only 2 and a half hours from Barcelona. Lots of activities bfor all ages tondo whilst there and a good selection of places to eat at very reasonable prices.
  • A magical mountain resort. For any mountain enthusiast, visiting it on foot by its "Antic Camí de la Vall de Núria" is almost obligatory.
  • Very nice located but in the shadow of the suroundings mountains. Good skiing for the ones who start to ski. Great place for hiking.
  • Sightseeing is amazing. I visit Nuria just to spend the day, we took the train from Barcelona Plaza Cataluña station very early (they have packs that includes the ticket of Nuria's train per 32€ per person round trip) Walk in the valley, enjoy the sunny day (till 4 o'clock when the sun hides behind the mountains) Then go to eat local food at Ribes de Freser.

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