Vall de Nuria, Queralbs

#2 of 67 in Nature in Catalonia
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. Plan to visit Vall de Nuria and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Queralbs attractions using our Queralbs travel route tool .
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  • Replace it with much charm, tracks somewhat scarce but ideal for beginning in the snow and for the little ones... The vall de Núria is a very nice place to visit at any time of the year
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  • Great, since that takes the zipper (incredible scenery) to q will reach station beside the sanctuary. Not only is skiing, in other times there are many other options, both for children and for those who choose the tracking.
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  • Fantastic place! We went by train from Barcelona and very quiet ride. Difficulty only to find the train station and the train we had to take, but then you get along with the signs. We're keeping an eye on a person with ski material on the platform and it all worked out. Just complain only of regional train from Barcelona which wasn't very clean. Once there, everything changes. Fantastic landscape and the other train that climbs the hill with landscape. For those who never saw the snow is a must-visit. Already in the ski station you only pay for the rent of the equipment and if you're actually skiing. We went with two kids who loved it! My 4 year old enjoyed it very small. We spent the whole day and we enjoyed a lot. There's no snow suit rental, so for those who feel too cold better buy in Barcelona, especially for children. Would come back for sure!
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  • Beautiful place for hiking and amazing views. Great to come with kids as they have a kids park at the base. It's a short train ride and can only get here by train. We loved it we went for a beautiful hike with 4yrs old son it was not difficult and very beautiful. Highly recommend
  • The only pyrenees place with good public transport connections! (From Barcelona as well)Perfect for trekking. Full of wild life around.
  • Beautiful sceneries. Too good a place to miss
  • Did the GR11 section from Planoles to Vall de Nuria, lots of nice walks around the area and lovely views. Not a lot of good food options once there though.
  • Most definitely worth a visit. Simply gorgeous
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