Vall de Boí and Aigüestortes Walking Tour

Spain
Walking
Self-Guided
Vall de Boí and Aigüestortes Walking Tour

Vall de Boí and Aigüestortes Walking Tour

Prices

From $875USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels, Mountain Huts

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Highlights

Walk the rugged terrain of Northern Spain on this 8-day self-guided tour

Uncover Spain’s most well-preserved Romanesque churches as you’re swept back in time by the UNESCO Sites in the Vall de Boí.

Discover alpine gems, like the blue-green glacier lakes in Aigüestortes National Park.

Enjoy exceptional Catalan food and drink, dining in local, authentic restaurants, where hospitality and originality abound.

Experience an overnight stay in a rustic mountain hut surrounded by the staggering Pyrenees Mountains in a granite oasis.

If rugged mountain landscapes, alpine valleys, and glacier lakes sound like your ideal setting for a walking adventure, then the self-guided Vall de Boí and Aigüestortes Walking Tour is the perfect tour for you. Traverse remarkable alpine landscapes surrounded by nothing but unspoiled natural wonders and fresh mountain air on this fabulous 7-day walking holiday in the Catalan Pyrenees.

Setting out from Barruera, you'll first enjoy scenic walks through the Vall de Boí, visiting several of the nine Catalan Romanesque churches found here, which are remarkable examples of Romanesque architecture and art—all declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Vall de Boí serves as the triumphant gateway to Aigüestortes National Park, where the rest of your walking days will take place.

Lush woods, blue-green glacial lakes, meadows, and unspoiled alpine flora line the trails as you embark on daily mesmerizing walks throughout the National Park and its rugged granite peaks.

Overnight stays in comfortable family-run hotels provide the perfect base, where you can unwind after exhilarating days on foot. You'll also enjoy a unique overnight stay at a traditional Spanish mountain hut, allowing you a truly authentic mountain experience.

Experience the Catalan Pyrenees' alpine gems with nothing separating you from the spectacular landscape. Find yourself immersed in a mountainous hiking paradise.

Vall de Boí and Aigüestortes Walking Tour

Day 1 Arrive

Your walking tour begins in the small, picturesque village of Barruera. If your arrival time permits, enjoy an afternoon cocktail at one of the few lively bars here or grab some last-minute essentials for the tour in the town’s shops.

Tonight, you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at the authentic local restaurant, Farré d’Avall, where you’ll enjoy mouth-watering traditional Catalan dishes and local specialties.

With a pleasantly full belly, get a good night’s rest at your comfortable hotel in preparation for your first day of walking tomorrow.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Barruera
Distance
None
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 Explore 3 UNESCO World Heritage Site Romanesque Churches

The day starts with a climb from the valley to the higher mountain village of Durro. Here you can decide to do an extra loop high over the flanks of the valley. On your way, the chapel of Sant Quirc de Durro, situated on a beautiful viewpoint, where the annual bonfire is lit during the Fallas festivities. Then you continue via Durro across the panoramic Camí del Pago to the village of Boí, where you can visit the Romanesque church of Sant Joan plus the National park Visitors’ center. After a short final ascent, you reach the village of Taüll, where the most beautiful of all Romanesque churches can be seen: the Sant Climent with its impressive bell tower.

Option 2: 6.5 hours, 13.7km, 965m of ascent, 570m of descent

Distance
Option 1: 4.5 hours, 8.2km, 740m of ascent, 360m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Loop from Täul via Casesnoves

From Taüll you do a there-and-back walk across the high ridge above the village, the so-called Pala de Taüll. Your first stop en route is the top of the peak Tossalet de Creuetes (1921 m) from where you have a splendid view over the valley of Boí. If you to walk want more, follow the path further alongside the ridge and through an alpine pine forest with wonderful flowers and many birds. The end point is the former pasture area Casesnoves where you have a beautiful view across the heart of the National Park: the Aigüestortes valley with lakes Estany Llebreta and Estany Llong. Then you walk back to Taüll via the same path.

Option 2: 6 hours, 11km, 850m of ascent, 850m of descent

Distance
Option 1: 3 hours, 6km, 400m of ascent, 400m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Aigüestortes Valley and Glacier Lakes

Today's adventure begins with a taxi transfer to the entrance of Aigüestortes National Park. Remarkable scenery greets you almost immediately upon entering the park as the river Aigues Tortes snakes its way through the alpine valley.

Your route begins with a steep ascent through pine woods, eventually leading you alongside a mesmerizing series of glacier lakes called Dellui, the perfect place for an afternoon picnic. Posting up on the water's edge, you'll be immersed in a natural oasis as the blue-green waters of the glacial lakes sparkling in the background. The lakes also offer the opportunity to spot the cheeky marmots that inhabit the area, who are sure to bring you a laugh or two over lunch.

Traverse a scree slope to start your descent, followed by a further descent through black pine woods. A quick stop at the Estany Llong refuge will allow you to refuel with a drink before returning to the start of the walk, where a taxi transfer will take you to your hotel in Caldes de Boí.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Caldes de Boí
Distance
6 hours, 13.5km, 675m of ascent, 675 m of descent
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 5 Mountain Hut Experience at Ventosa i Calvell

The day begins with a taxi transfer to the Cavallers Dam, where you’ll set out on a scenic walk into the remote mountainous area to spend the night in a traditional Spanish mountain hut.

Following the Cavallers reservoir, you’ll notice the landscape shifting, becoming increasingly rugged, rocky and raw, a welcome sight for those eager to get off the beaten track.

The trail leads to Ventosa i Calvell hut, where you’ll spend a magical night surrounded by towering peaks at a soaring altitude of 2215 metres (7267 feet)—a truly remote and remarkable mountain experience.

Overnight Location
Mountain hut at Ventosa i Calvell (2215m/7267ft)
Distance
3 hours, 5km, 580m of ascent, 135m of descent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Aigüestortes Mountain Oasis

This morning, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the impressive landscapes of the Aigüestortes Mountains. Traversing jagged granite landscape, you’ll pass several dazzling glacier lakes as you make your way to the Port de Rius mountain pass at 2475 metres (8120 feet). The trail continues alongside the Estany de Monges and finally to the Port de Colomèrs, leading you to an incredible vista point over the beautiful glacial valley of Cirque de Colomers.

A final descent following the same path as yesterday will lead you down to the reservoir of Cavallers and to your hotel at the base of the valley.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Caldes de Boí
Distance
7.5 hours, 17.2km, 785m of ascent, 1530m of descent
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 7 Erill la Vall Circular route

At the halfway point, you’ll reach Erill la Vall, a perfect place to stop for a refreshment, before visiting the Romanesque church Santa Eulalia, also found here.

Overnight Location: Hotel in Caldes de Boí

Distance
3 hours, 9km, 130m of ascent, 550m of descent
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 8 Departure day

The rip ends after breakfast.

Overnight Location: None

Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Vall de Boí and Aigüestortes Walking Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided walking tour is run as a custom tour, and the price per person depends on the time of year and how many people are in your group.

Prices below are per person:

Departure on June 1st to July 19th

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,250USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): $1,150USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $925USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $875USD

Departure on July 20th to 30th

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,295USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): $1,175USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $950USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $895USD

Departure on July 31st to August 26th

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,375USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): $1,250USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $975USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $925USD

Departure on August 27th to September 8th

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,295USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): $1,175USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $950USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $895USD

Departure on September 9th to October 13th

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,250USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): $1,150USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $925USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $875USD
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Accommodation on the Vall de Boí and Aigüestortes Walking Tour

This tour is based on 2-star and 4-star hotels, as well as one stay in a remote mountain hut. The hotels offer private rooms with ensuite bathrooms and modern amenities. The mountain hut offers shared dorm style accommodations, with shared bathrooms and basic amenities.

Rooms are double or triple occupancy, and single travellers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel.

Hotel Farré d´Aval in Barruera

Guests enjoy a warm and welcoming atmosphere at this cozy family-owned hotel in a traditional building surrounded by nature. The property boasts wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and town from its two outdoor terraces. Guests will enjoy the use of basic amenities here such as Wi-Fi and room service. An in-house restaurant and bar and lounge is also available for guests.

Hotel El Rantiner in Taüll

This hotel boasts wonderful views of the surrounding churches of Taüll. A number of restaurants are within walking distance, as well as some interesting sites in Taüll. Guests will enjoy basic amenities during their stay here.

Manantial Hotel in Caldes de Boi

A spectacular stay awaits guests at this beautiful hotel in the Vall de Boí. The architecture of the building reflects its connection to the rugged mountains that its set against, and the hotel boasts modern amenities such as Wi-Fi, a fitness center, swimming pool, and spa. The hotel is excellently located and allows guests to immerse themselves in the culture and sumptuous cuisine of the Vall de Boí.

Night 5

Refuge Ventosa i Calvell (Mountain Hut)

This refuge offers guests a traditional Spanish mountain hut experience. Originally constructed in 1942, as the mountain getaway for a wealthy Spanish man who enjoyed the mountains, it later went on to house shepherds in the area, before being completely re-done in 2017. Now equipped with hot showers and basic amenities, guests can enjoy an authentic dinner and overnight stay in the mountains at the refuge. Accommodations are shared at this location, and each guest will have their own bunkbed in a dorm setting.

Manantial Hotel in Caldes de Boi

A spectacular stay awaits guests at this beautiful hotel in the Vall de Boí. The architecture of the building reflects its connection to the rugged mountains that its set against, and the hotel boasts modern amenities such as Wi-Fi, a fitness center, swimming pool, and spa. The hotel is excellently located and allows guests to immerse themselves in the culture and sumptuous cuisine of the Vall de Boí.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Vall de Boí and Aigüestortes Walking Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, and 5 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights are included on this tour.

Transportation during the Tour

Private transfers are included according to the itinerary on Day 4 and Day 5. Luggage transport between accommodations is included on Day 2 and Day 4. Private transfers to and from El Pont de Suert on Day 1 and Day 7 are not included on this tour but can be booked in advance as a supplement.

Also Included

  • Detailed route maps and notes
  • Routes in digital format for GPS and Mobile
  • 24-hour phone assistance

Not included

  • International flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Transfers by public transport
  • Visas if required
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Meals or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned

Optional Extras

  • Activities and excursions unless otherwise mentioned as included
  • Single room supplements
  • Private transfers to and from El Pont de Suert
  • Additional nights before or after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Vall de Boí and Aigüestortes Walking Tour

How hard is the Vall de Boí and Aigüestortes Walking Tour?

We rate this tour a 2 / 5. The tour is comprised of moderate walks interspersed with more challenging excursions that last on average 4–7 hours, excluding breaks. Roads can sometimes be stony and walkers will traverse hilly or mountainous routes, but they are always well maintained.

Do I need a visa to travel to Spain?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Vall de Boí and Aigüestortes Walking Tour?

7 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, and 5 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Barruera to start this tour?

Arrive at Barcelona Airport (BCN). From the airport, you can take a bus to El Pont de Suert, where a taxi can be arranged in advance as a supplement to take you to Barruera. The bus journey from the airport to El Point de Suert will take 4–5 hours. Alternatively, you can arrange your own private transport to your start point in Barruera.

Where does the Vall de Boí and Aigüestortes Walking Tour end?

The tour ends in Barruera. From Barruera, you can take a taxi to El Point de Suert and catch a bus to Barcelona Airport (BCN), which takes 4–5 hours. Alternatively, you can book your own private transfer to the airport.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Spain?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Spain?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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We rate this tour a 2 / 5. The tour is comprised of moderate walks interspersed with more challenging excursions that last on average 4–7 hours, excluding breaks. Roads can sometimes be stony and walkers will traverse hilly or mountainous routes, but they are always well maintained.


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