Alt Pirineu Natural Park
The Alt Pirineu Natural Park was created in 2003 by the Decree 194/2003. The Park encompasses almost 80.000 hectares of the Pallars Sobirà and Alt Urgell regions, making it the largest natural park in Catalonia. The Park’s basic aims are to protect all its values and ensure the responsible and sustainable enjoyment of its territories.
The Alt Pirineu Natural Park’s rich cultural and natural legacy makes it a unique territory that is ideal for the enjoying nature and relaxing the mind. For the last 11,000 thousand years, human intervention has modelled singular high mountain landscapes, boasting a greatly diverse fauna and flora, of which there’s still much more to discover. The Park also serves as a refuge for endangered species, such as the gall fer (Wood Grouse) and the ós bru (Brown Bear), and endemic species such as the sargantana pallaresa (Aurelio’s Rock Lizard), among others in the Park’s diverse wildlife.
Other activities and elements to waiting to be explored in our guided trips are prehistoric remains, hydraulic saws and mills, wildlife watching, remains from the Spanish Civil War, hiking, snowshoes, churches and monasteries, donkey rides, literature evenings, flora itineraries, etc. Each of these greatly varied activities is lead by trained professionals!
The Park is presided over by the tallest mountain of Catalonia, the Pica d’Estats, standing at 10312ft (3143m) tall. In the surrounding valleys you will find villages and hamlets that will be happy to receive you and tell you their stories. From Sant Joan de l’Erm to the Bonabé valley, from Bordes de Nibrós to the Mollera d’Escalarre bog, from Sant Pere del Burgal to the Siarb valley, to name only a few, there is a whole world waiting to be explored.