La Vall de Boí
La Vall de Boí is a municipality made up of eight small population centers with between 9 and 200 inhabitants. Its high mountain landscapes and extreme climate contributed to the isolation of the valley for many centuries. This fact, along with the character of its people, customs and traditions, and its economic activity, based for centuries on subsistence livestock, have managed to preserve the territory and its natural and cultural wealth almost intact.
The main attractions of the valley are the Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, the Caldes de Boí spa, the Boí Taüll Resort ski slopes, and the set of Romanesque churches declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Hiking, nature in its purest form
If you believe that the best way to come into contact with a territory is by walking and living intensely everything that nature itself transmits, in La Vall de Boí you will find a valley prepared to be discovered on foot. From the natural wealth offered by the Aigüestortes National Park to the spirituality transmitted by the Romanesque paths that link the churches of each of its towns. These are roads along which men and animals have traveled for many years to go from one town to another. Going through them means enjoying the landscape, the fauna and flora, but also the dry stone walls, margins and cobblestones that were placed with such patience by our ancestors.
Aigüestortes National Park and San Mauricio pond
If what you want is to walk through alpine landscapes, you cannot miss the routes of the Aigüestortes National Park and the Sant Maurici pond where we will enter the landscapes of the Pyrenees.
Summits that exceed three thousand meters in height, rivers, ravines, waterfalls and molleras that make us feel, truly, in the country of water. Nearly 300 ponds of different shapes and colors and a great diversity of animal and plant species, which struggle to survive in a harsh physical environment, give life to this unique protected natural space in southern Europe.
Its two main entrances into the Boí Valley, one through Aigüestortes with a quieter area without difficulties and the other through Cavallers, a rockier area with a truly fascinating landscape, will allow you to discover this unique space.
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Visit us and relive old legends, ancestral traditions and ways of life of our ancestors surrounded by valuable natural and cultural heritage.
Romanesque art has always been well known in Catalonia and it is in La Vall de Boí where we find the most relevant samples, being one of the most important collections of Romanesque art in Europe. In 2000 UNESCO declared the nine Romanesque churches of the Valley a World Heritage Site: Asunción del Coll, Sant Joan de Boí, Sant Climent de Taüll, Santa Maria de Taüll, Sant Feliu de Barruera, the church of the Nativity of Durro, San Quirico de Durro, Santa Eulalia de Erill la Vall and Santa Maria de Cardet. Many of the altarpieces and other art objects from these churches are in the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC).
Towns and nuclei
It is the central town of the Valley, with just over 200 inhabitants, and which gave its name to the municipality until 1996, when it was renamed Vall de Boí. It is in this town where the Vall de Boí town hall is located. We also find the church of Sant Feliu, in the Romanesque style, and the hermitage of San Salvador, also in the Romanesque style.
Located on the right side of the Noguera de Tor river, we find the town of Coll, with around fifty inhabitants. We can visit the church of the Assumption, in Romanesque style.
Saraís is an abandoned town. We find the church dedicated to Sant Llorenç, Romanesque and in a very poor state of conservation. It can only be accessed on foot.
The small town of Cardet is located on the right side of the Noguera de Tor, perched on some rocks at 1,193 meters, from where there are fantastic views of the entire Vall de Boí. We find the church of Santa María, Romanesque (11th and 12th centuries).
The town of Durro preserves its medieval style with stone houses and narrow alleys. At the entrance to the town we can contemplate the Nativity of the Virgin, in Romanesque style and with a solid bell tower with a square floor plan and a porch with large arches. Near Durró we also find the hermitage of Sant Quirc, from where you can see the town and the Valley.
Erill la Vall
Located under the Pico de Erill (2,627m) it is worth noting the church of Santa Eulàlia, with a Romanesque bell tower, it is made up of a single nave with a circular apse.
Traditionally it has been the most important town in the Boí Valley, and we can visit the bridge over the iris river and the Romanesque church of Sant Joan, the oldest in the entire Valley (11th and 12th centuries) and which contains the reproduction of ancient Romanesque murals of great interest.
Taüll is the highest in the Boí Valley, and you can see the church of Santa Maria and the church of Sant Climent, you can find a projection on videomapping.
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