Vall de Nuria
Vall de Nuria
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Vall de Núria mountain resort, with a unique wealth of nature and landscape, is located in the Eastern Pyrenees, within the municipal area of Queralbs. It sits above one of the highest points of the Ribes Valley and it's surrounded by peaks of almost 3,000 metres from which flow a multitude of water sources and torrents. We invite you to glory in this spectacular mountain landscape using an unusual form of transport: the rack railway. It covers a distance of 12.5 km and takes you up an incline of over 1000 metres.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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The_Concierge_8
Trinidad and Tobago3,721 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
We got here via the Nuria valley rack railway from Ribes de Freser. It was a pleasant journey with stunning views the whole way up to the Vall de Nuria.
It seemed to be a day for school visits as the place was packed with school kids and their noise.
The sun was out when we arrived but it quickly turned to rain and mist and then snow. We had all 4 seasons in one day in Vall de Nuria.
A spectacular place that's definitely worth a visit.
Truly romantic for trekking and a picnic.
There were only 2 food options available at the hotel on the day we visited which was disappointing so maybe walk with snacks / energy bars as a back-up.
The lake is lovely and picturesque as is the church.
Written May 24, 2024
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Louieodg
Perth, Australia72 contributions
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Feb 2019 • Couples
A beautiful hotel/resort in the Pyrenees. We had a forward facing room with magnificent views of the mountain and ski slops. Nice restaurant and bar area however the bar area was a bit small when big groups are there and it is a bit tired.
Would love to come here again with our children and grandchildren.
Written January 28, 2020
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain22,078 contributions
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Sep 2021 • Friends
Vall de Núria is a very known valley in Catalan Pyrenees, near Queralbs, a little town in Ripollès Region, in the North of Catalonia. Really, it is a wonderful place, from where you can do a lot of walks, trekkings and hikes, really a fantastic place if you are a mountain-lover. We came here with friends to do trekking in the surrounding mountains. Really it was a wonderful experience and we could see amazing views of Pyrenees, especially in the border with France. In fact, there is a hike called "La Olla de Núria", where you can enjoy a lot. Also, you can go to other peaks in the surroundings, visit the Sanctuary and the little church of Sant Gil or so some family activities like riding a poni, go to the lake or only walk in th surroundings. Very recommendable to go and stay, at least a night, in the hotel/apartments in th valley.
(See also Cremallera de Núria, Ermita de Sao Gil and Hotel Vall de Núria).
Written September 29, 2021
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Beverley Y
Haifa, Israel33 contributions
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Aug 2023 • Family
We took this special train from Ribes de Fresser to this gorgeous valley at the feet of the Pyrenes mountains. We also took the cable car even higher.
The views were breathtaking.
Bring a picnic and spend some time there. Gorgeous
Written September 10, 2023
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Peter C
Bournemouth, UK1,023 contributions
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Jul 2019 • Couples
The Vall de Núria is a Pyrenees mountain resort near Ribes de Freser and Queralbs. You can get there on the rack railway, open since 1930, that runs from Ribes de Freser and Quaralbes. From Ribes de Freser it costs €25.50 return, €15.50 for a child, and €21.50 for a senior citizen (you will need photo proof of your age). It sits in a high-altitude bowl at over 6,076ft/1852mtrs surrounded by high peaks the largest of which is Puig Mal. Visitors go to the monastery, which is more of an information centre and café than a something for religious purposes. There is a lot of interesting information about the history of the place and the natural history of the area. Kids are catered for. There is pony riding, a ‘farm’ and a play park. At the right time of the year you may see chamois.
The Vall de Nuria has been a place of pilgrimage since St Giles (San Gil) arrived here around 700AD. Just inside the Sanctuary you can put your head inside a large metal pot and have the bell rung above your head. It is supposed to be a miraculous cure for migraine attacks and infertility, although there are more invasive remedies available these days.
There are winter sports such as skiing and ice skating on the lake. You can hire a rowing boat in the summer and hike. The more active can hike up to Puig Mal at 9561ft/2914mtrs, but remember it would be sensible to do this only after acclimatising yourself for a day or two to the higher altitudes. Navigation to the top is easy. NB: Only for experienced hill walkers.
For the more active I would recommend getting a single ticket to Nuria and walking back down the trail back to Queralbes. The valley is very narrow so navigation is simple. Anyone who walks back down the Queralbes will be treated to some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable. There are incredible waterfalls. It is absolutely breath-taking. The valley becomes, in places, more of a gorge. Do not attempt it without proper footwear, boots or walking shoes. It took me around 3hrs 45mins and I am 72. I had the most bizarre experience of my life on this trail. Two guys passed me in wetsuits. Wetsuits at around 5,000ft! They were canyoning.
Written July 11, 2019
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johnnychips
Doncaster, UK302 contributions
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Jul 2015 • Solo
I took the €30 return from Barcelona which includes the rack railway from Ribes to Nuria. Watch out as there is a large gap between return trains to Barcelona from Ribes (1430-1805) and the rack trains are not timed to connect.

The scenery from the rack railway is spectacular, it really is. On arrival at Nuria I was surprised to find that most things were closed. (It was Wednesday). You can visit the chapel, with an amazing representation of the Virgin and Child without the queues of Montserrat, go to the cafe (the main restaurant was closed). The boating lake and crazy golf was not open, nor any of the chairlifts. This can be explained that it is a minor ski resort, but I'm sure a chairlift would be popular in summer - there were a lot of visitors, and golf and boating would not be possible in Winter.

Irrelevant really as it was a great place to be. I passed the time by doing a five mile walk downhill to the next station Queralbs, and catching the train from there. It is advertised as taking three hours twenty minutes but it only took me one hour fifty, walking quite fast. There are some spectacular waterfalls.
Written July 22, 2015
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2017hugoc
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Sep 2018 • Friends
Tour to the Vall de Nuria in Queralbs is a wonderful program for a full day
Mainly in sunny days ( don´t think about it for winter). From kids to older people, there is a program and an acitvity that fix for everyone.
Is an excelent option for families to gather around and spend a peaceful and pleasant day
To get there you can take the rack-railway train that departs from Ribes de Freser and moves slowly for about 40 minutes and make 2 intermediate stops.
Once there you can visit the Sanctuary of Nuria, the Saint Gil Hermitage, or just enjoy the garden or lake in front of it
There is a Hotel there if you want to make a longer stop at Val de Nuria
many trails pass by , so it is very pleasent to walk around the Pyrenees and enjoy the gorgeous views.
There are small horses where kids can take a small ride and also in the lake you can rent a boat and row easily through its calm waters
There are many daily trains from downtown Barcelona to Ribes de Freser and it takes around 2 hours to get there
Written October 2, 2018
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2mercury
Formby, UK259 contributions
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Jun 2015 • Friends
The Vall de Nuria has long been a destination for pilgrims since St Giles allegedly settled here in the 7th century and began to preach christianity to the local shepherds. Those early pilgrims had to reach the valley by the using the mule track up the mountains. Hardy travellers today still walk the 3 hour journey up this precarious track; although today possibly more for the sense of achievement rather than pilgrimage.
The easy way to reach the valley is to take the 40 minute journey on the rack railway from Quelalbs, where there is plenty of free parking.
If one is fortunate to be in the first coach it is possible to stand and watch through the driver's compartment as the train makes its way up through fantastic mountain scenery using the unique rack facility to help in the steepest part of the trip.
The tranquil valley, surrounded by high peaks is now a multi activity , summer and winter resort with hiking, horse trekking, archery, boating on the lake; and of course skiing in the winter months. There are many well sign-posted walking routes of varying degrees of difficulty around the resort.
Facilities include the hotel, gift shops, self service cafe, small museum and the Sanctuary. Lunch in the hotel restaurant was excellent and not overpriced.
The Sanctuary itself is a beautiful modern church; well worth a visit whatever one's religious beliefs. A small room houses St Giles original (supposedly) cooking pot, the bell with which he would call the shepherds to meals and his carving of the Virgin. Legend has it that a woman wishing to conceive should kneel with her head in the cooking pot whilst her husband/lover rings the bell. The walls of the sanctuary are covered with tiles conveying thanks for pregnancies which have happened after following this procedure.
One should not leave without a trip on the cable car to a view point from where the entire valley and the surrounding mountains can be enjoyed. It is possible to walk up and ride down, or vice versa, or make the return trip by cable car. There is no extra charge for this as it is included in your train ticket. There is also a cafe and youth hostel at this point.
As the train is used by many tour groups and school parties; it is possible to find that certain carriages, or even full trains can be taken up in this way. We suggest that pre-planning of your return journey should be made by checking times of your return journey - it's a long way to walk down.
Written July 2, 2015
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Rithwik K
Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
As a part of our Spain trip, me along with my family had visited the Vall de Nuria of the Spanish Pyrenees in the winter.

It was a wonderful experience. I had booked by trip through viator and everything worked out smoothly at the local agent's office.

Our first stopover was Vic, a little medieval town in the countryside of Catalonia with beautiful streets.

Then we went up to Queralbs, which was surprisingly one of the highlight of the trip. A beautiful little town in the middle of nowhere with cute streets . A photographer's paradise, I must say.

The trip up to the valley by the rack railway was amazing giving us great views of the Pyrenees.

Up in the valley, we first had our lunch from one of the two restaurants of the only hotel up there. Then we began exploring the beautiful valley,
The children had amazing time playing the snow. We got to take pictures of the breathtaking beauty of this place

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the valley and was definitely one of the best parts of our trip which I will never forget.

Written December 23, 2014
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mido_Tata
Cairo, Egypt3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Family
can anybody explain exactly how can i go to from barcelona (rambla street) to the vall de nuria for skiing and return way by train to barcelona in same day ?>
Written December 9, 2013
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