NÚRIA VALLEY & BESALÚ
Núria Valley & Besalú
Núria is one of the prettiest valleys in the Pyrenees, surrounded by mountains like Puigmal (2.913m) or Noucreus (2.799m). Its sanctuary is located at an altitude of 2.000m and is one of the most important pilgrimage points in Catalonia.
A 90 year old rack railway is the most popular way to get to Núria. Inaugurated in 1931, it quickly became a reference for european mountain trains. Every year, almost 300.000 visitors enjoy beautiful and amazing landscape along its 12.5 km itinerary, including an elevation change of 1.000 meters on its 40 minutes journey.
Besalú is a crossroads and medieval fortress located between two rivers, Fluvià and Capellades.
It used to be the capital of an independent earldom and hosts one of the best preserved historic and artistic medieval ensembles, including churches and monuments from the XII century.
It's also worth mentioning the jewish quarter and the Micvé (ritual bath house), also from the XII century.
Another vestige from the ancient Earldom of Besalú is the XI century stone bridge over Fluvià river, welcoming visitors to the medieval old quarter.
Departure to Ribes de Freser by bus at 07.30h.
At 09.30h, departure aboard the rack railway train to Núria. Arrival after a 40 minutes journey and free time.
Return train journey to Ribes de Freser departing at 12.30h. Lunch at a selected restaurant.
After lunch, departure to Besalú by bus. Arrival at 17.00h and guided tour of the medieval quarter. Free time.
Return by bus at 19.00h.