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Pyrenees Mountains Small-Group Tour from Barcelona

Product ID: 7563
Experience the spectacular Pyrenees mountains on a tailor-made day tour from Barcelona. En route, visit the ancient market town of Vic as well as Quralbs; a beautiful stone-built traditional mountain village.
About this activity
Duration: 11 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Pyrenees mountains from Barcelona
  • Wander around the 900-year-old market in the medieval town of Vic
  • Wander around the streets of Queralbs village, perched high in the Pyrenees
  • Take an traditional railway ride up to the mountain valley of Val de Nuria
  • Take a hike in the mountains
  • Board a cable car and enjoy the views from over 2,200 metres (7,000 feet)
Full description
This is a perfect tour for anybody wanting to truly escape the city and immerse themselves in nature. From Barcelona, take an exciting and picturesque journey into one of the world's most famous mountain ranges.

Leave Barcelona at 08:30 from outside the Hard Rock Cafe, and head north towards the Pyrenees. Along the way, stop for a short but sweet break in the medieval town of Vic. 

In keeping with the philosophy of giving you as much time as possible to explore on your own, head first for the Market Square where the guide will give you an introduction to the town and suggestions of what to see.

You'll have plenty of time to stroll around the town center. See the grand cathedral and some magnificent Renaissance and Baroque buildings, or simply relax while having breakfast in the heart of the town: a beautiful arched square (one of the biggest in the country) where the market and other major events are held.

The visit to Vic coincides with traditional market days, something which has been taking place every week for over a thousand years!

From Vic, we continue up to the Pyrenees. Before boarding the train, briefly visit Queralbs, which, at an altitude of 1,236 meters (4,055 feet), is the last vehicle-accessible village on the way up to the mountain valley destination.

This tiny mountain village has a population of only 200 permanent residents living in a rambling collection of traditionally-built stone houses. Perched on the side of the mountain, this impossibly quaint hamlet is one of the most memorable parts of the day.

See the Church of Sant Sadurní de Fustanyá, built from stones so perfectly-hewn that legend says it was built by the fairies and witches said to inhabit the surrounding caves.

From Queralbs, take the last 6 km (4 miles) of the impressive rack railway up to an altitude of 1,964 metres (6,443 feet) and into the stunning mountain valley of Vall de Núria. Thanks to the mountain railway, you’ll be able to get high into the mountains with no effort at all.

If you love hiking, then ask the guide to show you some routes, as there's something for everyone.

In the valley you’ll also find a sanctuary, originally built to house pilgrims to the valley, and which takes its name from the Virgin de Núria. Her image, buried in the earth, was reputedly unearthed by a very persistent ox!

You can even try horseback riding, open air bowling, archery lessons, crazy golf, or boating on the lake. Another option is to enjoy some of the traditional Catalan dishes available in the valley’s restaurants.

From Queralbs, the return trip to Barcelona begins, and you'll arrive back in the city at 19:30. 
Includes
  • Transportation
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Rack Railway tickets
  • Free Barcelona City guide book
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch and refreshments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

All of our tours now depart from directly opposite the outdoor cafe of the famous Palau de la Musica, which is just off the street Via Laietana. The exact office address is Calle Palau de la Musica, 1, 08011.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
Know before you go
• While lunch is not included, there will be stops in places with a wide range of lunch options to suit all budgets
• Please note: Annual track maintenance on the rack railway from Queralbs means that the line is closed between Mondays and Fridays from November 1 to November 30. On these days, the tour will run to an alternative itinerary that involves accessing the mountain valleys by road or hiking at a lower height. These changes will in no way take away from your Pyrenees experience
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 65 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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Our guide, Sergio, was entertaining, knowledgeable and very attentive to the group throughout the entire tour! We enjoyed all the stops and the beautiful sites, including centuries old churches, open market, and the picturesque town of Nuria. The scenic ride in the van and the train was informative and relaxing. Enjoyed both the guided and free time exploring the areas.

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October 2, 2019

Rod was great! he was very patient and helpful by answering all the questions. also, one of the guests missed a train. He took another train, went back to get them and didn't make a big fuss about it. super friendly, super approachable Catalan gentle man. tips for those who want to visit the mountain, make sure to have an extra jacket or sweater because it can get bit chilly up north. also carry an umbrella just incase.

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September 24, 2019

Our guide, Anna, was a wonderful companion, driver and organizer. The city of Vic is interesting and nice, unfortunately we visited it under pouring, cold rain. The Valley of Nuria has spectacular views, however, it was snowing and raining alternatively (at the end of April) and freezing cold, so we could not spend much time outside. That was very unfortunate, because inside there was nothing to do, not even have lunch (only thing open where you could eat was a very unappealing and bad-smelling cafeteria). The train journey up and down the mountain was beautiful. The visit to the village at the bottom of the Nuria trail was lovely, a romantic and beautiful old, stone village. So, all in all, in good weather it is probably a pleasant experience, however for us it was rather uncomfortable and a bit boring, despite our guide’s lovely personality.

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April 26, 2019

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Product ID: 7563