Baqueira-Beret is the most outstanding ski resorts to be found in the Catalan Pyrenees. Many skiing fans from Spain and abroad believe that Baqueira has some of the best pistes in Europe. It has highly demanding runs for experienced skiers, but also large areas and pistes ideal for beginners. Then add its bright sunshine and pleasant temperatures, even in the coldest months of winter. Away from the pistes, there are popular restaurants close by, renowned for their gastronomic delights. In Vielha, the capital of the Arán valley, there is an Ice Palace with ice-skating rink and heated swimming pool – the town is the centre for leisure and entertainment in the area close to the ski resort. Also in the surrounding area, the villages of Arties, Salardú and Bossot have interesting Romanesque buildings from the 12th and 13th centuries, as well as examples of traditional Pyrenean architecture.
In the heart of the Boí Valley, right in the central Pyrenees, in the province of Lleida, you will find the Boí Taüll Resort. This is a mountain complex where you can combine skiing with other leisure and tourism activities. Of the many highlights nearby, besides the Aigües Tortes National Park, we should also mention villages where you will find beautiful Romanesque buildings, such as San Clemente de Taüll, Erill la Vall, Sant Feliu, San Lorenzo and Santa María, some of which have the UNESCO World Heritage designation.
Still within the natural surroundings of Aigües Tortes, in the village of Espot (Lleida province), are the Espot Ski lifts, with pistes running through pine woods and valleys. They face northwest and are recommended for advanced level skiers. Also close by, the villages of Sort, Llavorsí and Esterri d’Aneu offer ideal conditions and infrastructure for other sports such as white water rafting, paragliding, horse-riding, canyoning, kayaking, climbing and hiking. And in Rialp, also in Lleida, you will find the Port Ainé resort, situated at the foot of Pic del’Orri, a place that is known for having good snow.
Furthermore, the resorts at Tavascán and Vall de Nuria are close together and all have good access from Barcelona and Girona. They all have a peaceful, friendly atmosphere. You will find ideal facilities for other outdoor, countryside activities, or simply to spend a pleasant day in the mountains.