It is really something difficult to choose the most beautiful villages in the Catalan Pyrenees. However, we have made an attempt to select some of the ones that you should visit at least once in your life. And since man does not live on beauty alone, we will give you at least one powerful historical and cultural reason why you should visit one of these villages.
If you go with children it will be the perfect excuse to learn about art, history and anthropology. If you go alone or with a small group of adults, you can always delight yourself with its gastronomy and the pleasure of breathing the pure mountain air.
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Our most beautiful towns-rating on the Catalan Pyrenees
1. Ribes de Freser
At the entrance to the wonderful Vall de Núria is Ribes de Freser. From this town you can access the rack railway that runs through one of the most important places in the community. In addition to its well-preserved monuments, such as the castle of San Pedro and the church of Santa María, this holds a granófiro, a unique stone in Catalonia that was part of the interior of the central peak of a volcano.
The capital of the Lleida region of the Arán Valley is famous for its old town circulated by medieval houses. Its natural environment is not far behind. From the town you can start numerous routes in the surroundings. The natural landscape around the Garonne River is spectacular. This river is born in Spain, but runs mainly through France. It is one of the great European rivers.
Within the Ripollés Region we find this picturesque town that borders the French region of Conflent and La Cerdanya. It has an impressive Romanesque-style church dating from the 10th century, a historical beauty that is well worth a visit.
4. Castellar de n’Hug
The province of Barcelona does not usually figure among the picturesque places of the Catalan Pyrenees. However, this town in the Bergadà region has earned a place in our ranking on its own merit. It is famous for its cobbled streets and typical Catalan houses. But for what it is best known is for being the place where the Llobregat river is born. The area known as Fuentes del Llobregat hides many trails that will delight hikers. In addition, it has fantastic views of the Pedraforca-Mountain.
You cannot miss this unique town on the list. The only one surrounded by French territory, which makes it a mandatory stop if you are in the area. If you look for it on the map you will see that more than a town, it looks like an island surrounded by a French sea. Once in Llívia you must visit one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe.
This town is in the Ripollés region. It is located in a valley where the Ter and Ritort rivers converge. The place where you should take your photo is the Puente Nuevo-Bridge; although you cannot miss the church of Santa María and the Isaac Albéniz-Museum.
Surely its name sounds familiar to you, as it is the home of one of the jewels of Romanesque art in the area. The church of Sant Climent, with its imposing six-story bell tower that has elegantly presided over the peaks of the Catalan Pyrenees for centuries. In addition to enjoying its architecture, do not forget to walk around its surroundings, you will find some of the most wonderful views of the Pyrenees.
Popularly known as Mirador de Cerdanya, it belongs to the network of the most beautiful towns in Lleida. If something characterizes our beautiful town is the views it offers us of the entire Cerdanya. Next to the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, it is also home to the Oren dolmens and the d’Anes caves.
If you don’t know what plans to make to rest in summer, autumn, spring or winter, think of the Catalan Pyrenees. Each time has its charm and you will always find activities that young and old will enjoy. Do you already know these towns? Tell us which one is your favorite and why.