On the weekend of September 20-23, I had the opportunity to attend the TBEX, a international congress of bloggers that this year celebrated its European edition in Girona. The congress itself was held on September 21 and 22 in the Palau de Congressos de Girona with the exceptional organization of the Tourist Office Costa Brava and Pirineu de Girona and Tourism of Catalonia which also offered attendees the possibility of participating in blogtrips by Girona before and after this event. Unfortunately, I had no days left to sign up for one of those blogtripsbut I could point to the excursion that organized the Vall de Núria Sunday 23.
As I live in Barcelona, I had already gone several times to the Vall de Núria excursion. The first time was to go skiing or rather to try not to break anything, because in the winter months a ski resort is enabled in the valley. Even so, I wanted to spend the day with Laurel, Barbara and Heather, and see his vision of my land.
Unlike other mountain areas of Catalonia, the Vall de Núria It has the advantage of being easily accessible by public transport. From Barcelona you can go by medium distance train. To do this you have to take the line R3 with direction to Puigcerdàto the station Ribes of Freser. Once there, you have to take the zipper that goes up to Núria, since you cannot access the valley by car. In fact, there are combined train packages plus zipper to climb during the summer months and train, zipper and ski pass If you want to go skiing in winter.
We went by coach from Girona and climbed to Núria with the rack. The landscape is spectacular and all bloggers went crazy taking pictures during the journey. Nevertheless, there is another even better way to reach this spectacular valley: walk up. The road that connects the small town of Queralbs, which also has a rack station, with the valley is one of the most popular and most beautiful hiking trails in Catalonia.
On the other hand, once in the valley they can be done several very affordable hiking trails for anyone, who can enjoy the landscape and nature of the Pyrenees. In addition, during the summer season you can also do various family activities such as horse riding, archery or enjoy the children's playground.
In the center of the Vall de Núria stands the sanctuary, where according to the legend, people with problems to have children can find a solution following a very old and somewhat strange ritual. This consists of making a prayer in front of the cross and then putting the head inside a pot while a bell is ringing (!). Obviously, there is no scientific explanation to this fact, but many couples thus entrust themselves to the virgin of Núria to give a boost to her fertility.