La Vall Ferrera (Pallars Sobirà)
Hostal Montaña is set in a part of the country painted with lakes and ponds, forests, medows, brooks and streams, wrapped up in these mountains, so rich in the iron that gives them its name; the metal gives its colours to the rocks, the buildings and homes, the stables, the barns and cow sheds spread around the valley.
The natural environment lets the visitor find space for the peace and relax, but also the spots to do all kinds of outdoor activities throughout the year: trekking, snowshoes, ski, adventure sports, fishing, mushroom hunting, photography, etc.
Pica d’Estats (3.143m)
Located between the region of Pallars Sobirà and the French department of Ariège, which is the highest peak in Catalonia. It is located at the end of the Vallferrera and the banks of the Sotllo, within the protected area of the Alt Pirineu Natural Park. The access from the track is at the end of the village of Àreu. At 15 minutes from the Molinassa bridge.
Located in the Western Pyrenees, in the Vallferrera (Pallars Sobirà). Together with the peak of Norís of 2820 m and Sentinella peak of 2562 m, it is part of a mountain range that surrounds the lake ofAixeus, lake of glacial origin located at 2400 meters altitude.
Just at its foot is the small village of Àreu, which at an altitude of 1245 m is the head of the valley, and gives access through a forest track to mountains such as the pica d’Estats, Baborte, Sotllo and Comapedrosa.
It is located in the most remote and lonely place in the Vall Ferrera. It is one of the highest villages in the country. It is reached by an 11 km paved mountain track and 1.5 km without asphalt. The track continues past the village along Camí de Pal towards thel Port de Cabús, where it enters Andorra. An all-terrain vehicle is required to access it.
“Ca la Sisqueta” currently offers a bar service in the old family house. She is one of the few families who still keeps Tor’s magic alive.
Virós Ski offers a new concept of winter sports characterized by a global and unique experience in a natural environment framed within the Alt Pirineu Natural Park and the Vall Ferrera area, a place of the most remote and virgin of Catalonia.
At this resort you can go Nordic skiing, along 28 km of marked circuits of varying difficulty inside the Bosc de Virós and snowshoeing.
The Gall Fer refuge (open all year), home to the Virós Ski, offers food, sleeping and equipment rental (Nordic skis, snowshoes, sleds…).
Via ferrada Salt del Botanal
It is located in the village of Alins, in the heart of the Vall Ferrera, at an altitude of 1048m.
Two suspension bridges, vertical walls, overpasses… is a circuit, as a whole, very dynamic where at the end we will find the Mirador del Botanal, the most emblematic point of the famous descent of the Alins faults.
It is an itinerary that will undoubtedly make you enjoy a landscape of incomparable beauty.
Pesca i tranquil·litat
If you are not looking for adventure but prefer a quiet time, you made the right choice, too. Vall Ferrera has many ideal places, peaceful corners far from the madding crowd. The patient fishermen throwing the rod are good testimony of the silence that echoes in this valley.
Both adventure and quietness can be found in perfect combination in Vall Ferrera, with visits to hermitages, churches and cultural attractions of this valley. As a testimony of the development of pre-Roman art in the area are the hermitage of Sant Quirc, in the very town of Alins, and Sant Lliser de Virós. But it is also full of small temples in different styles as in Sant Julià d’Ainet de Besán, Santes Creus de Buiro, Sant Francesc d’Araós o Sant Feliu d’Àreu en són alguns. And in Àreu, precisely, you may take a guided tour to the sawmill and flour mill that will eventually give a perfect picture of the importance of wood and water for the valley.
In Alins we also find the viewpoint of the Torre de les Bruixes, accessed by a walk suitable for all ages, 20 minutes from the village.