Welcome to Ripoll

Ripoll can claim, with some justice, to be the birthplace of Catalonia. In the 9th century it was the power base from which local strongman Guifré el Pilós (Wilfred the Hairy) succeeded in uniting several counties of the Frankish March along the southern side of the Pyrenees. Guifré went on to become the first in a line of hereditary counts of Barcelona. To encourage repopulation of the Pyrenean valleys, he founded (and now lies buried in) the Monestir de Santa Maria, medieval Catalonia's most powerful monastery.

Ripoll is well-positioned for rambling the vertiginous hiking and skiing terrain of the Vall de Núria, extending from 13km north, or the dormant volcanoes of La Garrotxa, 30km east.

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$160.20 Outdoor Activities

Full-Day Nuria Valley Hiking Tour from Barcelona

Why not leave bustling Barcelona for a day outdoors? Barcelona is a short way away from the summits of the Catalan Pyrenees where you can enjoy amazing walking in the Pyrenees – trekking routes in mountain scenery, in valleys with forests and springs. This is a thoroughly satisfying excursion, and can be tailored to suit the ability of the participants. Go to the Nuria valley – a beautiful valley situated among the high peaks of the Pyrenees, with a lovely lake in the center. The only way into this valley is by a special funicular (the rack railway) which climbs 1000m along 12km.The route and the valley itself offer magnificent scenery of the mountain range, the streams and brooks. The Temple of the Virgin of Nuria, the Patron Saint of shepherds and a very important sanctuary, is in the upper part of the mountain. You will walk back from this valley along marked paths to the base village of Queralbs. After walking for three or four hours we will enjoy an outdoor picnic or a meal at a traditional Catalan restaurant.Also visit a monastery. The medieval Benedictine monastery in Ripoll is one of the most famous of its kind in Cataluna. Originally built in 879, it is the resting place of the remains of many counts, bishops and monks. It’s most noted for two things: the impressive Romanesque entrance way (or portal) that is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe and the fact that Guifré el Pelos (Wilfred the Hairy) is buried here.Walking in the Pyrenees can free your spirit and this specific day is just marvelous! It is suitable to all ages, tailored to the ability of the participant.

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Medieval Mountains 2-day trip from Girona

What are we doing?Day 1We depart from Girona towards the little village of Hostalets d'en Bas, where we'll have some filling traditional breakfast before visiting the town. We'll then climb towards the spectacular El Far viewpoint, a cliff up high in the mountains with breathtaking views. We'll follow towards Rupit, one of the nicest medieval villages of the region, and we'll go on a short guided tour to sample the delicious local drink Ratafia. Next, we'll continue to Vic, where you'll have free time to wander around on your own and have lunch. After that, well go to Ripoll, where you can visiit the famous Romanesque Monastery and discover the streets of this Modernist and calm mountain capital. We will stay overnight in this beautiful location.Day 2After breakfast we will go to Castellfollit de la Roca, and see the spectacular set of houses that hang from a column of basaltic rock. We will visit its small historic quarter and climb the bell tower to enjoy spectacular views of the region. We'll then continue to the Pont del Llierca, a medieval bridge built on the River Fluvià, with great architectural beauty. It'll be followed by beautiful medieval village of Besalú, where you will have time on your own and lunch. When finished, we will head towards Banyoles, where we will have a walk along the edge of the beautiful Lake while explaining some curiosities and anecdotes about the place and enjoy the marvelous green and blue scenery. We'll be back in Girona city by 6pm.What is included? • Transport. • English-speaking guide • Traditional breakfast every day • Lunch (optional) • Hostalets d'en Bas • El Far viewpoint • Guided tour in Rupit with Ratafia tasting • Vic • Ripoll and Monastery • Castellfollit de la Roca • Besalú • Llierca Medieval bridge • Guided tour around the Banyoles Lake • Insurance • Unlimited water