Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici

The National Park is Aigüestortes is the only one in Catalonia national protection.

Val d'Aran, Lleida

Description

Aigüestortes National Park is located in the Pyrenee area of northern Catalonia. Considered as high mountain park by its high lithography. It has a special biological interest.

Unlike other parks Catalans, Aigüestortes receive the distinction of "National," and we refer to it as Aigüestortes National Park, not natural. It is necessary to make this distinction, since the protection you receive is larger, and is the only one in Catalonia with this distinction.

The park's heyday was, referring to human presence was medieval, with a legacy of Romanesque art unique in the world, some of the best examples are the church of Sant Climent and Santa Maria de Taüll, Sant Joan de Boi, among others. The set of Churches of the Vall de Boi has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Water is the element that gives a fame and popularity to the park that transcends Catalonia. It has about 200 ponds, although this can vary depending on the season of year in which we find ourselves. We should add an impressive set of valleys to the spectacular landscape of ponds, which together gives us one of the most attractive landscapes of the area.





Geology

The morphology of the rocks of this park offers one of the most recognizable landscapes in Catalonia, with rock formations dating back 300 million years ago. The main element in their formation has been the glaciers (50,000 years ago).

• Peaks and cirques: formed as a cause of glaciers, are circular or semicircular basins in the territory, often located at the highest points and often find pools of water looking like ponds.

• The valleys: are broad, and in summer they offer a pleasant and colorful green park landscape.

• Ponds: unevenly distributed throughout the territory of the park. The best known is the pond of Sant Maurici, nestled between valleys.

• Les aigües: must visit. Located on the route of the river course of Sant Nicolau, passing meek and quiet, has shaped a unique landscape, surrounded on their journey by pine trees and meadows, in a landscape that must be visited.


Culture

Traditional festivals that take place in the park have their origins hundreds of years ago. Probably the best known is that of the “fallas”, in summer times, mostly at night in San Juan.

The people of the small towns in the area, light torches of various sizes during the night, on the tops of the mountains and makes a long descent from the mountains to the villages, offering a unique and beautiful fire show, which ends in the villages with a bonfire.


Vegetation

The type of vegetation is directly related by the altitude in which we find ourselves, the landscape varies widely depending on the point at which we find ourselves.

Another key element that sets the vegetation are the valleys of the park with this orientation and specific weather conditions, make change significantly.

• Up to 1,800 m: at this altitude is where man has settled, and modified their configuration favoring the presence of red pine, to the detriment of the oaks or beeches which traditionally have had a greater presence in this area.


• 1,800 m to 2,400 m: This area covers the largest number of forests, mainly black spruce and pine. We can find other species, but these have emerged thanks to the conditions resulting from the changes of the territory held by the human presence, mainly those related to livestock activities.


• Over 2,700 m: vegetation is sparse and only those species sprout ready to withstand the most extreme weather conditions and rough terrain. Basically shrubs or grasses found growing in the rock formations.


Animals

The park has located about 200 animal species, the largest group are birds. At the highest points of the park include species like the vulture, golden eagle and the bearded vulture, flying over the peaks and cirques of the park.

Less visible, hidden among the various forests of the park you can find other birds, such as the black woodpecker, grouse or common picotuerto.

In water environments, the park includes the river trout and Pyrenean newt.

Amphibian species are represented in the park by the asp and the European smooth snake. They are not dangerous species and rarely attack unless molested.

Among mammals, located in forest environments can find the chamois, wild boar, ermine or groundhog.


Contact Information

National Parc of Sant Aigüestortes Maurici
Administrative Seu
Ca Simamet
C/ de les Graieres, 2
25528 Boi
Tel: 973 69 61 89
Fax: 973 69 61 54

 


Links

Routes Aigüestortes, Sant Maurici (Official)
    • Routes per day
Routes Aigüestortes, Sant Maurici (Wikiloc)
Park Activities
Calendar of Activities
Park Map (PDF)

For rural tourism Aigüestores Natural Park, Sant Maurici and visit quietly and time, we suggest you visit our list of accommodations in the province of Catalonia where is the park, see our cottages in Lleida.

You can also check the farmhouses related by proximity to the park.


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