It is already autumn, the best time of the year for hiking: the temperature is great, you can enjoy the spectacle of colors in the forest, the bellowing of the deer and, also, if you find mushrooms, it is already a very productive day.
In this post we suggest five hiking routes in the Pyrenees where you will venture on leafy paths, hidden lakes and plains that are full of color.
1. Hiking route to the lakes of Baiau, in the Pallars Sobirà
A route that crosses two plains; the Pla de Boat and the Pla de Arcalís: Two unique natural spaces in the Pallars Sobirà landscape, with a rich environment with native flora and fauna crossed by rivers, a natural paradise.
The end of the route is the reward of the effort of the path, when arriving at a lake surrounded by imposing mountains: Lake Baiau, and right beside it, its smaller version, which is why they’re called the Baiau lakes.
2. Hiking route to Aigüestortes National Park and Lake Sant Maurici, between La Vall Fosca, Vielha and Pallars Sobirà
A mandatory excursion if you want to see one of the most beautiful natural areas in Catalonia. The Aigüestortes and Lake Sant Maurici National Park is the only national park in Catalonia and is made up of more than 200 high mountain lakes.
Each year the National Park attracts more than half a million visitors concentrated between the summer, spring and autumn seasons; although in winter it becomes an authentic white paradise that must be visited.
And what better way than to do it with an expert guide to share their knowledge about the history and curiosities of the area? The history of our territory and how it has evolved over the years makes this route an experience to remember.
3. Hiking route to the Port of Salau, in the Pallars Sobirà
We will find this route in the Valle de Áneu, passing through the path that leads to the old town of Montgarri, at an altitude of more than 1,600 meters.
As we get to the path that will lead us to the port of Salau, the requirements of the excursion become interesting. Until, once we have reached the highest point of the port, at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters, we will be able to observe the spectacular nature of the port and its early 20th century buildings.
This port was a key point of union between Catalan-French peoples, since at this point, we already find ourselves in the Ariège region (France).
4. Hiking route to Lake Pessons, Andorra
Among all the routes in which to practice hiking in Andorra, Lake Pessons is one of the essential ones for the leafy areas through which the path runs, for the lakes that you will see along the way and the reward on your arrival: a cold beer at the restaurant by the lake!
The meeting point to start this route is in the Cubil car park, in the Grau-Roig sector (Grandvalira).
From there we will see indications for the path that begins towards Lake Pessons, at an altitude of more than 2,800 meters and of great physical demand, since it is a route with more than 700 meters of unevenness.
To get to the lake, we will cross the Rodó and Meligar lakes until we reach a series of cliffs as the road narrows.
Once we pass this point, we will arrive at the Col de Pessons, from where we will have a perfect view of the set of lakes. And best of all, a mountain restaurant to enjoy a good meal after the effort.
5. Hiking route to El Prat del Cadí, in La Cerdanya
Suitable for all audiences and of low difficulty, on this route we will see the majestic plain of Cadí, at more than 1,800 meters of altitude.
The route begins in the town of Estana, with just over a dozen inhabitants and located within the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park. Once the route is finished, in just over 2 hours, we will arrive at the plain, surrounded by the impressive Sierra del Cadí.
High Pyrenees Natural Park, the largest in Catalonia
The High Pyrenees Natural Park, in the Pallars Sobirà region, is the largest natural park in Catalonia, exceeding seventy thousand hectares and occupying more than 55% of the region’s territory.
This natural reserve has been declared a natural and cultural heritage in the Pyrenees since 2003 by the Generalitat of Catalonia.
The objective of all the entities that work in this majestic environment is to establish a model of sustainable development and, at the same time, promote and attract sensitive and environmentally friendly tourism.
Thanks to this, from RocRoi, we have become certified with the sustainable tourism seal granted by Biosphere Tourism since last May, and we work hard day by day so that this protected natural area and all in which our centers are located, are preserved in the best possible way, following the 2030 Agenda with the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) created by the United Nations.