Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park

Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park




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Location

Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park.

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Description

A crystal-clear paradise in a peaceful, relaxing setting.

The Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park presents the typical high mountain features of the Pyrenees, as well as its own distinguishing feature: water.

This park is characterised by its crystal-clear waters that run through its many lakes and rivers, and make this Pyrenean landscape rich. As well as the torrents and waterfalls, there are thick forests which look extremely beautiful when it snows. But its landscape is not the only important thing - its biological wealth is extraordinary. It is a real paradise for nature lovers: lakes, torrents, waterfalls, peat bogs, rocky slopes, rugged peaks and thick forests of black pine, fir, Scots pine, birch and beech, home to many interesting alpine and northern plants and animals.

Municipalities

Lleida (Catalonia)

Alt Àneu, Espot, Esterri d'Àneu, Sort, Vielha e Mijaran, Vilaller


Location

The park is in the province of Lleida (Catalonia), in north-eastern Spain.  


  • Type of area National park
  • Area 14.119 hectares

What you can do


  • Educational options
  • Routes around the Park

Map

Access and surroundings

Cultural information

Art is an alternative to nature in this park, as the area features some very fine examples of Romanesque architecture. The Romanesque buildings of the Vall de Boí valley are particularly important and constitute a UNESCO World Heritage site.  

Environmental information

This is a Pyrenean high mountain ecosystem. Its most outstanding features are the more than 200 lakes or "estanys", the spectacular crags of "Els Encantats" and the typical meanders ("aigüestortes"). The forests are fairly typical of this type of ecosystem, with black pine, fir, Scots pine, birch and beech. Bearded vultures are the most typical birds in the park. They live on the rock faces and nest in ledges, caves and crevices. There are many animals living in the lakes and rivers: common trout, rainbow trout, common frog, common toad and Pyrenean newt. The Pyrenean muskrat lives in the rivers and streams, although it is hard to spot because it usually comes out at night. There are also otters.  

Information for visits

Most people make their way to the heart of the park through Espot (Pallars Sobirà) and Boí (Alta Ribagorça). There are over twenty signposted trails. You can check the Visitor Centres on this page.More information about accessing these places.

Authorisations

You'll find more information about the permits you need at the following links:Guided tour of the Shepherds' Ecomuseum (Llessui) Visit to the Senet Centre  

Visitor centres

Casa del Parque Nacional visitor centre in Boí

Location

Ca de Simamet
Calle de les Graireres, 2
25528 Boí, Vall de Boí, La (Lleida)

Contact details

Tel.:: [+34 973696189]
Fax.: [+34 973696154]
info.aiguestortes@oapn.es


Schedule

  • From Sep 01 to Jun 30
  • From 09:00 to 14:00 From 15:30 to 17:45

Closed afternoons on Sundays and public holidays

  • From Jul 01 to Aug 31
  • From 09:00 to 14:00 From 15:30 to 17:45

Closed: 1 and 6 January, 25 and 26 December

Casa del Parque Nacional visitor centre in Espot (Pallars Sobirá)

Location

Carrer de Sant Maurici, 5
25597 Espot (Lleida)

Contact details

Tel.:: [+34 973624036]
Fax.: [+34 973624036]


Schedule

  • From Sep 01 to Jun 30
  • From 09:00 to 14:00 From 15:30 to 17:45

Closed afternoons on Sundays and public holidays

  • From Jul 01 to Aug 31
  • From 09:00 to 14:00 From 15:30 to 17:45

Closed: 1 and 6 January, 25 and 26 December




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