The Pyrenees is unbeatable destination for hikers
Ripollès, where this arrangement will take you, is a relatively green region. It is a small-scaled area in the foothills of the high mountains with small compact villages which often have an old and original town centre and where the air of the small narrow streets is permeated by the smell of cattle and manure.
Day 2. Camprodon - Molló
You head to the village of Font-Rubi. After you leave the village you will follow the famous GR11 route crossing meadows and valleys. After you pass by the farm of La Costa you start your descent to the village of Molló with a Romanesque church from the 12th century.
Walking: 4 hrs
Day 3. Molló - Setcases
After you leave Mollo you start climbing up to Can Pletis farm house, then continue up to the top of the Torrent de la Font de l'Espellat. On a clear day, the panorama includes the warm folds of the Garrotxa, the mighty peak of Canigou, the last great Pyrenean mountain before the chain tumbles into the Mediterranean, and the looming masses of the peaks above Setcases. You climb up a bit more till you reach the well marked GR11 route. You start your descent to Setcases via some meadows and forests.
Walking: 6 hrs
Day 4. Setcases. Free day.
Today you have the option of visiting the village and surrounding area or to explore the area in depth on a longer hike up the valley. Why not climb one of the mountain passes or even the Bastiments peak (2.881 m) with unrivalled mountain views. On clear days you can see the blue waters of the Mediterranean from here.
Day 5. Setcases - Llanars
You start following the road to Camprodon. Then you walk up a path revealing the beautiful Setcases valley. You pass by the Llebro stone, some farm houses, then descend to the village of Villalonga de Ter. You can have a short rest in the village before you continue along the road to Llanars
Walking: 4 hrs
Day 6. Llanars - Ribes de Freser
Today you cross some beautiful villages - La Roca, Abella, then have a spectacular, gradual ascent through a wild valley up the Collada Verda Pass (1.606 m) from where you descend along undulating paths and tracks to Ribes de Freser.
Walking: 6 hrs
Day 7. Ribes de Freser. Free day
Free day to enjoy this nice village or to take the rack train up to Núria. There is time to climb above the monastery to admire the breathtaking views and do some circular routes which are marked.
An optional walk down the valley to Queralbs would add another 2,5 hours (rack railway stops here).
Another option is to take the train to Ripoll and visit the Romanesque monastery Santa Maria, the cradle of the Catalan Nation.
Day 8. Departure.
By train to Barcelona or by bus via Ripoll to Girona.
The price does not include: ► Flights ► transfer from/to the airport ► insurance ► entrance fees ► tips ► drinks and meals not mentioned ► map and personal expenses
Other expenses: ►Single room supplement: March-May + October: 240 EUR; June + September: 260 EUR; July - August: 350 EUR ►Half board supplement: 170 EUR ►Map: 16 EUR
Practical information: HIKING SPECIFICS: - You will walk mainly below the tree line on dirt roads and nice forest paths and meadows. On days 4 and 7 you will have the chance to enjoy the alpine landscapes of The Pyrenees climbing up to 2800m. In high areas you might find cattle grazing, which means you must be careful with drinking water from rivers and brooks.- Ticks are also possible – check regularly your trousers or legs.- People suffering from fear of heights are not expected to have any problems on this arrangement, but then again you might have to walk over a steep slope now and then, but never with a huge depth right under you.
How to get there: We recommend a flight to Barcelona Prats airport or Girona Airport (some 95km to the northeast of Barcelona). From Girona Airport, you can use the buses from the airport to Barcelona – there are 2-4 buses per hour and the drive takes about 1,30hrs, the ticket costs appr. 12 Euro/one way – timetables at http://www.sagales.com/. From Barcelona Plaza Catalunya station take the train to Ripoll (about 2 hours; trains each 1-2 hours, timetables at http://www.renfe.com/) . This would be the option if you wish to see some more landscapes from Catalunya. The shorter option if you land at Girona Airport is to take a bus to the city of Girona and then another one to Ripoll. From Ripoll you can take the local bus or a taxi to Camprodon (24km; appr. 960m a.s.l.)