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The Pyrenees Travel Guide


The three-hour walk down the mountain from Vall de Núria to the sleepy village of Queralbs follows the course of the cogwheel train on a rather precipitous but fairly easy route, as long as it's not done during the snow season. The path overlooks gorges and waterfalls, overshadowed by sheer peaks, before exiting into the surprisingly charming and tiny village of Queralbs, where houses

made of stone and wood cling to the side of the mountain. There is a well-preserved Romanesque church, notable for its six-arch portico, marble columns, single nave, and pointed vault.

Queralbs is a picturesque and relaxed alternative to staying up in the more functional and busier Vall de Núria hotel. However, note that outside of weekends and vacation periods, the village restaurant and bars have limited service and the Hostal Les Roquetes does not serve dinner. The town of Ribes de Freser, a few minutes farther down the mountain either by car or on the cogwheel train, has more restaurants and hotels.

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