The Pyrenees: Places to Explore

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Queralbs

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

Queralbs at a Glance

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