La Vall de Nuria

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Vall de Nuria
I've come here on several occasions. It's supposed to be excelent for skiing, but I've only ever been during the summer. This valley offers a lot of activities for tourists. Famous for its church with a statue of Mary. You can take a train up the mountain into the valley, the stop leaves you right by the hotel and church. Although it was August when I went, it was chilly up in the mountain.
Entering the church I found the heat of the candle room really nice. I ate lunch with my family at the hotel dining room where they serve great food. The all you can eat dessert buffet at the end was really nice.
There are many trails around the valley, one notably is the "Trail of the Cross" which is marked by crosses as it goes up the mountain. I believe this was the path of the Pilgrims going to Santiago de Compostela, but I might be mistaken.
Arnau petting a Catalan mule.

There is a nice lake at the bottom of the valley where I went paddling with my uncle and two of my cousins. This is really nice to do in the summer because of the birds in the water and the green flourescence from the grass all around the lake. I went up a trail behind the lake to an overlook, the monastery looks really scary from up there, because you can see how it is almost built into the mountain.
Unfortunately, the day I decided to bring my camera up there it was a bit cloudy.
Exploration of the valley gives many option for young children, there is a playground and a stream as well as horses that you can take up the trails.
Coming down with the train is exhilirating because of the risky position of the tracks. At times you follow a river directly and go right past the waterfalls. At most times there is a cliff directly under the left side of the train where you can see some trails and hikers.
A really nice place in the Pyrenees, that while most of the time is too crowded with tourists is a great place to go with kids or for a stroll or hike.
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Vall de Nuria
Vall de Nuria
Arnau petting a Catalan mule.
Arnau petting a Catalan mule.
The fountain of the Vall de Nuria
The fountain of the Vall de Nuria
A White and a Catalan Mule
A White and a Catalan Mule
Catalan Ass is an endangered speci…
Catalan Ass is an endangered spec…
Maria and Arnau on the train to Nu…
Maria and Arnau on the train to N…
A kids playground behind the horse…
A kids playground behind the hors…
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