The Catalan Pyrenees are the guardians of a wide cultural legacy, transmitted by our ancestors, who adopted traditions and customs that evolved into a unique and wonderful heritage. Constructions, artistic disciplines, craftwork, productive activities, celebrations ... A whole cultural landscape and a variety of very active communities that will allow you to understand how things have evolved until the current composition of these rural spaces of Catalonia.
The territory hosts a series of companies that give you the opportunity to discover it through attractive cultural activities together with your family or friends and that will plunge you into the tradition and the history of the Pyrenean villages.
Looking at the sky and understanding what we have around has been a curiosity from time immemorial. Nowadays, thanks to technology and knowledge, you can enjoy very gratifying experiences such as the Montsec astronomical visit, a 2-day package that includes a masterclass about stargazing and the possibility to visit Vilars Cave, that contains cave paintings declared a World Heritage Site. And if you are interested in mythologic stories related to the most popular constellations, go for the workshop on observation of the Universe in Secans de la Noguera, a place that is free of light pollution, ideal to watch the night sky.
We can also offer you an astronomical observation with telescope and taste of Pyrenean liquors in Valls d’Àneu. With the help of a catadioptric telescope, we will identify some hidden details of the solar system while tasting the best hand-made liquors in the region.
And in the confluence between Segre and Cinca rivers, you can also broaden your knowledge through a workshop on solar energy and soil observation with telescopes.
Apart from the sky, one of the reasons why the Pyrenean mountains are genuine is the presence of a large amount of Romanesque churches all around the territory. A fascinating heritage that you can discover along the Romanesque Pyrenean Route, which will allow you to discover the most emblematic churches in Central Pyrenees (Aran, Ribagorces, Pallars and Comenge), connected on both sides of the former frontier.
Another cultural remain that is deeply rooted in those mountains is the mining industry, which used to be the driving force of entire villages and valleys. Here are two options that will allow you to discover the main specificities of that mining area : Adventure in Liat Mines (to find out about how minerals used to be extracted and about the still-standing towers, the mining buildings, the vertical wells, etc.) and Family Discovery in Victòria Mines (a shorter activity that will allow you to know all about working in the mine and to put yourself in the workers’ shoes).
Let’s go to Delta de l’Ebre, a singular territory whose cultural heritage showcases the traditional character of its inhabitants. What about a funny immersion into Deltaic culture, with traditional fishing demos, popular games and workshops on rice cultivation? Or about discovering the wealth of the local ecosystems through the Ecocultural Safari across Delta de l’Ebre, which will allow you to know all about the ornithological riches and the natives’ wisdom?
Have you ever tried equestrian tourism? Come and join us! Let’s go back to the mountains that used to be a crossing point for smugglers and exiles and that still hide dramatic stories and epic episodes you can find out about with the Discovery of the Pyrenees through the Smugglers Route. This activity consists of one week horse-riding across Camprodon Valley to enjoy trotting and discover natural routes full of history, charming villages and local gastronomy.
You can also follow the steps of the Persecuted and saved, those thousands of people who crossed the Pyrenees to escape from persecution in the Europe that was occupied by Nazis during the Second World War. Up to five routes you can do on foot or on board 4x4 vehicles across Valls d’Àneu, Vall de Cardós and Vall Farrera, through cross-border paths that have become cultural and memorial itineraries which spread the role of this territory as escape route across the mountain passes.
And if you are interested in knowing all about monastic life, don’t miss the guided tour of Les Avellanes Monastry, that will unveil an impressive abbey full of historical and cultural values which still preserves part of its monumental ensemble designated Heritage of cultural interest.
We will finish at Cadí mountain range, where the L'Altra Cara de la Forca Self-guided Route will take you into Vansa Valley, with its wonderful little mountain villages and people, who maintain the preservation of the rural and cultural heritage of their valley. The crossing of the north face of Cadí mountain range, in the Cerdagne region, to the Berguedà slope, with the impressive Pedraforca massif, is an experience you must live in person to understand how life and culture have always evolved hand in hand in that territory.