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Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park

  • Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park © Turespaña

    Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park © Turespaña

  • Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park © Turespaña

    Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park © Turespaña

  • Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park © Turespaña

    Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park © Turespaña

  

Category

National park

Area

14.119 hectares
Lleida, Catalonia
Lleida

Telephone+34 973696154

Fax+34 973624036

E-mailinfo.aiguestortes@oapn.es

Websitehttp://www.magrama.gob.es/es/red-parques-nacionales/nuestros-parques/aiguestortes/

A crystal-clear paradise of peace and tranquility.

Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park has the characteristics of Pyrenean areas of high mountain, which gives it its main distinguishing feature water.

This park's setting is characterised by crystal-clear waters that run through the numerous lakes and rivers, that enrich this Pyrenean landscape. Next to the torrents and waterfalls stand leafy forests which, when its snows, are stunning. However, not only is the landscape noteworthy, its biological treasures are extraordinary. It is a true paradise for nature lovers: lakes, torrents, waterfall, peat bogs, rocky ground, rugged peaks and leafy forests of hooked pine, fir, wild pine, birch and beech, are home to interesting alpine or northern plants and animals.

Practical information

Information for visits

Usually, to access the heart of the park, two historic entrances are used: Espot (Pallars Sobirà) and Boí (Alta Ribagorça). There are over twenty signposted itineraries.

Environmental information

It is a Pyrenean high mountain ecosystem. Its main distinguishing features are the more than 200 lakes or 'estanys,' the crags 'Els Encantats' and its characteristic high mountain meanders (the aigüestortes). The forest formations are quite representative: hooked pine, fir, wild pine, birch and beech. The bearded-vulture is the most representative bird in the park. It lives on the sheer mountain faces, its finds cornices, caves and cracks in which to breed. Its lake and river fauna is very extensive, with the common trout, rainbow trout, grass frog, common toad and Pyrenean newt. In the rivers and streams live the muskrat of the Pyrenees, although it is difficult to see it because of its night habits, and the otter.

Cultural information

Art, in this spot, is an alternative to nature, as it is set in an area which, in the Middle Ages, experienced the boom of Romanesque art. The Romanesque site of Vall de Boí has been named World Heritage by UNESCO.

  

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