Welcome to Casa Rafela, our beautiful cottage in the tiny village of Fígols de Tremp, in the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees, in North-Eastern Spain. Casa Rafela in located on the edge of the village and looks directly out over orchards and olive groves! With its two bedrooms (one en-suite), well equipped kitchen, superb roof terrace with marble dining table and real sun-beds, plus many other features, Casa Rafela provides ideal accommodation to suit all types of holiday – we should know, we’ve been coming here for over twenty-five years!
The village overlooks the valley of the river Noguera Pallaresa, which is a fascinating area with plenty on offer to suit all tastes: from high mountain peaks to bosky forests, and not forgetting the spectacular Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, which has been aptly described as “the jewel of the Pyrenees”. The village itself has a homely ‘Mediterranean’ ambience, however, with its olive groves and vineyards. Fígols is very much a real village as most of the twenty-odd houses are still owned by the original families, although most actually live in the nearby market town of Tremp, a fifteen minute drive away. Fígols’ immediate surrounds are pastoral, with land given over to orchards and meadows and is one of a group of hamlets strung out along the eastern flank of the Serra de Montllobar, the main feature of a mountain wilderness known as La Terreta, much of which is a Parc Natural, or nature conservation zone.
Dramatic castles and historic Romanesque churches reflect the rich heritage of this once remote region, isolated by the Sierra de Montsec through which the river makes its spectacular exit at the Terradets ravine. The range of history, natural environments and geography, not to mention the marvelous Catalan cuisine, make this a fascinating area to explore. There’s so much on offer that we provide extensive guides, amounting to a book in fact, which helps guests get the very utmost from their stay!
As well as making an ideal base for exploring this fascinating area Casa Rafela offers a perfect contrast to a ‘normal’ Spanish holiday on the coasts such as the Costa Brava, or an ‘antidote’ to a city break in Catalonia’s wonderful main cities; Barcelona, Girona and Tarragona.
Please search the site to get an idea of the facilities the cottage and the region have to offer. The sections titled, ‘The House’ and ‘The Area’ offer a quick overview, but there is much more details in the chapters of ‘The Book’. Note that each page has hyperlinks to other sites of interest and explanation. These become more detailed as our Sections become more specific; for example, the link to ‘Parc Natural d’Alt Pirineau’ in ‘The Area in Detail’ is to the local Tourist Board’s site, whereas the ‘same’ link in ‘Nature and Wildlife’ is to the of the Environment Department’s homepage which is much more detailed. NB links to sites that are only available in the local languages are marked ‘Sp.’ and ‘Cat.’ respectively – they are included either because they contain such things as opening times, price lists, etc. or that their quality, for instance excellent photography, makes a visit worthwhile. We’ve also added a great many more links in the form of an ‘Index’ to avoid clogging up the text with too many links.
We’d also better come clean and apologise now for any reminiscences, painful or otherwise, of school textbooks that reading the site may bring about – it just comes from the day job! Meanwhile, we hope you find exploring the Casa Rafela web site informative and above all an enjoyable journey of discovery! And Finally! – the page of the same name has room for comments and opinions, which we genuinely would like to know, above all your views and queries provide ideas for our further research!