Location Guides

These are ‘copies’ of the Location Guides that we leave at Casa Rafela.

The paper versions are complete with location maps and copies of local tourist information, brochures, etc. To suit the electronic media the Guides here use hyperlinks to official and commercial sites. In both cases we try to make these available in English but this is not always possible. The essentials: maps, opening hours, etc., are fairly self-explanatory, however, so their inclusion is justified.

Getting to Know the Area:

Our home territory consists of three counties, called comarcas, located to the north of the Province of Lleida. Our northern border if formed by the highest peaks of the Pyrenean mountain chain. In this section the Pyrenees the peaks are over 3,000 metres high, and have an Alpine climate. To the south our territory is bound by the Serra del Monsec mountain range, which is part of a chain of mountains that run parallel to the Pyrenees proper, called the Pre-Pyrenees. The Pre-Pyrenees are considerably lower, with an average height of about 1,500 metres, and have a Mediterranean climate.

Between these borders, our domains are formed by two river valleys: the Noguera Pallareesa and the Noguera Ribagorçana. Fígols is located on the Serra de Motllobat (sometimes called Montllobar for no reason that I can explain!), which is one a chain of sierras that separates the two valleys, looking east onto the lower reaches of the Noguera Pallaresa. This area is called the Conca de Tremp and is a wide river basin that was created when the Pyrenees were formed. In fact the Conca (the word means ‘eye socket’ as well as a river basin!) was the part of the sea that was trapped when Iberia collided with the Europe!

Both Pallars Sobirà and Alta Ribagorça are located in the upper reaches of their rivers. Both share the Alpine climate of the Pyrenees, therefore their scenery and vegetation are similar: dramatic mountain peaks, mountain meadows set among pine forests, deep narrow valleys with fast flowing rivers. As they are so isolated and mountainous, their economies are far more dependent on tourism than that of the Pallars Jussà and this sector has been exploited for many years. Nevertheless, their history and cultural heritage is very rich. Likewise, their natural heritage is very important; the Parc Nacional D’Aigüestortes i Estany De Sant Maurici is Catalonias’ only National Park.

As the two northern comarcas are fairly homogenous they get a Guide each plus a Guide for the National Park, which not only has an entrance in both comarcas, but is of special interest in its own right. The Pallars Jussà has both a different history and geography, however, and it is also the most diverse of the three comarcas as it covers a range of climate and landscape. Therefore there are five guides, one for each area within Pallars Jussà: Tremp and its Surrounds, Isona and the Conca Dellà, La Pobla de Segur and the Conca D’Alt, The Val Fosca and the Serra del Montsec.

The Guides:

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