At Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, the Pyrenees touch the sky. You will find 4 peaks that are over 3000 metres high and about 10 over 2800 metres.
Aigüestortes and Lake Sant Maurici National Park is one of the fourteen national parks in the Spanish State, and the only one withinCatalonia. Located at the heart of the Pyrenees, it constitutes -together with the parks of Ordesa and Monte Perdido and the one in theFrench Pyrenees- an excellent sample of the main ecosystems that we can discover in the Catalan high mountain areas.
Peaks of more than three thousand meters height; rivers, ravines, water falls and marshes which make us truly feel in the land of water; more than 200 mountain lakes varying in shape and color; and a great diversity of animal and vegetal species that struggle to survive in a harsh environment, all of which give life to this protected natural space, unique in the South of Europe.
All year round, during the four seasons, the Aigüestortes and Lake Sant Maurici National Park offers a comprehensive activities program including guided itineraries by professional guides and interpreters, tours on snowshoes in wintertime, naturalistic journeys, exhibitions, lectures and contests which aim at the promotion of the main natural richness of the Aigüestortes and Lake Sant Maurici National Park in order to further improve the protection and conservation of these privileged spaces.
How to visit
The Aigüestortes and Lake Sant Maurici National Park extends along four different counties: Alta Ribagorça, Pallars Sobirà, Pallars Jussà and Val d’Aran. In fact, strictly speaking the Park only falls into the first two counties, whereas its peripheral protection area is included in all four of them. The most frequent ways-in to the heart of the Aigüestortes and Lake Sant Maurici National Park are its historical entrances: Espot (Pallars Sobirà) and Boí (Alta Ribagorça). In these two villages you will find the welcome centers of the park, offering information, basic services, transport and a varied selection of tourist services. Information panels have been placed in several spots; in some others, you will find signs informing that you have entered the Park’s territory.
Welcome and information centers
The Park houses are its main centers of information, dissemination, welcoming and interpretation. At the same time, they are in charge of running and coordinating all the activities of the Aigüestortes and Lake Sant Maurici National Park. Because of the geographical location of the two main entrances to the Park, there are two Park houses: one at Espot and another one at Boí. Both of them offer basic information material as well as orientation regarding the rules and regulations applicable to the Park’s territory and its access. On the other hand, both in summer and in winter, the two houses offer the services of interpreting guides who can show you around and place Nature at your hands. You can visit the Aigüestortes and Lake Sant Maurici National Park with snow shoes, following any of the suggested routes. Exhibitions, work camps, courses and lectures are some of the other activities that keep up the Park houses.
There are two other centers, located in the park’s peripheral protected area, which are open to the public the whole year round: the one at Llesui (The Vall d’Àssua Shepherd’s Museum) and the Information Centre of Senet.
During July, August and September there are two other functioning information centers: one at Lake Gento, Pallars Jussà and another one at València d’Àneu, Pallars Sobirà.
From Easter Break up until November, you will find information agents at the entrance control stands located at Palanca de la Molina (Sant Nicolau bank side), Plans de Toirigo (Caldes bank side) and Prat de Pierró (Vall d’Espot). At Aigüestortes and Sant Maurici, information agents will be ready to help you in Easter break and during the three summer months.