From Barcelona: Pyrenees Mountains and Medieval Villages Small Group Day Tour

This is your opportunity to leave the city behind and step foot in the spectacular Pyrenees with our Small Group Day Tour from Barcelona. You will ride up to an altitude of 2,000 metres (6,000 feet) aboard the dramatic rack railway train. As well as experiencing the high mountains, you will also visit the beautifully preserved medieval town of Vic, famous for its busy market, old medieval quarter, and traditional way of life, as well as the stone-built mountain village of Queralbs, with its maze of medieval cobbled streets.

  • Explore the stunning Spanish Pyrenees mountains 
  • Visit the historic Roman town of Vic with its cathedral and market square
  • Visit the Roman Temple in Vic
  • Ride the rack railway from Queralbs to the stunning mountain valley of Vall de Nuria
  • Explore the medieval village of Queralbs
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Full Tour Description
  • Included
  • Video
  • Brochure

Tour Schedule

8.15am – Explore Catalunya Office, opposite the Palau de la Musicá

You will join your tour at our main office, which is right across from the world famous Palau de la Musicá, where you’ll be introduced to your guide who will give you an introduction to the day. Your small group day tour will start at 8.30am, but we always recommend arriving 15 minutes before. There are restrooms available, and a cafe nearby if you want to grab a quick coffee or sandwich before your tour begins.

8.30am – Eixample District, Barcelona

You will leave Barcelona though the Example district of town, famous for its modernist architecture. As you head out of the city, your guide will give you a brief history of Barcelona, before letting you sit back and relax on the 60-minute drive to Vic.

9.30am – Vic

Just an hour from Barcelona, and halfway to the Pyrenees, you will arrive to the ancient Roman town of Vic. This medieval market town has a totally different feel and climate to Barcelona. Your guide will tell you all about its history, and tell you what to do with your free time. You can wander around the market square, visit the cathedral, enjoy the magnificent renaissance and baroque buildings, or forget about everything and relax with a traditional breakfast and coffee in one of the typical cafés. If you visit on Tuesday or Saturday, you’ll be there on market day, something which has been taking place every week for over a thousand years! You will have about 2 hours here. 

12.30am – Queralbs

Perched on the side of the Pyrenees mountains is the beautiful village of Queralbs. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the cobbled streets and winding alleyways, and the rambling collection of traditionally built stone houses. With only 200 permanent residents, this impossibly quaint, picture postcard beautiful hamlet is one of the most memorable parts of the day.  From Queralbs, you will catch the mountain train high up into the Pyrenees mountains.

2.00pm – Vall de Núria

The Valley of Núria, is one of the most beautiful places in the Spanish Pyrenees. To get here, you will take the mountain rack railway rain on a dramatic ride up into the mountains. At around 6,000 feet, you will enjoy spectacular views of the area, as well as having time to explore some of the treks that leave from beside the lake.  If you do love hiking, your guide will show you some routes, from the hard and strenuous to the light and easy. You’ll have plenty of time to hike well away from the valley and truly experience the solitude of the mountains. As well as walking, you will also catch sight of unusual birds and animals ranging from Gryphon vultures to chamois, and golden eagles to marmots. If you prefer something more cultural, visit the sanctuary, originally built to house pilgrims to the valley, and which takes its name from the Virgin de Núria. Her image, buried in the earth, was reputedly unearthed by a very persistent ox! If all that seems too energetic, another option is to enjoy some traditional Catalan dishes available in the valley’s restaurants. You will have about 2 hours to enjoy Vall de Nùria. 

7.00pm – 7.15pm Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona

We end the day back in Barcelona in Plaça Catalunya. From here, you can easily take the metro or a taxi back to your hotel. Otherwise, your guide will be more than happy to make some recommendations of where to have dinner.



  • Local Guide
  • Rack Railway Tickets
  • Transport in air conditioned vehicle
  • Small-group tour
  • Free filtered water refills in office

Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities