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From June 29 to July 1, the Valley of Boí is the setting for the Buff Mountain Festival. Three days of mountain activities, sports, music and fun for the whole family. In addition, it's a unique area of the Catalan Pyrenees, excellent for visiting and getting to know. Here are 6 things that you shouldn't miss out this weekend:
1- Visit the 9 churches that are UNESCO World Heritage: Sant Climent of Taüll, Santa Maria of Taüll, Sant Joan of Boí, Santa Eulàlia of Erill de la Vall, the Nativity of Durro, the hermitage of Sant Quirc de Durro , Sant Feliu of Barruera, Santa Maria of Cardet and Sant Joan of Cóll.
2- Relax in the spa and thermal centre of Caldes de Boí: Enjoy this space at 1,500 metres altitude, surrounded by nature, as well as the 37 mineral-medicinal springs with different properties. We can find a wide range of therapeutic services, up to one of the most modern in any SPA instalation.
3- Walking trails in the Aigüestortes National Park and the Sant Maurici lake: It's the only one in Catalonia. It has two differentiated areas that are a real paradise for mountain lovers. You can do all type of routes and you can enjoy a beautiful landscape. Also worthy of note are the peaks such as Montardo (2,833 meters), Ratera (2,857), Peguera (2,983 meters) and Monestero (2,877 meters).
4- Enjoy the Fallas Fiesta in Barruera, June 30: This is the biggest fiesta of the Alta Ribagorça. The celebration begins with the “plantada de las fallas”, in which young men cut seven or eight pine tree's and then plant them on the mountain that is visible from the village, which they call the 'lighthouse'. There, the fallas are prepared, which are some branches made of pine tree's that are bound with of hazel branches. Once the fallas are ready, the 'lighthouse' is lit, to begin the descent of the fallas, a route guided by the elder or leader. The descent of the fallas leaves the mountain covered by rivers of fire until the reach the town square, where the celebration ends.
5- Enjoy the mountain gastronomy of the Valley of Boí restaurants: It is a mountain cooking based on natural resources and elaborated following very old traditions. It's based around the basic products in the area. Harnessing the resources offered by these lands.
6- Participate in the Buff Mountain Festival: Mountain races, duathlon and MTB, but also climbing, concerts, food trucks and music. These are some of the activities that can be enjoyed during this festival from June 28 to July 1. In the sports field, the Buff Mountain Festival hosts competitions of the Buff Epic Trail races, with 4 distances: 65, 42, 26 and 11 kilometers. Also, the Marathon Mountain Bike race.