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- Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Terres de Lleida (8:30 am)www.lleidatur.com
(Barcelona – Àger = 180 km)
The tremendous diversity of the Lands of Lleida is surprising; the landscapes of the plains are crossed by a thousand and one enchanting routes which include “The River Sió Castles Route” and “The Cistercian Route”.
The capital, Lleida, is an open city in which cultural heritage —including the magnificent old cathedral, La Seu Vella— coexists with the most modern items of infrastructure which include the new Congress and Conference Centre and the Lleida-Alguaire airport.
Festivals and age-old traditions, natural settings that are ideal for ornithologists, and a local gastronomy based on natural products; these are just a few of the attractions of a territory whose welcoming people and settlements full of character, will seduce visitors.
Àger (12:00 am)Arrival at Port d’Ager for an easy and relaxing Mountain Bike Route to Àger with magnificent views of the Montsec Mountain.
Lunch in Càmping de la Vall d’Àger
Adress: C. Afores s/n - 25691 Àger
Tel. 34 973 45 52 00
After Lunch the participants will have two options:
• Incredible hiking through the Congost of Montrebei Return by small boat
• Paragliding ( depending on the climatological conditions around 9 participants will be able to fly)
Active tourism: hiking through the amazing Congost of Montrebei (3:00 pm)Camping de la Vall d Àger, Afores s/n, 25691 Àger, Spain | 629 38 69 55[MAP IMAGE]Lat/Lng: 42.004726 , 0.765995Camping de la Vall d Àger, Afores s/n, 25691 Àger, Spain629 38 69 55The Mont-rebei gorge, created by the river Noguera Ribagorçana as it passes through the Montsec mountains, separating the Montsec d'Ares from the Montsec de l'Estall is the only great gorge in Catalonia (Spain) which has been kept more or less intact without being crossed by any road, railway or electricity line. It is only crossed by a mule track partially dug out of the rock, allowing this spot to be enjoyed in a very spectacular manner. The walls of the gorge reach vertical heights in excess of 500 meters at points where the minimum width of the gorge is no more than 20 meters.
This is the classical Mont-rebei path (GR-1). It is about 4 km long and takes about 4 hours, 2 hours there and two back. Perfect for an all-day trip. The path runs down a very smooth slope and enters the gorge; after crossing the gorge you may prolong your walk by a steady, moderate climb to Carlets Farmhouse. Be careful in the gorge sector: it is not suitable for people with vertigo or who are not used to heights.
Paragliding in Montsec (3:00 pm)Plaça Major, 1, 25691 Àger, Spain | 973 45 50 96www.montsec.info
The Àger Valley and the Cogulló and Sant Alís peaks in Vilanova de Meià are a good area for lovers of free flight such as hang-gliding and paragliding. This is an exceptional area for Free Flying, with 20 years of tradition in this sport and where national and international championships have been hosted, most notably the World Hang-Gliding Championship of 1995, giving the area international exposure which has attracted flyers from all around the world.
Ctra C-12, Km. 181 - 25612 Os de Balaguer
Tel 34 973 43 80 06
- Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Visit and lunch in Os de Balaguer (11:30 am)www.ccnoguera.cat/nogueraturisme
Lunch in Restaurant Cal Xirricló
C/ Doctor Fleming, 53 - 25600 Balaguer
Tel 34 973 44 50 11
Dinner and accommodation in Barcelona (8:30 pm)Check in Hotel ME, Barcelona
Pere IV, 272-286
Architecture that staircases the sky; a beacon watching over an energetic cityscape-ME Barcelona Hotel offers a new interpretation of contemporary design, international cuisine, and the urban experience; fusing personal and professional into one emblematic hotel!
Transfer for Dinner at La Gavina restaurant
Address: Plaça de Pau Vila 1 - 08039 Barcelona
T 34 93 221 05 95
- total distance: 119 miles (192 km)