Alt Pirineu Natural Park

Alt Pirineu Natural Park (Catalan: Parc Natural de l'Alt Pirineu) is the largest natural park in Catalonia, Spain. The park was established in 2003 by the Generalitat de Catalunya and covers an area of 69,850 hectares (172,600 acres), including the highest peaks of the Pyrenees in Catalonia. It stretches over the comarques of Pallars Sobirà and Alt Urgell.[1][2]

Alt Pirineu Natural Park
Parc Natural de l'Alt Pirineu
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Parc Natural de l'Alt Pirineu

Parc natural de l'alt pirineu
Map showing the location of Alt Pirineu Natural Park
Map showing the location of Alt Pirineu Natural Park
Location of the natural park in Catalonia
LocationProvince of Lleida, Catalonia, Spain
Coordinates42°29′46″N 1°12′38″E / 42.49611°N 1.21056°ECoordinates: 42°29′46″N 1°12′38″E / 42.49611°N 1.21056°E
Area69,850 hectares (172,600 acres)
Governing bodyGeneralitat de Catalunya


  1. ^ "Alt Pirineu Natural Park". Diputació de Lleida - ARA LLEIDA. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Marta Pallarès (December 31, 2004). "PARC NATURAL DE L'ALT PIRINEU". Observatori de projectes i debats territorials de Catalunya (in Catalan). Retrieved February 5, 2012.

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Bosc de Virós

Bosc de Virós (or Virós-Vallferrera) is a ski resort for Nordic skiing in the town of Bordes de Virós, in the municipality of Alins, in Catalonia, opened in 2001. It's located in the Alt Pirineu Natural Park.

The Gall Fer refuge is the base for all activities, including hosting service for 25 people and a restaurant.

Total of cross-country skiing trails: 28 km

Longest cross-country skiing trail: 12 km

Sled-dog circuit: 12 km

Pallars Sobirà

Pallars Sobirà (Catalan pronunciation: [pəˈʎas suβiˈɾa]) is a comarca (comparable to a county or shire in much of the English-speaking world) in the mountainous northwest of Catalonia, Spain. The name means "Upper Pallars", distinguishing it from the more populous (and less mountainous) Pallars Jussà to its southwest. Its capital and largest municipality is Sort.

Located in the central Pyrenees, Pallars Sobirà stretches from south to north, starting at the gorge of Collegats to the village of Alós d'Isil, following the course of the river Noguera Pallaresa. It is the fourth biggest comarca in Catalonia in terms of surface area, and has one of the lowest densities of population in the country, about 5.1 inhabitants per km². All together, it has approximately 7,000 inhabitants.

Pallars Sobirà contains the largest lake in the Pyrenees, the lake of Certascan, and the highest peak in Catalonia, the Pica d'Estats (3,143 m).

Most of Pallars Sobirà is a protected nature reserve. There are a few territories that belong to the PEIN (Pla d'Espais d'Interès Natural de Catalunya- Natural Interest Landscape Plan of Catalonia), as Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, the Alt Pirineu Natural Park, the Natural Partial Reserve of La Noguera Pallaresa - Collegats, a wide range of areas belonging to the Natura 2000 network, the Natural Hunting Reserve of Boumort, etc.

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