After constantly seeing signs for Vall de Núria on the Ferrocarril, a railroad throughout Catalunya, I was a bit skeptical that our camping weekend was going to be a tourist trap. But upon arrive (fully by public transport!) we ended up in an amazingly underrated campground at the base of the Pyrenees with the most vibrant, lush nature and animals roaming free all around us.
On our first day we planned to take is easy with a 2-3 hour hike, but ended up going hard for 6 hours. A restaurant meal and some botellóning (drinking wine straight out the bottle in public) were the ideal end to the night before tucking away in our tents. Despite my over packing of food, we would have run out the next day.
Amazing Nature in Vall de Núria
I awoke the next morning to the most beautiful sight through the window of the tent, four beautiful full-grown horses grazing on the hill not more than 15 meters away. Unfortunately, our super fancy camera died the day before (lesson learned!) and we didn’t get to capture just how fantastic and awe-inspiring the view was. It really made our day start off quite spectacularly.
After another jaw dropping, beautiful 3-hour hike we were exhausted and satiated from our time spent in nature. I can tell you with certainty that we will be back before you know it!
How to get to Vall de Núria
On of the greatest part about camping in Vall de Núria is that you can get there from Barcelona completely by public transportation. Start in Plaça Catalunya it will take you about an hour and 45 minutes to arrive in Núria.
Take the Renfe to Ribes de Freser and then the Cremallera de Vall de Núria to arrive at the camping site.
How much does Vall de Núria cost?
If you take the Renfe, you can get a combined ticket to take the railroad and cremallera to Vall de Núria.
If you choose to arrive by car and then take the cremallera, the rates are based on age and can be found on the official site. Which is fun and divided into winter and summer. (Below are the summer rates for 2018.)
There is a nice discount of 10% if you buy online in advance.
What to do in Vall de Núria
There are many activities for families and friends traveling together and even lone trekkers. In the winter, Vall de Núria is a ski resort, and in the summer it is great for hiking.
You can check the condition in Google just by searching Vall de Núria. Check out the view of today’s weather and conditions below. Google really is quite a font of knowledge!
I recommend going in the spring, having a long trek through the mountains and taking advantage of the camp ground. There are numerous (easily marked) trails, so get a map before or on arrival and select the distance and difficult that suits you best.
Camping in Vall de Núria
The camp ground is right in front of the hotel and attractions in Vall de Núria. Get there early to get the best spot to pitch your tent.
Camping costs 8,00€ per person, per night.
Overall, Vall de Núria is the ideal place to go camping in Catalunya when you don’t have your own car. It is picturesque, inexpensive and you can get their by public transportation. What more could you ask for?