Queralbs retains the charm of high mountain villages, with its narrow alleys and stone houses with slate roofs and original wooden elements. The passage of the rivers Freser and Núria falls strongly towards the bottom of the valley, all surrounded by high peaks such as the Puigmal, the Balandrau or the Torreneules.
Queralbs is an ancient village. The first historical mention of Queralbs, or Keros Albos (‘white stones’), appears in the year 839. The mountains of Queralbs have traditionally been pastures for transhumant herds throughout the country. It was a village of shepherds, and also with a mining tradition and Catalan forges. And, thanks to the abundance of water, we find five hydroelectric power stations in the municipality, as well as more than 60 springs.
Queralbs is a stage of the pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the Virgin of Núria, one of the most emblematic places in the Pyrenees. In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries a cobbled path was built to lead the many pilgrims to worship the Virgin Mary.
The aggregate core of Serrat allows us to observe old bread ovens attached to the walls of the houses, as well as enjoying the beauty and tranquility of its surroundings.
The scattered town of Vilamanya, with houses and farmhouses with a long historical past, is ideal for strolling through the surrounding forests and enjoying some of the best views of the valley.
In the scattered nucleus of Fustanyà, probably the oldest town in Vall de Ribes, we find the church of Sant Sadurní de Fustanyà, in Romanesque style.
The castle of Queralbs is located in the lower part of the village, in a strategic place for the rapid defense of the population. Here are the remains of what used to be the old castle.
The church of Sant Jaume de Queralbs, first mentioned in 978 and rebuilt in the 12th century, has one of the best porches with Catalan Romanesque arches.
At the information center of the Capçaleres del Ter and Freser Natural Park, you can discover the natural and cultural values of the area.
Enjoy lots of activities all year round at the Vall de Núria ski and mountain resort. Also, you can only get there by rack train or on foot!
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