Most of the terrain that falls under Spain’s domain is known as the Catalan Pyrenees. The region covered by the Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park is the jewel in the Catalan Pyrenees’ crown and is superb trekking country in the summer months. Majestic landscapes with stunning views abound. Walkers and trekkers find themselves in nature’s art gallery, with a landscape painted with ancient forests of firs and black pines and dotted with striking, blue mountain lakes, of which there are nearly 200 in the park.
It is hardly surprising that the area is rich in wildlife with a proliferation of wild goats as well as bearded vultures, golden eagles and peregrine falcons circling the skies. The park’s largest lake, Estany de Sant Maurici , is set at an elevation of 1950 metres and overlooked by rugged 2900 metre serrated peaks. This beautiful glacial lake changes colour from aquamarine to turquoise to azure blue as the park’s emblem, the twin crags of Els Encantats (or Enchanted Mountains) gaze at their own image mirrored in the stillness of the lake’s waters.