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Stage 29: Tavascán - Àreu


Distance/elevation: 17,1 kms / (+1.225),(-1.100)
Time: 5h00min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: The initial climb is steep.
Agua: there are a number of points where water is available along the way.
Route/Itinerary:

(0h0min;0km) Tavascán (1110m). The GR11 crosses Noguera de Lladorre and climbs to the left, towards a water deposit. You turn right at this point, as you face a steep climb through a wooded area of birch, hazelnut and a few oak trees, up to Castells cabin (ruins), where the uphill climb ends (1h; 1,540m) and the path joins another clearer one. The GR11 heads along the hillside, crossing ravines like Les Planes, where you can fill up with water. Although this section is simple, it can become treacherous if the ground is slippery. The path continues south, past the Canal del Vedat and begins to veer left (west) towards Boldís Sobirà, having ignored a diversion on the right that drops down to Boldís Jussa.

(1h55min; 5.3kms) Boldís Sobirà (1485m). Drinking fountain. From this point you follow a track for about 5 kilometres to Punta de Roquetes (1,920m), where the red and white markings abandon it, and take a turning to the left. Shortly afterwards, you cross the track and walk straight on, before taking on the steepest part of the climb.

(3h35min; 12.4kms) Coll de Tudela (2239m). A wide open space with several holding pens that is accessible by car. On the other side of the hill, the view opens out over Vallferrera and Pica d'Estats (3,143m). You now face a rapid descent towards Vallferrera through pine forest.

(4h20min; 15kms) Bordes de Costuix (1720m). In the field next to the farm buildings you will see a bathtub with a rubber spout where water, can be taken, although it does not look drinkable. You follow a path that, further down, reaches the farm buildings from Àreu. Some 50 metres away, on a left-hand bend there is a stream that would seem to be a more reliable source of water. Shortly afterwards you leave the track and take a path on the left that descends directly, crossing the track on several occasions. Be careful not to miss the shortcuts.

(5h00min; 17.1kms) La Forca de Àreu (1245m).

Where to sleep:

En Tavascán: Hotel Estanys Blaus, Casa Feliu, Hotel Llacs De Cardos y el Hotel Marxant.

In Àreu: Perxada de Besolí , Hotel Vall Ferrera , Apartamentos Vall Ferrera and Aparthotel Spa Areu.

Services:

In Tavascan there is a health clinic, plenty of places for a sit-down meal, a supermarket and the odd shop where you can get maps, t-shirts, etc. In Àreu there are a few bars and restaurants and a small supermarket.

Maps:

- Alpina: Alt Pirineu (Scale: 1/50.000).

Transport:

You can get to Tavascan by bus from Sort and Llavorsí, with the bus company Seveis Turistics Gabriel (tel: 973 62 31 09). There is a taxi service in Tavascán (Pey: 615 59 51 56 and Emma 677 03 09 15). There are no bus services to Áreu.Check taxi services on the Pallars Sobirà tourist office website. The Aigües Tortes Park bus passes through Llavorsí, with Alsa buses. From Sort, there are bus connections with Lleida and Barcelona (Alsa). There are also connections between Sort and La Seu d'Urgell with the taxi firm Passem el Cantó. There is a daily public service (2 trips per day). In 2013 the price per person was 4€. To reserve, call 689 495 777 or 610 952 001. You can also get the train to Pobla de Segur (RENFE) from Lleida and Barcelona and then take the bus (Alsa).

Activities in the area:

Tavascan has a municipal swimming pool. Visits are also available to the underground hydro-electric power station (tel: 656 814 557). In La Força de Àreu, you have La Fusta museum (science and technology, tel: 973 621 002; e-mail: turisme@pallarssobira.cat).


Perfil de la etapa

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Stages - GR11

- Prologue: Cabo Higuer - Hondarribia - Irun
- Stage 1: Cabo Higuer - Bera
- Stage 1v (GR 11.3): Cabo Higuer - Lesaka
- Stage 2: Bera - Elizondo
- Stage 2v (GR 11.3): Lesaka - Elizondo (Spanish)
- Stage 3: Elizondo - Pto de Urkiaga
- Stage 4: Puerto de Urkiaga - Burguete
- Stage 5: Burguete/Auritz - Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri (Spanish)
Stage 6: Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri - Ochagavia (Spanish)
Stage 7: Ochagavia - Isaba (Spanish)
Stage 8: Isaba - Zuriza (via Belabarce)
Stage 8v (GR 11.4): Isaba - Zuriza (via Ezkaurre)
Stage 9: Zuriza - Aguas Tuertas
Stage 10: Aguas Tuertas - Lizara
Stage 10 (discontinued): Aguas Tuertas - Candanchú
Stage 11: Lizara - Candanchú
Stage 12: Candanchú - Sallent de Gallego
Stage 9v (GR 11.1): Zuriza - Puente de Santa Ana
Stage 10v (GR 11.1): Puente de Santa Ana - Lizara
Stage 11v (GR 11.1): Lizara - Canfranc Estación
Stage 12v: Canfranc Estación - Sallent de Gallego (via C.Izas)
Stage 13: Sallent de Gallego - Refugio de Respomuso
Stage 14: Refugio de Respomuso - Balneario de Panticosa
Stage 15: Balneario de Panticosa - San Nicolas de Bujaruelo
Stage 16: San Nicolas de Bujaruelo - Refugio de Goriz
Stage 17: Refugio de Goriz - Circo de Pineta
Stage 18: Circo de Pineta - Parzán
Stage 19: Parzán - Biadós
Stage 20: Biadós - Puente de San Jaime (Spanish)
Stage 21: Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de Cap de Llauset (Spanish)
Stage 22: Ref. Cap de LLauset - Conangles
Stage 23: Conangles - La Restanca
Stage 24v (GR11.18): La Restanca - Colomers
Stage 25: Colomers - Ernest Mallafré
Stage 26: Ernest Mallafré - La Guingueta
Stage 27: La Guingueta - Estaón
Stage 28: Estaón - Tavascán
Stage 29: Tavascán - Areu
Stage 30: Areu - Baiau
Stage 31: Baiau - Arans
Stage 32: Arans - Encamp
Stage 33: Encamp - Ref. l'Illa
Stage 34: Ref. l'Illa - Malniu
Stage 35: Malniu - Puigcerdá
Stage 36: Puigcerdá - Planoles
Stage 37: Planoles - Santuario de Nuria
Stage 38: Santuario de Nuria - Refugio de Ulldeter
Stage 39: Refugio de Ulldeter - Molló
Stage 40: Molló - Talaixà
Stage 41: Talaixà - Albanyà
Stage 42: Albanyà - La Vajol
Stage 43: La Vajol - Requessens
Stage 44: Requessens - Vilamaniscle
Stage 45: Vilamaniscle - El Port de la Selva
Stage 46: El Port de la Selva - Cap de Creus




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