A little post about a little valley

Somewhere between the Pyrenees Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea -very inaccurately speaking- there is a little valley called “La Vall d’en Bas”.

La Vall d’en Bas is beautiful and peaceful. Its soil is very fertile: veggies, fruits, flowers, cows, horses and bicycles grow happy on it. There are some medieval villages and a bunch of farms too.

La Vall d'en Bas

Follow me, amigos. Let me show you the valley, its little villages and the huge mountains that surround it.

First stop: Sant Privat d’en Bas. This old village has a tiny church …

Sant Privat 1

… some rustic houses …

San Privat 2

… and a lazy sun clock that says “I only count quiet hours” …


Sant Privat has wonderful views …

Sant Privat balcony

The nearby mountains seem daunting …

Sant Privat mountains

But don’t worry: this tiny village is under the protection of a powerful Saint:

Church in Sant Privat

The valley and the surrounding mountains offer outstanding trekking, hiking, biking, mountain-biking and all kind of …ing, except swimming, but don’t worry: the Mediterranean Sea (Costa Brava) is not far away (barely 1 1/2 hour drive).  In any case, a multitude of streams and brooks wind across this wonderful mini-region …

Sant Privat river

Let’s go on. That village is El Mallol:

El Mallol 1

El Mallol has a church …

El Mallol church

El Mallol (and the whole valley) has a long history, but I don’t feel like traslating this long text into English now. Sorry …

El Mallol history

I’d rather show you this pic of the valley, taken just in front of the church. As you can see, hikers and bicyclists will find clear indications everywhere …

Vall d'en Bas indications

In the village of Sant Esteve d’en Bas there is an old church. I’ve been told that its interior is wonderful, and there is a capital sculpted in the 12th century by (or strongly influenced by) the legendary Master of Cabestany. Sandly, this church is closed most of the time (it only opens for Mass: Sundays at 8 p.m.), and I have never seen its wonderful interior …

Sant Esteve d'en Bas

The village you can see in the pic below is named Puigpardines.

Puigpardines 1

Yes, I agree with you. It’s very difficult to spot Puigpardines in that picture. It is such a little village! It only has the remains of a Romanesque monastery (barely the church) …

Puigpardines 2

… a rural skyscraper …

Puigpardines 3

… and wonderful views over the valley …

Vall d'en Bas by Puigpardines

The village of Hostalets d’en Bas is very picturesque …

Hostalets d'en Bas

It has picturesque corners …

Square in Hostalets

Let’s go on. This valley has some old farms …

La Vall Farms

In the center of the valley (well, more or less in the center) there is a shop where they sell veggies, eggs, meat and other local products …

Agro-shop d'en Bas

The village of Joanetes, like any other village in this valley, has an old church …

Joanetes 1

… charming corners …

Joanetes 2

… farms …

Joanetes 4

… and it is surrounded by mountains …

Joanetes 4

I’m hungry.

The village of Joanetes, like any other village in this valley … has a good restaurant:

Can Barris

They serve traditional Catalan cuisine and the so-called “volcanic cuisine” (coming soon, or later, or whenever in Covetotop’s blog) made with the freshest delicacies that this valley produces.

No wine this time …

Sant Aniol

… because I need to keep all my physical and mental capabilities intact: I must go on hiking and hiking all over this little valley, in order to take pics for this little post …

Joanetes surroundings

Practical info (if any): The Vall d’en Bas is located in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain, Europe, Earth planet. Like so many marvels of this world, it is unknown to the general public, because it is located off the beaten path.


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16 Responses to A little post about a little valley

  1. jourdorae says:

    This is beautiful! Followed.
    I’m fairly new to blogging and would love if you checked out my blog. (:

  2. As always, thank you for showing your blog followers such beautiful and charming out-of-the-way spots we would never find on our own.

  3. Linda Duffin says:

    So beautiful! Reminds me of a trip we took a few years ago on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees from north to south – or west to east, depending on your grasp of geography.

    We’re back in Aigua Blava in early September – I’d love to know which you think are currently the best restaurants in the area.

    • Covetotop says:

      Hi Linda! Most of the restaurants featured on this blog are in that very same area (roughly speaking). Click on “Restaurants and local food” (right side). All of them are still as outstanding as ever: Tritón (Torroella), L’Hort del Rector (Monells), Mas Pou (Palau-Sator) … A little far away, in Girona city, you have the best restaurant in the world: Can Roca. In the little village of Esponellá there is another restaurant called “Can Roca” (nothing to do with the other one) which I deem perfect to taste authentic Catalan food (not expensive at all, one our drive from Aiguablava). If you want something really close to Aiguablava, my choice would be Rostei, Can Climent or Fonda Caner. Turandot (Begur too) has new owners this year, and they offer good Catalan menus, reasonably priced. As you may well know, the problem in the province of Girona is not finding good restaurants. The difficult task is finding a bad restaurant 🙂

  4. harri8here says:

    Another glorious tour.
    I can’t believe the brilliantly detailed signage!

    Love your phrase ‘rural skyscraper’ :-), and all your photographs.

  5. What a beautiful valley What happens if one doesn’t own a car or want to rent? Are there any buses that pass nearby?

    • Covetotop says:

      There are buses, but not advisable from the touristic point of view (time-schedules). A car is strongly recommended to visit this valley (or better still: a bicycle)

  6. Another enchanted bit of the planet gracefully placed on the map by Covetotop. Beware the ensuing crowds… Excellent.

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