Valle de Nuria
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Vall de Nuria Pyrenees Playground
The variety of Costa Brava exceeds Tuscany by far. Not only do you have rolling hills and simple farm land, but you have the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean. I situated myself in between the coast and the mountains at my Can Grau villa – only an hour drive to the coast and 2 hours to the mountains. A road trip to Vall de Nuria is a great day outing if you want to experience the mountains. Getting there is half the fun if you have your own car! The drive there from my villa was a twisty corkscrew of 2 lane roads with spectacular views. Vall de Nuria is a hidden valley that you can only get to via an old rack railway. The railway cost is around 20 Euro roundtrip – so slightly expensive – or if you have about 3 or 4 hours you can hike it one way – which I would have loved to do! Once in the valley – you are treated to spectacular views and cool air. It’s a ski resort in the winter and in the summer months they have boat rides, horse riding, hiking and there’s a really nice hotel as well as a hostelling international there in the main part of the valley. More Information: http://www.ottsworld.com/blogs/best-newr-travel-destination-costa-brava/
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