We checked the weather for an area in Spain we wanted to visit for the amazing climbing. It's in Catalunya and the tiny village is Santa Engracia. It's just over the Pyrenees, 5 hours from our house and there is tons of climbing all around. It was sunny and warm....so we hopped in the car and headed down for a few days.
There aren't many places to stay in this area. It's pretty remote, but luckily we found Casa Mauri. The owner, Jane, bought the place in 2011. It's a large restored farmhouse, broken up into her residence, and 3 other houses that she lets out. Santa Engracia is the highest point in the area, you drive up a windy road 15 minutes until you reach the tiny village. There are probably 50 people in the village, but during this time of year maybe 5. It was so beautiful and you looked out over the valley to beautiful sunrises and sunsets. The accommodations are clean and have everything you need (fully equipped kitchen and linens). The prices are extremely reasonable and she takes dogs!
|the church in Santa Engracia just outside our house|
|View of the valley from our terrace|
|walking through almond groves on the way to the cliff|
|sun, warm and great climbing|
|just look at those blue skies!|