From the terrace it is possible to watch eagles, vultures and falcons ascending on the thermals and Lammergeiers nest below the pool! The lists of birds, butterflies and botanical species seen in Santa Engracia and on excursions in the area are impressive. At night it is possible to see boar, genets, wild-cats, beech-martens, deer etc. There are fossils of many kinds and even the footprints of a dinosaur in the village itself. Pleta Verda (green plateau) which is just behind us is a game refuge as well as being the tip of the olive belt (the Mediterranean climate) and has a mixture of Alpine, Mediterranean and Atlantic plants and flowers.
Within sight are two prominent vineyards (Castell d’Encus and Torres) and within the local county there are over a dozen world class vineyards offering a variety of traditional, organic, high altitude grown and heritage wines. We have teamed up with the best to offer tours, tastings and more.
Water Sports can be practised on Lake San Antonio or in the rivers, which are excellent for white-water kayaking or rafting as well as for trout fishing. There are many places to hire canoes, take water skiing lessons and much more, or you could just opt for a swim!
There is horse-riding all year round in many locations close by.
The Internationally renowned Terradets Gorge,is about 23 kms away boasting over 200+ climbs of up to 500m. To the west is the Mont Rebei Gorge offering a selection of 85 routes up to 600m. The old road from la Pobla de Segur to Sort passes through the Collegats Gorge with 400 climbs on conglomerate and limestone. To the east is the Vilanova de Meia area. Other climbing areas are Sant Llorenc de Montgai to the south, Abella de la Conca, Santa Linya and Oliana to mention just a few.
There are local facilities for hangliding, paragliding, bodyboarding, canyoning, bungee, quad biking hot air balloon rides and much more.
Within 50km there are several ski resorts, including Baqueira-Beret, Vielha, Super Espot etc. Andorra, with its shops and ski slopes, is about two hours drive away. There’s something for everyone – alpine and nordic skiing, snowboarding, husky driving etc
Walking and Hiking
There are walks to suit all abilities in the local area and further afield taking in many villages, caves, natural pools and waterfalls. The stunning Mont Rebei Gorge and Sant Maurici parc are within driving distance, offering jaw dropping scenery.
There are so many beautiful and historic villages to visit, it would be impossible to mention them. Catalunya is famous for its Romanesque churches and castles. Here are a few local highlights worth a visit: Gerri de la Sal, Sort , Rivert, Esterri d’Aneu, Gerrito Peramea, Montcortes, Pobleta de Bellvei and Peramea. Abella de la Conca, Castle of Orcau the Chapel of Nuestra Senora de la Posa situated next to a large field of dinosaur footprints, the castle of Llorda, and the village of Covet. The castle of Mur, the valley of Boi (UNESCO World Heritage site)