Things to do and see

Culture and traditions

Art

The architectural heritage is one of the main charms of La Vall Fosca. Its most important witness is the Romanesque church of Sant Vicenç de Capdella (11th century), declared Cultural Heritage of National Interest (BCIN) by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan government), which contains a Romanesque wood carving of the Crucifixion, now exhibited at the National Art Museum of Catalonia, Barcelona. Another outstanding element is the chapel of Sant Martí de la Torre, also declared BCIN by the Catalan government.

Several little churches and chapels spread all over the valley invite you to discover the deepest aspects of the villages as well as the typical high-mountain constructions such as the houses attached to a farmyard.

Local festivals

Most local festivals of La Vall Fosca take place in summer, such as in Aguiró, Espui, La Pobleta de Bellveí, Paüls, La Plana de Mont-ros, Pobellà, Beranui, etc.

Apart from this, there are also several concerts, children’s entertainment, Old Pyrenean Music Festival, etc. For further information, please see the cultural guide.

La Pobleta’s Livestock Fair

La Pobleta de Bellveí has celebrated its traditional Livestock Fair since time immemorial on October 5th, at the time the animals moved down from the mountains to new pastures. As it was the first fair in the area, it used to set the prices offered for the following fairs.

Nowadays the fair takes place at the first weekend of October, with the exhibition of cows (bruna, Limousin, Charolais and Salers), sheep (xisqueta) and horses (Cavall Pirinenc Català, CPC).

The local restaurants have maintained the traditional breakfast based on girella (lamb meat with rice) and cap i potes (lamb head and trotters).

The fair is also the opportunity to show some traditional professions, such as the mattressmakers, forkmakers, farriers, etc. or to buy some handmade products.