The natural environment, representative of high mountain areas, the traditional character of the town of Queralbs, which is notable for its 10th century Romanesque church
with marble portico and columns and sculpted capitals, the Sanctuary
, a place visited by pilgrims since the 12th century, the possibility of practising mountain sports and the fact that you can only reach the place by means of the modern rack railway
(Ribes-Queralbs-Núria), have made this valley one of the most active and appreciated tourist centres in the Pyrenees.
The plant life in the Valley of Núria is typically Pyrenees: oaks with huge leaves, ashes, pines and birches amongst other trees, share the area with Spanish pines and plants with spectacular colours and great beauty. The most characteristic animals are chamois, marmots, golden eagles and red frogs.
Pyrenean vegetation in Núria valley.
According to legend, in about 700 AD, Sant Gil carved the image of the Virgin of Núria, although Sant Gil chapel
was not built until 1615 and the new church was not started until 1883. The building was destroyed in 1925 and underwent various changes until, in 1960, the current building was constructed.