Planoles is located in the comarca (county) of El Ripolles, Catalonia. Like the rest of El Ripolles, Planoles is located in the southern slopes of the Pyrenees and is one of the towns that flourished between the river valleys of Rigard and Ribes.
Planoles is fairly a small town and populated with more than three hundred inhabitants. They live a quiet country life surrounded by the mountains and sprawling landscape of the valleys. During the summer, the population increases, as Planoles becomes a favorite summer retreat and nature haven spot.
The town of Planoles is easy to explore. The town has historical sites such as the thirteenth century Romanesque parish church that is dedicated to St. Vincent. Planoles also has architectural points of interest, like the apse decorated with Lombard arches.
Planoles is small and centers on the tranquility and gentleness of nature. Planoles has minimal holiday activities but boasts in outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and other highland adventures. Through the valleys and meadows are picnic groves and wooded camping sites safe for everyone.
Around Planoles are fields; meadows; and forests full of pine, oak, and other trees. The vegetation around Planoles is abundant. During summer, cows and horses graze the nearby wilderness. During winter season, people can go to La Molina ski resort, which is only a short distant away.
In early spring, the whole town welcomes Easter Monday with tea, bacon, omelets, and wine for the Trout Festival. Another breakfast festival is the Feast of San Antonio Puig, held in June. Festivals are composed of typical dancing, parades, theater, sporting events, and other activities suitable for all ages.
Though Planoles is small and quiet, hostels in Planoles are plenty and made of old country charm. The people of Planoles and Planoles hostels treat their guests as if they are welcoming them in their own homes.
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