This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Taull. To help you make friends with Taull before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Taull is a hidden gem up in the Pyrenees, and at an altitude of 1,500 meters it is not very popular among foreign tourists. Therefore, this is a great chance for you to experience authentic and unique Catalan culture. Taull’s population is about 250 people, but not more than 100 people live in the village all year long. There are different reasons to visit Taull, such as hiking through in the summer, skiing in the small Boí Taüll resort in the short winter season, summer festivals, and pilgrimage.
There are so many treks that go through the village that you will need weeks to check them all. There is a large variety of treks in terms of difficulty (from easy to very hard), length (from 2-3 kilometers to more than 30 kilometers), and time needed (from one hour to 8-9-hour trips). You can have amazing hikes through the beauties of the Pyrenees, visit other villages with many old bridges and houses, take a swim in some of the 200 glacial lakes, enjoy the exuberant wildlife, and walk through the Saint Mauricio Lake National Park, which is considered one of the most beautiful natural spaces in Spain and is open to trekkers and nature lovers. The town also hosts two of the nine Churches of the Vall de Boí, namely the Santa Maria de Taull (12th century) and Sant Climent de Taull (also 12th century). All nine churches are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are also enough nice restaurants, but there is only one shop with limited inventory and rather high prices.
Not surprisingly, there are numerous festivals in the summer. Taull festival is held in the middle of July: there is a fair, fiestas, concerts until late in the morning, drinks, fireworks, tasty Spanish food, and several thousand visitors. There is also a cheese fair and festival where you can taste and buy homemade, locally-produced cheese, and maybe wine and jam. That does not mean the villages around Taull do not have their own festivals. on the contrary, each of them has at least one major festival, and you can even visit a Tomatina festival and fight locals with tomatoes.
The best time to visit Taull is in the summer, when the weather is best for hiking but you will enjoy the small town any time of the year. If you like skiing, the winter season is also a good option. If you have a car, getting to Taull is very easy. If you do not, you can try to hitchhike--people are friendly and you should not wait too long. Otherwise, there are only two buses from El Pont de Suert daily. there are not any other buses, so getting to the town can be tricky.
As it can be expected from a town of its size, and although it has several hotels, there are not so many hostels in Taull, but you still have a choice. As the town has only several streets, no building is more than FIVE minutes on foot from the main square. Hence, hostels in Taull are centrally located, as they are just two to three minutes walking from the main square. Hostels in Taull have average prices for Spain and quite good facilities. It is a very good idea to book your Taull hostel in advance in the high season, especially during the weekends, unless you do not mind paying a lot more for alternative accommodation options. Although locals tend to know basic English, do not expect too much – even the Boí Taull resort website is only in Catalan and Spanish.
Written by local enthusiast for Taull hostelsGeorge Traveller