My wife and I are visiting Barcelona towards the end of August (our first time there). We are spending a few days in the city and are thinking about renting a car and making a side trip to the Catalonian Pyrenees. I would love to have some suggestions about where we should plan to make our base for 2-3 days in order to have the best experience? We are both avid hikers, although we are planning to restrict ourselves to day hikes (6 hours or less) on this trip. From reading the forums, it seems as though the National Park near Lake Sant Maurici would be a great place...but I am not sure which town would be a good base to explore this from?
The options I came across include Espot, Llavorsi and Vielha - are any of these towns better than the others? If we are looking for slightly comfortable/upscale lodging (e.g. Riberies at Llavorsi), would any of these places offer better variety?
Thanks very much for your help.