The different towns and villages in the Vall de Boí, with their corresponding administrative areas, have been documented since the 11th century. These communities were made up of peasant families who usually settled in high sunny locations, these were easier to defend and to take better advantage of their own and the common land, as well as access pastures higher up the mountains and in the forests.
Their homes were simple structures with one fireplace, often comprising of a single living area shared by people and animals alike. If there was a second floor, it was used for sleeping and storing food and fodder.
Day to day life was ruled by the light of the sun and followed a cyclical conception of time. Work and holidays went hand in hand with the agricultural calendar. A large part of the basic diet was made up of cereals, wine and apples.