07 Mar Catalan Pyrenees: “La Cerdanya”
La Cerdanya is still a secret for foreign tourists, but for the Catalan people is the most popular winter destination especially for the snow lovers. This Pyrenees region is located north of Barcelona about a two hours drive by car.
A couple of days ago we went to Puigcerdà one of our favorites destinations in La Cerdanya. It is a small town strategically located between the mountains. From there it is very easy to reach the best ski slopes of Catalunya. Because of its Mediterranean climate you can enjoy the snow and the sun at the same time.
When the snow finally arrives Puigcerdà and the surrounding villages are soon full of life. It is a coming and going of people to rent their gear to hit the slops. Only 20 Km from Puigcerdàyou can find the ski resorts of La Masella and La Molina.There you can also rent your equipment, hire a tutor and sip a hot chocolate milk in one of the many refugees scattered around the mountain. If you have enough confidence in your skiing capabilities you can ski at night with a special ski pass
After a day of skiing, you are tired and need a good meal to recuperate. Definitely the best place in Cerdanya is the restaurant “Los Caballos” (The Horses) restaurant. A restaurant where you can enjoy true Catalan food.
It is difficult to tell which is their best dish because they are all very tasty made with ingredients of high quality. My personal favorite is a typical dish of the Catalan Pyrenees called the Trinxat, which includes bacon, potato and sautéed cabbage. It will make you feel brand new.
How to get there
By Train: RENFE Line R3 Hospitalet del Llobregat – Vic – Ripoll – Puigcerda – Latour de Carol La Molina station. During the winter season there is a daily regular bus service from the train station directly to the ski resort.
By car: From Barcelona Vía Augusta and Cadi Tunnel (toll fee) 140km, ca. 1h 30 ‘