Gateway To Sports – La Cerdanya

By Nancy Todd

Your Scoppettes, Regina and I, crave green as Barcelona is lacking in the green department. We pile in a car with friends and make an Autumn trip to the mountains in Spain to see leaves. Real leaves with color–like I used to have living in Michigan and Massachusetts. There are few tourists, as the “leafers” aren’t common in Spain. Fine with us, there is less traffic.

Located in the Pyranees Mountains, La Cerdanya, a mountainous area in Spain, Puigcerdà is the main town for action.  It is only two kilometers from the French border.  As capital of the district of Cerdanya, the city swells by thousands as winter and summer sports enthusiastists arrive.

Thirteen ski resorts await within forty five kilometers of Puigcerdà located in France, Andorra, and Spain. La Molina and Masella are two of the areas most popular ski areas.

During the warm months, river sports, camping, and horse back riding tempt the traveler. Rocky peaks, forests, and expansive valleys are lined with hiking trails including stopovers in quaint villages for food, wine, and rest. Puigcerda is a casual city that is easy to meander with it’s old stone houses, numerous restaurants, bars, and shops.

The tower of Esglesia de Santa Maria is what remains of the church built in the 1600′s. Beautifully lit at night, it is a focal point of the city. Let The Scoop know what your hiking experiences have been in Spain.

Where: Two hours from Barcelona. North on C-58 to C-1.

Hiking buffs, Check out Regina’s post for hiking the El Camino. Traveling through the countryside on back lanes, old guys are selling roasted chestnuts and sweet potatoes.

Skiing in Spain!




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  1. Posted December 4, 2011 at 2:10 am | Permalink

    The summer camps I work for, Forenex, have one of their camps here. Since I work on the other side of the country, I had no idea it was such a big hub for sports.

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    Posted December 6, 2011 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Hi Cat, Eating is also a sport in La Cerdanya. Sounds like you had an interesting job.

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