Photo Scoop: Solsona For Skiing And Wintertime Bliss

Fountain faces in Solsona, Catalonia, Spain

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By Regina Winkle-Bryan

I’ve traveled a ton around Catalonia, but for some reason had never been to Northern Lleida. One crosses Lleida on their way to Andorra, a tiny country between Spain and France big with skiers and those looking for duty free tobacco.

North of Solsona - Llosa de Cavall Dam

North of Solsona – Llosa de Cavall Dam

A couple weeks ago we did a little road-trip up to Solsona, passing the castles and salt mines of Cardona on our way. I was pleasantly surprised by Solsona, a cobblestone village at the foothills of the Pyrenees close to the ski station Port del Comte. While there was no snow to be seen on the mountains while we were there, it was certainly cold enough for flakes to fall.

Solsona

Sunny wintertime streets in Solsona

Anyone know what the markings on this door mean?

But there were no snowflakes, just a bright Spanish sun in a bitter winter sky and a lot of good food and peace and quiet.

Take a peek at what Solsona is made up of in the photos below:

Solsona for Skiing, History and R&R 2

Quiet Plaza in Solsona

Solsona for Skiing, History and R&R

Central fountain in the plaza — Solsona, Catalonia

Bell Tower where locals used to toss live mules from....yeah

Bell Tower from where locals used to toss live mules– luckily an abandoned tradition

Solsona homes

Solsona is famous for its sweet and savory ‘cocas’, a sort of bread/pastry

Solsona : Plaza in front of church – town center

Solsona

Solsona

Solsona

Solsona

Solsona center

Architecture in Solsona

Solsona's Hotel Sant Roc -Great Spa!

Solsona’s Hotel Sant Roc where we stayed

Cool doors in Solsona

Beautiful carved front doors in Solsona

4 Responses

  1. Pep Molins says:

    Hello, I see you question what’s the meaning of marks on a door. It’s an old stone that shepherds used to bless the bells of his flock, to protect the animals. (His owner remove it from his original place to prevent theft and placed it in his house)

  2. admin says:

    How interesting Pep! Thanks. Is that just in Catalonia or all over Spain?

    Regina

  3. Pep Molins says:

    I’m sorry, but I don’t know. I’ve never seen any stone like these anywhere. I just know this because i lived in front of this house when i was a child. I liked seeing the photo on your blog. Thank you.

    Pep

  4. admin says:

    Pep, this is your village? Wow! What a beautiful place to grow up!

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