Sheltered by the Eastern Pyrenees we find La Cerdaña (La Cerdanya), a territory of historic Catalonia that in the middle of the 17th century was divided into two: the Alta Cerdaña region, which is part of France; and Lower Sardinia, which belongs to Catalonia. Furthermore, it is important to bear in mind that the Spanish part was also divided between the provinces of Lleida and Girona.
This Catalan corner is full of trees, meadows and charming villages. It is surprising both for its beauty and for its history and tradition. In addition, here you can enjoy exquisite cuisine. Today we moved to La Cerdaña to discover some of its most beautiful villages. Of course, we apologize in advance for all those who have remained in the pipeline. Would you like to join us?
First of all, we want to talk about Puigcerdà, the capital of Baja Cerdaña, which is located in the province of Girona, about 1,200 meters above sea level. Among the many places of interest in the town are the artificial lake built in the 13th century; the Bell Tower and the church of Sant Tomàs de Ventajola.
Bellver de Cerdanya
In the part of Lleida we find Bellver de Cerdanya, a municipality made up of 15 picturesque villages that surprises for its cultural heritage , centered on the Romanesque, and for its natural landscapes. It is important that you bear in mind that fairs and other activities are always held here.
Another town in La Cerdaña that is worth visiting is Alp, which presents the typical landscape of a Pyrenean town. One of its main points of interest is the church of Sant Pere. In addition, it is important to bear in mind that very close to Alp are the La Molina and Masella ski resorts . Of course, out of season it is a great place to go hiking.
Lles de Cerdanya
We must also talk about Lles de Cerdanya, one of the largest municipalities in the region. As most of its territory is forest, it is a great place for hiking . We want to highlight the Senillers spa, the Travesseres castle and the Romanesque church of Sant Frutiós de Músser.
How could it be otherwise, we are also going to talk about Llívia, a town that, curiously, belongs to the region of La Cerdaña despite being on French territory. Constituted at the foot of an imposing castle that today is in ruins, it surprises with its natural environment. In addition, here you will find interesting corners, such as the Church of Our Lady of the Angels or the Pharmacy Museum.
In the province of Girona we find Ger, which offers magnificent views. If you have the opportunity to travel to this place, don’t forget to visit the church of Sant Climent de Gréixer, the Prat del Condal natural area, the church of Santa Coloma de Ger and the church of Santa Eugènia de Saga.
We return to the province of Lleida to tell you about Prullans, a municipality that has kept its rural essence intact. Its relief offers numerous alternatives for lovers of hiking and mountain biking. Being located on a small peak, it also offers wonderful views of the valley.
Finally, we want to talk about a town in La Cerdaña located in the French part. This is Mont-Louis, a town that is inscribed in the Vauban Fortifications, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO . We are referring to the nine city-citadels that were created by Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban in the 17th century. From a military point of view, Mont-Louis is the best.
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