Pyrennees

La Cerdanya

The catalogue of delights that make the Cerdanya so special is almost inexhaustable. Its unique climate, its varied countryside, its gastronomy, the ability to choose between a day out on the flat or high in the mountains, the beauty of its villages and the friendliness of its people.

Bolvir is a small village watched over by the Romanic church of Saint Cecilia which has a very interesting doorway with sculpted columns and capitals. Within the village there is the Pla de la Mala Mort, where, according to tradition, cows may not be grazed because the viscount of the Cerdanya killed an enemy on that spot, causing the milk to go sour.

Puigcerdà, the capital of the region, is a tourist destination. It has many interesting monuments including the Torre del Moro (Moor's tower), the bell tower in the Plaza de Santa María (the last remnants of the church that was destroyed in the Civil War), the ancient convent of Saint Domènech, the main street, Calle Mayor, and the Plaza Mayor where the Renaissance-style family homes of the Descatllar and Cadell families can be found. Anyone who visits the town should take a stroll around the lake which is surrounded by grand houses,and then through the old part of town. You should also pause a while at the vantage point in the town square from where you have one of the best views of the entire valley.

The Climate

The climate of the Cerdanya demonstrates the great contrast between mountain and valley. One can experience two types of climate: the subalpine in the high part of the mountains (1,500-2,500 m) and the high mountain mediterranean climate at lower levels.
The Cerdanya has a continental mountain climate. This means that it is generally dry and sunny with very cold winters and summers that are not too hot.

In general this climate is quite dry as the Cadí and Puigmal ranges stop the humid air from the Mediterranean which falls in the surrounding mountains as rain or snow.

Rainfall:
The average annual precipitation is between 600 and 800 mm in the valley and 1,000 and 1,200 mm in the mountains. This falls as snow in the winter months (mostly in the high mountains) and rain the rest of the year. The man roads are kept open all year round.

Relais & Chateaux