La Cerdanya – Pyrenees

Road cycling in the Pyrenees

La Cerdanya is one of the widest valleys of Europe, with a clear diversity and scenic beauty: alpine meadows, forests, beeches … nature characteristic of northern Europe and alpine mountains with peaks reaching 3,000 m above sea level, which has resulted in a rich diversity of ecosystems. It lies in the centre of the Catalan Pyrenees , between France, Andorra and the districts of El Ripollès, El Berguedà and L’Alt Urgell.

La Cerdanya is an ideal place to enjoy sport with a wide range of possibilities: mountain bike routes, hiking or large tour trekking, nordic skiing, alpine skiing, snowshoeing and of course spectacular routes of road cycling which have repeatedly been the scene of stages of the Vuelta de España and the Tour de France.

The orientation of the valley from east to west, unusual in the Pyrenean hydrology, the amplitude of the fluvial head and the altitude of the mountains, provide it with a specific microclimate with less humidity which is common in the valleys of the Pyrenees mountain range and much sunnier, with an annual average of over 3000 hours of sunshine.

Other important tourism resources of this region are fishing, an excellent gastronomy, tremendously beautiful natural scenery, Romanesque monuments and high mountain villages with their own popular folk festivals and traditional sweet dishes.

The capital of La Cerdanya is Puigcerdà which was founded in 1178 by King Alfonso I of Aragon, Count of Barcelona. Puigcerdà is located near the river Segre and on the border with France (it abuts directly onto the French town of Bourg-Madame).

Main sights of Puigcerdà

  • Puigcerdà indoor pool (Club Poliesportiu Puigcerdà,  Av. Ramon Condominas s/n)
  • Torre del Campanar (12th century). It is the last remain of a parish church destroyed in 1936
  • Romanesque church of Sant Tomàs de Ventajola, known from 958
  • Convent of St. Dominic, founded in 1291 and finished in the 15th century
  • Old Hospital (1190), in Romanesque-Gothic style


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