Puigcerdá, A Natural Wonder On The Border

Puigcerdá, a natural wonder on the border

Puigcerdá is the first town that we find between the border of Spain and France if we enter through Girona. It is the capital of La Cerdanya, a beautiful natural region that is worth visiting. There are many things to see and do in this beautiful town. Will you accompany us to meet her? 

Puigcerdá : a privileged location

Puigcerdá – Joan Grífols / Flickr.com

This place looks like something out of a story. It is 1,200 meters away and very close to Andorra, in an enclave surrounded by nature that offers places of heart attack. Without a doubt, it is a town in which relaxing is easy and, in addition, it has a perfect location to visit other places in France.

It is believed that Puigcerdá was founded by Alfonso II the Chaste around the year 1177. A century later the city began to be walled and fortified. It seems that the wall had nine gates, which gives an idea of ​​its dimensions. At that time, on the other hand, an artificial lake would be built to irrigate the lands of the town.

What to see and do in Puigcerdá

This town is perfect for a relaxing getaway, or for sports such as hiking. It also has some places of interest that are worth visiting.

1. Lake Puigcerdá, its greatest emblem

Puigcerdá Lake
Lake – Jordi Roy Gabarra / Flickr.com

To speak of Puigcerdá is to speak of that artificial lake that we mentioned. An urban lake forms a most enchanting landscape. The sunrises and sunsets from here are incredible. Everything around it is reflected in the water, while you will see the reddish or pink tones illuminating the sky and painting its waters and everything that surrounds it.

In its surroundings you will find groves in which to play sports, relax or simply read a book. You decide that. You will also be able to see various species of ducks, swans and fish that live in the lake.

2. Bell tower

Puigcerdá bell tower
Bell tower – Erik Erskine / Flickr.com

The church of Santa María was built in the 12th century.  A temple with three naves that began to be built in the Romanesque style, to gradually change to the Catalan Gothic. For centuries it was the parish of Puigcerdá, but in 1936, at the beginning of the Civil War it was demolished.

The only thing that remains of it is its slender bell tower, which has managed to stand proud and which is a silent witness to the history of this town. Today you can climb to the top to admire beautiful views of the region.

3. Casino Ceretà

Puigcerdá Casino
Casino Ceretà – thierry llansades / Flickr.com

This building dates from the end of the 19th century. It was financed by shares and opened in 1893, although a fire swept through it just ten years later. Once restored, it was reopened in 1906 and in 1933 it underwent a deep restoration.

It is a unique eclectic-style construction in whose interior the moldings and a huge arm lamp stand out in one of its rooms. Currently it is a meeting point for writers and artists in the area, it has an exhibition hall and other spaces dedicated to culture.

4. Other buildings of interest

Puigcerdá Station
Station – Jordi Domènech i Arnau / Flickr.com

In Puigcerdá there are other buildings that deserve attention. One of them is the church of Sant Tomás de Ventajola. It is a beautiful temple built in the 10th century in the Romanesque style. You must also see the convent of Santo Domingo, the hospital or the station, as well as some stately mansions.

5. Tour the Cerdanya

Puigcerdá – thierry llansades / Flickr.com

We pointed out that Puigcerdá is in a wonderful environment, it is the region of La Cerdanya. It is one of the most beautiful corners of the Catalan Pyrenees. A perfect valley to explore on foot or by bicycle or to discover corners such as the Engorgs lakes or climb the Puigpedrós

6. Enjoy your events

If you go to Puigcerdá at Christmas time, you will have the opportunity to see the giant nativity scene. It is mounted every year in the Plaza Mayor of the town and in it the figure of the caganet cannot be missing .

And in November and May two fairs take place in which  the protagonists are horses. There are contests, exhibitions, competitions and much more that will give you some entertainment time on your relaxing vacation. It has come to be considered the most important fair in the Pyrenees.

Do not forget to write down Puigcerdá on your list of next destinations, a town in the border area that will make you fall in love and that will make you want to come back at some other time in your life.

Cover photo: Dani Armengol Garreta / Flickr.com

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