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The Catalan Pyrenees - self guided

Discover the beautiful valley of Cerdanya

Spectacular scenery and hiking

Easy to follow routecards

With a choice of two routes each day – an easier and a harder option

Hotel with spa and pool

Relax after a days hiking

The Catalan Pyrenees

Spectacular scenery and hiking

Easy to follow routecards

Hotel with spa and pool

Self guided
hiking

7 nights

Grade 2/3: Two hiking options daily

Mixed hotel to hotel
and single base

The Catalan Pyrenees

7 night self guided walking holiday

  • 7 night self guided walking holiday
  • mix of hotel to hotel walking and single centre
  • bags moved each day on the hotel to hotel section
  • two route options each day
  • charming mountain hotels, main hotel with spa and pool
  • hiking maps, route directions and GPS tracks provided
Estany de Malniu

Estany de Malniu

Explore the Catalan Pyrenees with this self guided route in Cerdanya. Half of the week is hotel to hotel hiking and for the rest you’ll be based at the Cerdanya EcoResort, where you’ll stay at the lovely Hotel Muntayna with it’s spa and pool.

The hikes explore both the northern and southern sides of Cerdanya. To the north you hike close to the Andorran border and cross into France for one night. The hikes in the south are under the high cliffs of the Sierra de Cadi and along the ridge of the Sierra de Cadi Moixeró.

There is a choice of a shorter or longer option each day. You’ll cover a reasonable distance each day – between 11 km (7 miles) and up to 19 km (12 miles) on the longer options. Paths are quite kind underfoot with lots of grassy meadows and not too many rocky sections.

The Cerdanya EcoResort is an ecologically friendly hotel, with its own extensive vegetable gardens and greenhouses which you can take a guided tour of during your stay. It has a pool, spa, sauna and jacuzzi (with wonderful views!) and a visit to the spa is included each night during your stay there.

 

Looking towards the Sierra de Cadi

Looking towards the Sierra de Cadi

The itinerary is a mix of hotel to hotel hiking at the start of the week, followed by nights based at the Cerdanya EcoResort with short transfers each day to hikes under the Sierra de Cadi. The EcoResort makes a perfect base for exploring the area being close to the best hikes and having great facilities such as a spa and pool. A visit each day to the hotel’s lovely spa is included in the price of the holiday.

You can start the holiday on whichever day you’d like and the itinerary is 7 nights with 6 days hiking.

The itinerary has plenty of flexibility with each day offering two walking options of differing difficulty. With several nights spent at the EcoResort, you also have the option of taking a rest day and resting any tired muscles in the jacuzzi!

For those that like long hikes the harder options are fairly strenuous with some of the days covering over 20km (12.5 miles) and getting into steep high mountain terrain.

Although some of the distances and ascents/descents may seem quite long, the terrain and paths are good underfoot. There are lots of grassy paths, not too many rocky sections which allow for fairly quick progress.

The holiday starts and ends in the village of Prullans. You can either drive there (2 hrs from Barcelona airport) or take a direct bus to the nearby town of Puigcerda where we can arrange for you to get picked up.

Day 1 – Arrive Cerdayna EcoResort

Arrive in Cerdanya where you stay at Hotel Muntayna which is part of the Cerdanya EcoResort. Briefing in the evening about the week ahead, going over the route and giving you a chance to ask any questions. Evening meal at the hotels restaurant, many dishes are made with ingredients grown in the hotel’s own extensive vegetable garden and greenhouses.

Day 2 – Circular route to Prat de Cadi

Prat de Cadi

Prat de Cadi

Short lift in the morning to the tiny village of Estana. From here you climb through beautiful pine woods to the flower-filled meadows of Prat de Cadi that lie beneath the high cliffs of the Sierra de Cadi. Heading back down via an alternative route, you then head to a viewpoint with great views north to the high peaks that line the border between Spain and both France and Andorra. The shorter route loops back to Estana where you’ll be picked up, while the longer route continues down to the village of Martinet where you get a short lift back to Hotel Muntanya where you spend the night.

Short option: Estana – Prat de Cadi – viewpoint – Estana: 14.5 km (9 miles), ascent/descent: 380 m (1800ft).
Long option: Estana – Prat de Cadi – viewpoint – Martinet: 15.9 km (10 miles), ascent 560 m (1800ft), descent 1120 m (3700ft).

Day 3 – Lago de de l’Orri and the waterfall of Molí de Salt

Today, both routes start with a lift and then you hike back to the hotel. The longer option starts at the hut of Cap del Rec, from where you hike up to the pretty lake of l’Orri, lying only a few kilometres from the Andorran border. The route then descends through the valley of La Llosa, past the lovely waterfall of Molí de Salt before continuing on back to Prullans and the hotel.

the shorter route stays a bit lower, starting at the pretty village of Viliella in the valley La Llosa. The route passes the waterfall of Molí de Salt before heading back to Hotel Muntanya. Lovely views across the Cerdanya valley the whole way.

Night at Hotel Muntanya at the Cerdanya EcoResort.

Shorter option: distance: 14.6 km (9 miles), ascent: 210 m (700ft), descent 390 m (1280ft)
Longer option: distance: 18.2 km (11.3 miles), ascent: 370 m (1210ft), descent 1220 m (4000ft).

Hotel Can Borrell

Hotel Can Borrell

Day 4 – Prullans – Talltendre – Meranges

You head out straight from the hotel, leaving Prullans on a lovely path that climbs through grassy hillsides, past the picturesque villages of Ordén and Tallendre with their medieval churches. The route continues to climb passing old shepherd’s huts in lovely meadows, before reaching Col Pan. From here you can see the village of Meranges, your destination for the day, in the valley below. The path winds down, initially through meadows and then open pine forests, passing an old mill before you reach the village.

Meranges is a beautiful village with old stone houses. You stay in the wonderful Hotel Rural Can Borrell, an ancient stone building, wonderfully converted into a small hotel. It has a lovely terrace which is perfect to relax and have a beer in after the day’s hike.

For the shorter option, you get a lift from Prullans to the village of Tallendre which means you avoid the majority of the ascent.

Night at Hotel Can Borrell in Meranges.

Shorter option: distance: 11.8 km (7.3 miles), ascent: 480 m (1570 ft), descent 560 m (1840 ft)
Longer option: distance: 16 km (10 miles), ascent: 1200 m (3900 ft), descent 830 m (2720 ft)

Day 5 – Meranges – Refuge and lake Malniu – Latour de Carol

This delightful days hiking starts with a steep climb from Hotel Can Borrell up to Refugi de Malniu. the shorter option avoids this steep ascent and you get a short transfer up to the hut. Alongside the refuge lies the idyllic lake of Seo. Your route takes you past another beautiful lake, Estany de Malniu, before you pass through alpine meadows where you’ll find horses and cattle grazing. Within the meadows lies the refuge of La Feixa which serves locally made delicacies and makes for a wonderful lunch break. The route then starts a long but gentle descent, passing into France, where you’ll spend the night at Latour de Carol.

Night at Auberge Catalane in Latour de Carol.

Shorter option: distance: 14.2 km (8.8 miles), ascent 230 m (750 ft), descent 990 m (3250 ft)
Longer option: distance: 16.3 km (10 miles), ascent: 820 m (2700 ft), descent 990 m (3250 ft)

Day 6 – Das – Peak of La Tosa (2537 m) – Riu de Cerdayna

A short transfer in the morning from Latour de Carol to the village of Das, or for the shorter route the road head of Coma Oriola which reduces the ascent. Both routes then head up to the spectacular peak of La Tosa (2537 metres) for wonderful views both to the north and the south.

From the summit, you follow the summit ridge of the Sierra de Moixeró before descending through woodland back to the valley floor where you’ll be picked up and given a lift back to the Hotel Muntanya at the Cerdanya EcoResort where you spend the night.

Shorter option: distance: 11 km (6.8 miles), ascent 570 m (1260 ft), descent 990 m (3250 ft)
Longer option: distance: 19 km (11.8 miles), ascent: 1410 m (4620 ft), descent 1480 m (4850 ft)

Day 7 – Bor – Mirador de Cap del Ras – Talló

Cerdayna EcoResort Jacuzzi

Relax your tired legs in a jacuzzi with a view!

The objective for both of today’s routes is the viewpoint of Cap del Ras. From here you get panoramic views over the whole of the Cerdayna valley, looking north to the border peaks and south to the cliffs of the Sierra de Cadi and Sierra de Moixeró. It’s a great way to end your weeks hiking and you can see all of the areas that you’ve hiked in from here.

At the end of the day, you get a short lift back to Hotel Muntanya at the Cerdanya EcoResort where we recommend a soak in the jacuzzi and a sauna to relax any tired muscles!

Shorter option: distance: 13 km (8 miles), ascent 640 m (2100 ft), descent 640 m (2100 ft)
Longer option: distance: 16 km (10 miles), ascent: 700 m (2300 ft), descent 815 m (2670 ft)

Day 8 – Depart

Breakfast at the hotel before departing for your homeward journey.

 

The Catalan Pyrenees

2022 Prices & Dates

The Catalan Pyrenees holiday is available all summer from early May to mid-October (apart from August). Arrive and depart on any day you wish.

PRICES2 – 3 people4 or more people
7 May – 2 July1099 €1049 €
3 July – 31 July1149 €1099 €
31 July – 2 Sepnot available
3 Sep – 18 Sep1149 €1099 €
18 Sep – 16 Oct1099 €1049 €

Prices are per person and based on two sharing.

Minimum party size: 2 people

175 € single room supplement

Picnics can be ordered from the hotel and will be organised on arrival. 6 picnics are 60€ per person. You can order for just a few days, or share one picnic between two if you prefer.

Included

7 nights accommodation: 5 x Hotel Muntanya (Cerdanya EcoResort), 1 x Hotel Can Borrell, 1 x Albuerge Catalane
7 x breakfasts (every morning)
7 x three course evening meals (each night)
Luggage transfer on relevant days, you just need to walk with your pack day.
Transfers to/from all routes that require lifts
Detailed maps, route cards and GPS tracks

Not included

Flights, insurance, drinks with evening meal.
Picnics.
Transfers from Barcelona or Puigcerda (can be arranged at additional cost).

Getting to the Catalan Pyrenees

Barcelona is the best city to access the Cerdanya area from. There are regular buses from Barcelona to Puigcerda where we can arrange a taxi to pick you up. There is also a train but it is actually slower than the bus.

It’s an easy 2-hour drive from Barcelona airport if you’re hiring a car.

If you have any questions about getting here or would like any advice then please drop us an email.

You’ll stay at three lovely hotels during your week. Your main base is Hotel Muntanya at the Cerdanya EcoResort, and you’ll also stay at Hotel Can Borrell in Meranges and Auberge Catalane in Latour de Carol.

Breakfast and evening meals are included and taken at the hotels, and picnic lunches can be ordered and paid for locally.

All hotels have en-suite bathrooms and have wi-fi. If you’ve driven to Cerdanya, Hotel Muntanya has free safe parking where you can leave your car during the week.

Hotel Muntanya – Cerdanya EcoResort (Prullans)

A lovely ecologically friendly hotel in the village of Prullans. Rooms have beautiful views of the valley and over to the Sierra de Cadi which you can enjoy from your balcony (most but not all rooms have balconies). All bedrooms are en-suite.

The hotel’s pool has a sliding roof so is either indoor or outdoor depending on the weather, and meaning that it can be used year-round. The spa is lovely, with a tranquil adults-only pool, sauna, cold plunge pools, and a jacuzzi with superb views. A spa circuit is included for each night that you’re in the EcoResort during your stay.

The hotel bar has a large terrace and garden outside, all with great views over the mountains.

During the summer, the hotel grows the majority of its own vegetables in its extensive gardens and greenhouses. A guided tour of the vegetable gardens is included during your stay.

Evening meals and breakfasts are taken at the hotel’s restaurant. Meals are three courses with choices for each course. They serve many local Catalan dishes. Breakfasts are buffet-style.

Hotel Can Borrell (Meranges)

A small, friendly, family-run hotel in a beautiful old stone building. Each of the hotel’s nine bedrooms have been lovingly converted and are full of charm. This really is a special place to stay.

There is a cosy lounge area and a shady terrace which is a perfect spot to enjoy and after-hike beer while taking in the views.

The restaurant is superb and serves lots of local specialties.

All rooms are en-suite and the hotel has wi-fi.

Auberge Catalane (Latour de Carol)

One night is spent in the French village of Latour de Carol at Albergue Catalane. The hotel has large spacious rooms with views over the mountains. Each room is named after teh rivers and lakes of the area.

All rooms are en-suite and the hotel has wi-fi.

Breakfasts and evening meals are taken at the hotel’s restaurant and are excellent – you are in France after all!

Frequently asked questions

Which meals are included in the price?

All breakfasts and evening meals are included in the price. Picnic lunches can be ordered at the hotels and cost 10€ per lunch – paid for locally. Vegetarians, celiacs and other dietary requirements can be catered for as long as you let us know in advance.

When is the best time to hike the Catalan Pyrenees itinerary?

The route can be walked from early May until mid-October. During August the itinerary isn’t available as the hotels are always full. July is the warmest month with June and September usually having cooler weather perfect for hiking. Read more about the temperatures and rainfall on our when to hike in the Pyrenees page.

Do I need a car?

No. During the week you hike either directly from the hotel door or a short transfer is provided to the start of the hike. Many guests decide to travel to Cerdanya by hire car but you can easily get here by either public transport from Barcelona.

Are the routes easy to follow?

Yes. Our route descriptions are detailed and in general the paths are easy to follow. In a couple of places the paths aren’t so clear but we highlight these spots in the route notes so that you can take extra care. If you are worried about route finding we also provide GPS tracks that can be used with various mobile apps. If you’re not familaiar with these we can help you set them up.
 

Do the routes get into the high mountains or do the trails stay in the valley floor?

The harder options get into high mountain terrain and in no way stick to the valley floor. The longest days are over 20km with over 1000 metres ascent and the highest peak during the week is La Tosa at an impressive 2537 metres. A real advantage of the itinerary is the flexibility that the two options each day gives you. If you prefer to stick to the easier routes, are tired one day or the weather is bad you can stick to the easier routes that stay lower in the valley.

If we come by car is there somewhere to leave the car while we are hiking?

Yes – Hotel Muntanya where you spend five nights has free car parking and it’s no problem to leave your car there during the week while you are hiking.

The Catalan Pyrenees
Self guided walking holiday

2022 Dates:

The Catalan Pyrenees itinerary is available all summer (apart from August) – from 7 May to 16 October. Arrive and depart on any day you wish.

from 1049 € per person

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Location:

Hotel Muntanya, Cerdayna EcoResort

Ecologically friendly hotel with pool and spa facilities.

Cerdayna EcoResort Jacuzzi

Relax your tired legs in a jacuzzi with a view!

Hotel Can Borrell

Beautiful rustic country hotel.

Hotel Can Borrell

Auberge Catalane

Stay one night on the French side of the border

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