Make a holiday chalet in Cerdanya your home away from home
Located in the majestic Pyrenees, holiday chalets in Cerdanya are nestled in a landscape of soaring peaks, wooded mountain sides and fast-flowing rivers. Winter or summer, there’s lots to see and do around Cerdanya holiday homes; a whole set of ski resorts is reachable by car, and the steep terrain is waiting to be explored by road, on foot or by bike. In the evenings holidaymakers need a restful and cosy dwelling to return to, and Cerdanya chalets fit the bill perfectly. Traditional in style, with stone exteriors, wooded beams, fireplaces and rustic furniture, rentals here simply radiate warmth and comfort.
Things to do
-Winter sports: Cerdanya shines as a destination for snow-based fun in the winter. Ski resorts close by include La Molina, La Masella in Spain, and Font Romeu, Puigmal, Les Angles and Font Romeu across the border in France. There are also the various ski resorts of Andorra within a comfortable drive. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and even dog-sledding are available in Cerdanya.
-Summer activities: Walkers can take on a wide range of walking routes, from gentle and undemanding to steep and challenging. Golf is also on offer, with two courses in Cerdanya. The prestigious Real Club dates to the 1920s, with 27 holes showcasing the breathtaking scenery all around. Fontanalas is right next door, with 18 holes, as well as a swimming pool, practice facilities and a wellness centre.
-Adventure sport: Visitors looking for outdoor thrills in summer are also in the right place. The long list of adventure sports on offer locally includes climbing, rafting, kayaking and mountain biking. There are also family-oriented adventure parks at this time of year, with complete zip-lines, ladders, wooden bridges and climbing nets.
-Food and drink: Here in the mountains the food needs to be warming and satisfying, so Cerdanya is known for its range of soups and stews, a favourite of which is the autumnal mushroom and rabbit stew. Cerdanya is also home to Tupi cheese, made from cow's or goat’s milk with a strong flavour and soft texture. The local honey and preserves are also excellent, as are Cerdanya’s cured sausages.
-Local culture: From village to village there are numerous interesting little museums to drop in on. For example in Llívia there’s a pharmacy billed as the oldest in Europe, dating back 500 years, with exhibits of instruments and historic treatments. Across Cerdanya are also a host of interesting monuments, with plenty of examples of early-medieval Romanesque architecture as well as megalithic dolmen to see.
Weather in Cerdanya
With such dramatic changes in topography all around holiday homes in Cerdanya it’s natural that the regional climate should vary greatly. Rainfall, snowfall and average temperatures differ from place to place. For instance, on the highest peaks temperatures drop as low as -20°C in mid-winter and summers are cool. Most settlements though are in valleys or more sheltered areas, and here winters are cold with temperatures hovering around freezing between December and March, while summers are moderately warm with occasional rainfall and highs of 26°C or so.
Travel to Cerdanya
To get to a Cerdanya holiday rental from abroad the most direct route is to fly to Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN). As one of Europe’s major flight destinations there are lots of services from the UK at any time of the year. The 160-kilometre drive up to Cerdanya is surprisingly straightforward as the E-9 connects Barcelona with Cerdanya’s principle town of Puigcerdà. Another way up to this region is to take the train from Barcelona on the R3, for a journey of approximately 2.5 hours from Barcelona-Sants station.