Area Focus Puigcerdà

PUIGCERDÀ is a municipality in Catalonia located northwest of Barcelona, ​​within the Axial Pyrenees and in the region of Cerdanya, of which it is the capital.

Puigcerdà Town & History

This is one of the best natural boundaries, as it is formed by a large valley surrounded by Pyrenean and pre-Pyrenean mountains, whose limits are: to the north the Principality of Andorra and Languedoc;

  • to the south the Berguedà;
  • to the east the Capcir and the Conflent;
  • to the west the Alt Urgell;
  • in the south-east the Ripollès.

The old municipal area of ​​Puigcerdà was increased with the annexation of the municipality of Rigolisa in the 19th century and that of Vilallobent in 1969. It has, for its eastern limit, the border with France, with the centers of the area very close to each other now french people On this slope, the boundary goes up towards the mountain through a narrow strip of land to the Marcer pass, from where it descends, through the Serrat d'Orri, next to the Bertranet farm until it meets the Llavanera river, at the same time confronting with the term of Fontanals de Cerdanya. From here it opens towards the Arenes plain, skirts Ventajola to the west and meets the current N-260 road at the height of the Aransó farm, point of confluence with the Bolvir and Guils de Cerdanya thermals . At the bottom of this communication route, look for the Querol river and follow it up to the border, near La Vinyola, where it borders Enveig. To the north it traces the border, which separates the term with those of Ur to meet, again, with that of Guingueta d'Ix.

As for its head, the town of Puigcerdà (1,202 m), its name derives from the Latin “Podium ceretani”, which means “hill of the Ceretans”, that is, from the ancient settlers of Ceretania and, by derivation, from Cerdanya. Despite this, the first name was "Mont Cerdà". Both toponyms indicate its elevated situation, as it  sits on top of the hill advanced above the plain formed by the frontal moraine of the glacier that had occupied the Querol valley.

Source from: Puigcerdaturisme.cat

Puigcerdà Cerdanya Valley

The Cerdanya valley is a basin sunk by faults that connect Seu d'Urgell with Perpignan about 8 million years ago, in which an important lake was formed located in the current sub-region of Batllia. The marked difference between the solana, which is sunnier and has more stunted soils, and the baga, which is shadier and has a higher forest surface, is very evident in the landscape. The ditches are an element of taking advantage of the waters of the tributary torrents of the Segre, thanks to which meadows and cultivated fields enjoy an excellent state and greenery, which they would not otherwise have.

With an average altitude of approximately 1000 meters above sea level, the Great Pyrenees Valley is one of the largest valleys in Europe from East to West in height. And precisely, thanks to its orientation, it enjoys more than 3000 hours of sunshine during the year. On the other hand, its location and extension in the Pyrenees mean that in certain areas of the valley the Atlantic climate predominates and in others, the Mediterranean. 

In the middle of Cerdanya is Puigcerdà, which at first glance practically dominates the valley. 

Source from: Visitcadaques.org

Puigcerdà Gastronomy

Cerdanya is characterized by the great variety of local products, thanks to its privileged geographical location. The cuisine of the region is diverse, rich and unique, with typical and traditional dishes from the orchard, poultry, livestock, fishing and hunting, typical of each time of year.

The gastronomic offer mainly includes Trinxat, Tiró (duck) with turnips, Xicoies salad … dishes that identify a natural and personalized cuisine, exclusive to this valley and praised by gourmets who seek the originality of local cuisine.

In this sense, Cerdanya is known as a gastronomic region and, therefore, is the scene of many days that turn around gastronomy: Ger ( gastronomic show with turnips ), Puigcerdà ( Trinxat Festival ), Prullans ( ” Fat Thursday ” with the traditional sausage omelette ) …, etc.

Some typical dishes of puigcerda can be found here.

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Source from: Cerdanya.org

Shopping in Puigcerdà

With more than 250 shops, the town has an extensive commercial offer in products and top brands. Extensive business hours and free parking areas will make shopping in Puigcerdà a real pleasure.

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