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The Grand Cerdanya

The best of the eastern Pyrenees
 
Views of glacial lakes and exalted peaks are a constant companion on this self-guided walking holiday in the eastern Pyrenees. This is border territory, where the languages, cultures and traditions of France and Spain meet, and you will savour a variety of excellent regional dishes.
The Grand Cerdanya. 7 nights
The Grand Cerdanya. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in the eastern Pyrenees

Suspended some 1,000 metres above sea level, mid-way as the crow flies between Toulouse and Barcelona, the sunny plain of the Cerdanya is coated with fields of wheat, sheltered to the west by the snow-capped mountains of Andorra, to the north by granite-strewn slopes and to the south by pine-clad peaks. Just to stand here amid the eastern Pyrenees brings a tingle of adventure, and to venture along the paths into the mountains surrounding the plain is to be rewarded by unforgettable panoramas of the Pyrenean chain and its glacial lakes, as well as by possible sightings of rare flora and fauna.
But it’s not just the scenery and wildlife that are remarkable. You will be struck by the fusion of cultures – this is border territory, a place of transition, where the old traditions of France and Spain meet modern Catalonia and you’ll hear Catalan spoken in addition to French and Spanish in the truly welcoming hotels at which you stay.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    On the upper slopes, temperatures will be cooler than those shown above. The best time for flowers is June and July.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 8 9 12 13 17 21 25 25 20 16 11 9
    mm 62 59 84 124 141 111 75 75 96 107 97 62
  • Arrival in Meranges

    Night 1: at Can Borrell (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of walks from Meranges: 13km or 14.5km

    Circular walk via the Duran Valley: 14.5km, 6.5hrs
    This is a beautiful if somewhat strenuous walk to the head of the Duran Valley which penetrates the heart of the Engorgs range. Please note there are several vertiginous sections on this walk, so vertigo sufferers may like to choose the next option instead.

    Circular walk via the Meranges Valley: 13km, 4.5hrs
    Alternatively, choose to follow winding paths that lead deeper into the beautiful Meranges Valley to discover flower-filled meadows, woods and streams, before returning to Meranges along a different route.
    Approaching Meranges - on a circular walk
    Circular walk via the Duran Valley: 14.5km
    Circular walk via the Meranges Valley: 13km
  • Meranges to Brangoly: 19.5km, 6.5hrs
    Ascending and descending across the rugged slopes of the Serra de Caballena, and passing the small hamlet of Guil de Cerdanya, you imperceptibly cross the border into France. You reach the border town of La Tour de Carol before one final ascent brings you to the tiny hidden hamlet of Brangoly and the delightful Château de Brangoly, where you spend two nights.
  • Choice of walks from Brangoly: 9.5km or 14.5km

    Circular mountain walk: 14.5km, 5.5hrs
    If you can tear yourself away from the hotel, we suggest a walk which climbs into the hills above Brangoly, where herds of wild deer graze on secluded mountain slopes. After the ascent, which is fairly strenuous, you are rewarded by entry into a hidden world enclosed by mountain peaks.

    Circular walk via the Bena Valley: 9.5km, 3.5hrs
    This second, more leisurely, option encircles the peak of Bena, rising through meadows and woodland before passing through the open Bena Valley.
    Circular mountain walk: 14.5km
    Circular walk via the Bena Valley: 9.5km
  • Brangoly to Bouillouses: 16.5km, 6hrs
    Today's route crosses from Brangoly to the many glacial lakes that surround the reservoir of Bouillouses (La Bollosa), as you walk from the granite boulder-strewn uplands surrounding the revered monastery of Bell-Lloc to the Angoustrina valley, following a traditional drover’s trail that links the Spanish enclave of Llivia to its high pastureland. You spend two nights at the simple Bones Hores near Bouillouses (Lake Bollosa).
    Brangoly to Bouillouses: 16.5km
  • Circular walk from Bouillouses: 10km, 3hrs; longer option: 14km, 6hrs
    Today's walk is a memorable circular route that winds between the lakes – called 'Ètang' in French, and 'Estany' in Catalan. The walk is short but allows you plenty of time to savour the views and admire the tranquil splendour of your surroundings. In good weather, experienced walkers may like to extend the route by ascending to the summit of Mount Carlit (2,910 metres), the highest peak in the eastern Pyrenees, from where there are unrivalled panoramas. Please note this extension does require some scrambling.
    Circular walk from Bouillouses: 10km
    The lake
  • Bouillouses to Llivia: 24.5km, 8hrs
    Heading south from Bouillouses (Lake Bollosa), you pass a final cluster of lakes before winding your way down from the mountains to the tiny Spanish enclave of Llivia and your final hotel, the Bernat de So. Spend some time exploring the medieval heart of this Spanish town and the fascinating museum of traditional medicinal herbs in what is thought to have been Europe’s oldest pharmacy, but above all, enjoy the views from the valley floor to the peaks above to appreciate the journey you have completed through the surrounding mountains.
    Bouillouses to Llivia: 24.5km
 

Accommodation

You stay at an appealing mix of accommodation – some in Spain, others on the French side of the border. The Château de Brangoly is a real highlight, but you’ll find a warm welcome at every hotel, and can savour a variety of traditional Catalan dishes over the course of your holiday.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 03 June - 31 July 2019, 01 August - 31 August 2019 & 01 September - 30 September 2019

    Start varies according to season | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 14 June £1025 £365
    15 June - 27 July £1060 £375
    28 July - 27 August £1095 £405
    28 August - 7 September £1060 £375
    8 - 23 September £1025 £365
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Start dates
    03 June - 31 July: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
    1-31 August: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
    01 - 30 September: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Bernat de So
    Deluxe: 01 Jun - 31 Jul 2019 £27
    Deluxe: 01 Aug - 23 Aug 2019 £40
    Deluxe: 24 Aug - 30 Sep 2019 £27
    Superior 'El Castell': 01 Jun - 31 Jul 2019 £30
    Superior 'El Castell': 01 Aug - 23 Aug 2019 £45
    Superior 'El Castell': 24 Aug - 30 Sep 2019 £30

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Château de Brangoly (with dinner) Double room Single room
    03 Jun - 06 Jun 2019 £125 £200
    07 Jun - 09 Jun 2019 £135 £220
    10 Jun - 20 Jun 2019 £125 £200
    21 Jun - 24 Jun 2019 £135 £220
    25 Jun - 11 Jul 2019 £125 £200
    12 Jul - 14 Jul 2019 £135 £220
    15 Jul - 31 Jul 2019 £125 £200
    01 Aug - 01 Sep 2019 £135 £220
    02 Sep - 19 Sep 2019 £125 £200
    20 Sep - 24 Sep 2019 £135 £220
    25 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £125 £200
    Hotel Bernat de So (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Jun - 31 Jul 2019 £69 £103
    01 Aug - 23 Aug 2019 £80 £120
    24 Aug - 30 Sep 2019 £69 £103
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Barcelona, Toulouse, Girona

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Barcelona. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Toulouse (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast City - Toulouse (with touchdown in Birmingham) Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Barcelona easyJet,  jet2 
    Belfast Intl. - Girona jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Barcelona Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Birmingham - Girona jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Birmingham - Toulouse Flybe 
    Birmingham - Toulouse (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Girona Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Barcelona easyJet 
    Bristol - Girona Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Bristol - Toulouse easyJet,  Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Barcelona Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Durham Tees Valley - Toulouse (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Barcelona Ryanair,  Thomas Cook 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Barcelona Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Edinburgh - Barcelona (via Paris) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Toulouse Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Toulouse (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Edinburgh - Toulouse (via Amsterdam) Air France 
    Edinburgh - Toulouse (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Barcelona jet2 
    Glasgow - Girona jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Barcelona Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Girona Ryanair 
    Leeds Bradford - Barcelona jet2,  Vueling 
    Leeds Bradford - Girona jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Barcelona easyJet,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Liverpool - Girona Ryanair 
    Liverpool - Toulouse easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Barcelona British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  Vueling 
    Gatwick - Girona TUI 
    Gatwick - Toulouse easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Barcelona British Airways 
    Heathrow - Toulouse British Airways 
    Heathrow - Toulouse (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Barcelona easyJet,  Vueling 
    Luton - Girona Ryanair 
    Luton - Toulouse easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Barcelona easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Barcelona Ryanair 
    Stansted - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Stansted - Toulouse Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Barcelona easyJet,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Manchester - Girona jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Manchester - Toulouse Flybe 
    Manchester - Toulouse (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Barcelona easyJet,  Vueling 
    Newcastle - Girona jet2,  Ryanair 
    Newcastle - Toulouse (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Barcelona (via Paris) Air France 
    Southampton - Toulouse Flybe 
    Southampton - Toulouse (via Paris) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Barcelona. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Barcelona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Barcelona Sants to Puigcerda (3h, pay locally), taxi Puigcerda to hotel (0h30) £25 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Puigcerda (0h15), rail Puigcerda to Barcelona Sants (3h, pay locally) £9 1200 (1300 Sat-Sun)

    Connecting travel options - flying via Toulouse

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Toulouse-Matabiau to Latour-de-Carol (3h), taxi Latour-de-Carol to hotel (0h30) £54 1630
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Latour-de-Carol (0h15), rail Latour-de-Carol to Toulouse-Matabiau (3h) £36 1330

    Connecting travel options - flying via Girona

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    bus Girona Airport to Vic (1h, pay locally), rail Vic to Puigcerda (2h, pay locally), taxi Puigcerda to hotel (0h30) £25 1400 (1530 Sat-Sun)
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Puigcerda (0h15), rail Puigcerda to Vic (2h, pay locally), bus Vic to Girona Airport (1h, pay locally) £9 1230 (1500 Sat-Sun)
What's included
  • 7 nights
  • 6 dinners
    4 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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