The Catalan Pyrenees are an exceptionally beautiful region, of dramatically rugged mountains and steep, green alpine valleys dropping to smooth lakes. In summer this makes for the perfect backdrop for hiking and climbing, and in winter the ski regions open their doors. But as well as being a playground for sports-folk, the Catalan Pyrenees is also a place with a fascinating cultural heritage. In addition to the traditional chalets and five star ski resorts some of the best places to stay in the Pyrenees are little B&Bs dotted through the smaller hamlets.
The Pyrenees mountains cross over into France and there's a unique bleeding of cultures here. It's most obvious in the lilt of the language and the flavours of the food, but you can also see it in the architecture, especially the Romanesque churches and old monasteries on their precarious perches.
The Vall de Boí is an especially rich area for Romanesque architectural pickings. But if you're travelling through the region you'll find some some fascinating examples in some of the tiniest little communities.
An ideal way to discover this beautiful region is on foot. Talk a walking tour and explore gorges and canyons, flower filled meadows and deep forested valleys. For more information and routes check out Walkopedia.
Our pick of the best places to stay in the Pyrenees are perfect bases for those who want to enjoy all the outdoor activities that this stunning region has to offer, or for those who are simply looking for a gastronomic getaway.
A delightful and traditional hotel in a small village. Unique rooms are cosy and elegant with wooden floors, antique furniture, and brightly painted walls. Views of the mountains, intimate bar area. An ideal choice for an active holiday exploring the mountains in the fresh air.
A charming and rustic hotel nestled at the foot of the Pyrenees, beside a lake, and a few kilometres from the ski resort, Formigal. Large rooms have wooden floorboards and attractive furnishings. Excellent regional cuisine and access to fantastic mountain fresh air and sport.
A stylish relaxing country get-away on the shores of its own lake, surrounded by Schierbeck Park, and framed by the Catalan Pyrenees. An art-nouveau mansion with fantastic spa facilities and a gourmet restaurant. For those who like the fine things in life.
This family run hotel in the Pyrenees offers a warm and friendly welcome, comfortable rooms and a hearty breakfast -just what is needed in the mountains. Ideal location for skiing in winter. Hotel staff can advise you on walks, activities and things to see in the region during the summer season.
A mountain get-away set in a fairytale chalet in the heart of the Pyrenees. A plethora of mountain activities, a candlelit menu of spa treats, and gastronomic feasts in one of the four restaurants. A destination for thrill seekers and/or spa breaks.
Baqueira (Catalan Pyrenees)
In the Catalan resort of Baqueira in the Pyrenees (Spain's premier ski resort) is the smart Five Star AC Baqueira Hotel and Spa. Ideally situated at the foot of the slopes and 50m from the cable car. Contemporary, designer hotel. Cool suites and spa & built in night-life with two sophisticated bars
A beautiful small palace built in the style of Gaudi. A majestic setting between the Pyrenees. Stunning gardens, large contemporary classic rooms and suites, fabulous cuisine, and lots to do in the mountains. Family friendly, romantic, scenic, gourmet.
Luxurious hotel just 50m from the ski lift. Large, cosy sitting room for relaxing with a drink and top notch spa & outdoor hot tub for easing weary limbs. Rooms are contemporary in style with plenty of exposed wood for an alpine feel. Various restaurant choices and one especially for kids!