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Cerdanya, the great valley of the Pyrenees

On a sunny day, a view of the Sant Martí d’Aravó bridge, very close to Puigcerdà. The bridge, of Roman origin, is made of stone and has a big arch in the centre. The banks of the river are snow-covered. Image by Laurence Norah.

Cerdanya is a mountainous region in the middle of the Pyrenees. It is a privileged place for sports and nature-related activities. A paradise for mountain and snow lovers. Its services include Alpine and Nordic ski resorts. The capital, Puigcerdà, is an interesting tourist and cultural destination and a very active commercial centre.

Part of this offer can be discovered in Els sentits de la descoberta (The senses of discovery), the e-book of inclusive experiences in the Costa Brava and Girona Pyrenees, in which several hosts from the area with different abilities guide us through the experience. The publication includes audiovisual materials with the testimony of these hosts and also of tourism organisations and professionals from the sector who work for inclusive tourism. All audiovisual materials include English subtitles and SSI interpretation. Welcome to Cerdanya.

Living nature in summer and winter

We travel through Cerdanya with Ramon, head of customer service at Play & Train, a social organisation that manages the Adapted Sports Centre in La Molina. Play & Train has turned sport into a tool for inclusion and social normalisation. The organisation is led by Sylvana Mestre, a benchmark in adapted sport. They cater for people with motor, sensory or cognitive disabilities. La Molina ski resort stands out as one of the most advanced winter resorts in terms of resources for tourists and athletes with disabilities.

In La Molina, a guide and a skier in a ski chair board the adapted chairlift that allows access to the slopes. Image by Diego Espada.
In La Molina, a guide and a skier in a ski chair board the adapted chairlift that allows access to the slopes. Image by Diego Espada.

In winter, all kinds of snow sports can be practised, adapted to the abilities of each participant. And in summer there are hiking activities, cycling routes and downhill handbikes, among others. There are also services typical of an adventure park, such as an adapted zip line.

Relax your senses in Puigcerdà

Puigcerdà is a town steeped in history with an interesting architectural heritage and great cultural vitality. The Puigcerdà Tourism website has a section on accessible tourism. Among other proposals, discover the “Cultural Footprints” route, which covers 13 points of tourist and cultural interest in the town. The itinerary, signposted with yellow footprints distributed around the historic city centre, passes through the Town Hall square, the Santa Maria bell tower, the Cerdà Museum and the lake.

A man in a wheelchair passes through a wooden platform around the lake of Puigcerdà. Image by Puigcerdà Turisme.
A man in a wheelchair passes through a wooden platform around the lake of Puigcerdà. Image by Puigcerdà Turisme.

Precisely, one of the most attractive natural spaces in the city is the lake. The itinerary around it is free of architectural barriers. Next to the lake is the Schierbeck Park, which is also accessible. The park invites you to take a pleasant stroll through the botanical garden. There is also a children’s playground.

Walkways, panoramic lifts, limited maximum slopes and adapted parking spaces allow visitors to enjoy Puigcerdà in complete autonomy.