The Pyrenees mountains are a mere three hours away. For skiers, the Pyrenees are an excellent spot, and La Molina resort is accessible by train from Plaça Catalunya (Renfe stop: La Molina) and a bus ride to the resort itself. But the Pyrenees aren’t just for winter sports. Beautiful mountain villages and towns offer Romanesque monuments and incredible views of valleys below. Birdwatching tours are popular among wildlife enthusiasts and hiking day-trips are also available. In the region of Ripallés, the Santa Maria de Ripoll monastery has been a sacred pilgrimage site since its founding in the 9th century by Count Wilfred the Hairy of Barcelona. Lleida City is the capital of the Catalan Pyrenees, and while it is now a modern city in the river valley of the Segre, it still houses the ruins of La Zuda, the former palace of the Kings of Aragon.

Pyrenean Mountain Range

Photo by Andrea Moreno

The snow may not yet have arrived but the Pyrenees offer a variety of pretty, historic towns that are ideal for a short break out of Barcelona more

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Bains Saint Thomas

Courtesy Bains Saint Thomas

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Dec 11, 2011 3:00 PM

You'll find a good day's skiing not too far from Barcelona more

Dec 1, 2008 1:30 PM VISITING

Canyoning is an extreme sport that goes by many names around the world, and that the Pyrenees are an excellent place to practise it more

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Winding its way through the country

David Murano

The French 'train jaune' (yellow train) provides a different way to the see the Pyrenees, and is not too far from Barcelona more

Jan 1, 2008 9:00 AM , VISITING 2 Comments

Camprodon home

Photo by Francesc Tur. Courtesy Arxiu Fotogràfic del Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Girona

Outdoor adventure and history fill this northern Catalan area more

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