Weekend in the Pyrenees: cultural tourism in Spain, skiing, and nature
The part of the Pyrenees belonging to the region of Girona is a pure, natural spectacle full of contrasts, offering its visitors multiple attractions which you won’t be able to say ‘no’ to. Its Romanic historical heritage, hiking tracks, adventurous sports and ski resorts are only some of the reasons you should look for a cheap hotel in Girona, and enjoy this marvellous area of Spain. Whether you choose cultural tourism as your primary reason for this journey, or you prefer practising sports and enjoying nature, this mountainous area can offer you infinite possibilities.
Cultural tourism in Girona
The large amount of historical sites belonging to different eras, and remainders of the Romanic period we can find in this region are considered to be one of the primary allures for people whose travel purpose is cultural tourism. Thanks to a wide range of cheap hotels in Girona, tourists can allow themselves to spend a whole weekend off getting to know this beautiful area. Furthermore, Greco-Roman ruins, remainders of Iberian villages, as well as Palaeolithic and Neolithic sites are also points of interest for lovers of History, and anyone interested in getting acquainted with the evolution of historical events up to the present day.
The Romanic Period spread its roots all over this area, and thanks to these developments we are now able to visit a variety of constructions, monuments, and buildings which will transport us through time. In the city of Girona itself we can enjoy the Cathedral of Girona, the Basilica of Sant Feliu, the Chapel of Sant Nicolau, the Benedictian Monastery of Sant Daniel, the Monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants, and the Arabic baths. Outside of the capital city you can also visit shrines in the middle of the forest, several churches scattered all over the territory of Girona, or austere chapels with a high symbolic value for the locals.
If you love taking long walks in the open air, enjoying nature, silence, hearing the sound of twigs cracking under your feet, all these majestic trees forming forests, and this special atmosphere only possible when we distance ourselves from civilisation, here you will find a variety of highly recommended tracks to choose from. Ranging from some basic level ones, such as Castillo de Sant Salvador de Verdera, which starts in Sant Pere de Rodes, with a duration of a little over a half hour; following El Faro de Cala Nans from Cadaqués with a duration of approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes; or the passage through Paraje de Tudela, with a duration of 1 hour and 15 minutes. For those who are more experienced or in better physical shape, there are more difficult alternatives such as Camino Antiguo de Cadaqués going all the way to Cabo de Creus, with an estimated duration of 4 hours, considered to be of high difficulty level. Also, if you would like to put your body to the test, you can try the classic starter climb to the top of Gra Fajol through the Northeastern embankment. With some 645 metres high, this route’s approximate duration is of 1 hour 45 minutes, and a distance of 6 kilometres. On a different note, you can also visit the natural park located in the volcanic area of La Garrotxa, where you will find forty different volcanoes covered with vegetation, and the Beech woods of En Jordà, a unique location where you will find a forest of Beech trees growing on top of volcanic lava.
Another fantastic reason to choose a cheap hotel in Girona and spend a weekend in the Pyrenees are the five different ski resorts you will find in this beautiful region. Four of these resorts are for Alpine skiing: La Molina, Masella, Vall de Núria and Vallter 2000. The firth one is for Nordic skiing, called Guils Fontanera. During winter these tracks are completely covered in snow, making them a delight to ski on. However, during summer, these resorts turn into leisure centres offering a variety of open air activities. Now that you’ve seen all these possibilities waiting for you, and you decide to spend a weekend off at the Pyrenees, why not book a cheap hotel in Girona and enjoy a few days disconnected from everything?