Welcome to Puigcerdà
Barely 2km south of France, Puigcerdà (puh-cher-da) dates back to the 12th century – not that you’d know it, since most of its historical buildings were obliterated during the civil war. Prior to that it was a favourite summer hangout for the Catalan bourgeoisie in the 19th century. Today, the town is essentially a way station, but it’s a jolly one, with good shops and restaurants and a friendly buzz and a pretty lake, used as a base by skiers during the winter season and teeming with hikers in summer. A dozen Spanish, Andorran and French ski resorts lie within 45km.