There’s much more to the Girona Pyrenees than you imagine. There’s a landscape of contrasts with peaks of 3,000 metres, peaceful valleys (Cerdanya or Camprodon), and magical beauty spots such as Vall de Núria. There are white winters in top ski resorts (Vallter 2000, Vall de Núria, La Molina and Masella), with many other mountain and adventure sports to enjoy. There’s the Natural Park of the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone, with almost 40 volcanoes blanketed in greenery and Fageda d’en Jordà, an impressive beech forest.
There are picturesque high-mountain towns such as Oix and Beget, and municipalities located in charming natural settings, such as Santa Pau. There are historical and cultural jewels of Romanesque architecture, such as the monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll and small rural churches scattered throughout the area. There’s the mediaeval town of Besalú, a must-see tourist attraction, the cliff-top town of Castellfollit de la Roca and lively county capitals such as Ripoll, Olot and Puigcerdà, along with many other towns offering plenty to explore.