PUIGCERDÀ, YELLOW TRAIN & VILLEFRANCHE-DE-CONFLENT
The origins of Puigcerdà date back to the 12th century. One of its vestiges is an artificial lake thas was used to irrigate croplands. Today, this lake is part of the Schierbeck Park and during the summer it can be navigated on rowing boats.
Puigcerdà has a popular weekly market, and several fairs and craft markets throughout the year. It hosts over 250 shops and wide selection of restaurants where you can enjoy the local gastronomy.
Puigcerdà is a perfect base for mountain tourism, with hiking and skiing as main activities, thanks to its closeness with many ski resorts and its beautiful landscapes.
Among its architectural heritage are worth mentioning the old church of Santa Maria bell tower (12th century); the romanesque church of Sant Tomàs de Ventajola (10th century); and the Monastery of Sant Domènech de Puigcerdà, built in the 13th century.
Among its literary routes, the most popular is based on "The angel's game" book by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.
The yellow train is one of Northern Catalonia's symbols. Commonly known as "the canary", it links Villefranche-de-Conflent with Latour-de-Carol, offering a unique experience to travellers willing to discover the Cerdanya and the Catalan Pyrenees Natural Park.
Its construction began in 1903 and 650 engineering works were necessary, including 19 tunnels and 2 big bridges. It has 22 stations along its 63 km astonishing route.
Departure by bus at 08.30h.
Arrival at 10.30h and guided tour of Puigcerdà.
Lunch at a selected restaurant at 13.00h.
Departure on board the Yellow Train at 15.40h from Font Romeu. Arrival at Villefranche-de-Conflent at 17.40h. Free time to visit the village.
Return by bus at 19.00h.