Day 1: Pyrenees Hiking Adventure – Prullans, Spain
- Starting Point: Prullans
- Ending Point: Prullans
- Distance: 9 kilometers/ 5.5 miles
- Altitude Gain/Loss (in meters): 200 ascent, 490 descent
- Est. Time on Trail: 2 – 4 hours
Prullans is a quaint and quiet little village overlooking the Cerdanya valley. We arrived the day before our hike began and basked in the tranquility while taking in the green valley views.
The next day was our first on the trail, and it was basically a warm-up for what was to follow. Our hosts at the fabulous Cerdanya Resort hotel drove us some six kilometers out of town and left us near an access point to the trail in the La Llosa valley. We followed it north for a hour or so until we encountered a serene waterfall, after which we hiked back towards the hotel. We made an hour long detour to visit a small village overlooking the valley.
There is very little in terms of elevation and this stage of the trail. It can be walked by just about anyone who enjoys short hikes.
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The Hike – Prullans
With an early morning spring in our steps we followed the trail north, on a valley floor pathway which was sandwiched between a river and a vast field of wildflowers.
Much of this portion of the trail was flat until about an hour into the hike where it veered right and began a mild incline. The horizontal white and red blazes that mark the Cami (or the GR107 as it is referred to on trail maps) led us to a serene waterfall with crystal clear water rushing over large flat topped boulders.
The trail continued over the base of the waterfall where we cross a brightly painted yellow wooden bridge. On the other side we discovered a large open field and basked in the morning sun while enjoying the sounds and sight of the waterfall.
We returned back down to the trail toward our starting point. Earlier we spotted a small village, Viliella, overlooking the valley and decided to make a detour to visit it on the way back. The path to a dusty dirt road leading to the village was not hard to find from the actual Cami, and we followed it uphill for a kilometer or so.
Once we arrived in the quiet village we were welcomed by the proprietor of a small restaurant. There we enjoyed a cup of coffee in their outdoor patio while admiring views of the valley. Tiny Spanish villages are always a pleasure to visit, and this one was no exception. Well worth the 90 minute or so detour.
We took a a different route back down to the Cami, walking through blooming yellow wildflowers on a small, poorly maintained goat trail.
Once back at the original starting point we followed the trail as it meandered through the woods alongside a small river in the direction of Prullans.
We gradually began to gain elevation, walking out of the forest as the trail ran up alongside the valley. The views along this portion of the trail were phenomenal, and whet our appetite for what we might see in the coming days while on Cami dels Bons Homes.
Where to Stay in Prullans
We LOVED Cerdanya Eco-Resort in Prullans. The hotel, which opened in 1947, has been in the same family for generations. The resort offers a wide variety of accommodation options from traditional hotel rooms, apartments, bungalows, and campsites. Out of respect for its natural surroundings Cerdanya Resort has used solar thermal panel for energy since 1975.
The hotel has an excellent spa with an aromatic bio-sauna, a Finnish sauna, steam room, tranquility pool, an outdoor jacuzzi with panoramic views of the Pyrenees, a hydration bar, and a water mist passage way that massages your calves. It is a beautiful and tranquil setting to pamper yourself before or after an intense hike.
The hotel offers a huge breakfast buffet with everything you will need for the upcoming day, including cereal, breads, cooked options, fruit, chocolate, salads, and coffee, tea, and juice. Most evenings during high season the hotel also has a delicious dinner buffet with soups, salads, breads, main courses, and dessert, wine, beer, and coffee.On Friday evenings the Cerdanya Resort serves up a real Cathari dinner, letting guests experience the foods and flavors of the Cathars, who were among the first “vegans” in recorded history.
Next is a breakdown of Day 2 of our hike on the Cami dels Bons Homes!