When you think of Spain, I imagine you think of sun, sea and sangria? Well did you know that there are some outstanding ski resorts during the ski season?? And Baqueira Beret is no exception. Set 1500 metres high in the Spanish Pyrenees mountain range, you can experience some fantastic conditions and absolutely beautiful, breathtaking scenery.
This resort is a little hidden gem with the largest ski area in Spain, only a three hours transfer from Lleida Airport. This area is a good all round destination regardless of your ability or budget.
Beginners and families have been drawn here for many years, with its excellent selection of nursery slopes, wide easy blues and of course the ski school with English speaking instructors. The runs are designed with easiest being nearest to the village centre, with harder runs being higher up in the mountains.
The resort also has excellent tuition starting from kiddies kindergarten from 3 years and over, there is also a crèche and of course many hotels offer baby sitting services too, making this a great area to take kids too.
Intermediates have a great selection of blues and reds, in fact 70 % of the runs here are designed for 2nd, 3rd and 4th timers. There is a great off piste opportunity too, with lots and lots of fresh powder snow.
Advanced skiers can enjoy the 10 or so, black runs, including mogul fields and a couple of difficult down hills. And as always the off piste sections are fantastic, making this a great all round destination, regardless of your ability. There is over 120 kilometres of well groomed piste, some beautiful mountain restaurants to enjoy a spot of lunch or a coffee in between challenges.
Snowboarders have a choice of wide, cruisy uncrowded runs, a snow board park and some excellent free ride areas.
Surprisingly, the cost of living here in Spain’s top ski resort, is very reasonable and although the night-life is fairly laid back, there is a good selection of bars and restaurants in the village and a good selection of apres ski activities.
Top activities for non skiers include ice skating, dog sledding, horse drawn sleighs, heli skiing and fabulous thermal baths in nearby Banys De Tredos.
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