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Capcir Pyrenees Orientales
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Formerly part of Northern Catalonia

Capital is Formiguere

On a plate located at 1500 meters altitude

Nicknamed ‘little Siberia’ which gives an idea of the winter climate

Destinations in Capcir

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Resort Ski X
Spa GR10/
Bars &
Les Angles42 20 29 N Y 6-10
Formiguères110 7 19 N Y 11-20
Puyvalador120 9 14 Y Y 0-5

The high Pyrenean plateau of Capcir is an unspoilt region in west Pyrénées Orientales bordering the Ariège. Set between 1500 and 1784 metres on the Col de Quillane and with a sunny year round climate this is the ideal spot for mountain leisure. Walkers, cyclists and horse riders make use of the many trails during the summer whilst skiers flock to the resorts of Les Angles, Formigueres and Puyvalador during the winter months.

The Capcir is an area of deep green forests and mountain lakes. Along the many hiking trails it is possible to find herds of Izards and even hear the strident whistle of a marmot. At the heart of a forest of gigantic pine trees Lake Balcère is the ideal place to enjoy a picnic and a leisurely stroll or spend a peaceful day fishing. The beautiful high mountain Lake Bouillouses shimmers at 2070 metres elevation. The scenery is stunning and is the entrance for keen walkers to take the mountain trail up to the Puig Carlit summit. The highest peak in this part of the Pyrenees at 2921m Puig Carlit offers tremendous views over the surrounding area.

The year round resort of Les Angles provides a wide variety of possible excursions. For example Mont Llaret and the Roc d’Aude at 2400m elevation are easily accessible from the top of the Les Angles cable car and offer exceptional panoramic views over the Pyrenees. Nearby the Galbe valley is an area of exceptional wildlife and flora.

Lake Matemale caters for all kinds of water sports from canoes to Catamarans. This sheltered spot may be at 1600m elevation but the water has been known to reach a staggering 23°. A restored lakeside cottage serves refreshments and provides the ambient venue for summer Jazz evenings.

Formiguères was once the summer residence of the Kings of Majorca. Set amongst a protected forest this typical mountain village remains the capital of the Capcir. Straddled by the glaciated valleys of Contour and Lladure there are numerous excursions possible either on foot, mountain bike or on horseback including the Péric peaks, stunning Lake Camporeils and the famous grotto at Fontrabiouse.

Puyvalador is a pretty mountain village nestled high in the mountains of the Capcir enjoying beautiful views across a lake to the immense pine forests on its doorstep. The lake provides the perfect place to enjoy a variety of water sports whilst the spectacular local scenery provides good trekking either on foot, bike or horseback.