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21 Jan

Spain is Not All About Sun and Sangria – Skiing in Baqueira, Spanish Pyrenees

PyrénéesDiscover an Altogether Different Part of Spain This Year

For the vast majority of Brits, Spain means sun! However, there is far more to this beautiful country than its glorious beaches.

Ask a Brit what Spain means to them and the chances are that the responses you’ll receive will follow a common theme – sunshine, beaches, and lashings of sangria.

This shouldn’t really come as a surprise. Ever since the early days of the package holiday, Spain has been the number one destination for the Great British public when vacation time rolls around and the vast majority head here to escape the dismal British weather.

However, the canny UK traveller knows that there is far more to this part of Europe than the Costa del Sol, and they’ll be packing skis rather than suntan lotion.

Where Is Baqueira?

Baqueira Beret is situated right in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees and is still regarded by those in the know as one of Europe’s best-kept secrets. One of the main reasons for such high praise is the consistent snowfall record that Baqueira Beret boasts. For over 25 years now, the snow has matched that of the Alps. Even on dry days the mountains snow cannon installations ensure that you never have to go hunting for great powder whilst holidaying here.


Beginners will not be out of place here, such is the mixture of runs available. Nor too will the expert, as the original Baqueira resort is rated at 1,500m, but it also has both higher and lower satellites surrounding it; the highest of which is 2,516m. The terrain here is large and challenging, giving even the most able of skiers plenty of places to test their skills.

Away From The Slopes

Another reason why so many people love the Baqueira resort is the fact that there is so much to do when you are not on your skis. This not only adds an element of variety for skiers, but also makes the resort great for any non-skiers who may be in your party.

Snowshoeing and walking tours are available to those who still want to spend time outdoors, while swimming and ten-pin bowling are also on offer here if you prefer to have a roof above your head.

Ski School

Despite being classed as a largely intermediate resort, there are plenty of places for absolute beginners to enjoy too. Book your ski insurance and head off to ski school to learn the skills you’ll need to take on the slopes by yourself.

Kids clubs are a great way for your youngsters to get to grips with life on two skis, and the Beret area of the resort offers the best family services available in the region. With over 300 international instructors across the resort you’re sure to see your technique improve whatever level you are at.