Planning for the future: Explore La Molina, a Summer and Winter paradise in Catalonia
As of this writing, it goes without saying that the travel plans have been shelved. As the COVID-19 virus has impacted life in all ways, we must now prioritize health first. However, with most of us having more free time than ever, we think using it to plan a future trip is a good use of time. Therefore, being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Barcelona, there are so many places to plan for a future trip. This article will seek to share everything you can see and do in the mountains of La Molina. Located a train ride from central Barcelona, it’s a great way to spend a winter or summer trip to Barcelona. Find out more here; in the meantime, stay safe and stay positive – we will make it happen!
La Molina is one of the main attractions in Catalonia. Being located on the border with France, in the Pyrenees, it is only a short distance from Barcelona, accessible from the city center by train and bus, but later. It is best known for its snow-capped mountains and popular ski resort. However, during the summer months, this mountain range offers a multitude of activities that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy. Come and discover La Molina, a summer and winter paradise in Catalonia!
History from La Molina
This area has been inhabited for hundreds of years, with people adapting to its fast winters and hot summers, and locals being known to have started skiing in 1908, with less conventional equipment and clothing. Known as the oldest ski resort in Spain, La Molina benefited massively from the arrival of trains in 1922, as many ski enthusiasts were able to come and enjoy their love of the slopes. Subsequently, La Molina saw its first seaside resort built in 1925; the CEC chalet. A few years later, it installed the first Spanish ski lift in February 1943. Since then and until 1954, the station has continued to climb the mountain, which makes the slopes more skiable over time. With the incredible Niu de l’Aliga mountain hideaway, which offers a place to sleep, as well as incredible restaurants and views all year round. A place frequented by passionate skiers in winter and passionate cyclists and hikers in summer.
The popularity of La Molina increased in the years that followed, with the modern resort benefiting thousands of people every day. Some contend that the station was protected and may have become a popular resort in Europe following a change of management in the 1980s. At the time, the station was gradually acquired by the government of the railways. Catalonia (FGC) which still manages it today, offering people discounted travel when buying a ski pass or other activities to do in La Molina. This smart model has proven to be popular because it offers people an affordable way to enjoy the resort all year round. In addition to this, the FCG was behind the modernization of the station, with artificial snow cannons, more cable connections throughout the region and ensuring that all of the station’s equipment is High quality. Ensuring the popularity of La Molina for many years to come.
Summer in La Molina
As you can imagine, there are many activities related to skiing to meet in La Molina in winter. However, as spring arrives and the snow melts, people come in large numbers to enjoy La Molina. Now let’s see some of the most popular summer activities in La Molina when the sun is shining.
Mountain biking: The most popular activity to do here is mountain biking. With some 13 trails to discover, you can bring your own equipment or rent it here. Going down heights of around 2400 meters above sea level, you can find a freestyle area and a woodpark and practice your tricks. People usually buy a seasonal pass, but there is also the option of getting a daily pass if you fancy a day trip away from Barcelona.
Nordic walking: This is ideal for hikers and hikers. Get your sticks and go for a walk around the station. You can admire breathtaking views. It’s a great way to stay in shape while on vacation in Barcelona. Be available for small and large groups. With prices varying from 15 € to 45 €. Your price depends on the hours you want to spend on foot and the number of people.
Family activities: From night walks to climbing and cycling, La Molina offers a range of package activities for families and other groups to book. From 4 hours to 2 days, their schedules are flexible. They offer a multitude of activities to keep you and the kids occupied.
La Molina Wildlife Interpretation Park: At € 1.00 for entry, the cheapest activity to practice in summer in La Molina is in its woods. Ideal for children and the youngest nature lovers, people of all ages come to discover the flora and fauna of this part of Catalonia. With cutouts of these animals for children. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon at La Molina.
Winter at La Molina
When snow falls on La Molina, this winter wonderland catches the imagination of many. With many snowfalls from November to the end of February, La Molina offers many winter activities. Let’s see some of the most popular.
Ski: It goes without saying that skiing is the most frequent time spent by those who go to La Molina in winter. With ski passes allowing you to enjoy the slopes at any time of the season, it is a popular choice with locals in and around Barcelona. As for tourists, there are offers to get a ski pass and a train ticket from around 45 euros. Give you the best way to make a souvenir in Barcelona.
Ski Mobiles: One of La Molina’s most exhilarating winter activities must be this activity. With prices from € 25, you can learn to ride. Then you’ll be ready to follow their instructor as he takes you up the snowy mountain. You will leave La Molina with a new skill and a different way of seeing this magnificent seaside resort.
Ski rackets: You are not a big fan of skiing but you still want to walk in the snow? You’re lucky! As you can rent snowshoes and walk at 2400 meters above sea level. They are available for all ages and offer another great way to enjoy the incredible views on offer. You can see the sights that overlook the resort and the surrounding mountains.
Adventure park: Finally, another memorable activity in which you can find yourself in La Molina is their adventure park. In the trees of La Molina, there is a network of climbing circuits and zip lines. With 6 circuits to choose from, children over 3 years old can embrace this part of La Molina life. Prices start from € 14 and offer a great way to be active in a different way in the resort. This activity is open during the summer months so that you and families can enjoy it with or without snow.
How to get to La Molina from Barcelona
Now that you know all there is to offer in La Molina, let’s see how to get there from Barcelona. As you trade the beach for the mountains.
Bus: The Salagés bus company manages the Skibus pass. This gives you a round trip bus ticket with ski pass and accident insurance. The bus runs to and from Barcelona with several stops. This makes it an ideal option as prices start from € 26.50.
Train: Alternatively, there is the train service which leaves frequently from Plaza Catalunya. The R3 train serves La Molina frequently every day. There is the Skitren pass which you can buy online or at ticket machines in stations. This gives you a round trip by train and a ski pass from around 45 euros.
Sandra Roig is Marketing Director at AB Apartment Barcelona. AB Apartment Barcelona is an apartment rental agency offering more than a thousand short and long term apartments throughout Barcelona.