Cordona to Arties

Today we traveled north and a bit west from the Parador of Cardona to the Parador of Arties in the Pyrenees mountains. Since we arrived at Cardona late Thursday night and had very little to eat on Thursday we were at breakfast in our Parador when it opened.

Breakfast in the Cardona Parador

After breakfast we explored the castle. It was a highly strategic site during the War of Spanish Succession. The nearby salt mines made the Dukes who owned this area incredibly wealthy.

Exploring the castle
The town of Cardona and some of the salt mines.

Our reservation and the deal we had reserved included dinner last night. Since the restaurant was closed when we harried we had lunch today instead.

My snails to start
Roast beef rib with sweet potato fries
Desert of puff pastry custard and red berries.

After lunch we got on the road and drove through the mountains to the ski resort of Arties. It was a drive of about 3 hours. Along the way we stopped for groceries.

The bread slicing machine in the Aldi where we stopped
The view as we got into the Pyrenees
Ski lifts as we went over the Baqueira Pass

Once we arrived at the Arties Parador we had our welcome drinks played cards and had a picnic dinner.

The Parador of Arties
Skiing around Arties
Map of snowshoeing areas around Arties
The lounge where we played cards and had dinner
Starting dinnee