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Legend has it that skiing was invented here, when a postman strapped two planks of wood to his feet back in the 1920s! Whether it's true or not, Soldeu is a mecca for ski enthusiasts. Soldeu is part of the Grandvalira ski region in the Pyrenees, with over 200km of piste. At night, the village comes alive with its famed après-ski scene. Legend has it that skiing was invented here, when a postman strapped two planks of wood to his feet back in the 1920s! Whether it's true or not, Soldeu is a mecca for ski enthusiasts. Soldeu is part of the Grandvalira ski region in the Pyrenees, with over 200km of piste. At night, the village comes alive with its famed après-ski scene.
Learn to ski, or improve your technique at the English-speaking ski school. Visit the surrounding villages, where farmers tend their goats and Roman churches dot the landscape. Caldea has the largest health spa in Europe, and it’s just a 20 minute drive away. Take advantage of the duty free shopping and pick up some souvenirs at the shops in the centre of Soldeu. When the sun goes down, the slopes empty and the bars and restaurants start to fill - its après-ski time! Fill up on slow-cooked lamb before hitting the dance floor at a local bar.
With 200km of slopes and state-of-the-art chairlifts, it's no surprise that skiing is one of the most popular things to do in Soldeu. From great nursery slopes through to intermediate blue and red runs you’ll easily find something to suit your ability. For a real thrill for advanced skiers, take the tree-lined route down to El Tarter, or use the Grandvalira pass and ski to neighbouring Pas de la Casa. And there's a great snowboarding scene too if you fancy a go at boards instead of skis. If you fancy watching the experts at work, catch one of the snowboarding events taking place throughout the season.
Dining in Soldeu is a relaxed affair, not one to be rushed. Dinner is eaten later in the day, when there's proper time to really enjoy it. You can see the cross-border influence from both sides, amidst the traditional Catalan fare. How about a starter of pa amb tomaquet - fresh bread, with tomatoes, garlic and oil? Then move on to butiufarra, a juicy local sausage. Finish it off with crema catalana, a custard pudding with a crispy caramel top.
Soldeu is as popular for its nightlife as for its skiing. And it's not hard to see why. With plenty of bars and nightclubs, you're pretty much guaranteed a good time after a hard day whizzing about on the slopes. The serious partying usually kicks in about 11pm, or 1am in the clubs and, stamina willing, you can keep going until 3 or 4am. If that's a bit beyond you there are quieter spots where you can enjoy a peaceful nightcap.