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Stage 35: Refugio de Malniu - Guils - Puigcerdà.

Distance/elevation: 14,4 km / (+110),(-1.100)
Time: 4h00min (walking time without stops).
Difficulty: easy.
Water: you will find water in Malniu, at the De La Feixa refuge, in Guils, Saneja and Puigcerdà.


(0h00min; 0 kms) Refugio de Malniu (2.130m). Drinking fountain. Set out from the refuge by the track that heads down to Merangues. Leave it shortly afterwards and continue left, along a path that heads across undulating terrain dotted with pine trees, until you come to the track that goes from Malniu to the Guils-Fontanera cross-country ski resort. You follow it on the left (east).

(0h55min; 2,7 kms) Refugio de la Feixa (2.165m), At the foot of the track, 100m further down, there is a drinking fountain (de la Feixa). The GR11 does not reach the refuge, but turns right 200m before, crossing grassy fields (Pla de la Feixa). You cross a path that comes from the refuge in a north-south direction, and begin the long descent to La Cerdanya. After 1 kilometre you cross a track at Pla de la Fontanera (close to the ski station) and cross an area that was affected by the fire in Puig de Peransau. A quick descent takes you to Guils, and towards the end you walk parallel to the Mata de l'Ós torrent.

(2h50min; 9,4 kms) Guils de Cerdanya (1.380m). Drinking fountain. From this point to the end of the stage, the GR11 heads along the bottom of the wide Cerdanya valley, passing crop fields and mostly follows the GIV-4035 road. You pass the small village of Saneja, where there is a drinking fountain at the entrance and another drinking fountain in the square. You follow the road to...

(4h00min; 14,4 kms) Puigcerdà (1.155m).

Where to sleep::

At thebeginning of the stage, you have the Refugio de Malniu (/).

In Guils de Cerdanaya, Restaurante El Picarol (//), also has rooms.

In Puigcerdà there is a choice of accommodation. We recommend Hostal Fonda Prat ((+34) 675 629 882 / (+34) 637 972 165; Next to the GR11. It is very clean and homely, and also has a living room, a dining room, an equipped kitchen for the use of guests and free wifi.

Where to eat:

During the stage, in Guils de Cerdanaya, we recommend Restaurante El Picarol (//). For a reasonable price they offer home-made food, à la carte, menu of the day, vegetarian options, grilled meat and Catalan pizza.

Other services:

In Puigcerdà you will find everything you need.


Malniu mountain refuge is accessible by car from Malniu via a forest track (10kms).

To get to Puigcerdà, the bus company Alsaprovides 2 bus routes: Puigcerdà-La Seu d’Urgell-Lleida and  Llívia-Puigcerdà-Barcelona. Another company, Autobuses Teisa (/) runs bus services on the Puigcerdà-Girona line, with 1 bus per day on working days. This bus stops in Planoles, the end of the next stage.

If you choose to travel by train, Puigcerdà is connected to the line: Barcelona-Vic-Ripoll-Ribes de Freser-Planoles-La Molina-Puigcerdà-La Tor de Querol (RENFE).

Perfil de la etapa

Stages - GR11

- Prologue: Cabo Higuer - Hondarribia - Irun
- Stage 1: Cabo Higuer - Bera
- Stage 1v (GR 11.3): Cabo Higuer - Lesaka
- Stage 2: Bera - Elizondo
- Stage 2v (GR 11.3): Lesaka - Elizondo
- Stage 3: Elizondo - Pto de Urkiaga
- Stage 4: Puerto de Urkiaga - Burguete
- Stage 5: Burguete/Auritz - Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri
Stage 6: Villanueva de Aezcoa/Hiriberri - Ochagavia
Stage 7: Ochagavia - Isaba
Stage 8: Isaba - Zuriza (via Belabarce)
Stage 8v (GR 11.4): Isaba - Zuriza (via Ezkaurre)
Stage 9: Zuriza - Aguas Tuertas
Stage 10: Aguas Tuertas - Lizara
Stage 10 (discontinued): Aguas Tuertas - Candanchú
Stage 11: Lizara - Candanchú
Stage 12: Candanchú - Sallent de Gallego
Stage 9v (GR 11.1): Zuriza - Puente de Santa Ana
Stage 10v (GR 11.1): Puente de Santa Ana - Lizara
Stage 11v (GR 11.1): Lizara - Canfranc Estación
Stage 12v: Canfranc Estación - Sallent de Gallego (via C.Izas)
Stage 13: Sallent de Gallego - Refugio de Respomuso
Stage 14: Refugio de Respomuso - Balneario de Panticosa
Shortcut: The pipeline path from Bachimaña to Brazato
Stage 15: Balneario de Panticosa - San Nicolas de Bujaruelo
Stage 16: San Nicolas de Bujaruelo - Refugio de Goriz
Stage 17: Refugio de Goriz - Circo de Pineta (Fuenblanca)
Stage 17v (GR11.9): Refugio de Goriz - Circo de Pineta (Faja de las Olas)
Stage 18: Circo de Pineta - Parzán
Stage 19: Parzán - Biadós
Stage 20: Biadós - Puente de San Jaime
Stage 20v (GR 11.2): Biadós - Ref. Ángel Orús
Stage 21v (GR 11.2): Ref. Ángel Orús - Puente de San Jaime
Stage 21: Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de Cap de Llauset
Stage 21v (GR 11.5): Puente de San Jaime - Refugio de la Renclusa
Stage 22v (GR 11.5): Refugio de la Renclusa - Refugio de Cap de Llauset
Stage 22: Ref. Cap de LLauset - Conangles
Stage 23: Conangles - La Restanca
Stage 24v (GR11.18): La Restanca - Colomers
Stage 25: Colomers - Ernest Mallafré
Stage 26: Ernest Mallafré - La Guingueta
Stage 27: La Guingueta - Estaón
Stage 28: Estaón - Tavascán
Stage 29: Tavascán - Areu
Stage 30: Areu - Baiau
Stage 31: Baiau - Arans
Stage 32: Arans - Encamp
Stage 33: Encamp - Ref. l'Illa
Stage 34: Ref. l'Illa - Malniu
Stage 35: Malniu - Puigcerdá
Stage 36: Puigcerdá - Planoles
Stage 37: Planoles - Santuario de Nuria
Stage 38: Santuario de Nuria - Refugio de Ulldeter
Stage 39: Refugio de Ulldeter - Molló
Stage 40: Molló - Talaixà
Stage 41: Talaixà - Albanyà
Stage 42: Albanyà - La Vajol
Stage 43: La Vajol - Requessens
Stage 44: Requessens - Vilamaniscle
Stage 45: Vilamaniscle - El Port de la Selva
Stage 46: El Port de la Selva - Cap de Creus

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