Enjoying sun on the ski slopes of Spain

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The fact that there are ski resorts in Spain can be surprising for some people. As Spain is known to be a country with its beaches, siestas, football and bull fights.

Also famous for its wines and tapas, Spain also deserves a fame for its ski resorts on the Pyrenees mountain chain in North of the country.

Ski Club of International Journalists (SCIJ) has organised its 62nd general meeting in Spain’s ski resort Baqueira Beret located in the Catalonia region. 200 journalists from 33 countries including Turkey has gathered there both for skiing and exchanging views.

Baqueira Beret in the autonomous Catalan area of Spain is in fact the most famous ski resort in the country.

The Royal Spanish family is also having their vacations regularly in the resort in Aran Valley.

The resort consists of three sections: Beret, Baqueira and Bonaigua. Catering to all taste with its characteristic features and well kept ski slopes, the resort is a great destination for ski lovers.

IMG-20150319-WA0000Baqueira Beret with its qualified snow is founded by Spanish skiing champion Luis Arias in 1964 and the resort celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

Seeing Spanish national ski team trainings on the slopes of Baqueira Beret, one can understand that it has all the facilitations that a ski resort should have.

The resort offers 99 slopes which runs a total of 153 kilometers for skiing. The slopes begin from 1500 meters altitude up to 2510 meters altitude. Beret also offers 7 kilometers of pist for cross country.

The ski area has also nurserys, childrens play grounds and a ski school where one gondola operates to the area.

The food served at the restaurants and cafes are delicious and filling that even one plate is sufficient to one’s appetite because of the bigger portions served there.

A salad, a main course and one drink costs between 10-20 Euros at the restaurants.

20150313_122232 (1)Spanish King Felipe has a royal holiday home in Baqueira Beret to take a break from the royal duties to ski on the slopes. Even the biggest brand champagne producer in the world Moet Chandon has a winter lounge there. One glass of champagne on ice makes your day.

Rich in snow and sun during March and April makes Baqueira Beret very popular.

The nearest village to the ski resort Vielha is also popular for shopping and dining at the tapas bars. You can taste various kinds of tapas, local wine and cavas at the bars.

Ski lovers can spend a qualified time at Baqueira Beret where hotels, cafes, restaurants, shopping malls, discos, indoor and outdoor pools, spas serve in full capacity until April.

How to get Baqueira Beret? The closest airports in Spain are Barcelona (350 km), Zaragoza (290 km) and from-France: inToulouse (266 km)

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