Accommodation in Meranges
Meranges, a village on the edge of the Pyreneees
Meranges is one of the many small stone villages dotted over the mountainside along the edge of Pirineu de Girona.
As you drive up along the twisting road to Meranges
, you will see the square bell tower of the Church of Sant Serni
or Sant Sadurní
towering over the slate roofs of the village. Walk along the narrow streets that open out onto a small square, in proportion with the size of the village itself. The church is an 11th century granite construction with a single nave and semi-circular apse. The Romanesque portal has a semicircular arch with five archivolts and sculpted capitals. In the interior, there is a polychrome Pantocrator
Beside the church is the Clog Museum
where visitors can learn all about the ancient Pyrenean
clog-making tradition. Clogs
were carved from a single piece of wood, and were used for working the land and for walking over snow and wet places. Clog making was a wintertime activity and one of the most widespread cottage industries in the Pyrenees
. Meranges Valley
was home to generations of good clog makers and today’s museum bears witness to this aspect of local heritage. We can see the entire manufacturing process, from obtaining the wood and fashioning the tools to the creation of the finished clog.
Meranges village seen from the road.
Apart from the attractiveness of the village itself, Meranges is a good starting point for day trips. While you are here, do take the opportunity to visit the spectacular Meranges lakes: Pla, Mal de Guils, Engorgs and Malniu. Situated just north of the village, Malniu Lake with its 1,250-metre circumference is the most impressive.