Puigcerdà (Podium Ceretanum: mont els cerdans) was founded in 1177 by King Alfons I, becoming the capital of Cerdanya (which until then had been held by the town of Llívia), which it has retained to the present day. Over the centuries, the town of Puigcerdà has undergone important urban transformations that have given it a unique and peculiar appearance. Built on a hill - Mont Cerdà - the gap between the old town and the station district is more than notable.
The old quarter has a special charm, as it has a medieval layout, with narrow and straight streets, but at the same time modern and full of life, both during the day and at night, due to the great tourist activity of the town.
The best-known element of Puigcerdà is its famous lake, surrounded by early modernist houses and the Schierbeck Park, remodelled and enlarged a few years ago, together with the lake.