The snowcapped mountain ranges of Pyrenees that borders France and Spain have always been home to legends and superstition. Visiting this remarkable place will surely give you a one-of-a-kind travel experience, thanks to its astounding flora and fauna, streams, glacial lakes, cuisine and the Romanesque art.
Here are some of the things you should do in this captivating destination.
Check out Spain’s Grand Canyon. One of the places where you will find stunning scenery is the Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido. Here, you will get up close and personal with mountain goats and marmots.0
Hop on the cogwheel train at Ribes de Freser, near Ripoll.
Then, find a sanctuary and ski station at Vall de Nuria. Next, hike up to Coma de Vaca, a remote highland valley.
Ascend to the highlands. Once there, you can check out the verdant Basque highlands of the Baztan Valley. Then, follow the Bidasoa River to reach the colorful Bay of Biscay and Hondarribia.
Appreciate some Romanesque art. Head to Taull to see some exquisite Romanesque churches and murals of the Noguera de Tor Valley.
Discover a medieval town. Once you get off the highway, you’ll find an enchanting place with a medieval appeal, Alquezar. This is where you’ll find the impressive citadel that dates back to the 9th century. It keeps watch over the Sierra y Canones de Guara National Park, where you can appreciate prehistoric cave paintings.
Relax. Revitalize your senses and experience the best kind of relaxation by going to Aquensis Spa. They have pools, sauna, Jacuzzis and hammams to wash away stress.
Watch birds. Head to Massif de Pibeste Nature Reserve and watch vultures use the thermals to rise above the Lourdes valley.
View architectural wonders. Go to the banks of the Gave River where you will find a magnificent 14th century fortress town that houses gorgeous architecture. On the nearby caves are equally superb sights.
Photos by: jacinta lluch valero, Les Haines, Brian Smithson and Rémi Colnot