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Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Pyrenees with a minimum of fuss! This leisurely eight-day Pyrenees walking holiday focuses on the mountain lakes and secluded valleys of this awesome region.
Cleaving Spain from France, the mighty Pyrenees range is as diverse as it is spectacular. In the west the slopes are densely wooded, with waterfalls, gaves (torrential rivers) and meadows of wild flowers, while to the east the terrain is surprisingly wild and barren, dominated by soaring granite masses. The central Pyrenees are snowy with glaciers on the northern slopes, offering some fine skiing and mountaineering, as well as more obscure pursuits like dog-mushing (canine-powered snow-based activities)! Better still is the walking; three long-distance footpaths run the length of the range: the GR10 across the northern slopes, the GR11 in the south and the high altitude HRP traversing the central peaks – a hiker’s paradise!
Starting from the charming villages of Panticosa and Biescas, this eight-day guided Pyrenees walking holiday takes you through some of the most stunning scenery the region has to offer. You’ll see the sheer faces of the Sierra de Partacua and the Valle de Ordesa, passing waterfalls and rock pools as you proceed through the forest, the 3000m peak of Mount Perdido all the while towering over you. The cliffs around San Juan de la Pena are home to colonies of griffon vultures as well as an ancient monastery complex, both of which you’ll get to see up-close, while the peak of Punta del Pacino is approached through meadows and lush woodland – a definite highlight. You’ll also get a chance to experience the culture of this mountain region, with a day’s walk between the medieval (often semi-abandoned) villages of the Serrablo, with their characteristic 11th century Romanesque churches.
If you’re a fit and active person these walks will be perfect for you. The itinerary is designed for those that like more relaxed days in the mountains enjoying the flora and fauna. You will do 5 to 7 hours of walking each day on good paths with 350m to 600m of ascent. There are 5 days of guided walking, with maximum group sizes of 8 people.
We select specialist operators who are experienced, qualified and most importantly passionate about what they do. Your enquiry will be passed straight through to the experts who will be able to give you the best advice.