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The Pyrenees mountains straddle the border of two countries, but are home to the Basque, a people whose exact origins are still being debated. Mark & Julie explore stalagmite filled caves and medieval villages, where they chat with locals to gain a little insight into this mysterious culture.

 

The rivers of the region provide ample entertainment for adventure seekers who enjoy rafting, kayaking, and canyoning. Real white-water lovers can try a new sport called "hydrospeed" where the body becomes a projectile through the rapids!

 

Avid cyclists will not want to miss the narrow pyrenees mountain passes that make up the most demanding leg of the "Tour de France". Whether you navigate the roads in your rental car, or on a bike, you will certainly appreciate the leg strength of the competitors!

 

Tips for Travelers to the Pyrenees Mountains

 

If you are up for a splurge - not to be missed - "L'Atalaya", in Llo, France near Andorra.

 

A charming little fortress on a hill in a quiet village has been converted into a warm, comfortable inn, run by a delightful British gentleman and his lovely wife.

 

Visit the Pyrenees Mountains

 

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The Pyrenees are beautiful and remote, and have just recently been embraced by adventurous travelers.

 

Renting a car will allow you to visit the many small towns scattered throughout these fascinating mountains.

 

Start in the seaside resort of Biarritz, then follow country roads into the lush foothills to picturesque villages like St Jean Pied-de-Port, wind your way into Spain past fields of sunflowers and take time for duty free shopping in Andorra!

 

We found a number of great Pyrenees side trips during our stay.

 

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Pyrenees side trips

 

Biarritz is on the Atlantic seaboard and is a funky combination of surf town and old world wealth.

 

Hang ten, drop a few shekels at the casino or stroll the promenade to admire the work of local artists and the view of the rocky coastline.

 

A thirty minute drive south through rolling countryside brings you to St Jean De Luz. In the 1600's this was a busy whaling port that later became a haven for pirates, today tourists troll it's quaint streets.

 

One of the most scenic drives in the Basque region takes you from the picturesque village of St. Jean Pied de Port over the Pyrenees into Pamplona.

 

St Jean's cobbled alleys, small bridges over the river Nive, and pretty flower boxes overflowing with geraniums make it a worthwhile stop for at least a day.

 

Tips for Travelers to the Pyrenees Mountains

 

If you are up for a splurge - not to be missed - "L'Atalaya", in Llo, France near Andorra.

 

A charming little fortress on a hill in a quiet village has been converted into a warm, comfortable inn, run by a delightful British gentleman and his lovely wife.

 

Great hiking, biking and even skiing in the area. If you are interested in a great pyrenees cycling holiday, it is best if you book first because the home of the Tour de France can get very busy.

 

The Pyrenees Mountains are beautiful, so take a good camera.

 

Related stories and destinations:

Pamplona: Running of the Bulls

Bicycle Touring Andalucia

Check out "Spain's other coast", the Canary Islands!

 

 



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