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Autumn in the Spanish Pyrenees – Part 1

It’s that time of year again and Autumn is in full swing here in the Central Spanish Pyrenees. The hillsides and valleys are awash with colour, temperatures are dropping, days are getting shorter, mushrooms are erupting from the earth, chestnuts are ripening…

It is a wonderful time to be in the mountains and as long as you’re able to be outside, it doesn’t matter what your cup of tea is, it’s just a joy to be here .

Whether you’re on a simple stroll through the towns of Jaca or Benasque, hiking one of the fabulous trails in Ordesa & Monte […]

A Pagan History of the Camino

 

The objective of most pilgrims following the Camino de Santiago is reach the city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, in the northwest corner of Spain. Some believe that the name of Compostela comes from Latin “campus stellae” meaning field of stars, others believe it comes from “compositum” – burial place. Disagreement about the origins of the city’s name aside, it is a proven fact that there was a pre-Christian necropolis on the site and also that the Path followed by the Camino existed long before the finding of St. James’ remains in the 9th century.

Up until then the […]

The Spanish Pyrenees, a paradise for wild flower lovers

The Spanish Pyrenees are a paradise for wildflower lovers. If you’ve ever visited the area in the summer, you’ll surely agree. One doesn’t have to go far from civilization to find them, but the greatest bounty is definitely available to those who venture out into the mountains to walk, hike or climb–(mountain biking isn’t an appropriate mode of travel to observe flowers since you’re usually going too fast)!

As a wildflower viewing destination, the area is well-known worldwide. Japan’s Junko Tabei, the first woman to summit Mt. Everest and a lover of wildflowers who has travelled the world’s great mountain […]

The Traditional “Tuna”

This is a traditional university group whose members—known as Tunos—wear a combination of robes and garments from olden times and play folkloric music with characteristic instruments such as the mandolin, lute and guitar. Hidden beneath their cloaks are centuries of history and the gradual development of this lively and carefree tradition. Although of uncertain origin, it appears to have arisen as a way of making a living for the students of the first universities, founded at the end of the 12th and 13th centuries, since on many occasions, they did not have sufficient means to support themselves.

They maintained themselves […]

Spanish Ibex – King of Fauna in the Sierra de Gredos

Spain’s Sierra de Gedos is well-known for the diversity and abundance of its fauna. Estimates vary: between 50% and 64% of the Iberian peninsula’s terrestrial vertebrates are found here. These include: 14 species of amphibians, 23 species of reptiles, 130 species of birds, 30 species of mammals, including the peninsula’s largest population of Spanish Ibex— subspecies Capra Pyreneaica Victoriea‑a superbly nimble and majestic animal that has become the nationally recognised symbol of the Sierra, and one that you are almost sure to spot on any walks among the higher elevations in these mountains.

Spanish Ibex are strong animals characterized by […]