The Spanish Pyrenees

Location

The formidable barrier of the Pyrenees mountains is the natural border between France and Spain. Over 430 km long from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, the range comprises more than 200 peaks over 3,000 m. , the deepest canyons in Europe and a multitude of valleys and ancient villages. The highest summits are all located on the Spanish side of the range, in the Central Pyrenees, mostly in the province of Huesca, in the Aragón region, and to a lesser extent, in the province of Lérida, in Catalonia.

The National Parks

Photo Pyrenees - Aiguestortes - Hiking 4Most of our Pyrenean hiking, trekking and multi-activity trips take place in the Central section of the range pertaining to the Spanish provinces of Huesca and Lérida, areas of outstanding natural beauty with spectacular scenery, such as the towering summits, deep canyons and glacial cirques and lakes in Spain’s 2 Pyrenean national parks: Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido and Parc Nacional d’Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici.

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Fauna & Flora

The Spanish Pyrenees, due to their southern orientation, enjoy not only a better climate than the French side, but a much wider variety of ecosystems with both Atlantic and Mediterranean influences resulting in rich and diverse flora and fauna.

Plant diversity is very high and over 2,000 species have been recorded. In particular, the abundance of wild flowers is spectacular, making the area a true paradise for wild flower lovers.

Local fauna often observed on our trips include Pyrenean chamois, marmots, and a wide variety of raptors (birds of prey) Read our personally written detailed description of this area….

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 You might also be interested to read what Wikipedia has to say about the Pyrenees