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For your spirit of adventure: Driving around the mountains... What better landscape for a road trip than the Pyrenees?

 

Try it with the purpose of taking in some Pyrenees ski resorts and it's pretty much perfection, eh?

We all need new adventure and the Pyrenees massif could be the place for it.

Sometimes a little overlooked by us Brits for skiing - and as a summer spot for that matter - the mountain range has insane views, famous landmarks, lakes and parks to explore and different countries to hop between.

The Hautes- Pyrenees, France has linked up with Huesca, Spain to put together a range of road trip itineraries.

Three-, four- & seven-day road trips through the iconic Pyrenees are available 9 months of the year.

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The itineraries take you from France into Spain and back.

Think Route 66, the Silk route, the trans-Amazonian highway...

Some of the famous Pyrenees sites to take in:
  • Lourdes
  • Cirque de Gavarnie
  • Pic du Midi
  • Parc National des Pyrénées
  • Parc National de Ordesa 
  • Monte Perdido
  • Le Grand Canyon d'Ordesa
  • Cañon de Añisclo
  • The Trou du Toro/Forau de Aigualllets 
  • The Aneto  

"Our region is made for 'Road Trips'!" Director of Hautes Pyrenees tourism, Isabelle Pelieu, comments.

"We have launched these five new itineraries three of which include routes crossing the border between France and Spain.

"We are excited to be working with our partner region Huesca and hope this new 'road trip concept' will be a popular choice for tourists to the region."

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The road trips promise these experiences:

  • 2 COUNTRIES (France and Spain)
  • 3 WORLD HERITAGE SITES - Gavarnie & Ordesa - either side of the same mountain
  • 4 GRAND SITES MIDI-PYRENEES : Pic du Midi, Gavarnie, Cauterets / Pont d'Espagne, Lourdes... 
  • 8  CLASSIC TOUR DE FRANCE COLS ***
  • 2 NATIONAL PARKS
  • 2 NATURE PARKS
  • 1 NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE
  • 1 MOUNTAIN LAKES ROUTE
  • 13 LAKES
  • 8 SPA CENTRES
  • 1 WINE GROWING AREA 

***The eight: Col de Peyresourde, Col de Val Louron-Azet, Col du Tourmalet, Col du Soulor, Col du Pourtalet, Coll de Fadas, Coll de Espina, Col du Portillon

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Sample Road Trips:

The Grand Tour - from €501

A 7-day road trip with 3 nights in Spain  From €501 takes in the French- Spanish border and dramatic scenery:

The massif's highest peak, some spectacular canyons, World Heritage sites, the mystery of Lourdes, the highest Observatory in Europe - the Pic du Midi with access by cable car to 3000m.

A 3-day circuit - from €2783 

- Three nights in B&Bs in Saint-Lary, Gavarnie, Lourdes

- 'Grands Sites' pass to the Pic du Midi, to the Cauterets-Pont d'Espagne. 

- Entry to two spa centres of the Hautes-Pyrenees: Balnéa and Les Bains du Rocher spa More on the 3-Day circuit here

Each itinerary comes with detailed information on the driving route.

Accommodation will be organised through an agency.    

A road book is also available, detailing route information, ideas for walks, great restaurants, activities, sites to visit, not-to-be-missed panoramas and suggestions for exploring off the beaten track.

Tempted?

Us too...

Watch this space for our road trip this coming season.

And here's a song to start you off on the road...

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