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    The Pyrenees, the southernmost mountains

    This mountain range, separating France from Spain, forms an imposing barrier, stretching in a continuous line between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, spanning over some 430 km. The highest peak on the French side is the Pic de Vignemale at 3298 m.

    The Pyrenees, the second largest and highest mountain range after the Alps, have varied scenery with exceptional fauna and flora. From the Basque Country to the Cerdagne, there are a great number of mountain resorts and valleys to be explored.

    For sports lovers, La Mongie, Font Romeu, Cauterets, and Saint-Lary are perfect destinations for activity-filled holidays during both the summer and winter.

    For nature lovers, it is worth making a detour to see the Gavarnie Circus and the Grande Cascade, both located in the Parc National des Pyrénées and listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. The colossal circus, dating back to the ice age, is very impressive, with a circumference of 6 km and a height of 1500 m.

    Just as remarkable is the Pic du Midi at 2577m high, which offers an incredible panorama over the Pyrenees mountains and the Pays de Bigorre. At the top of the Pic is a science observatory that is open to the public.

    For snowshoe enthusiasts, the Aspe and Ossau valleys roll out the white carpet.

    There are also plenty of spa towns in the Pyrenees, including Bagnères de Luchon, Aulus les Bains, and Ax les Thermes, which are great for travellers who like to relax, while also remaining fit and healthy.

    Porté-Puymorens resort is located close to the Principality of Andorra, offering many duty-free shops.

     

    Access:

    • By road, motorways A64 (Atlantic Pyrenees), A61 and A66 (Eastern Pyrenees).
    • By train: TGV from Paris to Bordeaux then local trains and shuttles to the resorts.
    • By plane: Bordeaux, Toulouse, Biarritz, Pau, Tarbes and Perpignan airports, then shuttle services to the resorts.
 
 
    tagged as : Nature & outdoors, Mountains, 09-Ariège, Metropolitan France, 31-Haute-Garonne, 64-Pyrénées-Atlantiques, 66-Pyrénées-Orientales, Aquitaine, 65-Hautes-Pyrénées, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées, Massif