On the French-Spanish Frontier: the Pyrenees

13 days – EUR 1,456.00 pp in dbl-room1
Ceret, Bagnères-de-Luchon, San Sebastian, Ainsa, Barcelona

Ancient villages nestled among rugged mountain landscapes: the Pyrenees are a world of their own between the Mediterranean and Atlantic


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1st day: Ceret

Maison de charme: A manor house near Céret
Maison de charme: A manor house near Céret
Ancient cultural heritage: Céret in the east Pyrenees
Ancient cultural heritage: Céret in the east Pyrenees
You arrive at the airport.

Rental car pick-up
Type: Seat Leon or similar
Pick-up location: Barcelona Airport

To France
Distance: 180 km Travel time: 2:00 h

Just before reaching the border, a detour to the cliffs of the Cap de Creus is worthwhile. The views from the eastern-most point of the Iberian Peninsula are magnificent.

Accommodation: A Catalonian manor house

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The charming 17th century manor house is situated in the valley of the River Tech just above Ceret. Most of the 10 guest rooms have a patio with a small garden. A heated swimming pool is available, and a good selection of restaurants and boutiques can be found in nearby Ceret.


Details: Céret
The east Pyrenean town popular among artists and Bohemians lies south of Perpignan near the border to Spain. The ancient region of Languedoc Roussillon with its rich cultural heritage appeals to lovers of both nature and culture. To the west is the towering Pic de Cannigou (2785 m), which affords splendid views of the surrounding countryside on clear days. Further south the Tech flows through the idyllic Gorge de la Fou, which reaches a dept of 100 m in places. The town of Céret itself, once home to such famous painters as Gris, Braque, Picasso and Chagall, is mainly known for its excellent Museum of Modern Art featuring over 50 works by Picasso.
Map: 1st day: Ceret

3rd day: Bagnères-de-Luchon

Antique funiture and modern art: A stone house near Luchon
Antique funiture and modern art: A stone house near Luchon
Route des Pyrénées
Distance: 350 km Travel time: 5:30 h

The panoramic-view route leads through the Pyrenees from east to west. Along the way you will pass Andorra, the tiny principality tucked in the mountains between France and Spain.

Accommodation: A country estate near Luchon

3 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Located in a picturesque village, the hotel is a stone building surrounded by a large garden. The cheerful red dining room has a large fireplace and a parquet floor. The antique furniture and modern artworks give the hotel a special charm. What the host, Mme Guerre, lacks in foreign language skills is more than offset by her friendliness and hospitality.


Details: Haut Pyrenees
The central Pyrenees between Col de Puymorens and Col du Somprot represent the highest and most rugged section of the mountain chain. The highest peak at 3,404 m (11,170 ft) is the Pico d'Aneto on the Spanish side of the border. The mountain landscapes south of Lourdes are particularly scenic. A cable car can be taken to the top of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, the most famous landmark in the central Pyrenees. The views from the top are overwhelming. The Col du Tourmalet is one of the most feared stages of the Tour de France. Farther south along the Spanish border is another natural famous attraction: the Cirque de Gavarnie, a group of three natural glacial amphitheatres that have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Map: 3rd day: Bagnères-de-Luchon

6th day: San Sebastian

A green oasis in the city: Villa Soro
A green oasis in the city: Villa Soro
Located on La Concha Bay: Donostia
Located on La Concha Bay: Donostia
Through Basque Country
Motorway: 200 km Travel time: 2:30 h
Side roads: 250 km Travel time: 4:00 h

We recommend taking side roads through the hilly Basque region. You can follow the Route des Pyrénées from Lourdes to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port just north of the Spanish border.

Accommodation: A villa in downtown San Sebastian

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
This 19th century mansion is a listed historical building in the centre of the city, only five minutes from Zurriola beach. Originally an engagement present from Don Ramon Londaiz to his daughter, the property is now a boutique hotel with 25 rooms following careful restoration. Some of the rooms are located in the former carriage house with its facade of English-style bricks. Guests can enjoy a stroll in the adjacent garden, which was created by a French landscaper in 1898. A number of good restaurants can be found in the area around the hotel. Free parking is available.


Details: Donostia
The seaside community near the border to France is one of the oldest resorts in Spain. The city's rise began in the 19th century, when the queen of Spain chose it as the site of her summer residence. Large numbers of Castilians still flee to the fashionable resort every year to escape the heat of the cities, as evidenced by the stately villas that line the roads below the Monte Igueldo, from the top of which the best views can be had of the ocean, harbour, beaches and countryside of San Sebastian. The idyllic fishing village of Pasaia Donibane is only 10 km to the east. Just south of the city is Loyola, the ancestral seat of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The founder of the Society of Jesus, whose members are called Jesuits, remains one of Spain's most (in)famous historical figures.
Map: 6th day: San Sebastian

8th day: Ainsa

Historical exterior, modern interior: A residence in Ainsa
Historical exterior, modern interior: A residence in Ainsa
Via Pamplona
Distance: 300 km Travel time: 5:30 h

Along the way you will pass Pamplona, the capital of Navarras in the western Pyrenees. Ernest Hemmingway's description of the wild San Fermin festival that takes place from 7-14 July made the city famous. The festivities reach their high point with the controversial running of the bulls.

Accommodation: A former family residence in Ainsa

3 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The hotel with rustic charm and modern comforts is located in the medieval town of Ainsa, within sight of Monte Perdido and the Odesa National Park. The Bergua family purchased the historical mansion on the market square a few years ago, carefully renovated it and converted it into an exclusive hotel with just five bedrooms. While almost nothing has changed on the outside, the bedrooms offer spacious, modern bathrooms along with air-conditioning and heating, thus providing a harmonious blend of historical architecture and modern interior design.


Details: Aragon Pyrenees
The Rio Aragon Valley leads east from Pamplona into the Aragon Pyrenees, which extend all the way to Andorra. Narrow side roads connect remote, picturesque mountain villages in this thinly populated region. The most beautiful section of the route lies within the Parque Nacional de Ordes y Monte Perdido. The park's countless gorges are home to.a wide variety of indigenous plants and rare species of animals, such as the Pyrenean Goat, the Bearded Vulture and the Snow Partridge. Sparkling waterfalls cascade down the Monte Perdido, the 3rd highest mountain in Spain. The park entrance near Torla includes a Visitors Centre, where maps of hiking routes and other useful information is available.
Map: 8th day: Ainsa

11th day: Barcelona

Combines location and comfort: 16th century luxury hotel
Combines location and comfort: 16th century luxury hotel
The heart of Barcelona: the Rambles
The heart of Barcelona: the Rambles
Catalonian Pyrenees
Via Lleida: 280 km Travel time: 3:30 h
Side roads: 320 km Travel time: 5:30 h

The scenic route along side roads will take you thorugh the remote wilderness of the thinly populated Catalonia Pyrenees. The most beautiful part is the drive through the rugged mountain landscapes of the Parque Nacional d'Aiguestortes, where peaks reach a height of 3,000 m (4,830 ft).

Accommodation: A 16th century hotel in the Gothic Quarter

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The historical hotel enjoys one of the best locations in Barcelona: in the Gothic quarter, close to the Ramblas and the harbour. The panoramic views range from Montjuic Mountain to Christopher Columbus monument to the Olympic Port. While the present exterior was completed in neo-classical style in 1850, the interior has been thoroughly renovated to meet the standards of a modern luxury hotel. Guests can relax on the terrace or take a dip in the plunge pool on the roof. Sites within a 5-10 minute walk include, in addition to the Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter, the Cathedral, Borne quarter, Beaches, Old Port (fish and seafood restaurants), Museum Picasso, Real Square, Museum of History of Barcelona, Maritime Museum, Museum of History of Catalonia, Music Palace and Catalunya Square.


Details: Barcelona
The capital of Catalonia is situated on the Mediterranean Sea, about 120 km south of the border to France. With a population of around 1.6 million, it is the second largest city in Spain after Madrid. Much of the avant-garde architecture in the downtown area stems from the 1992 Olympics. Madrid and Barcelona are bitter rivals, a tension that is reflected in fierce encounters between the two cities' football (soccer) teams.

The Romans built a massive wall around the city originally founded by the Carthaginians in 300 BC. Remnants of the Roman wall still exist today. Major attractions in the Gothic quarter, Barri Gòtic, and the historical city centre include the Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia, the Plaça del Rei (King's Square), and the city hall (Ajuntament). Much of the city life takes places on the "Rambles", the principal thoroughfare in the downtown area which includes a wide pedestrian zone.
Map: 11th day: Barcelona

13th day: Barcelona

Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Barcelona Airport

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Rental car

Rental car company: AVIS (Spain)
Type: Seat Leon [AC] or similar (Group C)

Air-conditioning, power steering, radio
AVIS
Services The price is per person based on two persons sharing a double room and includes accommodations (meals included as stated above) and rental car (if stated above).

USD 1,869.001
(EUR 1,456.00)1




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Best Travel Time:
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