This getaway called ‘The Pyrenees Route‘ is designed to get to know some of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in the Spanish Pyrenees. Destinations that have been chosen for their natural beauty as well as their popularity. It is an itinerary that lasts 4 days, travelling aproximately 450 km through the Pyrennes from the Mediterranean Coast to the city of Jaca, in the province of Huesca and the autonomous region of Aragón.
This route has been designed to be taken by car with four different overnight stops in locations that have been specifically chosen as they represent the natural beauty of the region and offer excellent facilities and service.
Girona – Lleida – Huesca
L’Alt Empordá – Peramola – Val D’Arán – P.N. Ordesa y Monte Perdido – Embalse de Yesa
Arrival at the Hotel Racó de Madremanya and in the morning a visit to L’Alt Empordá a region of Catalonia which is 48 minutes away. Lunch in L’Alt Empordá, at the Alt Empordá restaurant www.restaurantaltemporda.com/ Visit to the L’Alt Empordá in the afternoon and dinner at the Hotel Racó Madremanya (48 minutes return journey)
Accomodation El Racó de Madremanya
Our first stop is in Empordá, which is a beautiful, natural region steeped in history as it connects Spain and France. It is a region that has been inhabited since the bronze age and in which we can see ancient tombs known as dolmens and standing stones as well as the modern surrealist works of Salvador Dalí and the Theatre Museum in Figueres.
– It is also worth mentioning its gastronomy, which due to its geographic location is a mixture of sea and mountain. Representative dishes are fish “suquet”, goose with turnips, deserts such as “brunyols” and wonderful wines like from the Empordà region, L’Escala anchovies, oil from local oil mills, or the typical sausage: butifarra dulce, etc.
– This is an area of great natural beauty as are all destinations on this route, maybe best exemplified by the unforgettable landscape of the Natural Park Empordà, the Cap de Creus peninsula, the único marítimo-terrestre, the Natural Park of the Albera and the Natural Park of Bassegoda.
– For this stop we recommend a trip in the Natural Park of Aiguamolls del Empordá, which contains the second largest wetland in Catalonia. It has two zones that can be visited: starting from el Cortalet, or Villaüt. Bouth routes allow you to see a wide variety of fauna (especially birdlife), as well as makeing taking numerous pauses to comtemplate the fabulous landscapes. We can also visit the CARFA wildlife centre or take the Trail of the Lakes which has a total of 17 observatories. This park has an information office which offers guided visits.
– Hiking is also an option in many other parts of the area such as la Pein Alta Garrotxa, Pein Les Salines, the Fluviá rivers, la Muga, and Manol, the el Resevoir of Boadella, the Natural Park of Cap de Creus or the beauty spot of the l’Albera.
Trip from the Hotel Racó Madremanya to the Hotel Gastronómico Can Boix de Peramola (2h 35 min)
Lunch in Can Boix or the Peramola restaurant.
Dinner in Can Boix
Accomodation in Can Boix de Peramola
After this visit we travel on to Peramola, a town in the province of Lérida in which we can find some of the earliest evidence of human existence in the area with prehistoric rock paintings at the Roc de Rumbao or the Roca de los Moros (6.500- 3.500 B.C.) which have been named World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
You can also visit the Springs of Peramola, or go on trails such as the Ruta del Corb or the Ruta de Sant Honorat.
– La Ruta del Corb: This trail which can be undertaken on foot is conveniently signposted. It takes us through some of the most charming spots in the region of Peramola. It takes us out into the countryside and continues along the Grau de Porta until the imposing rock formations of Corb, made up of Conglomerates of the same type as Montserrat. The excursion continues around the rock before returning to Peramola along the same track.
– Ruta de Sant Honorat: This route starts at the hotel Can Boix. It is a circular route of 10km which allows us to discover a spectacular but lesser well known region of the Catalan Pyrennes. The Sant Honorat mountain range offers dizzing views, high plateus with privilleged views of the south of the region of Alto Urgel – the resevoir of Oliana, the mountain ranges of: Aubenç, Turp and the lands of Grau de Oliana-, Solsonés and la Noguera. On this route we go up the Rocas de Sant Honorat (1.068m) and the Roc de Rombau (991m), visiting the remains of the ancient
hermitage of Sant Honorat, observing the peculiar silhouette of Picapoll or Roc de la Presó and get to know the beautiful y Romance church of Santa Maria de Castell-llebre, situated in a privilleged location at the top of spectacular cliffs above the river Segre.
Transfer to Val D’Arán (2hours 33 minutes) Day in Val D’arán
Lunch at Casa Rufus (best rated tripadvisor) in Val D’Arán (Carrer de Sant Jaume, 8, 25598 Gessa, Lleida)
Transfer from Vall D’Arán to Hotel (2hours 37 minutes)
Dinner at the Hotel Barosse or Hotel Viñas de Lárrede
Accomodation in the Hotel Barosse or the Hotel Viñas de Lárrede
The third visit is to the Val d’Arán, a valley in the Pyrennes. This area contains valleys, permanently snow-covered mountain peaks of over 2000 metres. Its gastronomy, cultural richness, its singular language, and excellent hotels, services and activities make this a wonderful place to visit. These mountains are a paradise for those who love hiking, there are a multitude of trails along which you can see forests of fir, pine and beech trees, Alpine meadows, rivers, streams, and idyllic mountain lakes.
– In this area of outstanding natural beauty which possesses innumerable trails you can see lakes, waterfalls, rivers and dramatic landscapes. Some examples of these routes include the valley of Varradós the waterfall of Sauth deth Pish, the Era Artiga de Lin and Uelhs deth Joeu, the forest of Varicauba and the Bassa d’Oles, the route of the Victoria mine, or a visit to the 7 lakes of Còlomers.
Transfer to Vielha
Visit the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido (Fodor’s)
Brunch at A’Borda Samper (best rated by Tripadvisor in Ordesa) Visit the National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido.
The last destination that we recommend that you visit is the National Park of Ordesa and Monte perdido, which has been awarded the titles:
- SPA (special protection area) for birdlife (1988).
- Biosphere Reserve (1977).
- Diploma in Conservation from the Council of Europe (1988, 1993, 1998).
- World Heritage Site UNESCO (1997).
- UNESCO Geopark.
In this national park you can take several trails for which we recommend contacting Tourist Information who can provide specialised mountain guides for more difficult routes, as in winter some zones of the 15 thousand hectares can become inaccessible, although many others can be visited all year round. Even so, you are guaranteed spectacular views of the Pyrennes from any point in the park.