The Pyrenees vary from desert to lush meadows, mountain passes and rocky out crops steeped in history. Approx. 1400 km 700 tracks 700 roads
Pyrenees Camping Coast to Coast
[Brittany Ferries sails on Saturday the 4th and gets into Bilbao 3PM on the 5th allowing time to get to St Jean Pied de Port] the ideal why to get to there on a relaxing cruise ship, cost approx. £1200]
We are now using the Brittany Ferries, Portsmouth to St Malo route ferry approx. £480 and driving the Atlantic coast route to the start 8hrs plus from St Malo.
Meet in St Jean Pied de Port. Campsite.
Sunday: Chillout in the Medieval Town which is the start of the world-famous Santiago de Compostela pilgrim trail. It is a fabulous place to explore and some great places to eat. Sunday evening meet up for our briefing for the forth coming trek.
Monday: Fuel up, grab some supplies and hit the road into Spain over the tops, reaching 2000 meters, arriving late afternoon at the campsite, Lumbier where we can visit the canyon and watch the vultures.
Tuesday: we travel through the Bardenas Reales, it looks like desert and it is where many of the spaghetti Westerns was filmed, it is a phenomenon you will never expect to see! After lunch It all changes, we travel pasted Roman Aqueducts in the middle of nowhere and through a barren area that leads into lush forests we arrive for the night at Camping Castle Loarre [This is a long day but worth it!] Backdrop of the Castle and a great campsite
Wednesday: On the road into the foothills of the Pyrenees, to Boltana through some fantastic scenery with Griffin vultures flying overhead. Boltana has one of the best campsites in the Pyrenees, with an excellent restaurant.
Thursday: Late start and a visit to the medieval town of Ainsa, Pizza in the square for lunch! We travel by road through the mountains to Sort, where we will stay for 2 nights,
Friday Today is a special day taking in some of the best tracks in the Pyrenees a day not to forget! Over 2000 meters above tree line. Or it is a great place to chillout for the day it is up to you.
Saturday. The famous Smugglers route, via Tor into Andorra, time to do some duty-free shopping and fill up with cheap fuel, camping in the town centre, it also has a brilliant restaurant that the locals use, steak night?
Sunday: We leave Andorra via the big duty-free shop on the way out, just because we can, and pick up the trail to start towards the Mediterranean.
Monday: Today we enter an area of spectacular jagged peaks to the north of Catalonia, this range is a significant barrier between Spain and France and there are several passes crossing between the peaks and wide range of trails to cover.
Tuesday: Alta Garrotxa and The Sierra de Bestraca, our journey through the peaks towards the Mediterranean continues and we enter the Garrotxa Volcanic zone National Park, there are over 40 extinct volcanoes in the region, and while the last eruption was over 11,000 years ago the area is still seismically active.
Wednesday: The descent into Collioure, we continue westward and start our descent into the foothills and yet again the terrain changes, we travel around the shores of the Pant de Boadella and across the northern borders of the Partge Natural L’Abera, before turning north across the French border hugging a cliff face down into the medieval town of Collioure in the late afternoon, in the evening we hit the time. Pablo Picasso and Salvadore Dali used to hang out here is why not us, It’s also a favourite of Rick Steins.
Thursday: Exploring Collioure this is a fabulous medieval fortified fishing town with cobbled streets and restaurants serving excellent fish dishes maybe why Rick Stein likes the place. What a place to mark the end of our journey across the Pyrenees
Friday: This is where we say our goodbyes if you’re wandering back through France or if your following Russ, we will set off towards Santander late morning, and we will find a campsite/hotel for the night depending on how we have travelled
Saturday: After our last breakfast in Spain, we are on the road to Santander to catch the new cruise ship Galicia.
Sunday: Chillout try the Tapas bar, or just relax, back into the UK around 8PM