The Eastern Pyrenees

These consist of a ridge of mountains that form the border between Girona province to the south of the Pyrenees and the Languedoc-Roussillon region to the north. Peaks soaring up to over 3,000 metres high, which contrast with the Mediterranean climate.

Climate

The Eastern Pyrenees enjoy gentler weather than the rest of the range thanks to the influence of the Mediterranean climate, leading to milder temperatures and above all brighter light. The routes we propose can be tackled all year round. Each season has its own characteristics and variety of landscapes.

How to get there

As part of your holiday package we will supply you with general information about your travels, including public transport (bus and train) timetables and individual maps of how to find each place where you will be staying. How to get to the starting points for your hike depends on the route you have chosen and are explained in detail for each activity. If you wish we can provide a service to pick you up and return you to your point of arrival. The nearest airports to the Eastern Pyrenees are:

  • From Barcelona (Spain): Barcelona-El Prat and Girona-Costa Brava.
  • From Girona (Spain): Girona – Costa Brava Airport.
  • From Perpignan (France): Perpignan – Rivesaltes.
  • From Toulouse (France): Tolouse – Blagnac.

Key to difficulties (hiking)

Our hikes follow well-marked paths and are accessible to all.

Nevertheless, for stretches involving any extra difficulty, we use a system of classifying routes to give you an idea of the level of difficulty, features and possible critical points you can find along the way. As well as this symbol, you have detailed information about the route for each activity.

How it works

Bookings can be placed exclusively through this website, where you can find the different options as to areas and activities, as well as detailed information on each of them. Bookings include: bed and breakfast accommodation, map, travel log, information on services, personal itinerary and GPS tracks. Other optional services we offer include: picnic, baggage transfer and accompanying guide, as well as recommended off-track guided walks. To book the service you must have personal insurance. Most of the hikes can be tackled all year round. Nevertheless, every idea includes details of seasonal availability and the recommended time of year to do it.

All our walking and cycling routes are designed to be self-guided, but we also offer you the option of hiring an official specialist guide to accompany you throughout your adventure. In the case of routes on horseback, the guide is included in the cost of booking the activity. We also offer you the option of following the route in your own vehicle, following roads open to wheeled traffic.

With self-guided trekking we plan the accommodation, we provide your holiday pack and we offer some extra services. You organise your trekking route by yourself, to suit you. You and your group are responsible for it.
In guided trekking, an official qualified guide will accompany you the entire route. The guide will be responsible for guiding you the entire route. Participants should follow the guide’s instructions at all times during the route.

Accommodation

One of the great things about our holidays is the quality of the accommodation. Cosy little mountain guest houses, top hotels and mediaeval chapels listed as national monuments. In selecting our accommodation we look for friendly hosts, a good position close to the route, a private bathroom for each room (except in some cases) and quality food prepared using plenty of regional produce. We try to book single rooms wherever possible.

Safety

  • While the walking is in medium-height mountains, you should be properly-equipped and always check the weather forecast.
  • The route can be followed all year round.
  • You may occasionally find snow in winter. You should have suitable footwear and equipment.
  • Apart from the optional GPS device, a map and compass are essential.
  • You should bear in mind your experience and physical conditions when choosing how long to walk.
  • In case of doubt and/or losing your way you should immediately retrace your steps until you find the way marks and/or recognise the ground.

Recommendations

  • You should make sure you have enough water and sun protection.
  • The times for the stages are for guidance and do not include stops.
  • Set out early in the morning in summer to avoid the hottest time of day and in the winter to take advantage of the hours of daylight.
  • If you do not want to carry too much, you have the option of arranging transfer of your luggage.
  • You are strongly recommended to use sticks so as not to overload your knee joints.
  • In case of emergency the telephone no. 112 is operational 24 hours a day (EU)

Rules

  • Do not leave or bury rubbish. Take it with you to somewhere where it can be collected.
  • Beware of fire. In some places you can never light a fire, while in others there are specially-equipped areas.
  • Always close any gates, grilles, barriers, cabin doors and so on that you come across on your way, to stop livestock and wild animals getting in or out.
  • Always use paths to cross cultivated land. Never trample crops.
  • By law dogs must always be on a lead to stop them annoying or frightening livestock or wild animals.
  • Respect and take care of springs and watercourses.
  • In nature parks dogs are totally prohibited.
  • You may find herds of cattle and bulls grazing. Never confront them, and always keep your distance while walking around them.

Personal equipment

In the FAQ section you can find a detailed list of what you need to bring.