Whether it is summer or winter, one lovely way to discover the glories of the Pyrénées and the foothills is - on foot.
The area is criss-crossed by Grand Routes which are numbered and marked on the large maps for those interested in long distance treks. In the mountains most areas have walks signposted together with approximate times for the healthy walker, and there are guides available to take you on mountain hikes.
In winter you can don snow shoes for a gentle - or not so gentle - perambulation over the slopes. Our picture shows a group of intrepid snow-walkers on the Col de Somport, where you can walk over the Spanish border and watch the skiers below you.
Note, these are mountains, and you should be properly kitted out if you are going for any serious walking. There are refuges at strategic points, but remember conditions can change and be totally different to those you find below.
|Ainhoa. A fine example of a typical Basque village|
|Popular stop on national walking routes and generally good walking area. |
|Not far from the GR10 and HRP. Wonderful walk to and around the Cirque de Gavarnie.. |
|Larrau. Village high up in the mountains in the Pays Basque|
|Mountain hiking; close to GR 10. Larrau is close to the Grand Randonér (GR) no 10; there are also a number of hiking routes into the mountains where you constantly get wonderful views, including one to the Pic d'Orhi which dominates this area.|
|Laruns. Small mountain town at the head of the Ossau valley.|
|Saint Etienne-de-Baïgorry. Pretty village high up in the Aldudes valley in the Basque country|
|Hiking - popular pause along the GR10. |
|Saint Jean-Pied-de-Port. Important and picturesque town near the Spanish border|
|Hiking - many walks through and around St Jean-Pied-de-Port. |
|Urdos. Small village at the head of the Aspe valley, close to the Spanish border.|
|Close to the GR 10. The Col de Somport is also popular in winter for snow-walking|
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