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Pyrenees - Spain

Spanish Pyrenees Traversee – Explorer

9 days | Spain | €1390

Exceptionally remote roads and strenuous mountain passes

Distance
985 km

Gain
16,400 m

Temp
17°C

Overview Destination Accommodation Program Essentials
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Overview

Distance

985 km

Gain

16,400 m

Temperature

17°C

RIDE AND ENJOY AT AN EXPLORER PACE

The Spanish side of the Pyrenees offers everything road cyclists are looking for: quiet roads, challenging mountain passes, perfect scenery with beautiful lights, and highlights such as the Mallos de Riglos. From Saint Jean de Luz in the French Basque country, this road cycling trip crosses the Spanish Pyrenees and their provinces of Aragon and Catalunya. Enjoy 9 days and reach the lovely town of Collioure on the Mediterranean coast. The route is peppered with winding roads in the foothills of the Pyrenees as well as “real” puertos (cols), especially at the foot of the legendary Pyrenean peaks.

In contrast to the classic French Pyrenees Traversée, this crossing is a more accessible and slightly less challenging opportunity to discover the beauty of the Pyrenees. The landscapes are drier and rockier, the vegetation more Mediterranean than in the French part; in the heart of the famous “Sierras”, expect deep gorges and beautiful rocky crags to feast your eyes. On top of that, enjoy typical culinary delights and very good local cuisine after challenging days in the saddle.

From the Pyrenees foothills to great mountain roads

Highlights of your trip

Natural Beauty

This tour covers beautiful landscapes including wide Pyrenean foothills and great mountain roads in the interior of the Pyrenees. Both the explorer and advanced tours will leave you in awe of the natural beauty of the area.

Rich Spanish History

Northern Spain has a rich culture and history running deep throughout the region. Discover the incredible architecture, experience the raw traditions, and make memories to last a lifetime.

All Meals Included

This trip is also a fantastic opportunity to discover rich Spanish cuisine. Taste the fresh and local ingredients from continental breakfasts at the hotels, picnic lunches on the road, and refuelling dinners at the end of each day.

Destination

Pyrenees - Spain

Stretching from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea across Spain to the Bay of Biscay, the Pyrenees are some of the most impressive mountains in the world. Once you've been here once, you will want to keep coming back. The sharp peaks rise high into the clouds, acting as a natural border between neighbouring countries. This mountain range reaches up to a staggering 3,404 metres which give the perfect opportunity for hill climb training.

Weather

You must be well prepared for the season in the Pyrenees. The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, highs reaching around 15 degrees. You will be exposed to typical mountain weather with mostly sunny conditions and clear skies. Winter months can see snow and get close to 0 degrees.

Terrain

A mix of fearsome and inviting terrain — there is something for everyone here. Take on the rugged terrain of the mountains for a real test of your fitness and skills, or opt for the more gentle passes and explore the area.

Culture

The Spanish Pyrenees region has an incredibly rich culture. There are 7 languages in the area, including Catalan — the mother language of over 5 million people. History courses through the land and the people are proud to share it with visitors and tourists.

42.6682° N, 1.0012° E

There's even more to discover on your trip.

Accommodation

Comfortable 2-3* Hotels

All the hotels along the route are in a comfortable 2-3* range. They are all well-positioned for the start and end of day riding, complete with secure bike storage.

A support vehicle will be assisting you for the entire trip, moving your bags between the locations and ensuring you can fully relax after reaching the next stop.

Accommodation

Meals Included

Breakfasts, picnic lunches, and dinners from a 3 to 4-course menu are included over the 6 nights. All you need to worry about it what you want to drink with each meal.

Program

Day 1

Saint Jean de Luz - Auritz/Burguete

Distance

105 km

Altitude gain

2400 m

Distance

105 km

Altitude gain

2400 m

Meet your tour leader and the group at 9 am at Saint Jean de Luz SNCF railway station. On special request, we can book the previous nights accommodation for you in Saint Jean de Luz.

Passes of the day:

  • Col de Saint Ignace, 169 m
  • Puerto de Otxondo, 570 m
  • Puerto de Artesiaga, 996 m
  • Col d’Erro, 801 m

Highlights:

  • Views back to the Atlantic from the Col de Saint Ignace
  • The famous roads of the Basque Country and the many small but steep passes
  • Puerto de Artesiaga
  • The view of the Arga valley and Pamplona in the distance

Day 2

Auritz/Burguete – Hecho

Distance

110 km

Altitude gain

1500 m

Distance

110 km

Altitude gain

1500 m

Day 3

Hecho - Loarre

Distance

135 km

Altitude gain

1800 m

Distance

135 km

Altitude gain

1800 m

Day 4

Loarre - Boltana

Distance

130 km

Altitude gain

1500 m

Distance

130 km

Altitude gain

1500 m

Day 5

Boltana - Ainsa - Pont de Suert

Distance

85 km

Altitude gain

1600 m

Distance

85 km

Altitude gain

1600 m

Day 6

Pont de Suert - Adrall

Distance

115 km

Altitude gain

2100 m

Distance

115 km

Altitude gain

2100 m

Day 7

Adrall – Berga

Distance

100 km

Altitude gain

2000 m

Distance

100 km

Altitude gain

2000 m

Day 8

Berga - Camprodon

Distance

100 km

Altitude gain

2200 m

Distance

100 km

Altitude gain

2200 m

Day 9

Camprodon - Collioure

Distance

105 km

Altitude gain

1300 m

Distance

105 km

Altitude gain

1300 m

What’s included in your trip

Guide and Support

Trip leader in support vehicle, luggage transfers, GPS tracking

6 Nights Accommodation

6 nights in 2-3* hotels with en-suite facilities

All Meals

6 breakfasts, 7 picnic lunches, 6 dinners (3 to 4 course menu)

What's not included.

International flights & transfers

Airport transfers are available at an additional cost

Insurance

Please organise suitable travel insurance

Additional excursions

Visits to museums, monuments and sites are not included

Book with nothing to pay upfront

Choose when you want to travel

After selecting the date of travel, you will be able to enter the detail of who is traveling and see further options for accomidation and cycle hire, subject to the operator.

Don't see the travel dates you want or have a special request, such as adding a non-rider, please contact us.

You only pay 30 days before the tour. If you can’t travel due to COVID-19, we’ll help you arrange your future tour or give you your money back. There’s no messing around when it comes to your money.

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