Cycle Holiday Across the Pyrenees This Summer

Eager to mix nature, culture and sport during your upcoming¬†holiday in Spain? One way to do so is by hopping on a mountain bike and taking in part the legendary Transpirinaica ‚Äďor Trans Pyrenees‚Äď route, which spans the north of the country from the¬†Bay of Biscay¬†to the¬†Mediterranean Sea.

Starting off from the imposing Parador Hondarribia, you can discover the very best of Spain’s alpine region by cycling through scenic valleys and dramatic peaks, with stops in Parador Vielha, La Seu, Vic-Sau and Cardona. A perfect escape for experienced and novice sportspeople alike, with all the creature comforts you’ve come to expect from Paradores’ luxury and historic hotels along the way.

The best mountain route

The Transpirinaica is one of the best ways to get to know the spectacular¬†Pyrenees¬†mountain range, which separates Spain and France. Stretching from¬†Pa√≠s Vasco, on the Bay of Biscay, across¬†Navarra,¬†Arag√≥n¬†and¬†Catalu√Īa, the trip is a tour de force of language, landscapes, architecture and gastronomy, with the very best of Spanish, Basque and Catalan culture on display.

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Parador HondarribiaTake in the best of the Basque Country from Parador Hondarribia

The adventure begins at Parador Hondarribia, a stunning medieval fortress overlooking Spain’s border with France in the Basque Country and the scenic Bay of Biscay. From here, it’s a leisurely rise into the mountains, dropping into the stunning valleys of Navarra, where timbered houses with red roofs stand out amongst the land’s intense greens.

All too quickly, one encounters the impossibly high peaks of Aragón, and the seemingly impenetrable forests where you’re likely to see all variety of wild animals as you cycle along. Drop in on Parador Vielha for a hearty olla aranesa (meat and vegetable stew) after a long-day’s ride.

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Parador VielhaStop off at Parador Vielha on your cycling adventure

Ride Catalu√Īa

Once you‚Äôre out of Arag√≥n, you descend into Catalu√Īa‚Äôs equally stunning landscapes, coasting into La Seu d‚ÄôUrgell, one of Lleida‚Äôs most beautiful cities. Take a rest at¬†Parador La Seu, where the chiming of the town‚Äôs¬†Romanesque¬†cathedral will be music to your ears.

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Parador La SeuRelax at the peaceful Parador La Seu

The following day, continue peddling on to¬†Parador Vic-Sau¬†to discover Catalu√Īa‚Äôs stunning¬†lakes¬†and take a dip with mountain views. With your adventure nearly complete, give the final push towards¬†Barcelona¬†and the Mediterranean, with a stop at¬†Parador Cardona¬†along the way. As you relax in this grand¬†castle, located just a few kilometres from the seashore, you‚Äôll feel royally pleased with your accomplishment.

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Parador Vic-SauThe stunning landscape at Parador Vic-Sau

Ready to pedal on? Contact Paradores to arrange your cycling tour of the Pyrenees today!