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‚Äôs 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‚Äôve come to expect from¬†Paradores‚Äô 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.
The adventure begins at¬†Parador Hondarribia, a stunning medieval fortress overlooking Spain‚Äôs border with France in the Basque Country¬†and the scenic Bay of Biscay. From here, it‚Äôs a leisurely rise into the¬†mountains, dropping into the stunning valleys of Navarra, where timbered houses with red roofs stand out amongst the land‚Äôs intense greens.
All too quickly, one encounters the impossibly high peaks of¬†Arag√≥n, and the seemingly impenetrable forests where you‚Äôre 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‚Äôs ride.
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.
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.
Ready to pedal on?¬†Contact¬†Paradores to arrange your cycling tour of the Pyrenees today!