Los Pirineos, or The Pyrenees, are much more than a string of mountains; they are the cradle of former cultures, a place where regional history, mythology, and tricky trout waters fuse together from Basque Country by the Atlantic Ocean to Girona close to the Mediterranean Sea. This magnificent mountain range can be broken down into three sections: Occidentales (West), Centrales (Central), and Orientales (East).
Pirineos Occidentales (Western Pyrenees) begins all the way from the West, from starting from Gipuzkoa (Basque Country) to Navarre. This area consists of an Atlantic section, the gorges within Pyrenean valleys, and the second-largest beech tree forest in Europe: The Irate. Pamplona, the capital of Navarre is a provincial city with an extensive historic center encircled by high-rise suburbs. It is home to the annual fiesta of San Fermín.
Within Pirineos Centrales lies the region of Aragon, the Ebro River flows through the capital, Zaragoza, and its tributaries are the main river system of Northern Spain. In the mountainous Northern province of the region, there are approximately 20 inhabitants per sq. mile; there are extensive areas of wild, unspoilt countryside crossed by rivers and dotted with lakes for anglers to enjoy. This includes the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park; the Valles Occidentles Reserve; and the Posets-Maladeta Reserve, home of Aneto (the highest peak in the Pyrenees) and host to the Esera River.ç
The region of Catalonia begins as one steps onto the other side of the Noguera Ribagorzana River. This roughly marks the starting point of Pirineos Orientales. A countryside full of rivers and valleys spread across this area, including the Aigües Tortes y Sant Maurici National Park and the Alt Pirineu Reserve.
Barcelona the capital of Catalonia, has become Europe’s most popular short-break destination thanks to its famous football team, vibrant street life, fascinating Gaudi architecture, quality cuisine, and superb location on the Mediterranean Coast,
Continuing Northeast, one will enter Andorra (population: 78000) for a quick moment before finding oneself back in Spain again. This time, in Girona, the final city bordering the Pyrenees before the Mediterranean Sea.