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Adventure in the Pyrenees

Spanish Pyrenees mountains with clouds

Spain has more than one surprise tucked up its Mediterranean sleeve. In addition to the celebrated flamenco of the south, the controversial popularity of bullfighting, the sweet-salt taste of paella and the many other flavours that coalesce to form a stereotype, Spain has a wild and rugged outdoors.

Up in the northeast of the Iberian peninsula, the region of Catalonia has plenty of international sparkle. Barcelona and the Sagrada Familia, for example. The medieval city of Girona, as another. The beaches of Costa Brava, the art and eccentricity of Salvador Dali and much more besides.

But this week, I’m lucky enough to be off for a week of adventure in the Pyrenees: hiking, cycling, flying, riding and canyoning across Catalonia’s corner share of this mountain range. I’ll meet boxers turned award-winning chefs, ultra long distance runners and who knows who else besides?

With my mind still reeling from last week’s events, I’m hoping that the combination of muscle burn, cold water shocks and surges of adrenaline will somehow jumble up to form a soothing and refreshing tonic.

If not, I’m sure I can take comfort in the food. Catalonia’s quite keen on gastronomy – and I’ve already had my first taste of pizza in a glass. And it’s not every day you get to say that.

Pizza in glass Fabian Martin in Catalonia

Pizza. In a Glass. (at Fabian Martin’s)

Disclosure: I’ll be travelling through the Pyrenees with the Catalonia Tourist Board, although, as ever, I am free to write, photograph and ramble on about whatever I want. If you’re in to twitter, you can follow along on the #InPyrenees hashtag. If that means nothing to you, how about checking the Inside the Travel Lab page on Facebook? And if that’s all too much, then just sit back and wait for the articles to appear here…once I’ve got my breath back and had a hot bath.

UPDATE: Hot Air Balloon Pictures in the Pyrenees


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5 Responses to Adventure in the Pyrenees

  1. Italian Notes September 28, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    Love the multilayered, rugged landscape on the photo. Looks like a wholesome, stressfree place to be:)

  2. Abi September 30, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    I love the way the silhouettes of the mountains look live waves here. The adrenaline programme is certainly keeping me focused on one thing at a time…

  3. Danny November 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Brings back memories of camping holidays as a kid, driving round france and spain with a trailer tent. Loved the pyrenees, both the french and spanish side – and Andorra.

  4. Jim ODonnell December 14, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    This is an area prime for outdoor adventure. I’ve backpacker several stretches. It’s rugged and gorgeous and the views are amazing. Most Americans don’t think this kind of wild land exists I Europe. But it does. Enjoy it. I’ll be back there next summer if all goes right.

    • Abi February 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

      I loved it – thank you. And I’m sure many others in Europe don’t realise how rugged Spain can be. Enjoy your next trip!