While Pyrenees hiking tours and bike tours remain intensely popular with tourists seeking outdoor beauty and natural communion, this mountainous region in France also offers many other exceptional qualities and activities. The Pyrenees are a land full of legends, outstanding landscapes, and unspoilt villages, as well as fantastic opportunities for skiing, sampling local gastronomy, and much more. This is a region that is rich in history, boasting a fascinating regional diversity. With so much to see and do in the region, it’s surprising that so many visitors in search of a holiday melding luxury, adventure and natural beauty overlook it. Here’s why you shouldn’t.
From west to east, the Pyrenees show remarkably distinctive landscapes and natural features. It is humid and green in the West; dry as the Mediterranean in the East; and the craggy snow-capped mountains make this mountain range every bit as sublime as the Alps. Their altitude is nearly the same, but the Pyrenean passes are lower, giving them a dramatic and distinctive, finely indented beauty adored by nature enthusiasts and hikers.
This captivating region will also surprise you by the wealth of its gastronomy, boasting local French specialities including foie gras, cassoulet, garbure, ewe cheeses and superb honey. Taking a private food tour of the region is a must if you wish to get an authentic sense of its gastronomic treasures.
Meanwhile, the region’s cultural diversity shines through in the diverse dialects that are spoken in each valley. One thing is sure: this is a region that is so varied and culturally rich, boredom is never a possibility on a tour of luxury holiday here.
The Pyrenees National Park is a favourite destination for hikers and mountain enthusiasts. It is a favourite spot in the French Pyrenees for climbing, biking, skiing, and observing wildlife. There are over 70 different species of animals and flora in the park, and many of them are endemic to this area.
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This region is a genuine paradise for bikers, climbers and hikers. Take in the breathtaking perspectives at the Cirque de Gavarnie, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Feel the grandeur of nature by climbing or skiing the Pic du Midi, one of the most majestic peaks of the Pyrenees.
Following the famous roads of the Tour de France:
You will definitely imagine you are the next “maillot jaune” of the col du Tourmalet. And do not be surprised if you end up crossing paths with bikers from all over the world, who have logged an incredible number of miles on their sophisticated carbon fiber bicycle. In the Pyrenees, bike tours are a serious matter, so check out some of our best biking tours here.
Discovering the secrets of Prehistoric times:
There are many caves in the Pyrenees. The region is very rich and full of history from the Prehistoric sites: you can discover,r for instance, the wonderful cave of Gargas, which will carry you back to the era of the upper Palaeolithic, when prehistoric humans roamed the region.
Snowy and sunny slopes:
Less renowned than the Alps, the Pyrenees is definitely a gem fore ski lovers! Here, you can enjoy a wide range of activities: from cross-country ski to alpine ski and snowmobiling. These stations are a bit more laid-back and rustic than their glamorous Alpine counterparts, but for some luxury travelers who prefer a quieter ambiance, this is ideal.
Get a little inspiration by scrolling through our images of magical past tours and excursions in the Pyrenees. Then, don’t hesitate to contact us to start building your bespoke luxury tour or holiday in the region.