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ORDESA and GAVARNIE (Spanish and French Pyrenees)

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DESCRIPTION OF THE AREA:
The Pyrenees is an extensive mountain range, running along the French/Spanish border from the Mediterranean in the east to the Atlantic in the west. There is lots of walking, climbing, skiing and so on. I would not attempt to cover the whole mountain range in this website, so I am concentrating on the area of the Ordesa national park, which I believe to be the premier section of the Pyrenees for hill walkers.

There is a wide range of walks in the region, from easy to very strenuous. Walking is generally on good footpaths, which are well signposted.

The main centres for access are the small towns of Torla (on the Spanish side) and Gavarnie and Cauterets on the French side. From these three towns you can access the real highlights of the mountains, the magnificent Cirque de Gavarnie (a wonderful amphiteatre of high cliffs with a huge waterfall); the Brecha de Roldan (a massive cleft in the high mountains to pass between the two countries on foot); and the Ordesa gorge (as deep as the Grand Canyon and a wonderful spectacle).

RECOMMENDED MAPS :
The maps in this area cross the border, so there are maps from each country.

In Spain - Editorial Alpina, Monte Perdido, 1:30,000. ISBN 84 8090 080

In France - Institut Geographique National, 1;25,000. ISBN 0755........ Sheet 1748, Gavarnie, and sheet 1647 Vignemale.

TRANSPORT:
The easiest and by far the quickest way to reach Ordesa from anywhere else is by car. From Bilbao or Pamplona take the highway to Jaca, then turn north to reach Torla. From Toulouse, take the motorway south as far as Tarbes, then go through Lourdes and take the fork to either Cauterets or Gavarnie.

ACCOMMODATION:
There are plenty of hotels in Torla, Cauterets and Gavarnie. A google search will reveal them.

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Above - la Brecha de Roldan

Below - ascending Petite Vignemale

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