In July 2012 I did a 6 day hiking trip in the Spanish/French Pyrenees. A train ride from Barcelona took me to Zaragoza where I was met by Phil, one of our guides from “Hike Pyrenees” and the rest of our hiking group. From here we were taken by bus to our hotel for the week in the Spanish town of Panticosa..
Our first hike began straight from our hotel. After filling up our drinks and packing our lunches and snacks provided by Hike Pyrenees, we set out. This walk was through the Valle de la Ripera, and gave views of the mountains surrounding the town we were staying at. We also met some of the local goats and some alpine marmots.
One of the reasons I choose this trip over other European hiking spots was that we got to see the Tour De France. So on our rest day we drove to the town of Laurens for Stage 16 of the 2012 Tour de France. We waited at the bottom of a steep section where we had a good view of riders coming towards us in the distance, the road then went straight by us and curved around and passed us again a few meters above so we got to see them pass twice.
After the riders had all passed we drove up the Col d'Aubisque along the same road the riders went. The road was very steep and winding (over 16km long and 1,000m elevation gain) and the drive took us quiet a long time which put into perspective how fit the riders are. From the top we got some nice views of the mountains.
We went up to the Pic Peyreget and around Ibones Pecico which both had amazing views of surrounding mountains as well as nearby lakes and waterfalls. The walk around Ibones Pecico also involved an extra hike up to Piccos de Marcadau which crosses the border into France.