France: Welcome to the Pyrenees (A hiking heaven)

I cannot believe that we made it finally to the Pyrenees. We heard so much about it but it was never that high on our list that we actually made it there. Even that is not completely true, I been in the Andorra part of the Pyrenees when I was a teenager. Back then I did not care too much about the mountains, for that reason there was not too much memory there.

Our start into the mountain world

But let me start from the beginning. The Pyrenees are a mountain range that is stretching between France, Spain and Andorra. As the region is spread out between the countries and includes several national parks, it was not so easy to plan the whole trip. First was the question: how to get there. As driving from Germany are over 1200 km, we decided to take the plane. There are 3 option to fly in: Bilbao (Spain), Toulouse (France) or Barcelona (Spain). As we centered our selves in the Parc national des Pyrénées (France) and Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido (Spain) the best option for us was to fly to Toulouse and drive the 250 km further south to the Pyrenees.

Dream location Gavarnie

In order to keep everything flexible we decided to do another camping adventure and just drive to places we like. With that said, our first stop was the small town of Gavarnie. We drove to the very nearest camping side “La Bergerie” near the Cirque de Gavarnie. We could even see the Cirque when looking out of the tent, how impressive is that.

We spend 2 days in Gavarnie and explored the hiking path in the region especially the Cirque de Gavarnie, which is truly impressive. It looks like an ancient amphitheater. It is completely worth to hike until the Gavarnie Falls (Grande Cascade de Gavarnie). The waterfall has an overall drop of 422 meters, it is the highest waterfall in mainland of France.

Lac de Cap-de-Long

After 2 great days of sunshine the weather was not cooperating that much in France anymore. With that we only visited further the Lac de Cap-de-Long region, which includes hikes to beautiful mountain lakes. Sadly we had a lot of rain and fog and could not even see the lake. Temperature dropped from 20 degrees in Gavarnie to 4 degrees in Fabian. As this is not an optimal camping temperature we tried our luck with crossing to Spain. I could not believe that after coming out of the tunnel we ended up in 20 degree sunshine Spain, with just 20 kilometers further south.

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