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More hiking holidays in the Pyrenees

Here are some more photos of the superb holidays we had last July in the Pyrenees. We had a fantastic month of hiking and while the temperatures were a bit on the hot side, we had lots of sunshine and the rainjackets stayed in the rucksack the whole month!

Peaks & Passes, July 14th-21st

From the general views of the Valle de Tena from Pico Pacino to the red peak of Ayous on the French side, or the Martian landscape surrounding the Anayet as you get to the chains heading to the summit, we had another great week in wonderful weather. The highlight of the week was crossing the chains and the scramble up the pointy summit of Pico Anayet.

Peaks and passes

Heading to Anayet Peak

“Another good experience with Phil and his team at Hike Pyrenees. See you next year to explore Ordesa” (David)

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viewranger gps map

Free digital mapping for our Village to Village itinerary

The Viewranger app is a free GPS and digital mapping app. It has excellent free, downloadable, hiking maps for the Pyrenees and all over the world.

It’s perfect if you are doing a Hike Pyrenees self guided holiday, such as our Village to Village itinerary, and would like a digital map and GPS to check you’re on the right path.Viewranger screenshot

Viewranger works offline – you do not need a data package or mobile coverage, It’s a good backup for the route cards with the instructions we provide for our self-guided holidays. Combined with our tracks, they make an excellent navigation aid, very helpful if you have any route-finding problems while on your hiking holiday.

Viewranger is available for both iPhone and Android. Setting Viewranger up is best done before you arrive, on a nice, fast internet connection (sometimes hotel connections are quite slow).

If you’re coming on our Village to Village holiday we highly recommend installing and using Viewranger.

Read our step to step guide to setting up Viewranger for our Village to Village itinerary.

Read our overview of the Viewranger app.

July hiking in Ordesa

Fantastic hiking this July in the Pyrenees

We had some spectacular hiking last month both in the Spanish Pyrenees and the Picos de Europa. Here are some photos and comments from our guests from our first couple of holidays this July.

Picos de Europa, July 1st-7th

In the first week of July, we spread our wings for a holiday in the Picos de Europa – a stunning set of mountains on the north coast of Spain. We hiked in the famous Cares Gorge, got high into the peaks using the Fuente De cable car and tasted the strong Cabrales cheese washed down with Asturian cider.

Picos de Europa

Sea of clouds below us in the Picos

“Just as you think holidays cannot get any better, along comes Hike Pyrenees and all the wonderful and helpful staff!” (Stephen)

“Good walking in spectacular scenery with friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgable guides.” (Roger)

Read the Picos de Europa itinerary and join us next summer in this wonderful area.

Discover Ordesa, July 7th-14th

Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park is a must when you visit the Pyrenees. Different paths from the valley bottom to the highest viewpoints gave us a full perspective of this impressive canyon, but we also made it to the nearby Valle de Bujaruelo with amazing hikes for all levels.

Ordesa

Alpine meadows and the yellow Monk’s Cushion flowers, near Cola de Caballo

“First class, couldn’t have wished for more.” (Alan)

“Thank you for great leadership, good information, helpful, cheerful, thoughtful. A wonderful week well above my expectations” (David)

Read the Discover Ordesa itinerary and join us next summer in this wonderful area.

We’ll post some photos of the second half of July next week….

Hiking in the Pyrenees

Already enjoying another great summer in the Pyrenees

Summer is back in the Pyrenes and there isn´t a better way to welcome it than going hiking.

These first weeks of the season we are walking surrounded by white snowed peaks and colorful flowers on green meadows, by semi-frozen lakes and strong flowing streams and waterfalls, and seeing butterflies and lizards that enjoy the heat of the summer sun up in the mountains.

The mountains lways look fantastic at the start of the season, and we’ve great expectations of another great summer season on the Pyrenees.

If you’ve already booked your walking holiday in the Pyrenees you’re in for a treat. If not we’re here hiking all summer – come and join us and discover these stunning mountains!

Neolithic cave art in Ordesa National Park

Neolithic cave art found in the Ordesa National Park

The highest neolithic cave art in Spain has been found in the the Ordesa National Park. Paintings have been discovered in two caves at 2200 metres altitude, near Regufio Goriz at the base of Monte Perdido. The paintings depict human and four legged animal figures.

Cave Paintings in Ordesa, Spain

A four legged animal on an image enhanced by infrared

At around 7000 years old the paintings were created between 4000 – 5000 BC. Archaeologists think they were probably painted by shepherds who, even that long ago, would take their flocks to the high pastures in summer.

Valle de Goriz above Ordesa

The two caves where the paintings were found

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