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Blogging from the Pyrenees

Phil & Anna have been living in the Pyrenees for over 12 years and love the culture, wildlife and mountains here. We run Hike Pyrenees, which organises guided and self guided hiking holidays in the Pyrenees and other areas of Spain. Our blog tells about our adventures hiking, snowshoeing and skiing in the Pyrenees and we hope to explain some of the fascinating flora, fauna and history of the area. We hope you enjoy reading!

Pico Mondoto and the Añisclo Canyon

Pico Mondoto and the Añisclo Canyon

Monday was a beautiful sunny day, and we hiked up Pico Mondoto for views into the Añisclo Canyon and the high peaks of Ordesa, covered with fresh snow from the day before. It was cold and crisp the air couldn't have been any clearer which made for particularly...

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Update: Summer 2021 walking holidays

Update: Summer 2021 walking holidays

I'd like to give everyone an update on what our plans are for hiking holidays this summer, the current situation in Spain, and hopefully, answer a few questions people have about their Pyrenees walking holidays. With the COVID vaccines being rolled out, people are...

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The Waterfalls of Santa Orosia

The Waterfalls of Santa Orosia

The route of the ermitas at Santa Orosia is a great hike at any time, but after a heavy rainfall when the waterfalls are in full flow it's truly specatacular. So, with all of the rain we've had recently and the weather not good in the higher mountains last weekend, I...

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English with Anna

English with Anna

There have been changes in the Hike Pyrenees office over the last year, as last summer we converted the office into an English Academy called 'English with Anna'. Obviously, with us not being able to run holidays last year, we needed to cut costs. With us all working...

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A weekend snowshoeing

A weekend snowshoeing

With the fantastic snow in the Pyrenees at the moment, last weekend I took Isabel and Christopher on their first snowshoeing trip and also went out with Gustavo up Pelopin. Christopher was desperate to go snowshoeing with me last winter, but his feet are too small for...

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Skiing at Astun

Skiing at Astun

With the perfect snow conditions we've got in the Pyrenees at the moment we've headed to the ski resort of Astun a couple of times in January - once on my own and once with the kids. Astun is in the Valle de Aragon, north of Jaca, right on the French/Spanish border....

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Snow in the Pyrenees

Snow in the Pyrenees

Since Christmas, we've had a huge amount of snow in the Pyrenees and even down at Biescas, we had huge falls of snow every day between Christmas and New Year. It made everything look very Christmassy which was nice as this has been a holiday without as much Christmas...

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Ski touring at Panticosa

Ski touring at Panticosa

Last weekend, I got the skis out for the first time this season. We've had some really heavy snow here in the Pyrenees over the last ten days, but Sunday was one of the first clear days to get out and enjoy it. The first winter outing of the season - whether on skis...

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La Vuelta visits Biescas

La Vuelta visits Biescas

On Sunday, La Vuelta cycle race is starting the stage in Biescas. It's a gruelling days riding with the route heading north up the Valle de Tena over the Portalet pass into France and then tackling both the Col d'Aubisque and Col du Tourmalet. I've done the Col...

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The Ordesa NP

Guide to hiking the spectacular canyons of the Ordesa National Park

Pyrenees butterflies

Gallery of the spectacular butterflies and moths we have in the Pyrenees

Village to Village

Hotel to hotel hiking in the high Pyrenees

Geology of the Pyrenees

Discover how the Pyrenean range was formed

Hike the GR11

A practical guide to hiking the GR11

Wildflowers

Discover the spectacular flora of the Pyrenees

Bearded vulture

This huge bone eating vulture is one of the Pyrenees emblamatic species

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