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Spanish Pyrenees - Navarra to Catalonia

<span>Navarra, Pamplona</span>Navarra, Pamplona
<span>Navarra, Roncesvalles. The cloisters</span>Navarra, Roncesvalles. The cloisters
<span>Aragon. Jaca</span>Aragon. Jaca
<span>Aragon, Spanish Pyrenees. Bielsa</span>Aragon, Spanish Pyrenees. Bielsa
<span>Aragon, Benasque</span>Aragon, Benasque
<span>Aragon, Benasque. Pyrenees</span>Aragon, Benasque. Pyrenees
<span>Aragon. Ordesa Natural Park</span>Aragon. Ordesa Natural Park
<span>Spanish Pyrenees. Wild boar</span>Spanish Pyrenees. Wild boar
<span>Aragon. Monte Pedregosa</span>Aragon. Monte Pedregosa
<span>Catalonia, Seu d'>Catalonia, Seu d'Urgell
<span>Ripoll, Monastery of Santa Maria</span>Ripoll, Monastery of Santa Maria
<span>Figueres, Dali Museum</span>Figueres, Dali Museum
<span>Barcelona, Las Ramblas</span>Barcelona, Las Ramblas
<span>Zaragoza, Aljaferia</span>Zaragoza, Aljaferia
<span>Zaragoza, San Salvador</span>Zaragoza, San Salvador
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The Atlantic Pyrenees are situated in the North east of Navarra, where the Pyrenees are at their mellowest. Here villages harmoniously combine the aristocratic with the popular, manifested in the fortified manor houses, palaces and typical farmhouses.

The Atlantic Pyrenees are unique and totally different to the rest of Navarra, a unique landscape, at times serene and at other moments completely wild.  In Aragon, the province east of Navarra, the peaks are at their highest before reaching Catalonia, where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean. Throughout the Pyrenees mountains one finds religious monuments, castles, a wealth of Romanesque art and architecture, and of course spectacular scenery.

Day ONE

Arrive in Navarra. Accommodation of your choice in Pamplona.

Day TWO

Visit Pamplona this morning.  See the old city walls, close to the 12th century Gothic Cathedral, as well as the remarkable Plaza del Castillo. Walk the old cobbled streets where the famous San Fermin bull run takes place every July.  In the afternoon, travel north to visit the town of Elizondo, beautifully located in the Valley of Baztan.  Nearby tour the caves in Zugarramurdi (Ikaburu caves), which were once said to be a meeting place for witches. Accommodation of your choice in Pamplona.

Day THREE

Leaving Pamplona continue north to Roncesvalles. Here begins the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and its 13th century Colegiata Real has served travelers for centuries. Continue to Bielsa visiting Jaca on the way. Jaca, an ancient city (2nd century AD) has an 11th century cathedral which is one of Spain’s oldest. Also worth seeing here is the 16th century Citadel, a fort on the edge of the town. Accommodation of your choice in Bielsa.

Day FOUR

From Bielsa you can explore the National Park of Monte Perdido (lost mountain) and Ordesa, to enjoy the natural wonders of this area. The park is a great example of classic Spanish Pyrenees scenery. Within the park there are four glacial canyons giving the area spectacular cliffs and charms. Accommodation of your choice in Bielsa.

Day FIVE

From Bielsa head to the Valley of Benasque, one of the most beautiful in the Pyrenees, surrounded by the highest peaks in the Pyrenees. Here you might decide to join a guided excursion to climb Aneto, the highest mountain peak on the Spanish peninsula. Next visit Taull which two churches, Sant Clemeint and Santa Maria, have superb reproduction Romanesque frescoes. The original ones are kept in the Museu Nacional d´Art de Catalonia.

Once in Catalonia, the Val d’Aran (Aran Valley) should be visited. Then head to La Seu d’Urgell, a beautiful town close to Andorra and Puigcerda, on the border with France. In this region alone are over 50 Romanesque Monuments. In La Seu d´Urgell see the 12th century Cathedral with a Romanesque statue of Santa Maria d´Urgell.  Continue to Vielha and the accommodation of your choice.

Day SIX

Ripoll is the next stop, which is best known for the Monasterio de Santa Maria, first built in AD 888 and the final reconstruction in the 19th century. Great Romanesque works are kept here. From Ripoll drive to Figueres, birthplace of Salvador Dali and home to the outstanding museum hosting his most unique work. Accommodation of your choice in the Figueres area.

Day SEVEN

Return to your point of departure.

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Continue to Barcelona city, the second largest city in Spain, and host of the Olympic Games in 1992.  Start your visit in the Old town, that is traversed by Barcelona’s most famous avenue, the Ramblas, where you can find many people and places of interest. From here stroll to the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter), where the 13th century Gothic Cathedral is situated. The Parc de la Cuitadella is also located in the area. Next make your way to Montjuic which not only provides a great panoramic view of the city and the harbour, but also mixes the modernity of the modern sports halls built nearby for the Olympic games, and a 17th Century Castle. Also in Monjuic you find the Palau Nacional, home of the Museu Nacional d’Art Catalan, hosting a great collection of medieval art (especially Romanesque frescoes).

If Gaudi is your thing then there are three places not to be missed: the Guell Park, full of his work replete with brightly coloured tiles:  the Casa Mila on the Paseo de Gracia, in the centre of the Eixample district, and the Sagrada Familia, a Christian temple - the most famous and spectacular of Gaudi´s works. Unfortunately he died before finishing the Sagrada Familia, work on which continues to this day, and is buried in the crypt. Other marvellous visits in Barcelona include the Palau de la Musica, Museu Picasso and the Olympic Harbour. Accommodation of your choice in Barcelona.

Day EIGHT

Second day visiting Barcelona.  Be sure to visit the famous and colourful La Boqueria market just off the Ramblas.  Accommodation of your choice in Barcelona.

Day NINE

Today travel west to Zaragoza, with its splendid old quarter and finely preserved examples of mudejar art, such as the Palace/Castle of Aljaferia. The Cathedral of San Salvador and La Seo, are other fine buildings with mudejar decoration on the outside based on bricks and coloured tiles. Also the Churches of San Pablo, La Magdalena, San Miguel and San Gil, among others, are clearly of Mudejar style. See as well the Basilica del Pilar (open daily from 5.45am-9.30pm), a truly impressive 17th-century building, like no other in Spain. Later return to Barcelona. Accommodation of your choice in Barcelona.

Day TEN

Departure.

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Spanish Pyrenees - Navarra to Catalonia Hotel Code Classification Information
2 nights in Pamplona NAV13 Country Hotel
2 nights in BIELSA PYR01 PARADOR Paradors
1 night in VIELHA PYR02 PARADOR Paradors w/ pool
PYR04 PARADOR Paradors w/ pool
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Spanish pyrenees. From Navarra to Catalonia (10 days) Hotel Code Classification Information
2 nights in Pamplona NAV13 Country Hotel
2 nights in BIELSA PYR01 PARADOR Paradors
1 night in VIELHA PYR02 PARADOR Paradors w/ pool
PYR04 PARADOR Paradors w/ pool
3 nights in Barcelona BAR02 Central Hotel
BAR04 Central Hotel w/ pool
BAR06 Central Hotel
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