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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.
Arrive in Navarra and head to Bera de Bidasoa. Accommodation in Bere de Bidasdoa
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.
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.
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.
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.
Full day in La Seu D’urgell.
This is 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. You could also visit Andorra and maybe go shopping there.
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. Continue to Cantallops and accommodation in Ripoll