16th - 27th Aug 2018
The Spanish Pyrenees are the least visited part of the dramatic Pyrenean Mountains, guarding the border between France and Spain. The whole region is immensely beautiful - thickly forested foothills, secret plunging valleys and soaring snow capped mountains make for some of the best mountain driving in Europe. Home to Western Europe's last bears and wolves, it is a forgotten area of Spain - villages still speak their own dialects, an ancient mixture of Spanish and Catalan. We spend our days driving from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean through some of the best scenery the Pyrenees offers, with the high peaks still mantled in snow. The forest tracks make for challenging driving on steep climbs and tight hairpins bends as we use forgotten smugglers trails that cross the border between France and Spain. We climb into the High Pyrenees, twisting through steep gorges carved by torrential, snow fed steams as they rush south to the Spanish Plains, leaving us behind in the remote, peaceful valleys of Anso and Hecho. We skirt the Odessa National Park, home to lammergeiers and bears, before climbing to over 2500 metres, into the high peaks around the landlocked principality of Andorra. Finally, with the ocean in sight we drop down the rolling Pyrenees Oriental ready to dip our feet into the sea at Cap de Creus.
If you are coming to Spain for the first time, this expedition will show you a side of Spain far from any preconceptions you may have - a wild, remote and timeless Spain. The relaxed and slow pace of this popular expedition, with plenty of time to stop and explore, is ideal for those who are travelling on expedition for the first time or with young families. You'll stay in good quality organised campsites with clean modern facilities, often with restaurants, bars and play areas. All your ferry costs are included and there will be a maximum of 6 vehicles - perfect for a relaxing, stress free holiday.