We based ourselves in a lovely little Gite near Argeles-Gazost in the southern part of the country and visited a number of places including the Pic du Midi de Bigore, the area near the Cirque de Gavarnie, as well as two of the Tour de France routes via the Col du Tourmalet. It was a wonderful holiday in a landscape full of wildlife.
|Cirque de Gavarnie from the north (at 2000m)|
|Soaring Griffon Vultures|
We took it fairly easy on our first day having had a long journey due to flight delays but were instantly captivated by the landscape and fantastic flora, and explored the area by car. We drove towards the Pont d'Espagne via Cauterets, where we lunched in a square admiring the slightly faded charm of this spa town. The valley that we traveled up was packed with views and interesting plants.
The river thundered down, cascading between rocks where the ground was steep.
|Rhododendrons - wild in the Pyrenees|
|Composite photo of this glacial river valley|
The Pyrenees has around 200 endemic plant species - now there's a challenge!
- Book: The Alpine Flowers of Britain and Europe - Wilson & Blamey. Pub. Collins
- Book: Wildflower Wonders of the World - Bob Gibbons Pub. New Holland
- Book: Pyrenees 2 French Central Pyrenees: Arrens - Seix - Roger Budeler. Pub: Rother
- Map: Michelin 432: Hautes-Pyrenees, Pyrenees Atlantiques 1:150 000 (useful for a local overview - but not for detailed walking at that scale unless obvious routes)