The Spanish Pyrenees: Monte Perdido

While volunteering at the Tour de France with the Euskaltel Team this summer, I was introduced to the beauty that is the Pyrenees mountain range. Let me tell you, they’re not lying about those claims of “fresh mountain air”. At these altitudes, you’re getting nothing but fresh oxygen filling your lungs, exceptionally green landscapes, and probably the happiest wild horses that exist, galloping alongside your car.

I’m continuously amazed by this beautiful world we live in.

french_pyrenees

pyrenees_mountains_france

wild_horses_pyrenees

We passed over to the Spanish side for the night to rest at the Parador de Bielsa, at the foot of Monte Perdido, or “Lost Mountain”. The Parador is a big, rustic, stone building; perfect for really getting away from it all–you’re kilometers from anyone else besides hotel staff and guests, and surrounded completely by nature. While the hotel did have Wi-Fi, it was more tempting to disconnect and open up my window to the views and (seriously) babbling brook outside. I would love to come back in the winter and have this cozy place to hole up in after hours of playing in the snow!

parador_bielsa

 

parador_monte_perdido

 

 

 

These are the views from the Parador of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Monte Perdido. This is the third-highest mountain in the Pyrenees–doesn’t it look like a place you’d expect to see some mythical creature hanging about?

monte_perdido

grounds_parador_bielsa

monte_perdido_spain

sunrise_monte_perdido

 

I was there just for one night, and headed out at sunrise to cross back over the French border and meet the cyclists at the finish line in the lovely town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre.

tour-de-france-bagneres

 

Have you ever been to the French or Spanish Pyrenees?

Comments

Trackbacks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge