Pyrenees

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The Rough Guide to the Pyrenees is the only guidebook available to the entire region, covering both the French and Spanish sides of this spectacular region, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. A full-colour section introduces the author's pick of the attractions, from relaxing in the picturesque spa towns to watching the Tour de France wind up the mountains. There are detailed listings of the best places to eat, drink and stay, from boutique hotels in Biarritz to the most remote mountain refuges. For the ...
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Overview

The Rough Guide to the Pyrenees is the only guidebook available to the entire region, covering both the French and Spanish sides of this spectacular region, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. A full-colour section introduces the author's pick of the attractions, from relaxing in the picturesque spa towns to watching the Tour de France wind up the mountains. There are detailed listings of the best places to eat, drink and stay, from boutique hotels in Biarritz to the most remote mountain refuges. For the outdoor enthusiast there are exhaustive accounts of the walking and climbing routes available and information on the host of other activities available, including skiing, paragliding, rafting, cycling and horse riding. There is also expansive coverage of all the cultural highlights including the prehistoric cave art at Ariege and an accesible history of the region from prehistory to the current day.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858287010
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/5/2001
  • Series: Rough Guides Travel Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Dubin first visited the Pyrenees on 1986 – and thigh deep in snow melt, discovered why most facilities are closed in May. Since then he has returned on numerous occasions and has become hooked on the regions" attractions - from the cuisine to the wildlife.
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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Part 1 Basics 1
Getting there: from Britain 3
From Ireland 9
From North America 11
From Australia and New Zealand 15
Red tape and visas 18
Costs, money and banks 20
Insurance 24
Health matters 25
Information and maps 27
Getting around 31
Accommodation 39
Eating and drinking 45
Communications and the media 62
Opening hours and public holidays 67
Festivals 69
Trouble, police and sexual harassment 72
The great outdoors 75
Directory 84
Part 2 The Guide 87
Chapter 1 The Eastern Pyrenees 89
Perpignan 95
The Aude Valley 101
The Lower Tet 104
The Canigou Massif 109
The Upper Tet 114
The Capcir 119
The Tech valley and the Alberes 121
The Cote Vermeille 130
The Costa Brava 137
Figueres and around 146
Girona and around 152
The Fluvia valley and the Garrotxa 159
EI Ripolles 172
Travel details 183
Chapter 2 Andorra and Around 185
The Cadi-Moixero Park 190
Approaches from Ripoll 191
Berga and around 195
The Serra del Cadi 197
La Seu d'Urgell and around 202
Andorra 205
The Cerdanya 217
The Cerdagne 223
The Carlit Massif 227
Ax-les-Thermes and around 233
Tarascon-sur-Ariege and its caves 235
Foix 239
The Pays de Sault 241
Travel details 246
Chapter 3 The Val D'Aran Region 248
The Montcalm-Estats massif 249
The Vicdessos Valley 252
The Noguera Pallaresa 256
The Val d'Aran 264
The Aiguestortes-Sant Maurici region 274
Approaches to Aiguestortes 278
Walking in Aiguestortes 284
The Esera valley 286
Maladeta climbs and walks 293
Posets climbs and walks 295
The Valle de Chistau 300
The Couserans 303
Saint-Girons and Saint-Lizier 303
Mas d'Azil 307
The "Empty Quarter" 308
The northern approaches 331
The Vallee d'Aure 334
The Baronnies 342
Chapter 4 Around the National Parks 327
Bagneres-de-Bigorre 344
Upstream from Bagneres 346
Tarbes 350
Lourdes and around 352
The upper gave de Pau 356
Luz-Saint-Sauveur 359
Bareges 361
The Gavarnie region 364
Cauterets 372
Pau 376
The Ossau and Aspe valleys 381
The southern approaches 395
The eastern valleys 398
The Valle de Ordesa and around 408
Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido 411
The Valle de Tena and around 415
Jaca and around 420
Huesca, Barbastro and the Sierra de Guara 428
Travel details 435
The Comminges 315
Bagneres-de-Luchon 319
Travel details 326
Chapter 5 The Western Pyrenees 437
The Echo and Anso valleys 444
The Valle de Roncal and Parque Natural Pirenaico Larra-Belagoa 451
Gorges of the Haute-Soule 455
The Irati Forest 458
The Valle de Salazar 460
Auritze 463
Roncesvalles 466
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port 468
Baigorri and the Vallee des Aldudes 471
The Valle de Baztan 473
Through Labourd to the coast 475
Bayonne 479
Biarritz 483
Saint-Jean-de-Luz and around 488
Hendaye 491
Irun and around 493
San Sebastian 497
Travel details 506
Part 3 Contexts 509
History 511
Wildlife 530
The Environment 536
Books 540
Language 546
Glossary 555
Index 558
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