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THE PYRENEES MOUNTAINS

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The  Pyrenees mountains

form an unbroken chain from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, creating a spectacular frontier between France & Spain, with the principality of Andorra perched between.

Rising to over 3000 meters, the Pyrenees mountains, due to the very hard nature of the rock formations, are frequently jagged, tooth shaped peaks, with a mantle of snow in Winter that all but disappears in Summer.  Equal to the Alps in dramatic, breathtaking landscapes, if not  quite reaching the same heights, the Pyrenees are also much quieter, calmer, less 'touristic'.  The Pyrenees mountains are certainly not the poor cousin of the Alps.  What is more, as the mountains are more remote, yet still accessible, plus also far less developed, there is a real chance to experience a true, unspoilt wilderness. 

 

There are around 25 Eurasian brown bears (Ursus arctos arctos) within the Pyrenees chain, the majority in the central Pyrenees in the Ariege department.  Very elusive, they present no threat to those enjoying the high Pyrenees, nonetheless the bear is an iconic symbol of the Pyrenees & also a topic of fiery debate, particularly in regional political circles.  A continuing programme of further Slovenian bear introductions has added further fuel to this long running debate .  Wolves are also making a slow recovery in the French Pyrenees, although numbering less than 80. There is a huge variety of other wildlife to be found all year round but particularly in the Summer months. Lynx are rare & also illusive, but Marmots can be seen next to paths in a number of places, Izzards & Mouflon can be seen at higher altitudes. Griffon Vultures are widespread & relatively numerous. Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) also known as Lammergeier are seen in the higher peaks in specific areas. There are an amazing number of birds of prey in the Pyrenees, primarily due to more traditional farming methods leading to an abundance of small mammals and other prey.  There is a huge diversity of birds in general, plus butterflies, wild flowers, insects to be enjoyed, covering all climatic conditions from  dry hot sands to permanent snow fields.

 

The Pyrenees mountains have, by their very nature, offered sanctuary to the persecuted and yet also presented a huge barrier to those fleeing, such as during World War 2.  The Pyrenees regions are for many reasons culturally diverse, the borders throughout history frequently being re-drawn and merging, the inhabitants consequently imbued with a sense of mixed belonging, enduring a colourful, often difficult history thereby creating a streak of stubbornness & resistance to change.....but yet with a genuine, warm, caring sense of community.  The food, music & art of the region reflects this magical mix.

 

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