The (pre) Pyrenees
The strong economic growth in Spain and the fact that the Pyrenees have become easily accessible, made tourism thrive. There are an increasing number of opportunities for everyone to enjoy their holiday, whether it is culture, sports or relaxation you are looking for. Fortunately these developments have not interfered with tranquillity and nature. The picturesque villages still have their traditional feasts: ancient festivals, traditional dances and markets can be found everywhere.
The area with its protected flora and fauna is a paradise for nature lovers. It is rich with natural products, amongst which a diversity of mushrooms and herbs. Characteristic of the landscape are the many (white water) rivers and lakes and the several nature reserves and national parks. The most important national parks are Ordesa & Monteperdido and Aigüestortes & Estany de Sant Maurici.
There are several mineral springs that are beneficial for your general health as well as specific conditions (as rheumatism). They can be enjoyed in several spa's like the ones in Caldes de Boí or Vilas de Turbon. These baths provide extensive possibilities for relaxation and health.
Sports and outdoor activities
Sportsmen love this area for walking, climbing, mountain biking and horse riding. To do this, numerous paths have been marked. Furthermore there are many possibilities for more rough adventure sports like rafting, kayaking, waterskiing and paragliding. The several skiing areas offer alpine and downhill skiing enthusiasts many opportunities.
Culture and heritage
The Pyrenees are rich in cultural heritage, mainly reflected in Romanesque art and architecture from the middle ages. Examples of this are churches with mural paintings and statues, characteristic bell towers, monasteries, little chapels, ruins of rustic castles, and Romanesque bridges. Many villages in the region constitute fine examples of Pyrenean architecture.
Because of the great variety in both altitude and climate, almost every region has its own specialities, varying from cheese, sausage and olive oil to wine and liqueur. Some of them, like the wines from the Somontano region, are well known internationally.
The cuisine is varied and noted for the quality and richness of its ingredients. The products are on offer in fine restaurants everywhere.