When I was given the opportunity to a walking weekend in the Pyrenees summer 2014, I couldn’t say no! It was scorchingly hot in Madrid and the idea of some mountains, some cooler weather and some nature away from the busy city life sounded perfect, so of course I used my trusty company BlaBlaCar and got a 7 hour road trip up to Vic in Catalonia. I was staying in a town called Camprodon which is near to the french border and a great place to stay to have good access to Spain and France.
The scenery there is incredible and the air feels so fresh, there are plenty of small villages and markets and the lifestyle there seems completely different to some of the more tourist places in Spain. Everyone seemed fairly relaxed and most people around here were in hiking gear, as this is the most common thing to do in the mountains and the choices aren’t huge!
What I did
Friday: Of course, I spent most of my time here walking. We the morning in Camprodon which is a beautiful old town which I would definitely recommend. We headed to Restaurant: Fonda Riga which is a beautiful place located in the mountains 10km from Camprodon and make sure you can get a window seat! After the meal we walked up into the mountains from the restaurant which was really easy and super high up, the mist stopped us from seeing too far down…
Saturday: Saturday we walked to France! It was a full day hiking and really cool to be in the middle of nowhere. The route we took was to observe the Canigo mountain range and the Vallespir valley. This was also used as an escape route during the civil war and Franco regime. It was absolutely incredible and you could see for miles! I could even see the sea for some parts which was strange being cold in the middle of the mountains. After the long walk we headed to Prats de Mollo for dinner in France. This village was also really sweet and beautiful with a castle and lots of nice restaurants for dinner. The drive there was also pretty cool ans scary over the mountain range.
Sunday: As I struggled to find a BlaBlaCar from the middle of the Pyrenees I left form Sitges on the Catalunyan ‘Gay city’ which is a beautiful place and the beaches are lush! I was happy to be driven by a very interesting Gay man from Bulgaria who had been there on his holidays.
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