Choosing the best and most spectacular landscapes from the Pyrenees is no easy job. Dizzying mountains, spectacular waterfalls, beautiful and unique lakes, some of the largest beech tree forests and even movie-like canyons make it hard to establish a top list of the best ones.
There are so many natural landscapes that offer amazing panoramic views that even if there were 50 places on the top list, it would not be enough. Having said that, we still have compiled some of the landscapes that are most famous among those who love to travel. Be sure to take notes.
National Park of Ordesa and Monte Perdido
It was declared a National Park, Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage by UNESCO in 1918. Ordesa and the Monte Perdido are two essential landscapes that need to be within the list of most spectacular places, not only within the Pyrenees, but from Spain as a whole. It is also known to be the home to the tallest waterfall in Europe and the biggest limestone massif in the world.
It stands out for the variety of landscapes it has. From glaciers, valleys and waterfalls to mountains filled with forests. The Añisclo canyon, with its highest peak at 3.000 metres, the Escuaín gorges, the Pinedo Monte and the Pineta valley are some of the spots that are very much worth visiting.
Congost de Mont-Rebei
The route that goes through the Congost de Mont-Rebei is one of the most spectacular and unknown gems of Catalonia. Away from mass tourism and with one of the most absolutely breathtaking landscapes you’ll find in the catalan Pyrenees. Nestled within nature and in between Lleida and Huesca.
It is a narrow gorge that follows the Noguera Ribagorçana river as it flows through the Montsec mountain range. You can enjoy this amazing landscape thanks to the path that was carved on the rock. It will allow you to have the most amazing views from the cliff edge.
The Guara canyons are located within the Aragonese Pyrenees and they stand out for being an example of the karstic relief of the area. It has four river basins from the rivers: Vero, Isuala, Alacandre and Guatizalema as well as their tributaries.
They are sculpted from limestone rocks and they are a world-wide reference for canyoning and adventure sports. For those who are hiking lovers, there is a full network of trails that allow one to get to know the area. These trails offer some of the best panoramic views of the landscape of the Guara canyons.
Selva de Oza
The Selva de Oza is one of the most spectacular natural gems in the Pyrenees. It offers an amazing landscape no matter the season as the forest changes colours accordingly.
The variety of the land allows for different activities to be done like mountain climbing and hiking, via ferrata or mountain bike and during winter snowshoeing. Each chosen route will offer a unique panoramic view of the amazing natural landscape there is.
From the Peña Forca y Lenito you will get the best views of Selva de Oza given they are above 2.000 metres. One of the most breathtaking landscapes of the area is the Ibón de Acherito. Its origin dates back to the Quaternary period, the last ice age brought erosion that ended up forming up the corrie that years later became the lake.
Natural Park Cadí-Moixeró
The protected natural space of the Cadí-Moixeró is one of the biggest natural spots in Catalonia and it is considered a natural park of national interest. It is also part of the Natura 2000 network.
Both mountain ranges, Cadí and Moixeró, form an amazing mountainous barrier between the Pirineo and the Prepirineo. This offers not only incredible landscapes but also more than 1400 species of vegetation, which makes it in turn one of the richest of the area. This territory has endless possibilities to be explored in, from hiking routes and trails, to mountain bike paths or even horse riding excursions.
Now you know some of the Pyrenees landscapes that you cannot miss. Places with the best views of the amazing nature that lives in them. Which one will you start with? Do not forget your camera so you can capture them all.
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