All the walks have been rechecked for this Eighth edition of Sunflower’s best-selling guidebook to walking in the Pyrenees. The maps have all been redrawn using Openstreet mapping with reference to GPS tracking, and free downloadable GPS tracks are now available for all the hikes in the guide.
You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy trekking in the Pyrenees with this guide book. None of the hikes requires special skills (under summer conditions) and, if you are not very fit, simply turn back when you feel like it (although there are also specific short walk suggestions with most of the itineraries). Nevertheless, the authors (who have lived in the Pyrenees for 30 years) believe that “experienced and fit walkers will find much to enjoy, for we have included some of the wildest scenery in the Pyrenees, walked pilgrim routes and World War 2 escape routes, climbed to summits (like Canigou), enjoyed the habitat of marmots, vultures and lizards (the Pyrenean chamois), and not neglected the great and the famous (like the Breche de Roland)”. Paul and Christine have also written the Rough Guide to the Pyrenees (1st ed) and the Berlitz Explorer guide to the Pyrenees.
Area covered: This book covers the entire Pyrenees range in France, Spain and Andorra, and describes well over 400 kilometres of walks — the equivalent of a coast-to-coast traverse, one of the ‘classics’ for all serious walkers.
The best months for walking in the Pyrenees are from June to September.