The Pyrenees mountain range forms the border between Europe and the Iberian Peninsula and is more than 400 kilometers long. The highest point of the mountain range is the Pico de Aneto with more than 3400 meters and already belongs to Spain. Climatically, the Pyrenees are very varied, especially since the weather conditions on the northern side can be completely different from those on the southern slopes. However, the Pyrenees can record about 2,000 hours of sunshine over the year, which is about the same as on the French Mediterranean coast. This makes the Pyrenees a popular destination in both summer and winter. In summer and autumn, the dry and mild climate lends itself to extended motorcycle tours through the mountain landscape. While in winter, skiers are drawn to the snow-covered mountains. Due to the climatic conditions, the snow even remains in some regions for up to half a year before it can no longer withstand the sun and mild temperatures.
The Pyrenees are a vacation destination for nature lovers, as there are no less than three major national parks. The oldest of them, founded in 1917 is the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park and is located on the Spanish side of the mountain range. In 1997, Monte Perdido, located in the park, was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its geological uniqueness, diversity and beauty. In addition, the traditional management of the mountain in the form of alpine farming, which also has far-reaching implications for art and culture. On the French side there is also a very large park, the Parc National des Pyrénées. The park can only be explored on foot, as the guidelines are so strict that driving is only permitted with an exceptional permit.
Due to its location, all seasons in the Pyrenees are more or less intense depending on the region. In July and August, temperatures are around 28 degrees, making the Pyrenees a warm but not hot summer vacation destination. However, during the summer nights, temperatures can drop to a chilly 14 degrees, which is why you should pack warmer clothes for your summer vacation. Autumn in along the Pyrenees is also very mild and decidedly low in precipitation. The winter is mild but very cold, which is why especially in the higher altitudes around 3,000 meters the snow lasts particularly long. Towards the Mediterranean Sea, the winter is much milder and a typical cool maritime climate dominates.