Paradores of the Pyrenees

Paradores of the Pyrenees

Day 1 Barcelona - Besalu - Olot - Cardona

This morning pick up your hire car and commence your self drive through the Spanish Pyrenees. Head north to Besalu, one of the best preserved medieval villages in the country. After free time at leisure to explore, continue on the journey to Cardona via Olot. The 13th century ruddy-stoned castle of the Dukes of Cardona, constables to the crown of Aragon, is set on the top of the hill. The castle was rebuilt in the 18th century and is now a luxurious Parador. Overnight.

Day 2 Cardona

A free day to explore.  The castle gives views of the town below and of the Montanya de Sal, a huge salt deposit beside the Riu Cardener which has been mined since Roman times.  Overnight.

Day 3 Cardona - Bielsa

Head to Huesca today to the mountain Parador for check-in.  The rugged town of Bielsa is enclosed by snow peaked mountains and cold running streams.  The Parador Nacional is immensely welcoming with its hunter-lodge atmosphere and decor.  Overnight.

Day 4 Bielsa - Ordesa National Park - Bielsa

An interesting day trip from Bielsa to the National Park of Ordesa, a pleasant road trip which bypasses the ancient town of Torla, an extremely beautiful area of forests, waterfalls and high mountain peaks and is considered to be one of the most majestic valleys of the Spanish Pyrenees.  Free time to explore before returning to Bielsa. Overnight.

Day 5 Bielsa - Jaca - Sos Del Rey Catolico

A most interesting drive today through Jaca as you make your way to Sos del Rey Catolico. Well worth a stop en route is the monastery of Leyre, which contains magnificent treasures such as an 11th-century crypt, a Gothic church vault and the Porta Speciosa, a beautiful Romanesque portico from the 12th century.  On to the Parador for check-in.   Sos Del Rey Católico sits on a crown of a hill and is entered by seven gates that lead to the historical quarter.  Overnight.

Day 6 Sos Del Rey Catolico - San Sebastian

A last drive today as you head north to San Sebastian. Arrival in San Sebastian and drop off hire car. Overnight.

Day 7 San Sebastian

A morning free to explore. San Sebastian is Spain’s gastronomic capital and one of the prettiest cities in the country. This afternoon, you will join a small group Pintxo tour. A special small group dining experience, sampling the very finest pintxos (tapas) in San Sebastián. Using our expert with up to the minute knowledge, we guide you on an informal and inspiring culinary experience, hopping-from-bar-to-bar on an evening of eating and drinking your way around the old town of San Sebastián. 2.5hrs total.  Overnight.

Day 8 San Sebastian

Farewell the city as you make your way to the airport for your departure…  our services end here.