GR11: Pyrenaen Trail
It traverses the southern side of the Pyrenees from the Mediterranean to the Cantabrian Sea linking Catalonia with Andorra, Aragón, Navarre, and the Basque Country. It goes through large natural spaces such as Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, Alt Pirineu and Cap de Creus Natural Parks, and numerous Places of Natural Interest such as the Albera Mountains, Alta Garrotxa, Tossa Plana de Lles Mountain, and the sources of the River Ter and the River Freser.
The trail leads through places of major historical and religious importance, such as Núria sanctuary and Sant Pere de Rodes monastery. Please note that some of the higher stretches require specific skills and abilities. There is abundant snow for several months of the year.
Route length: 378Km
Route type: linear
Best time of year for this route: Spring and summer
First stage of the Trans-Pyrenees crossing: walk through the magical landscape of Cap de Creus to the seaside town of Port de la Selva
You will discover the Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery and take a route towards the Albera Mountain Range, definitively leaving behind the Mediterranean waters
You will walk through the oak forests of the Albera Mountains and discover two truly unique structures: the Sant Quirze de Colera Monastery and the Requesens Castle
We leave behind the Albera Mountains and arrive at Vajol, the last village where thousands of exiles passed through in their flight to France during the final months of the Civil War
You will walk through the middle of the mountain in the Salines - Bassegoda area, which is in the final stage of the Trans-Pyrenees Crossing
You will climb the hill of Bassegoda and enter the Alta Garrotxa area, a half mountain that is wild, lonely and beautiful
You will travel the wild roads of Alta Garrotxa to the bucolic village of Beget discovering vertiginous cliffs, secluded valleys and precious little spaces.
Long transition stage between the highlands of Alta Garrotxa and the great mountains of the eastern Pyrenees
A wonderful high mountain stage through the headwaters of the Ter and Freser
You will travel the Camí Vell de Núria and visit the beautiful village of Queralbs
You will visit the beautiful town of Dòrria, arriving at the hill of Creu de Meians and reaching the great Cerdanya Valley
From Puigcerdà you will climb to the Malniu Refuge located more than 2100m at the foot of the massif of Puigpedrós
A high mountain stage where you will discover the Puigpedrós Massif, the Engorgs Cirque, Llosa Valley and, in Andorra, l'Illa Lake
A beautiful stage through the extraordinary Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
You will climb Ordino Hill and cross the river valley of Valira del Nord until reaching the town of Arans
A hard and spectacular high mountain stage through the area of Comapedrosa, the highest peak in Andorra, and finishing at the cirque of Baiau, in Catalan territory.
You will head down the solitary Ferrera Valley from its top to the picturesque village of Àreu
From Ferrera Valley you will climb to the panoramic hill of Tudela and enter Noguera de Cardós Valley until reaching Tavascan
You will leave Tavascan and flank the Cardós Valley until reaching Lleret. You will continue through the mountain pass of Jou and travel through the solitary and magical valley of Estaon
You will enjoy the extraordinary views of the isolated Mont Cauba and arrive at Àneu Valley, one of the great valleys of Pallars and the Pyrenees
From the valleys of Àneu you will delve into the river valley of Escrita and enter the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park
A fantastic high mountain stage through the north-eastern sector of the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park.
An extraordinary high mountain stage between the Colomers Refuge and the Restanca Refuge through the Caldes Port and Oelhacrestada Hill in the Aigüestortes National Park
You will leave Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park through Rius Port and end your great crossing of the Catalan Pyrenees in the river valley of Noguera Ribagorçana