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piggy backing on my first question re. the pyrenees

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piggy backing on my first question re. the pyrenees

We were wondering if it would be worth it (time wise and traffic wise) to rent a car for a couple of days from Barcelona and drive to some place in the pyrenees for hiking. We are trying to find a way to get into the mountain scenery and away from the big city for a bit, but don't have a lot of time for that in our itinerary. Is there some place relatively easy to drive to from Barcelona for a couple of days?

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1. Re: piggy backing on my first question re. the pyrenees

Hi again Wendli,

Imho, if you can drive in downtown T'O and if you can manage the 401 and 403 interchange during rush hour, you can drive anywhere in Barcelona and beyond, lol. For ideas on where to go, have a look at my friend JOSEANTONIO's beautiful photo album and see what place tinkles your fancy.

http://www.pbase.com/joseantonio

Can you drive a manual transmission or will you need an automatic?

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2. Re: piggy backing on my first question re. the pyrenees

My partner drives stick, so I would probably leave most of the driving to him.... less expensive than renting an automatic. We have looked at San Sebastian, and wondered if there is a way to drive there via the Pyrenees as well. Interested in Costa Brava too, but sounds as if the traffic on the Costa Brava might be too much to handle in July.

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3. Re: piggy backing on my first question re. the pyrenees

Hi,

Me and my wife went into the Pyrenees when we were over in Spain last month. We went to Ribes de Freser, Queralbs and then up the Col d'Ares to the French border. Its an easy route and well worth it cos the scenery is spectacular. From Queralbs and Ribes there is the Vall d'Nuria train which, from what i've read, leads to some good hiking territory. I would certainly recommend a trip.

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4. Re: piggy backing on my first question re. the pyrenees

Hi, thanks. Did you drive? Did you stay overnight in any of the places you mentioned? How long do you think is needed to make it worthwhile if we were to spend one day hiking?

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5. Re: piggy backing on my first question re. the pyrenees

We did our trip in a day, which was a lot of driving! I would say you'd need a couple of days at least if you want a day hiking. The places we visited were fairly quiet villages. Ripoll might not be too bad a place for a base and you can get the train there from Barcelona. The train then goes through Ribes de Freser from which you can get the Cremallera train to the Val d'Nuria. Or you could get the train all the way to Puigcerda on the border with France. The train might be easier than driving.

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