Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées Catalanes

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Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées Catalanes

The Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées Catalanes extends the length of the Spanish and Andorran border over 341,000 acres of the territory of Alta Cerdaña, el Capcir and Alto Conflent. Located a little over one hour from the Mediterranean, this mountain territory offers a diversity of exeptional landscapes staggered at an altitude of 984 to almost 9,843 ft.

It is home to 66 municipalities, where around 23,000 inahbitants live, and and natural reserves. It is the first French regional Natural Park of the Pyrenees mountain range.

Crossed by the yellow train (Train Jaune) that since 1910 has travelled the 39 miles between Villefranche-de-Conflent and Latour-de-Carol, the RNP of the Catalan Pyrenees also has seven ski resorts and five thermal resorts.

The mountains of the Eastern Pyrenees boast rich faunt and flora, characteristics of mountain ranges in contact with the Mediterranean climate.

In every season of the year, the high number of sunny days and the range of nature activities allow visitors to get close to the natural spaces of RNP via GR footpaths (GT10) or outside the signed paths.

Description of the territory

Rural and mountainous, the Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées Catalanes is characterized by THREE strong territorial IDENTITIES.

El Capcir has all the aspects of a mountainous environment with large areas of forest, high-altitude lakes and summits often blanketed in snow.

La Cerdaña forms a vast high-altitude plain where herds graze. Flower-filled meadows or large snow-covered areas in winter, this land bordered by mountains invites visitors to see it in all seasons.

El Conflent is marked by a more Mediterranean climate and a multitude of valleys. Its landscapes comprise dry stone terraces, gardens and orchards bordered by irrigation channels and hanging villages.

Most identifiable geographic elements and areas

  • Le lac des Bouillouses

  • La rivière Têt

  • La plaine du Capcir

  • La plaine de Cerdagne

  • Le Conflent

  • Le Pic du Canigou

  • Le Pic du Carlit

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