Between France and Spain lie the Pyrenees Mountains, a 305-mile (491 km) range stretching from the Bay of Biscay at Cap Higuer to the Mediterranean Sea at Cap de Creus, forming a natural border between the two countries. The Pyrenees are well-loved for their lakes, hot springs, alpine-skiing, mountaineering, hiking, cross-country running and cycling opportunities. Challenging stages of the Tour de France pass through the Pyrenees.
The Spanish regions of Navarre in the north and Catalonia in the south extend on both sides of the mountain range but mostly lie within Spain. In between the two is the small independent country of Andorra, the sixth-smallest nation in Europe and a size of just 181 square miles (468 square km).
Sections of the mountain range are national parks, including Spain's Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, wild mountainous area with 200 lakes; Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park in Spain, an area with high, arid peaks and densely forested lower slopes; and France's Pyrénées National Park, the southernmost portion of the range known for its scenery, skiing and hiking.
The mountains can be explored on a day trips from Pamplona in the north or Barcelona in the south of Spain. Travelers can also visit from Lourdes or Perpignan in France, or take a few days out to hike the Pyrenees and get an in-depth experience.