The Magical Pyrenees Mountains & Catalonia's Rocky Pristine Coast

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When I tell people to go to the Pyrenees, they cock their head, look at me confused, and ask “Where is that?”.  And that is exactly why I love it so much – people know very little about Costa Brava in Spain. However this week I went beyond the rocky pristine coast in Catalonia and headed deep into the Pryenees mountains. Here you’ll find medieval towns, gorgeous green landscapes, artisanal food, and incredibly nice people who are excited, yet humbly tell you about their culture and region.

The Pyrenees in Catalonia are made up of 3 regions (Garrotxa, Ripolles, Cerdanya) and I’ve been spending time getting to know each one this week.  You will hear me gush much more about this magical place — below, you’ll get a small dose of the food, hiking, adventures, and landscapes of the Pyrenees in Catalonia Spain through photographs.

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My dinner view tonight at Mas Garganta. #inPyrenees

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Up, up, and away in a morning balloon ride above the Pyrenees!

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Hiking in the Pyrenees – now this is what this gorgeous mountains are meant for!

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Toasting the end of a delicious long lunch. Traditionally lunches in the Costa Brava region are the biggest meal of the day. Our lunch with Chef Pep Nogue lasted nearly 3 hours with about 12 different dishes and an equal amount of bottles of wine!

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Did a nice 12k cycle through Fageda Jorda today.. Green never looked so good!

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Morning views in #Garrotxa with @voldecoloms

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Chocolate truffles before lunch. I love eating dessert first! @canjeroni

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Spring is here in the Pyrenees! The last snow is going and the flowers are coming!

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Looking for shade in the village of Beget in #Garrotxa .

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All bridges are not created equal. This one is in Camprodon is a beauty. #inPyrenees

Disclosure: I was a guest of Costa Brava/Pyrenees tourism this week, however all opinions here are my own.

Sherry Ott
Sherry Ott is a refugee from corporate IT who is now a long term traveler, blogger, and photographer. She’s a co-founder of Briefcasetobackpack.com, a website offering career break travel inspiration and advice.

Additionally, she runs an around the world travel blog writing about her travel and expat adventures at Ottsworld.com.com.
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