Central Pyrenees

The area covering the Central Pyrenees is vast, and could be divided into two parts. The highest summits, close to France and Andorra, receive larger amounts of rain and the habitats are of Central-European or alpine type. Fir and beech woods, alpine meadows and fast streams are the main habitats. This is where the restricted pyrenean brown bear population lives, and birds like Capercaillie can be found.

On the other hand, the mountain ranges south of the axial Pyrenees are lower and dryer, but have impressive vertical rock faces. This is one of the few places in Europe where 4 different species of vultures can be seen together, plus many other raptors.

KEY SPECIES
Black Vulture, Lammergeier, Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, Golden Eagle, Red-Billed and Alpine Chough, Black Woodpecker, Iberian Green Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Rock and Hortolan Bunting, Ring Ouzel, Red-backed Shrike, Orphean Warbler, Booted Eagle, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Capercallie, Citril Finch.

DURATION
1 day visits are possible starting early, to visit Pre-pyrenean cliffs, but a minimum of 2 days is recommended to cover this vast area. Can be extended or combined with other areas, like Lleida Steppes and Ebro Delta. Departure from Barcelona.

WHEN
Can be visited all year, although some species are much easier to spot –or even exclusive–, during specific seasons. Expect snow on the high parts during the winter.