Three Days in the Pyrenees of Spain: Part 3

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Rio Ara photographed 09/14/2015 near Broto, Spain.

Re-energized from our day of relaxation in the peaceful Pyrenees, my wife and I spent day three further exploring the mountainous countryside of northern Spain. From our hotel near Janovas we drove west and north on N-260 toward Parque Nacional de Ordesa Y Monte Perdido (Ordesa Valley and Lost Mountain National Park). Along the way we stopped in the scenic little village of Broto to take in the views of the Rio Ara as well as eat and shop a bit.

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Village of Broto, Spain photographed 09/14/2015.

One small sign along the quiet, narrow streets caught my attention and made me laugh. Dog poop is always funny, except when it’s stuck to your shoe. Hence the sign.

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Dog poop sign photographed 09/14/2015 in Broto, Spain.

Walking along the Rio Ara south through town we came upon a nice footbridge over the river.

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Footbridge over the Rio Ara, photographed 09/14/2015 in Broto, Spain.

Here we noticed this plump mantis hiding in the walkway grating:

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Mantis on a footbridge over the Rio Ara, photographed 09/14/2015 in Broto, Spain.

By the end of this stroll we were filled with tapas and souvenirs. We then headed north to Torla near the entrance of the national park. The village itself was quite scenic even on this misty morning.

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Village of Torla, Spain, photographed 09/14/2015.

Upon our arrival at the park visitor center we were met with some disappointment. It turned out that even in late summer this was still the high season at the park, and the only way visitors could enter was on a shuttle bus.

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Parque Nacional de Ordesa Y Monte Perdido visitor center. Closed for siesta. Photographed 09/14/2015 in Torla, Spain.

The visitor center selling bus tickets was closed for siesta, leaving us to just drive up the valley as far as we could and see what we could see.

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Rio Ara and Pyrenees Mountains outside Parque Nacional de Ordesa Y Monte Perdido. Photographed 09/14/2015 near Torla, Spain.

Although we couldn’t drive into Ordesa Valley itself, the outside views of the Rio Ara and the surrounding mountains were still pretty remarkable.

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Pyrenees Mountains outside Parque Nacional de Ordesa Y Monte Perdido. Photographed 09/14/2015 near Torla, Spain.

We hiked a bit in these foothills, taking in views of the verdant foliage as well as the animals that made an appearance along the trails.

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Butterfly on a trail outside Parque Nacional de Ordesa Y Monte Perdido. Photographed 09/14/2015 near Torla, Spain.

Although this particular destination didn’t work out as planned, we headed back to the southeast, undaunted, to find other wonders. The rest of this day would turn out just as fascinating as it had started.

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Pyrenees Mountains outside Parque Nacional de Ordesa Y Monte Perdido. Photographed 09/14/2015 near Torla, Spain.

Concluded in Three Days in the Pyrenees of Spain: Part 4

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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2 Responses to Three Days in the Pyrenees of Spain: Part 3

  1. It looks wonderful but oh that Spanish siesta. It’s time to eat and that’s what they do. I have sometimes had to feed builders to keep them here all day!

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  2. Haha love that you photographed the dog sign. We are always noticing signs we think our humorous, will have to start documenting them. And love that you noticed the mantis and got a picture of it. Looks like a great trip.

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