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Pyrenees/ Andorra Tourism & Golf The Pyrenees are a rugged mountain range which forms a natural line of over 400Km which acts as a natural border between France and Spain. Stretching from The Mediterranean sea to the Atlantic sea, the mountain range is popular all year round. The peaks are snow covered throughout the winter months, while hikers and walkers avail of the stunning natural terrain throughout the summer months. In fact, the Pyrenees are often regarded as the finest destination for hiking around Europe. Due to its extreme nature, the mountain range provides unique flora & fauna, jaw dropping lakes & waterfalls, and jagged peaks with incomparable views. In the middle of the Spanish and French Pyrenees is the independent principality of Andorra, which is globally recognised for its ski slopes. There are 3 golf courses in Pyrenees & Andorra – Fontanals Golf, Real Club de Golf de Cerdanya and Aravell Golf. Founded in 1994, Fontanals is situated 1150m above sea level with scenery that is second to none with peaks touching almost 3000m in altitude. The Peugeot Golf guide listed this course amongst the top 11 in Europe and it’s not hard to understand why. The Royal Golf Club of Cerdanya is situated 1km from the town of Puigcerda. It also has stunning views with immaculate fairways flanked by pine, poplar and fir trees which offer incredible landscapes to the player. Aravell is a testing Jose Maria Olazabal course , with water coming into play on various occasions in the form of a river and lake. 25