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FOR TWO weeks in January competitors from around the world bring their huskies, malamutes and alaskas to the Pyrenees to take part in Pirena. The contest, started in 1991 by Pep Parés, takes the dogs and their owners through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Pyrenees of Aragón, Catalonia, Andorra and France, on ‘La Ruta Blanca del Pirineo’ which is Pirena. At night the howl of the dogs beneath the stars, around the bonfires harks back to the beginning of... + read more
 DUST off your Marie Antoinette wig, slip into those platform shoes and grab your feather boa – it’s carnival time. Forget Rio or Venice, when it comes to carnival, Spain certainly knows how to put on a party and the top spot for parades is the small Catalan town of Sitges just 35 km south of Barcelona. Acknowledged by both the straight and gay press as Spain’s wildest party there’s enough ‘llum’ (light), colour, rhythm and fantasy to see you through... + read more
ZARAGOZA, a city of four cultures, offers everything a visitor would expect from a big city, but with the feel and friendliness of a village. Although steeped in history Zaragoza is every bit a modern, forward-looking city with ambitious plans for the future, at the heart of which is its bid for Expo 2008. The plans include redevelopment of land north of the Ebro, the wide river along which the city is built, as well as a new railway station, bridges across the river and a dam to maintain the... + read more
HUESCA is a city of  45,000 inhabitants which most Brits have never heard of, let alone are able to spell. Located on a plain beneath the foothills of the Pyrenees the city is a truly well kept secret. In all the times I’ve been there I’ve come across only a couple of British residents. A few tourists can be found around the monuments, like the late Gothic cathedral and provincial archaeological museum, but they tend to be French or Spanish. Coming as I do from Canterbury,... + read more
THE Spanish ski resort of Formigal has its sights set on welcoming back British visitors as work gets underway on a €68 million expansion. Just over an hour’s drive from the modern French airport of Pau, Formigal was, until a few years ago, a popular destination with British skiers. Between 250 and 300 tourists from the UK descended on the resort in the central Pyrenees each week during the season until they were tempted by the cheaper alternative of Andorra. The price of holidays... + read more


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