The Perils of Pyrenees Pauline & the GR10 travel blog

Leaving iraty

leaving Chalet D'Iraty

The long winding road


some friends we found along the way


The Iraty car rally brochure

Larrau was very pretty

Bees were everywhere.. even on flowers!


Our Larrau hotel

our Larrau hotel

Rally cars going home through Larrau

OverviewWe awoke to the of people going to the car rally. Lots of people. Lots of noisy cars. Made breakfast at the Gite and headed out down the road. This was a quicker route to our destination and with Helen's knee starting to get sore we decided this was the better option for the day. The road wound its way down the mountain with many switchbacks. We cut some of the corners through the farmland although Pamela and Helen managed to find a steep, blackberry bush and bracken way across whilst I lucked out ( navigated!!) to a small farm road which proved to be the quick and easy way!

The road that we followed below was beautiful. Leafy and running next to a beautiful stream.

Perfect place for a picnic lunch

Not long after we came to our rest village for the night. Larrau. It was full of cute white buildings with coloured wooden shutters. Most were blue but some were green.

We stayed in a very nice bed and breakfast hotel with old world charm. Lots of cosy sitting rooms and plenty of antiques. We ate at the local hotel restaurant.

The Route



Cumulative Distance


4 hrs

Cumulative Time



Cumulative Altitude



Cumulative Descent


Lots of high fog initially then lovely sunny day. 20C ish


Chambers chez despouey, Larrau


Wonderful dinner. Details to be updated later


Room 50€


Low Lights

the car rally (or was it a highlight!!)

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