Submitted By: Methuselah
Location: Val d'Azun, The Pyrenées, France (map)
Workouts: from workout diary
As I write in 2009, we have just returned from our first visit to the Pyrenées, where we stayed in this valley. I am not going to try to tell you everything there is to know about it. Instead, I will just briefly outline why it's a good workout location, based on my own experience.
There are lots of mountains ranging from small to huge - so hiking, running and climbing are all on the menu.
In winter there is snow, so all the associated activities are possible.
In fact, there is a great summary of all the things you can do in the valley on the website of the place where we stayed. Once you get to the site, click on the Activities link.
One of these activities we did take part in was the adventure park. It sounds twee, but believe me, the hard bits were truly hard.
There are also lakes you can swim in - a personal favourite of mine. They are stone cold, of course, since they are fed most of the year by snow melting from the mountains - but of course this makes it all the more invigorating, not to mention the physiological benefits.
Look in the workout posts (link above) for more detail about my workouts there and some photos.