The Eyne Valley overlooking the French Pyrenees
The Eyne Valley -o d'Eina- is recognized since the early nineteenth century as a botanical sanctuary thanks to the abundant variety of flowers, plants and animals that can be found inside. The valley has its doors in the French town of Eyne and overlooks Catalonia through the Núria pass and the pic d'Eina in its highest zone. In a deeper and thicker valley, the river and the torrents make their own and the sun rises for much of the day.
Inside, from 1000 to 2500 meters we find a great variety of botanical species and a very varied fauna. If we are lucky we can see marmots, chamois, eagles and butterflies of different colors.
North views with Carlit peak in the background
It is a nature reserve since 1993 following the scientific expeditions of the early nineteenth century when Dr. Antoine Pyrame de Candolle wrote enthusiastically:
Each step was a joy for all the discoveries we were making ... I've never seen so many plants together in the same place
When we arrived at the town of Eyne, we parked the car and headed to the tourist office where a beautiful terrace rises in front to have a drink. We stock up on a map and the girl in the office suggested several alternatives for a walk in the area. Among them, a route through the megalithic monuments of the valley and another that made a drive through the Eyne valley of about four kilometers. We opt for this last option.
The river that crosses the Eyne valley