Flying Over 3 Countries at a time in the Pyrenees

Posted on October 10, 2011 by

On board a light aircraft, we glide through the skies of the Pyrenees, drinking in an impressive view of the mountainous region. There’s not a speck of cloud in the skies and temperatures are at a balmy 28 degrees Celsius. Under the sun’s rays, the mountainscape that surrounds us look even more appealing than ever. Green fields, rivers and clusters of alpine towns spread beneath our feet, while grey granite mountains poke through the skies just inches away from us.

“In that direction,” our pilot pointed north, “is Andorra. Beneath our feet is Spain and to our left, France.”

From 1,800m above sea level,  I take in a view of three countries at a time: Spain, France and Andorra meet in the Pyrenees mountain range, separated by invisible borders and air space.  It’s surreal to fly over majestic, towering mountains and even more so to be high above the vortex of  these three distinctive countries.

To give you more visual perspectives, here are some photos shot from the light aircraft, enjoy!


Our light aircraft taking off from the tarmac strip of La Cerdanya Aerodrome.

From above, a highway that cuts through the Spanish Pyrenees.

Flying over the French territories.

 The town of Llívia under our feet – the only Spanish town to be surrounded by French territories.


 Gliding over the colorful La Cerdanya Valley.

With the tabletop mountains of Cadí in the background, we fly over green patches and meandering streams.

A view of Andorra in the far distance with Spain beneath our feet.

Disclaimer: This scenic flight was made possible by La Cerdanya Aerodrome and Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava. All opinions expressed above are my own.

Read more about my adventures in the Pyrenees here or get more visual perspectives through my Pyrenees photos.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

6 Responses to “Flying Over 3 Countries at a time in the Pyrenees”

  1. Josh Aggars October 10, 2011 10:30 pm #

    Great pics Nellie,

    I love that part of the world. Nice climate, great food, some great surf spots and people. It always amazes me to think it's but 3 hours from here and yet a world away at times. What's been the highlight so far?


    • Nellie Huang October 12, 2011 2:50 am #

      This scenic flight has definitely been on of the highlights but personally, canyoning in the Pyrenees has gotten me hooked! Can’t wait to try it out in other places! By the way, Josh whereabouts are you based?

  2. Nancy $ Shawn Power October 12, 2011 12:07 am #

    LOVE plane rides. Such a different perspective!

    Love the pics you showed us too!


    Nancy & Shawn

  3. Deb October 12, 2011 12:43 am #

    Nellie, you just keep on doing adventure after adventure. Keep it up girl! You inspire us to make the most out of life. Great Arial shots!

  4. Nellie October 29, 2011 1:36 am #

    hey Josh, this flight must have been one of the highlights. But I also really enjoyed the hot-air balloon flight and canyoning – the Pyrenees is definitely an excellent region of Spain for outdoor adventures!


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