The Pyrenees (/ˈpɪrɪnz/; Spanish: Pirineos [piɾiˈneos]; French: Pyrénées [piʁene] (listen); Catalan: Pirineus [piɾiˈnɛws]; Basque: Pirinioak [piɾini.o.ak]; Occitan: Pirenèus [piɾeˈnɛws]; Aragonese: Pirineus) is a mountain range straddling the border of France and Spain. It extends nearly 500 km (310 mi) from its union with the Cantabrian Mountains to Cap de Creus on the Mediterranean coast. It reaches a maximum altitude of 3,404 metres (11,168 ft) at the peak of Aneto. [1]

The Pyrenees Mountains
Spanish: Pirineos
French: Pyrénées
Catalan: Pirineus
Aragonese: Pirineus
Occitan: Pirenèus
Basque: Pirinioak, Auñamendiak
Central Pyrenees
Highest point
Elevation3,404 m (11,168 ft)
Coordinates42°37′56″N 00°39′28″E
Length491 km (305 mi)
EtymologyNamed for Pyrene
Topographic map
CountriesSpain, France and Andorra
Range coordinates42°40′N 1°00′E
Age of rockPaleozoic and Mesozoic
Type of rockgranite, gneiss, limestone

For the most part, the main crest forms a divide between Spain and France, with the microstate of Andorra sandwiched in between. Historically, the Crown of Aragon and the Kingdom of Navarre extended on both sides of the mountain range.[2][3]