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Sant Esteve de la Sarga. La Feixa Panoràmica 2.JPG
Montsec d'Ares, part of the Pyrenees Foothills, at Sant Esteve de la Sarga
Length 425 km (264 mi) E/W
Width 40 km (25 mi) N/S
Countries Spain and France
Range coordinates 42°20′N 1°00′E / 42.33°N 1°E / 42.33; 1Coordinates: 42°20′N 1°00′E / 42.33°N 1°E / 42.33; 1
Orogeny Alpine orogeny
Geomorphologic map of Catalonia:

The Pre-Pyrenees are the foothills of the Pyrenees.


As a mountainous system the Pre-Pyrenees are part of the Pyrenees. They run parallel to the main mountain range in a west to east direction. At the eastern end lies the area known as the Sub-Pyrenees.

On the French side the Pyrenees's slopes descend rather abruptly, thus on the northern side, the Pre-Pyrenees are confined to the Corbières Range, towards the eastern end of the mountain system. The Massif de Plantaurel further west deserves mention as well, although not as clearly a foothill.

On the Iberian side, however, the picture is very different: a large and complex system of foothill ranges stretches from Navarre, across northern Aragon, reaching the Mediterranean coast on the Catalan end of the Pyrenees.

Main ranges[edit]

Although the highest peaks in the Pre-Pyrenees are not as high as those in the Pyrenees proper, some summits reach 2,600 m (8,500 ft). The main ranges include:

Northern Slope:

Southern Slope:


View of El Turbón in Aragon 
Summits of the Corberes range, the only foothill of the Pyrenees on their northern side 
View of Serra del Cadí 

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