7 nights
55 mls (km)
Spain
Moderate
Mar to Jun, Sep to Oct
£695

Dramatic Gorges and Ancient Heritage in the Heart of Rural Spain

  • Cross dramatic sandstone canyons carved through by beautiful turquoise rivers
  • Explore charming Spanish villages, full of historically interesting architecture
  • Visit the Vero River Cultural Park, with its prehistoric cave paintings, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Regular opportunities to spot vulture in one of Europe’s most important birdlife protection areas
  • Take in the olive and almond groves of the classic Mediterranean landscape, with just the local farmers for company
  • Enjoy delicious fresh local cuisine accompanied by rich Somontano wines
  • The option of visiting the nearby city of Zaragoza at the end of your walk, a fitting end to one of the best walks in Spain

Why this walk?

Located in the medieval kingdom of Aragon, this is a walk that truly reflects the Spain of a bygone era. The craggy landscape of this region is sprinkled with just a few traditional villages, which though small in population, are rich in heritage. Spanish walking holidays are the best way to visit Romanesque chapels, prehistoric caves and take in some Medieval and Moorish architecture, as well as experience the day-to-day culture of traditional Spanish villages.

Scenically, there is also an awful lot to impress. The characteristic gorges of the region have long been attracting canyoners from across Europe and provide a dramatic backdrop for your walk as make your way down steep cliffs towards the perfectly clear, turquoise waters of the river below.

Walking Holidays Aragon-Sierra de Guara - Map
Our walking trails in Northern Spain take you on a circular walk around the Sierra de Guara, starting in Alquézar

The Path

A circular walk starting and ending in the small but charming hilltop town of Alquezar. Your first day will be spent enjoying the area around Alquezar with the option of visiting pre-historic caves or crossing some of the impressive bridges that cross the nearby gorges. From Alquezar you head north into the heart of the Sierra De Guara along it’s typically craggy terrain to take in some of the most spectacular gorges, before dropping down towards the welcoming waters below. The following few days offer a more gentle walk through rolling landscape and pretty villages before returning to the dramatic scenery of the gorges for the remainder of the walk. This includes the opportunity to walk along the historical charcoal makers path and through prime vulture habitat. Each day of walking can vary from approximately 4 to 7 hours and includes some steep ascents or descents with an average ascent/descent of 550m. The paths are varied and include walking on gravel, loose rock, grass and soil. For those seeking to explore the wider area, there is also the option of ending your holiday with a stay in the nearby city of Zaragoza, European City of Culture 2016.

The Accommodation

Aragon is one of the most under populated areas of Spain and so the style of living and accommodation in this area is very traditional. We have hand-picked your accommodation to provide the very best that the area has to offer, and walkers can expect to be looked after by friendly hosts in comfortable and clean en-suite rooms, many of which also feature a swimming pool. You holiday will both begin and end in a wonderful, high-standard hotel, whilst accommodation in between will be simpler but nonetheless comfortable and charming with a delicious dinner and packed lunch included.

Our Aragon: Sierra de Guara Itineraries

  • Alquézar to Alquézar
    Distance: 55 miles (88.5km)
    SPA-ARA1
    7 Nights, 6 Days
    from £695 pp
    SPA-ARA1 ~ Alquézar to Alquézar ~ 7 / 6 classic
    Day 1

    Arrival in Alquézar

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    Your holiday begins in the town of Alquézar at a traditional hotel located right in the heart of the village. Alquézar is one of Spain’s most beautiful villages, with lots of historical buildings to see. Those who arrive earlier in the day can take a circular walk around the village, or you may prefer to relax with a glass of wine on the hotel’s terrace or by the pool.
    Day 2

    Circular walk around Alquézar

    3.7 or 7.5 mi (6 or 12 km)

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    You first day of walking provides the option of two circular walks. The longer walk, taking 6 hours, will take you to world famous prehistoric caves and cave paintings in Vero River Cultural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with views out to the Pyrenees. Those looking for a gentler start can take a shorter 4 hour walk through the Rio Vero Gorge, past olive and almost orchards and over two historic bridges. Both walks take you back for a second evening in the village of Alquézar.
    Day 3

    Alquezar to Lecina

    6.85 mi (11 km)

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    Today you will walk north from Alquezar to the medieval village of Lecina. The route will allow you to see the very best of the rocky landscape that this area is best known for, with spectacular views of the gorge and the opportunity to drop down into the beautiful clear blue waters of the river below.
    Day 4

    Lecina to Paules

    7.5 mi (12 km)

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    From Lecina, you will spend the day walking through a more open and grassy landscape as you make your way to the village of Paules, a journey of approximately 5.5. hours. Along the way, you will visit the pretty hilltop village of Almazorre, cross the Rio Vera and walk along gently rolling hills.
    Day 5

    Paules to Rodellar

    11.8 mi (19km)

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    Day 5 allows you to appreciate the remoteness of this area as you pass by abandoned villages and tumbling buildings. The day starts with a short transfer and soon your are in sight of the beautiful old church tower in the abandoned mountain top village of Bagueste. From there, you pass by the ruins and old dam at Letosa, before reaching the village of Otin for a lunchtime drink. You will then pass by two gorges, Isuala and Mascun with the option of dropping down into one of the gorges to see a beautiful waterfall if you’re feeling more energetic (6 hours walking without waterfall, 7 hours with waterfall).
    Day 6

    Rodellar to Las Alumnias

    5.6 mi (9 km)

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    Today you start to head south again as you begin your return to Alquezar. The route will take you along an old charcoal makers path, passing by a new but visually different gorge, the beautiful Balcez gorge. You will also be perfectly located to spot swooping vultures and the Pyrenees in the distance. Finally, after approximately 4.5 hours walking you will reach your lovely hotel in the village of Las Alumnias.
    Day 7

    Las Alumnias to Alquézar

    10.25 mi (16.5 km)

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    For your final day of walking you will head back to Alquézar along a steep but rewarding route. The path is a good one, lasting approximately 6 hours and taking you through a narrow gorge before opening out into open scenery. You will pass through the village of San Pelegrin, with its lovely, old church before reaching Alquezar for a relaxing last evening in this wonderful little village.
    Day 8

    Depart Alquézar

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    After breakfast you will need to make your way to the airport, or alternatively we are very happy to organise accommodation in the nearby cities of Zaragoza or Barcelona if you would like to extend you stay. We are also able to assist with arranging a private transfer to the airport.
    What's Included:
    6 walking days
    7 breakfasts , 4 lunches, 4 dinners
    Prices
    PricesSeason 1
    15/3/18 - 23/3/18
    1/4/18 - 23/4/18
    16/5/18 - 31/5/18

    Season 2
    1/6/18 - 10/7/18
    27/8/18 - 31/10/18

    Season 3
    24/3/18 - 31/3/18
    24/4/18 - 15/5/18

    Two people sharing (p.p.)£695£710£735
    Single person in a party£905£930£980
    Solo person£1115£1140£1190
    Extras

    Each day of walking will vary from approximately 4 to 7 hours and includes some steep ascents or descents with an average ascent/descent of 550m.

    The terrain is particularly varied and includes walking on gravel, loose rock, grass and soil.

    At times, river levels may affect your route and you may have to take your boots off and wade across.

    • 7 nights accommodation in an en-suite room
    • 7 breakfasts
    • 4 dinners (excludes the nights spent in Alquezar where there is good range of local restaurants)
    • 4 packed lunches (excludes the nights spent in Alquezar, which has local shops and cafes)
    • Luggage transfer
    • Person transfer according to program on day 4
    • 24-hour telephone assistance
    • Detailed maps and route descriptions in English
    Optional Extras
    • Extra night/s at any of the accommodations along the way or at other nearby destinations, such as the cities of Zaragoza, Bilbao and Barcelona
    • Transfers to airports on arrival / departure, to the bus station in Barbastro or train station in Huesca (see "Getting there' tab)
    Not Included
    • Airport Transfers to and from your accommodation
    • 3 dinners, 2 lunches
    • Postage Overseas ~ £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) ~ per walk pack
    • Flights

    You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.

    Our Aragon: Sierra de Guara holidays are available to walk March to June, September to October.

    The most convenient airports for the start of this walk are either Barcelona or Zaragoza. It is also possible to fly into Girona airport or Reus airport, however from these airports you will need to first get a bus to Barcelona if you wish to use public transport to get to the start of your walk.

    Public Transport From Barcelona:

    Shuttle bus or train from airport to Barcelona city centre (Sants Estació)

    From Barcelona city centre you can take a bus to the town of Barbastro (travel time 3 hours, tickets approx. 15 euros) – Check current timetables before departure at www.alosa.avanzabus.com

    Barcelona Barbastro (direction Huesca) 08.00 > 11.05 Mon-Sat 11.00 > 14.05 Mon-Fri 14.30 > 17.05 express service, Mon-Fri 16.00 > 19.05 21.00 > 00.05

    From Barbastro you take a taxi to Alquézar (approx. 20km). You can either go to the taxi rank at the bus station or call and order a taxi (contact numbers in your walk pack details).

    Private Taxi from Barcelona: We are happy to arrange a private transfer from Barcelona airport to your first night’s accommodation. The distance is approximately 250km.

    Public Transport from Zaragoza:

    Take a bus or taxi from the airport to the central bus station in the city centre

    There are regular bus services from Zaragoza to Huesca, with connections to Barbastro on the Huesca-Lleida or Huesca-Benasque lines. Check current times at www.alosa.avanzabus.com

    From Barbastro you take a taxi to Alquézar (approx. 20km). You can either go to the taxi rank at the bus station or call and order a taxi (contact numbers in your walk pack details).

    Private Taxi from Zaragoza: We are happy to arrange a private transfer from Zaragoza airport to your first night’s accommodation. The distance is approximately 125km.

    You are responsible for booking your air travel to airports and onward travel to your first accommodation and from your accommodation on departure.

    Looking for different mileages or different number of nights? Please contact us to discuss how our itineraries can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us to learn more.

    Aragon: Sierra de Guara Client Reviews

    4.9/5 based on 7 reviews
    We have only ever walked with Celtic Trails. This holiday was physically challenging at times, but mentally super-relaxing. A good antidote to the political situation at home!
    - September 2019
    We heard about you from close friends, who have walked with Celtic Trails before. There is no reason that we wouldn't walk with Celtic Trails again: informative routes and explanations, good variety, good amount of walking each.
    - June 2018
    We first heard about Celtic Trails in a newspaper article by Bill Bryson about Offa's Dyke and we have walked with you several times. This was one of the more difficult walks we've done, however the scenery was spectacular and unusual and the people in Northern Spain were very friendly. What most attracts us to a long distance walking holiday is the opportunity to see a country intimately; physical challenge; chance to see remote areas that most people never are able to experience.
    - May 2018
    Celtic Trails were excellent compared to other companies. What I most enjoyed about this walk was the independence and the historical information.
    - April 2018
    We heard about you in a Sunday Times article and you met our expectations. We most enjoyed the scenery and the isolation of this walk.
    - April 2018
    We had a wonderful holiday in this most beautiful part of Spain and all of your arrangements worked smoothly.
    - April 2018
    The trip was wonderful and the accommodations well-chosen. We love the small scale and personal treatment from Celtic Trails. They are personal, responsive and responsible. These trips have been restorative and grounding, giving us car-free access to places we would not be able to arrange or discover on our own and to do so in a way that focuses on the nature, the environments and the scenery. The value for money was excellent, but more importantly, it was a chance to discover a new, relatively untouched corner of the world.
    - October 2019
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