Dramatic Gorges and Ancient Heritage in the Heart of Rural Spain

Step back in time with a trek through one of Spain’s most untouched and historically rich regions. Located in the north-east of Spain, near the foothills of the Pyrenees, the Sierra de Guara is famed for its dramatic gorges and perfectly blue rivers;undisturbed by modern society, providing the perfect escape for walkers seeking a remote getaway.

Highlights:

  • 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

RouteAragon
Duration7 nights/6 days walking
Length49 mi (80km)
GradeModerate
Comfort2.5/4
AvailabilityMar - June, Sept - Oct
Price from£695
Holiday CodeSPA-ARA

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.

The Path

Walking Holidays Aragon-Sierra de Guara - Map

 

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.
Walking Holidays in Aragon - Accomodation

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Itinerary: Walking Aragon

Days: 6 (7 nights) | Distance: 49 mi (80 km) | Difficulty: Moderate| Comfort: 2.5/4 | Price: from £695 p.p.

  • Day 1

    Arrival in Alquézar

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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

    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.

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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

  • What’s included?
    • 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
  • Essential Information
    • 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.
  • Best time to travel

    Early May to late October, however walkers should be aware that August is extremely hot in this region.

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    You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

    Please note that unlike our UK holidays there are 5 separate price bandings so please check the dates and prices carefully before booking (price band determined by your arrival date).

    We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.

  • Getting there

    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.

Why book your European holiday with Celtic Trails?

As with all our walking holidays, Celtic Trails strives to provide a superior holiday by ensuring a personalised service with the best accommodation on offer. We treat every walker individually, and look after each walking holiday on a case-by-case basis. This means that we can create a holiday that is perfect for you, helping to address all your needs and taking the stress out of booking a holiday abroad. What also makes us different is our commitment to providing the best accommodation. We know that accommodation standards vary from country to country, but with Celtic Trails you can be sure that you will be staying in the best accommodation of its type in that area.

Reviews

You did a fantastic job with our trip. We had a wonderful time. All your advice was right on and the itinerary was excellent. Bill and I have told everyone about how wonderful the trip was…. Again, much thanks for all the arrangements. We certainly had a wonderful 30th anniversary celebration that we can remember forever.”
Dr Treloar, Devon
I just wanted to write and thank for organising this great trip for us. The distances worked well and the sights were great The accommodation each evening was particularly good and a real delight”
P. Brereton

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Further Reading

The Sierra de Guara is very much a well-kept secret amongst Spanish holiday destinations. More information about visiting the area can be found:

Comparison of our new European holidays

What's Included

AragonCabo de GataLa PalmaMallorcaRota VicentinaTenerife
Nights777777
Comfort Level2.5 / 43.5/42.5 / 43 / 44 / 43.5 / 4
Lunches450000
Dinners402032
Airport TransfersNot IncludedNot IncludedIncludedNot IncludedNot IncludedIncluded
Extras---2 permits-Cable Car Ticket
Price from (p.p.)£695£640£805£735£650£985
Length49 mi65 mi68 mi55 mi77 mi45 mi

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