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Aragon-Sierra de Guara walking trip
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Mar Apr May Jun Jul Sep Oct
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ESSW130
Trekking Walking
price from € 695
Aragon-Sierra de Guara walking trip

Aragon-Sierra de Guara walking trip

Canyonlands in the Pyrenees

  • Charming villages with historical gems ranging from popular architecture to the Romanesque
  • Accommodation at pleasant family-run hotels in Aragonese villages
  • Tasty regional cuisine made from the freshest local ingredients, accompanied by rich Somontano wines
  • Gently rolling Mediterranean countryside, with deep river canyons dramatically cut through the sandstone
  • An itinerary which is easy to combine with another hiking trip in Ordesa or with extra nights in Zaragoza (European Cultural Capital for the year 2016)
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Route

Start: Alquézar         Finish: Alquézar

Day 1: Arrival in Aragón
Day 2: Circular walks from Alquézar
Day 3: From Alquézar to Lecina
Day 4: From Lecina to Paules de Sastre
Day 5: From Paules to Rodellar
Day 6: From Rodellar to Las Almunias
Day 7: From Las Almunias to Alquézar
Day 8: End of arrangement

Day 1:    Arrival in Aragón

Arrival in Alquézar, a picturesque hilltop village (Al Qasr, ‘the castle’ in Arabic) which appears to be an oasis surrounded by terraced farms and irrigations channels. The rich local architecture represents both Moorish and Christian pasts. If you arrive early in the day, you’ll have a chance to do a circular walk which takes in this lovely village and the spectacular Rio Vero gorge. 1,5 hours’ walking time.           

Challenge: Travel to Alquézar. Rio Vero gorge: 3 km. ,125 m ascent, 125m descent. 1.5 hours

Day 2:    Circular walks from Alquézar

Your choice of two routes. One is a 4-hour route via the Rio Vero gorge, with its Romanesque bridge, through varied scenery to thevillage of Asque, then up over a ridge and past olive and almond orchards and a second historic bridge. The other is a 6-hour walk which takes you to prehistoric sites with cave paintings. Lovely views of the surrounding countryside with thePyreneesin the distance.

Challenge: Option1: 10km, 4hrs, 300m ascent, 300m descent / Option 2: 12km, 6hrs., 550m ascent, 570 descent

Day 3:    From Alquézar to Lecina

Today’s route is a study in karst and the rugged, rocky formations which characterize this type of landscape. You’ll enjoy spectacular views down into the gorge, before actually descending to admire the clear waters below. The interesting formations along the way have exotic names such as Arpan, Mallata and Barfaluy. Your walk ends in the Medieval village of Lecina, with its traditional stone houses. 

Challenge: (short route)  11,5km, 5hrs,  530m ascent,  410m descent / (longer route): 14,5km, 6hrs

Day 4:    From Lecina to Paules de Sastre

You start off by visiting a centuries-old oak tree, then continue to the pretty hilltop village of Almazorre. Passing an old olive oil and grain mill, you then walk into an open rolling landscape with occasinal oak groves and hilltop villages. You cross the Rio Vero twice before reaching a green valley and the village of Paules, your destination for the day. Nearby, the holy place known as Santa Maria de la Nuez. 

Challenge: 12km,  4.5hours, 340m ascent, 250m descent

Day 5:    From Paules to Rodellar

Short transfer to the start of today’s walk. The route takes you through pretty natural surroundings, with the church spires of the abandoned village of Bagüeste in the distance. Further on, you reach the ruins at Letosa then stop off for a refreshing drink at the bar in Otín. The gorges of Isuala and Mascún offer surprising rock formations. Optional descent to a lovely waterfall (1-hour extra). 

Challenge: Option 1; 15,4km,6 hours  420m ascent, 730m descent,  //Option 2: 20km, 7hrs, 600m ascent, 950m descent

Day 6:    From Rodellar to Las Almunias

Today’s route follows an old charcoal makers’ path through scenery which offers a glimpse of yet another facet of the Sierra de Guara and its many landscapes. Splendid views from the edge of Balcez gorge, a perfect place to stop for lunch while you watch the vultures soar above the valley, with the summits of the Pyrenees on the horizon. 

Challenge: 11km, 4,5 hours,  600m ascent, 670m descent

Day 7:    From Las Almunias to Alquézar

The walk from Las Almunias back to Alquézar is steep but there’s a clear path. You pass spots with intriguing place names, such as Tranco de Olas (Step of the Waves) and Puente de Brujas (Witches’ Bridge). The route takes you through a narrow gorge into open scenery and the picturesque village of San Pelegrin. Feeding place for vultures on the way into Alquézar.

Challenge: 18km, 6hours,  560m ascent, 600m descent. 

Villages along the way: Las Almunias, San Pelegrin, Alquézar

Day 8:    End of arrangement

Your arrangement ends after breakfast today.

Challenge: Travel from Alquézar.

accommodation

All hotels of this trip are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
You can find the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight:
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

Hotel Villa de Alquézar-Guara
Hotel Villa de Alquézar (Alquézar)
Hostal La Choca-Lecina de Bárcabo
Hostal La Choca (Lecina de Bárcabo)
Albergue El Cóndor-Paules de Sarsa
Albergue El Cóndor (Paules de Sarsa)
Casa Arilla (Rodellar)
Casa Tejedor-Las Almunias de Rodellar
Casa Tejedor (Las Almunias de Rodellar)
practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between these periods:

  • From March 1st until July 10th
  • From September 1st until October 3st.

Nearest airports to Sierra de Guara are: Barcelona airport (BCN),  Girona airport (GRO)Reus airport (REU)Zaragoza airport (ZAZ)

Arrival in Alquézar:

From Barcelona airport (BCN)

Take a shuttle bus or train to Barcelona city centre (Sants Estació). Then get a bus from Barcelona-Sants to Barbastro (travel time 3 hrs). Check current timetables before departure at www.alosa.avanzabus.com. From Barbastro, you take a taxi to Alquézar (about 20km).

From Girona airport (GRO)

Shuttle bus from Girona airport to Barcelona-Estación Norte (travel time about 1h15min).

From Barcelona-Estación Norte, you take a bus, metro or taxi to the main bus station (Barcelona-Sants). From there a bus to Barbastro.

From Reus airport (REU) you have several options:

Bus from Reus airport to Barcelona city centre (Barcelona-Sants station). Shuttle service run by Ryanair. 

Bus from Reus airport to the train station in Reus, then train to Barcelona-Sants and bus from Barcelona to Barbastro.

Bus from Reus airport to the train station in Reus and train to Barcelona-Sants. Then another train to Lleida/Lérida and bus from Lleida to Barbastro. Train timetables www.renfe.com

From Zaragoza airport (ZAZ)

From Zaragoza airport, you take a bus or taxi to the bus station in the city centre. From there are regular bus services from to Huesca, with connections to Barbastro. Check current timetables at www.alosa.avanzabus.com. From Barbastro, you take a taxi to Alquézar (about 20km).

Departure from Alquézar:

Taxi from Alquézar to Barbastro, then the bus to Barcelona, Reus or Zaragoza depending on which airport you’re flying from.

GPS tracks are available on request

included

Included

  • Accommodation at family-run hotels, rooms with en-suite bathing facilities
  • 7 Breakfasts, 4 dinners and 4 pack lunches (for 3 nights in Alquézar, there are several restaurants and shops, so we only include breakfast at the hotel)
  • Luggage transport on days 3 to 7 according to program
  • Transfer according to program on day 5
  • 24-hour telephone assistance, just a phone call away
  • Detailed maps and route descriptions in English

Not Included

  • Lunches and dinner during days 2, 3 and 8 (pack lunches can be ordered at the accommodation)
  • Transport to first and from last accommodation
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Solo Traveller Supplement
  • Extra night/s at any of the accommodations along the way, at other nearby destinations, such as the cities of Zaragoza,BilbaoandBarcelona
  • Transfers to airports on arrival / departure, to the bus station in Barbastro or train station in Huesca

 

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