Example tour: The Pyrenean Foothills
WALKING ALONG ANCIENT PATHS
MEDIEVAL HILLTOP VILLAGES
SPRING FLOWERS, AUTUMN COLOURS
MEDITERRANEAN SCENERY, WITH THE SCENT OF ROSEMARY, THYME AND JUNIPER
MANY RARE BIRD SPECIES
A one week walking tour in one of the most dramatic and least known areas of northern Spain.
Designed for people who enjoy gentler walking but still want to experience the joys and challenges of spectacular and varied mediterranean scenery well away from the 'madding crowds'.
We walk the ancient paths connecting the villages, hermitages and monasteries of the old kingdoms of Ribagorza and Sobrarbe. This wild region of limestone outcrops, canyons and hilltop villages is steeped in the atmosphere of the middle ages when these foothills were the frontier with moorish Spain.
The high peaks are always in view to the north, providing a snow-capped backdrop to a series of wonderful walks.
B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
DAY 1 - 3 star village hotel D
Transfer from Zaragoza to Roda de Isabena (2½ hours), a beautiful hill top village dominating the Isabena valley 300m below. The medieval village is centred around its 11th century cathedral, once the religious centre of the Ribagorza region.
DAY 2 - 3 star village hotel B L D
A walk from Roda to Guell. The path takes you past isolated farms, through forest and farmland to a lovely hamlet surrounded by olive groves. This is an excellent introduction to walking in the region.
DAY 3 - 3 star village hotel B L D
A walk in an idyllic pastoral landscape along tracks uniting the tiny, but still thriving villages lying beneath the huge limestone mass of El Turbón.
DAY 4 - 3 star village hotel B L D
A beautiful drive to Pano followed by a walk to Trillo. This is a fascinating journey back in time, following the old mule track that connects a series of isolated villages, hermitages and settlements that are now largely deserted.
DAY 5 - 3 star village hotel B L D
A day to relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch in a restuarant to remember before continuing on to Alquezar. The village itself was once a Muslim stronghold (al - qasr means castle in Arabic) and is one of the most beautiful villages in Alto Aragon with its characteristic architecture and surrounding terraces of olive and almond trees.
DAY 6 - 3 star village hotel B L D
Walking from the village, our route winds through deep gorges, over a roman bridge, past cave settlements dating back 17,000 years and takes us through a sierra farming village famous for its honey. The imposing canyon walls, the unearthly blue of the rivers and the heady aroma of wild rosemary, thyme and juniper make this an atmospheric and spectacular day's walk.
DAY 7 - 3 star village hotel B L D
A magnificent walk taking in a deserted village and the Mascun canyon in the Sierra de Guara. This is an unforgettable, day of bizarre rock formations, vultures and great views.
DAY 8 Departure B
Transfer to Airport
Really enjoyed the informal, relaxing atmosphere, soon feeling we were with a bunch of friends. I began to feel I was experiencing the Spain beyond the holiday brochures. Very friendly hoteliers and restaurateurs. Loved Aragon and would definitely visit it again. Holiday exceeded my expectations. Great fun.
I´ve never had a better guide!