Guided Walking Holidays Pyrenees

No Single Supplement. Excludes Flights.

A WEEK OF VARIED WALKS IN THE BREATHTAKING SCENERY OF THE CENTRAL PYRENEES

Introduction

On our Guided Walking Holidays Pyrenees you enjoy spectacular walks, whilst we, Simon and Lucy, take care of everything else. You will be staying at our renovated farmhouse within the Pyrenees Geopark, close to the National Park of Ordesa, and the Natural Parks of Sierra de Guara and Posets-Maladeta.

Consequently, our location means we have a huge choice of walks, with no two days being the same. A strenuous day is normally followed by an easier day, and we make regular stops to spot wildlife and look at the geological, historical and cultural points of interest. Our walking group is limited to eight people, and so is equally suited to the solo traveller, walking club, or group of friends.

As part of our Responsible Travel philosophy we only use local Spanish mountain guides on our Guided Walking Holidays Pyrenees.

The itinerary below gives an idea of a typical week.

" You can feel very humble in such vast canyons and stunning landscapes.......So the walks! They just got better everyday...its all too brilliant. Lucy and Simon have something special."
Cathryn. London May 2016

Guided Walking Holidays Pyrenees • Dates and Prices 2017

Places available May 2017

Places available May 2017

Places available June 2017

Places available Oct 2017

€1095 euros*

€1095 euros*

€1095 euros*

€1195 euros

Guided Walking Holidays Pyrenees include full board at our 17th century farmhouse and all excursions. No single supplement applies. Flights are excluded.
We can provide transfers from Zaragoza airport for the Ryan Air flight from London Stansted, or Zaragoza train station for trains from Barcelona or Madrid for an additional charge of €60 per person return. From Zaragoza it is around two hours to our farmhouse. For more information see Getting Here.
*Spring Offer - May to June holidays include a €100 discount. Our normal holiday price is €1195 euros.

"I joined a walking holiday at this beautiful, undiscovered part of Spain. It's a fabulous area to explore with amazing mountains, scenery, wildlife. The guides for the walking were fantastic - knowledgeable, enthusiastic and great fun."

Lynne. Edinburgh Sept 2016.

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Guided Walking Holidays Pyrenees Itinerary

The itinerary below gives an idea of what we will be doing during a typical week on one of our Guided Walking Holidays Pyrenees. The decision of exactly where we go on a particular day will be decided by Simon, Lucy, and Alberto. It will depend a great deal on the weather. See our Pyrenees Weather Forecast for a better idea of what to expect and what to pack (we send a recommended kit list when you book).

We offer 6 days of walking, however, at anytime you are able to take a rest day, and relax in the comfort of the farmhouse. We offer a mix of walks and take great care to make sure everyone gets the most out of their holiday.

DAY 1 Guided Walking Holidays Pyrenees: Saturday

• Arrival at Casa Allué, Albella. A welcome drink and a chance to meet Simon and Lucy, your hosts for the week, before our evening meal.

DAY 2 Walking Holidays Pyrenees: Sunday

• A gentle introduction to the area. This is a circular walk straight from the farmhouse. After a brief tour of the village of Albella, taking in the views across the valley, we follow pathways that date from medieval times, and that link the local villages. We will cross ancient seabeds strewn with fossils, our destination is the village of Janovas, which sits at the head of a dramatic gorge. Janovas has a story to tell, one which had implications for the whole valley where we live!  Picnic lunch.
Time: 3-4 hours. Ascent:300m.
• Return to Albella for dinner.

DAY 3 Guided Walking Holidays Pyrenees: Monday

• Depart for the Ordesa Canyon. We take a faja (narrow path) under the northern cliffs, here magnificent rock walls line our route. After the initial climb, we remain fairly level for much of the walk. As we leave the woods we get a good overview of the valley of Ordesa and size of the canyon. We will talk about the amazing geology of the area, the flowers and the wildlife, but always with one eye on the sky for any passing raptors. Picnic lunch.
Time: 4-5 hours. Ascent: 750m.
• Return to Albella for dinner.

DAY 4 Guided Walking Holidays Pyrenees: Tuesday

• We visit a little known corner of the Sierra de Guara with delightful paths and varied terrain. We will see curious rock formations, like our Pyrenean elephant! There are fantastic panoramic views from the look-out point of an abandoned village with it's a 12th century Romanesque church. Picnic lunch.
Time: 3½ hours. Ascent: 375m.
Longer option: There is an optional climb up to the hermitage of Santa Marina where we enjoy 360º views, including the limestone canyons of Guara and the Pre-Pyrenees.
Time: 5 hours. Ascent: 600m.
• Return to Albella for dinner.

DAY 5 Guided Walking Holidays Pyrenees: Wednesday

• Today we head to the Canyon of Añisclo. This is an easy out and back walk with plenty of places to stop by the river. It forms the longest valley cleft in the national park. We will be following the Río Bellos with it's green pools and thundering waterfalls. At the narrowest point 1000m rock faces will tower above us, we may see a golden eagle as we gaze upwards. The climate is totally different here, supporting beech, pine, fir, yew, holly, maple and other trees. We will also pass the Ermita de San Úrbez set into the rock face, and talk about his connection with our village, and the miracles he performed. Picnic lunch.
Time: 4½hrs. Ascent: 440m.
• Return to Albella for dinner.

DAY 6 Guided Walking Holidays Pyrenees: Thursday

• We visit an area that supports the highest population in the world of the magnificent Lammergeier (Bearded Vulture). In the morning we do a circular walk where a number of viewing balconies have been constructed. This will give us beautiful views down into a gorge, as well as the opportunity to see the birds.
Time: 2-3 hours. Ascent: 200m.
After our lunch at a mountain restaurant we make the short drive to do a walk rich in cultural history. We will enjoy panoramic mountain views, visit a megalithic structure and three ermitas (hermitage). The earliest of which dates from the 11th century.
Time: 1 hour. Ascent: 120m.
• Leave to visit the medieval town of Ainsa on our way home. There will be time to visit the old fort, where there are open views to Monte Perdido, the impressive plaza (square), and perhaps do a little shopping.
• Return to Albella for a light supper.

DAY 7 Guided Walking Holidays Pyrenees: Friday

• Depart for the longest of the faja walks, and arguably the most dramatic. The initial 1½ hour steep climb is well worth the effort. The views of the valley below are breathtaking. As we descend we see the Circo de Soaso, and the 3km high peaks, together with the magnificent Cola de Caballo (Horsetail falls). We return past the beautiful Grados de Soaso (cascades).
Time: 6-7 hours. Ascent 750m.
Easier option along the valley bottom. We walk through beech woods and past several waterfalls, with the impressive 800m cliffs of the Ordesa canyon rising above us. There is the option to take a circular route back at the Cascada de Estrecho,  but we recommend continuing to the Grados de Soaso to see Monte Perdido and the Cola de Caballo at the head of the valley. Picnic lunch.
Time: 2 hours. Ascent: 200m OR  Time: 5 hours. Ascent: 500m.
• Return to Albella for dinner.

DAY 8 Guided Walking Holidays Pyrenees: Saturday

•  A flexible timetable depending on departure times. A light lunch or a picnic is available.

Please note this is strictly a non-smoking holiday.

"Loved everything about my walking holiday in this amazing part of Spain with great hosts Simon and Lucy."
Jane. Cheshire Oct 2015.

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