WALKS & GUIDES
Local insights and knowledge…
We use local Spanish qualified mountain guides. Carefully selected by us, they share our passion for the area where we live. This means you will learn about the culture, geology, and wildlife of our area, as well as enjoying breath-taking scenery.
Whatever the holiday we will be walking over uneven and rocky ground. We do grade each holiday according to the walking involved. Simply find your holiday on the table below and then refer to our definitions. We have also included an example of each of our graded walks.
Please note, we always consider the weather forecasts and trail conditions before finalising our daily routes.
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|Height gain, m||50 – 250||200 – 400||300 – 800|
|Hours walking*||1 – 3||2 – 5||4 – 8|
|Approx distance km||2 – 8||6 – 12||10 – 18|
|Some steep sections||No||Yes, but short.||Yes|
|Rocky uneven trails||Occasionally||Yes||Yes|
|Sustained climbing||No||Yes, climbs of under 2 hours.||Yes, climbs of over 2 hours.|
|Technical sections (steep descent, loose scree, exposed sections).||No||Normally avoided||Yes, occasionally|
*Walking Time is based on a relaxed pace with time for stops, photography and explanations from the guide.
Example Walking Trails
Easy Walk: Valley of Ordesa
A beautiful walk through beech woods with a gentle climb.
We follow the river Arazas along the bottom of the Ordesa canyon, visiting 3 very different, but equally dramatic waterfalls. There is an option to extend the walk to the Soaso cascades. This also gives views to Monte Perdido at the head of the valley (an extra 4km). Our local guide will explain how the valley was formed, as well as keeping an eye out for the wildlife, including the elusive black woodpecker!
Moderate Walk: Canyon of Añisclo
We explore the canyon of Añisclo, rich in history, as well as flora and fauna.
One-kilometre-high cliffs will tower above us whilst vultures circle overhead on the thermals. The river Bellos has carved the limestone of this canyon, forming deep channels, waterfalls, and beautiful turquoise pools.
Nestled in a cave above the river is the tiny chapel where our village Saint lived in the 8th century. The Camino of Saint Urbez starts here. We climb out of the canyon, through the woods and up to a Romanic church on the edge of a mountain hamlet. The views here are breathtaking.
Challenging Walk: Faja de Pelay
A tough long climb up through the pine trees is rewarded by breathtaking views down and across the Ordesa Canyon. We gradually traverse the south side of the canyon. The impressive U shaped valley opens up in front of us, with Monte Perdido dominating the skyline. Our descent takes us to the famous horsetail falls. This is our turning point for the trek back via the valley bottom. Once on the return leg we will pass the cascades of Soaso and 3 other impressive waterfalls.
A long day but truly memorable.
The guide was fantastic…
My second time….what really makes the experience stand out is Alberto, the local guide, and his knowledge of geology, plants, birds, history and more – and he’s great company to boot! (I should say that our walking guide last year, Juanma, was also excellent).
The guides for the walking were fantastic – knowledgeable, enthusiastic and great fun. Everything was organised so well and with lots of attention to detail.
The history you learn from the guides and Simon and Lucy is fascinating, from the ancient formations of the mountains to how the valley was saved from becoming a Dam.
Alberto the guide was fantastic and we learned a lot from him. I have very happy memories of fantastic autumn colours, golden beech forests, waterfalls, ancient villages, awesome canyons, snow topped mountains……the list is endless !
Whether we were with Alberto, Lucy or Simon, there was always something to be learned about the flora, fauna, geology or history of the area. After having doubts about going on a group holiday we returned having had a wonderful week.