Spanish Pyrenees guided walking holiday
Description of Spanish Pyrenees guided walking holiday
Discover an unspoilt corner of the Spanish Pyrenees on this eight-day guided walking holiday, run from a lovely converted 17th Century farmhouse by a friendly husband and wife team.
The guided walking weeks enable you to enjoy the breathtaking scenery, whilst your hosts, Simon and Lucy, take care of everything else. The holidays include accommodation, breakfast, drinks, dinner with wine, picnics, excursions and transport and guides. You do not have to worry about a thing! Transfers can also be provided from Zaragoza - this service costs an additional €70 per person return (2 hours approx).
You’ll be based close to the National Parks of Ordesa and Monte Perdido, a UNESCO world heritage site, and Sierra de Guara. You will also be within a UNESCO site of geological importance, the Geopark of Sobrabre. This location means you have a wide choice of walks available, with diverse landscapes, flora and fauna.
The lead local mountain guide for these trips is Alberto López. He is extremely experienced, having been a mountain guide in the Aragon Pyrenees for the last 20 years and is passionate about educating groups on the flora, fauna and environment of the Pyrenees. Among his many guiding qualifications he is an official Ordesa National Park guide, and a mountain guide for the blind and visually impaired. His enthusiasm for the area is infectious, he has a great sense of humour and speaks English.
The group size is always small and limited to 8 people. There is no single supplement.
Your base for the week is a renovated 17th century guest house. The spacious rooms are furnished with antiques and have luxury en-suite bathrooms. There is ample room to spread out in our large salon with wood burning stove, and views down the valley. Across the covered courtyard is the dining room, again enjoying views of the valley. Wifi is available
Equally suited to the solo traveller, a walking club or group of friends. The walks range from gentle day walks to more exhilarating treks. Usually you would enjoy an easy day followed by a tougher day. There are geological, historical and cultural points of interest, as well as amazing wildlife.
The itinerary below gives an idea of the type of walking you could do each day. The actual walks for a particular week will be decided at the time, by Simon, Lucy and Alberto and will depend on the weather conditions.
This trip is available as a self-guided walking week if you want to be a little more independent, or there are options to combine walks in the Pyrenees with other activities such as cooking, wildlife spotting, Spanish language courses. Please enquire for more details.
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10 Reviews of Spanish Pyrenees guided walking holiday
Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019 by Cheryl SellorsOur last activity day of the holiday was likely the most memorable & exciting part as our wonderful guide took us on a bit of a detour that ended up on a less used trail, so we were climbing rocks, navigating overgrown vegetation, and basically putting all our hiking skills to use. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 May 2019 by Cristina StoicaThe hiking was stunningly beautiful. The home cooked food afterwards was one of the best I ever had. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 May 2019 by Rachel MilesAn incredible week in an unspoilt region of Spain. Lucy and Simon were the perfect hosts and are clearly passionate about sharing what they have with their guests. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Sep 2018 by Roger BaylissThe stunning scenic beauty of the Spanish Pyrenees and the wildlife found there. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Jun 2018 by Judy MilesI had a wonderful week, with good company in comfortable accommodation with delicious meals. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Oct 2017 by Annapurna ChilukuriEvery bit of it was amazing. The mountains, our hosts Lucy and Simon, the food.... I could go on. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 May 2017 by Mary WinterbornThe most memorable was the scenery, our hosts, the food. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Aug 2016 by Meg WhelanThis has to be the best walking holiday I've ever had. The walking was incredible. The landscapes were all different and all stunningly beautiful. I will never forget walking in Ordesa, Añisclo and the Sierra de Guara. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Apr 2016 by Jane BerrisfordI have fabulous memories of the best walking holiday I have ever had and hope to return ! Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Sep 2016 by Lynne ArnoldSuper well organised, a beautiful spot and everything at the farmhouse was perfect. Best of all the amazing area and fabulous guides Read full review
PlanetWe are passionate about the environment and the wildlife where we live. The Ordesa National Park is a World Biosphere Reserve and a ‘Special Protection Area for Birds’ with over 171 species, including the rare Lammergeier or Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus Barbatus). We support the Lammergeier Conservation Foundation by selling our aprons. In 2018 we donated over €400 euros. This helps fund a breeding program in our area which has had great success. Our walks are led by experts in the area (or accompanied by information packs when self-guided) and ensure that fragile environments are not degraded in any way when walking.
There are also well over 100 species of butterflies and moths in our area, including the rare and beautiful Isabelina Moth (Actias Isabellae) and the Giant Peacock Moth (Saturnia Pyri). We have been successful in hatching the eggs and releasing the caterpillars for these moths.
At the farmhouse we have geothermal heating and hot water with minimal environmental impact. We also harvest rainwater for both the irrigation of our vegetable patch and garden, and for the washing machine.
We recycle all we can, including building materials and furniture. For example all the vanity units in the luxury bathrooms are unique secondhand pieces of furniture, adapted with a granite top and basin. All the furniture in the house is antique or secondhand and has been or is in the process of being restored by Simon, your host. Many of the external doors are secondhand and have been adapted. The beams and stone from the four year renovation of the property have been reused throughout the building process. We continue to reuse this material now as we landscape the garden.
PeopleWe support the local economy wherever possible by employing guides, experts and teachers from our area. We offer English lessons to our guides, providing them with a greater opportunity for work.
We involve our neighbours with our holidays, offering the possibility to visit their houses which have changed little through the centuries. This gives a unique insight into the culture and traditions of the high Pyrenees. In return we make donations to the village fund, for amongst other things the maintenance of our historic chapel of San Urbez (hermitage).
We also offer a guided visit to the chapel of San Urbez, explaining stories about our saint, his miracles and the architectural features. For this, we ask our guests for a donation in the chapel collection box.
We are involved in trying to preserve and restore the local pathways, acting as volunteers as the need arises. We will be running a path clearing holiday in the future which we hope will also ultimately benefit the community as a whole.
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