Spanish Pyrenees guided walking holiday

“A week of guided walking in an untouched corner of the Pyrenees, led by an expert local guide and based out of a friendly family-run guesthouse.”

Highlights

Albella | Ordesa National Park | Sierra de Guara National Park | Daily guided walks | Panoramic mountain views | Opportunities to spot wildlife including bearded vultures.

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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Environment

We 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 using guides from the Foundation, visiting the raptor feeding stations with guests and selling the Foundation T-shirts. 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.

Community

We 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.

8 Reviews of Spanish Pyrenees guided walking holiday

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Reviewed on 18 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The stunning scenic beauty of the Spanish Pyrenees and the wildlife found there.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Get some hiking training in your legs before you go so you can really enjoy the walks and the scenery they provide.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It certainly benefited local people as our walking guide was local and we used a local restaurant. Environmental impact was kept to a minimum by ensuring
we carried out any litter etc we took with us and picked up some left by others.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. The accommodation and hosting were of the highest standard, the planned walks and wildlife viewing were well thought out and were carried out
perfectly. Everyone made great efforts to make sure we enjoyed the holiday.

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Walking in the beautiful mountains of Aragon with excellent guides and seeing lammageier vultures.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you are in good walking condition to get the best out of your holiday - this is mountain walking - and bring your binoculars.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The holiday provided work for local guides and supported the education of people in appreciating and caring for our environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I had a wonderful week, with good company in comfortable accommodation with delicious meals.

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Every bit of it was amazing. The mountains, our hosts Lucy and Simon, the food.... I could go on.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Train a little before going. Some of the treks are moderate grade so would be more enjoyable if you're ready.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


10 out of 10

Reviewed on 29 May 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Scenery, our hosts, the food.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take the advice sent in advance by Lucy and Simon.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


All 3 without doubt.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Just great.

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


This 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. Our guides were knowledgeable about geology, flora, fauna, history and folklore and were fantastic company. Lucy and Simon were tireless as hosts, making sure everything was completely perfect. The food was amazing, the farmhouse charming and the weather (end of April, beginning of May) was ideal for walking in the mountains.


2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just go!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely. We walked with local guides. Although we didn't eat out often (why would we when the food in the farmhouse was so good!), all meals were cooked using local ingredients.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Can't fault it. I really hope to return to Casa Allué.

Reviewed on 02 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Every day was a different adventure ! At each bend in the track I marvelled at the scenery, it was breath taking. So many magical moments - walking in golden light through a beech forest, dipping my toes in turquoise water in a mountain river and gasping at the sight of the bearded vultures soaring high above. So many wonderful memories of a truly fantastic walking holiday.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Simon and Lucy looked after us so well and ensured we were extremely well catered for. I was so glad that I bought my binoculars - a must ! We were provided with all the information prior to arrival to ensure we were well equipped. Even walking poles were provided by our lovely Guide so no need to burden yourself with them. The one tip I would give to anyone considering this holiday is to say - just book it - you won't be disappointed !

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Lucy & Simon are passionate about the environment and we made use when we were out and about to stop en route to dispose of the recycling. We replenished food stocks from the local shop. On one walk we visited a derelict village where the occupants are trying to raise money to rebuild their homes. The group made contribution to this worthy cause. We supported some local eateries on the walks and I purchased excellent quality locally made souvenirs when we visited some villages. The local people definitely benefit from the support of the family and holiday makers visiting this area.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was everything and more I could have hoped for and would recommend this holiday to anyone. From beginning to end I was extremely well catered for. Simon and Lucy are wonderful hosts and made everyone in the Group feel at home in their beautiful house Casa Allué. I have fabulous memories of the best walking holiday I have ever had and hope to return !

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Super well organised, a beautiful spot and everything at the farmhouse was perfect. Best of all the amazing area and fabulous guides

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - the couple who run the holiday are totally committed to the community and use local guides, local produce and are passionate about this beautiful area

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Lovely accommodating hosts, stunning surroundings, meeting interesting new people.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for travelling to different destinations/places of interest on most days. Be prepared for long days.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A most fantastic experience. Busy, packed with much information, new experiences and activities.

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