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Walking holidays in the Spanish Pyrenees
The Spanish Pyrenees are a well kept secret; those in the know are understandably reluctant to rave about them too widely. We, on the other hand, love a good gossip, so take our word for it – if you’re looking for the perfect place to take your next walking holiday, the Spanish Pyrenees will tick all the boxes.
Craggy mountains soaring over green meadows where wild Pottocks graze, quaint medieval villages, extensive well-marked trails and year-round walking – the Spanish Pyrenees are paradise for walkers.
You can stick to the meadows in the foothills, or head upwards for more rugged and exposed terrain. Wander through picturesque mountain communities, pausing for a glass of wine with tapas in a bodega, or combine your walking with other activities such as Spanish language lessons, cookery courses or improving your photography skills in a landscape that loves the camera.
Types of walking holiday in the Spanish Pyrenees
There are options for self guided walking holidays in the Spanish Pyrenees – the Aragon region particularly has many well marked trails. But you’re far better off joining a guided small group tour instead. Not only do you have the fun and sociability that comes from walking with 10-12 other people, but you will be exploring with a local, someone fully versed with the history, culture and geology of the region and keen to share it with you. Most trips are centre-based, so you only need to carry a daypack with you, and routes can be easily adjusted according to the forecast weather conditions.
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Where to walk in the Spanish Pyrenees
Situated in the central Pyrenees, Albella is an attractive mountain community that sees relatively few visitors, allowing for a far more authentic experience than you might find elsewhere. The Aragon region features some of the tallest peaks in the Pyrenees, so it’s ideal for walkers in search of a challenge, but there is also a superb range of cultural attractions in the vicinity as well as the potential for multi-activity holidays that will suit families down to the ground.
Sierra de Guara Natural Park
The wide limestone gorges of the Sierra de Guara Natural Park are seriously tempting territory for both hiking and canyoning. Almost completely deserted except for a few small villages and populations of wild goat and boar, the park is wonderfully scenic, with a number of walking routes that take you past dramatic rock formations and secluded bathing spots.
A gem in the Pallars Sobirà region, Sort is well-placed for exploring the nearby Aigues Tortes National Park on foot. The park itself is glorious, with lakes, waterfalls and forests of pine, not to mention a number of Pyrenees that seem to scrape the sky. Sort is within a few hours’ drive of Barcelona, making it very accessible, and you can easily add on a few days in the Catalan capital on either side of your walking holiday.
When to walk in the Spanish Pyrenees
The Spanish Pyrenees are a year round walking destination, though most people prefer to visit in summer when the weather is at its sunniest and most reliable. Spring is another very popular time, cooler and less busy than July, August and September, and the meadows in the foothills look beautiful with the wildflowers in bloom. In autumn, the colours in the foliage are breathtaking, but temperatures in the shade can be quite low, and some higher routes may be inaccessible due to early snowfall. There is also the scope for winter walking in February and March, particularly around the Aragon region with the Sierra de Guara Natural Park a highlight. You can even strap on a pair of snowshoes, with fitting arranged before arrival to save time.
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