Riglos & Alquezar

Hiking amongst the canyons of the Sierra de Guara and the cliffs of Mallos de Riglos

Perfect for early season hiking

The warm climate of the Sierra de Guara makes it perfect for early season hiking

Wine, history and vultures

Neolithic cave paintings, medieval castles, a vineyard visit and hundreds of vultures

SommoS Winery

great winetasting

Riglos & Alquezar

Perfect for early season hiking

Wine, history and vultures

SommoS winery

Riglos & Alquezar

7 night guided walking holiday

 

  • 7 night guided walking holiday
  • Grade 2: moderate walking
  • Twin centre holiday – two villages with beautiful views

Wonderful hiking amongst the canyons of the Sierra de Guara and the amazing cliffs of Mallos de Riglos. The warm weather of the pre-Pyrenees makes this the perfect place to hike early in the season and our holidays here are in April and May.

Alquezar Riglos

The holiday is split between two villages both with wonderful views. First we’ll stay in Murillo de Gallego with views over the wonderful cliffs of Mallos de Riglos. After three days hiking amongst the Mallos we’ll head to the canyons of the Sierra de Guara. Here we stay in Alquezar – a beautiful village overlooked by the collegiate church of Santa Maria.

The area is steeped in history and was the frontier early during the reconquista. The landscape is dotted with Christian and Moorish castles and we’ll hike to cave paintings dating back to 5000 BC. There are huge colonies of griffon vultures roosting in the both areas and we’re sure to get close up views.

Excellent accommodation in two lovely hotels. All of the rooms are beautifully decorated with wonderful views. In Alquezar we’ll eat out in local restaurants (in close walking distance) and in Murillo we eat at the hotels very nice restaurant.

We’ll start off hiking amongst the conglomerate cliffs of Riglos before moving to the gorges and canyons of the Sierra de Guara.

This is a sample itinerary – the exact routes will depend on the weather and what the group would like to achieve.

Sunday – Murillo de Gallego

Arrive in Murillo de Gallego from Zaragoza late afternoon. Briefing followed by the evening meal.

Monday – Mallos de Aguero

The cliffs of Mallos de Aguero tower above the village. This circular route takes us on a complete circuit of these fascinating rock formations.

Tuesday – Mallos de Riglos

Even bigger than yesterdays cliffs the Mallos of Riglos are the most famous of the area. A wonderful trail winds us up through the cliffs and then along a ridge above them. Our return route takes us underneath the cliffs and we’ll get sore necks as we gaze up at vultures and climbers!

Wednesday – Sierra de Santa Domingo

Our hike today takes us through the narrow rocky valley of Foz de Salinas to the abandoned village of Salinas which once produced salt for the region. Past the village we head to the pass of La Osqueta from which we have tremendous views both south and north.

Thursday  Alquezar

Today we leave Murillo de Gallego and head to Alquezar. In the morning we visit Loarre Castle one of the best in northern Spain. We’ll have lunch in Alquezar and then an optional short but impressive hike down into the Vero cañon to follow the ‘pasarelas’ – a path built along the river.

Friday – Vero Canyon

A trip around the Vero Canyon starting high on the west banks before dropping down to cross the idyllic Puente de Villacantal before climbing again to return on the eastern flanks of the canyon.

Saturday – Mascun Canyon

Today we explore the wonderful rock formations of the Mascun canyon where the the river has carved spires and arches. We hike to the abandoned village of Otin before returning via a separate branch of the canyon.

Sunday

Free morning in Alquezar before leaving for the transfer back to Zaragoza train station or airport.

Photos taken on our Riglos & Alquezar holiday

Riglos & Alquezar

2017 Dates

Sun 23-30 April
Sun 7-14 May

Price

1149 € per person (based on two sharing a double or twin room).
125 €
single supplement

Included

7 nights accommodation:
4 x Real Posada de Liena (Murillo de Gallego)
3 x Hotel Castillo (Alquezar)
Breakfast each morning
Picnic lunches each walking day
3 course evening meals each night.
Meals taken at the hotel in Murillo de Gallego and at local restaurants while in Alquezar.
Transfers to and from either Zaragoza airport or train station.
Transport to the walks each day and between the two villages.

Not included

Flights, insurance, drinks with evening meal and lunch on the rest day

Getting to the Pyrenees

From the UK

There are direct flights from London Stansted to Zaragoza. You can also fly to Barcelona or Madrid and can catch the AVE fast train to Zaragoza. We pick up at both the train station and the airport.

From outside Europe

Most of our guests from outside of Europe fly via Barcelona or Madrid, combing a stay in one of these two excellent cities with their walking holiday. From either city there are excellent rail links to Zaragoza.

See more travel options and details on our getting here page.

Hotel Real Posada de Liena (Murillo)

Hotel Real Posada de Liena is our base in Murillo de Gallego where you can watch the cliffs of Riglos glow red in the setting sun from your window or the terraza. The hotels restaurant serves delicious food cooked by our host Carmen.

Hotel Castillo (Alquezar)

A delightful hotel in a great location in the old part of the village. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated and have fantastic views. Most have balconies and we always try and reserve balcony rooms for our guests.

We’ll eat out in one of Alquezar’s restaurants each night. The area has a Mediterranean climate and they produce honey, cheese, olive oil and wine locally and during our stay we’ll sample some of the best.

Frequently asked questions

Where do you pick up from?

Pick ups are from either Zaragoza train station or airport. See our getting here page for more details.

Which meals are included in the price?

Breakfasts and evening meals are included every day (including breakfast on the final Sunday). Picnic lunches are provided each hiking day. The only meals that aren’t included is the lunch on the rest/transfer day and on the final Sunday.

What level is the walking holiday?

This holiday offers a moderate grade. Walks are at a relaxed pace and on good paths however we tackle some steeper sections. The ascents are a bit longer and we’ll take in some summits.

 

 

 

 

Riglos & Alquezar
Guided walking holiday

2017 Dates:

23-30 April

7-14 May

1149 € per person

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Location:

Real Posada de Liena

Hotel Castillo

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