The church of Santa Elena, near Biescas, has since last Monday a new attraction, a newly discovered Neolithic dolmen, located just 50 meters from the existing one. Both date from about 5,000 years ago. Until Monday only one was known, and the other, although there was evidence that it had existed, had been given up for lost.
The newly discovered dolmen
The discovery of the dolmen has a long history, and although on Monday morning, when the digger began to remove the pile of rubble that existed on the megalithic monument, there was some scepticism that they would find it, that turned to joy as they uncovered the dolmen. The last reference to the dolmen was 85 years ago so you can imagine the delight when it was rediscovered.
The dolmen in the snow
In 1933, in the Santa Elena area, two dolmens were found, excavated by Joaquín Almagro and Dr. Herráinz, a doctor from Biescas. But, after the Spanish civil war (1936-39) they were lost. In 1975 the City Council of Biescas reconstructed one (the top stone had been removed), the one that was known until now – you’ll visit it in your first day on our Village to Village holiday.
Next February we are running a guided snowshoeing holiday in the Valle de Tena. We’ve been asked about this lots of times by readers of the blog, so hopefully some of you will be able to come and join us for this advenure!
Snowshoeing near Portalet
Snowshoeing is brilliant fun and requires no previous experience or technical skills – if you can hike you can snowshoe! We’ll teach you all the techniques you need to know during your stay. It’s a great way of discovering the mountains in winter. The scenery is simply beautiful and the winter really is a magical time to be in the mountains.
Our Summer 2019 is now ready so order your copy today and start planning your next adventure in the Pyrenees.
Hike Pyrenees Summer 2019 brochure
Next summer we’ve a new itinerary – the Canyons of Ainsa – that explores the eastern side of the Ordesa National Park with hikies in the Pineta Valley and Garganta de Escuain. Perfect if you’ve been on our Discover Ordesa holiday as it explores the parts of the park that we can’t get to from Torla. The base is the beautiful village of Ainsa where we stay right on the 12th century plaza.
Hiking in the Pineta Valley on our Canyons of Ainsa holiday
on the 2-9 June we are running a Pyrenean Wildflower week in the Valle de Tena. Olatz our specialist flower guide will be leading the hikes and we’ll pick areas that are particularly good for wildflowers to hike in. Hopefully the Lady Slippers Orchid in the valley will be in flower during those dates too which is always a treat.
Lady’s slipper orchid
Of course we’ve still got all of our old favourites such as Discover Ordesa and Valle de Tena Explorer guided holidays and the Village to Village self guided itinerary.
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If you have any questions about our holidays drop us an email at email@example.com
We hope to see you in the Pyrenees next summer,
Phil and the Hike Pyrenees team
A new launderette has been opened at Biescas. So, from now on, our hikers will have the option to clean and dry their clothes before continuing with their hiking holidays.
The laundrette opens every day from 8am to 23pm, so you will have time enough in the afternoon to use it after your hikes.
For further information and the location of the laundrette check the following link.
After the busy month of August, we can look back and discover how many great weeks of hiking we´ve had this summer. Both at Tena Valley and Ordesa National Park, our guests have enjoyed an amazing summer of good weather and incredible landscapes that look spectacular after the wet spring at the Pyrenees.
Thanks to all the guests that have shared their holidays with us – we hope you had a great time and hope to see you again in the future in the Pyrenees.