The Ordesa National Park is the oldest protected area in Spain and an undisputed highlight of the Pyrenees. The walking in Ordesa is superb with the parks dramatic canyons and three thousand metre peaks giving spectacular views.
The Ordesa Valley is the most famous of the canyons with cliffs rising over eight hundred metres on each side and Monte Perdido perched majestically at the valleys end. This valley offers walkers the most variety with a choice of routes ranging from gentle rambles to very scary cliff edge routes. Read our full article on walking in Ordesa.
Ordesa is a limestone area and softer limestone layers have been eroded quicker creating ledges high in the cliffs. Some of these are walkable and these paths (called ‘Fajas’) are some of the most dramatic in Europe with the Faja de las Flores being particularly airy and spectacular.
There are four main paths in the valley – the valley floor, the Faja Racon, Faja de Pelay and the famous Faja de las Flores. All have differing levels of difficulty and there are hikes for all levels of fitnesses and ability in the valley. One of the things I like is the mix of walkers setting out from Torla – there’ll be families with kids and grannies alongside hardcore climbers with a ton of gear and groups with ice-axes and crampons heading up to Refugio Goriz.
To read more about Ordesa and details of the routes see our walking in Ordesa article.