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The Dolmen of Santa Elena

New dolmen discovered at Santa Elena

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.

New Dolmen at Santa Elena

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.

Dolmen in the snow

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.

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Pyrenees snowshoe holiday

Snowshoeing holiday in the Pyrenees

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 in the Pyrenees

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.

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2019 walking holiday brochure

Summer 2019 hiking brochure

Our Summer 2019 is now ready so order your copy today and start planning your next adventure in the Pyrenees.

2019 walking holiday brochure

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.

Pineta Valley - Canyons of Ainsa

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

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.

Order a brochure today!

If you have any questions about our holidays drop us an email at info@hikepyrenees.co.uk

We hope to see you in the Pyrenees next summer,
Phil and the Hike Pyrenees team

Pelopin peak

We welcome a new exciting hiking season in the Pyrenees

We´ve had some really intense months, preparing a new stirring hiking season. Now, after this first effort, we are already enjoying the beginning of the summer.

The snowy and rainy spring has led to an amazing landscape, full of colourful flowers, spectacular waterfalls and green slopes that make each of our hikes incredible.

The first groups of the season have already enjoyed their holydays in Ordesa National Park, Tena Valley and Matarraña.

We hope to keep on enjoying the rest of the summer as we have been doing so far.

Family skiing in the Pyrenees

A day skiing with the family

It’s great living near a ski resort and skiing is part of the lifestlye here. On Wednesday afternoons the kids have ski lessons with the school and last Sunday we ventured out to Panticosa for our first day’s skiing with the whole family – and to make things more challenging for us we took two of Isabel’s and Christophers friends with us too!

The kids on the gondola

The kids on the gondola

It was a fantastic sunny day – perfect for the kids. The school lessons are at Formigal but we headed to Panticosa as it’s a great resort for kids with quite a few beginner runs on travelators for the little ones and some easy blues and reds for Isabel and Iñigo.

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