Hiking adventures in Spain

5 hiking adventures in Spain for 2019

Another year is upon us and we’ve chosen some of our favourite hiking adventures in Spain to give you inspiration for a healthy active holiday in 2019.

Explore the spectacular canyons of Ordesa, the limestone spires of the Picos de Europa or the undiscovered Puertos de Beceite – Spain has a wealth of mountain ranges to choose from.

Here’s five of the best adventures to take your mind off the cold weather and to start dreaming of hiking under the Spanish sunshine. One word of warning though – with the excellent Spanish food and wine you may not ending up shedding as many pounds as you hoped on our hiking holidays!

1. Picos de Europa

Picos de Europa

Trumpet gentians in the Picos de Europa

Spain’s oldest National Park and one of the most spectacular with sharp limestone peaks rising from alpine meadows. The famous Cares Gorge splits the massif in two and makes for a wonderful hike. On the southern side the Fuente De cable car whisks you up 700 metres for some great but accessible hiking in high mountain terrain.

At times it appears like a land that time forgot with shepherds still spending there summers in the high pastures, taking care of the herds and making cheese.

Our Picos de Europa guided holiday is dual centre allowing you to explore both the northern and southern sides of the park. With two hikes offered each day – an easier and a harder option this is an adventure suitable for all levels of fitness.

2. Hike the GR11 and summit Monte Perdido

GR11 hut to hut holiday

On the summit of Monte Perdido (3355m)

If you’re looking for adventure start here! The GR11 is a monster 840km trail that traverses the Pyrenees from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic taking around 45 days.

For those without a month or so to go hiking our Refugio Week tackles a week section of the GR11 covering some of the most spectacular and highest legs in the Ordesa National Park and the Valle de Tena.

As a bonus, we’ll take a side trip up Monte Perdido – the third highest summit in the Pyrenees at 3355 metres.

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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.

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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

Hiking, cycling, nature and life in the Pyrenees