Grade 1: Relaxed
The Canyons of Ainsa
7 night guided walking holiday
- 7 night guided walking holiday
- Explore the eastern side of the Ordesa National Park
- Mid level hiking
- Stay in the beautiful 12th century plaza.
Explore the eastern side of the Ordesa National Park, hiking in the Pineta Valley and the Garganta de Escuain. Your base is the beautiful medieval village of Ainsa, which is regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in Spain. You’ll stay in the heart of the old town on the 12th century plaza. Each evening you’ll eat at one of the excellent restaurants in the village.
The area is well known for it’s local honey, cheeses, jams and the Somotano wine region is close by. We’ll eat out each evening at restaurants in the plaza and the village. All have lots of character and specialise in the regions delicacies – the meals are excellent on this holiday.
The hiking is low to mid level with the routes reaching beautiful spots with moderate ascents but not too steep. Distances will be 8 km to 14 km each day with between 400 and 700 metres of ascent. Paths are good during the week. All hikes will be led by a qualified guide who knows the history, wildlife and geology of Ainsa and the National Park. They’ll explain what you are seeing during your hikes, the local cuisine and culture and make your experience much more than just a hiking holiday.
Your accommodation is Hotel Los Arcos – a lovely stone building in the arches of the main square of Aínsa. It’s a comfortable and cozy hotel with lovely rooms. Three rooms overlook the plaza and the other three the mountains behind. All the rooms are en-suite with spa baths. Los Arcos offers a buffet breakfast, which includes a local homemade specialities as is served in the stone medieval bodega in the basement of the hotel. The ground floor has a lounge with free tea and coffee making facilities and an honesty bar. There is wi-fi throughout the hotel.
Transfers are to/from Zaragoza airport or train station on the Sunday afternoon and are included in the price.
Sunday – Ainsa
Pick up from Zaragoza airport or train station and transfer to Ainsa. On arrival we’ll have a briefing about the week ahead followed by our meal.
Monday – Pineta Valley
One of the deepest in the National Park, the Pineta Valley is a spectacular kilometre deep glacial canyon. Our hike takes us to the pretty hanging valley of Llanos de Larri with magnificent views of the north face of Monte Perdido.
Tuesday – Miradors of Revilla & Tella
In the morning our route gives us spectacular views into the Garganta Escuain from the Miradors of Revilla. This is an excellent place to spot the rare bone eating Bearded Vulture. In the afternoon we’ll do a circular route around the hermitages of Tella all of which have wonderful viewpoints.
Wednesday – Above the Añisclo Canyon
The deepest canyon in the National Park is an incredible sight from above. A remote 4×4 track gives us easy access to the canyons rim where we get dizzying views of the canyon floor over a kilometre below.
Thursday – Rest and cultural day
In the morning we’ll visit the Eco Museo to learn more about the wildlife of the area, have a talk on the bearded vulture conservation program and visit the raptor rescue centre. This will be followed by a guided tour of the old town and the 11th century church along with free time to rest and relax.
Friday – Samitier and Entremón
The exquisite Romanesque church of Samitier perches high above the gorge of Entremón. We gradually descend to the narrow gorge which we pass through gazing up to the church above where we were a few hours ago.
Saturday – Under Peña Montañesa
Our final hike takes us beneath the high cliffs of Peña Montañesa. We get wonderful views down to Ainsa as well as the cliffs towering above us.
Sunday – Ainsa and departure
Free morning in Ainsa before dearting for your transfer back to Zaragoza airport or train station.
The Canyons of Ainsa.
No trips planned for 2021, but the itinerary will be back in spring 2022.
1349 € per person (based on two sharing a double or twin room). 180 € single supplement
7 nights accommodation in Hotel Los Arcos Breakfast each morning Picnic lunches each walking day 3 course evening meals each night. Meals taken at local restaurants in Ainsa. Transfers to and from either Zaragoza airport or train station. Transport to the walks each day.
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 Los Arcos
In a lovely stone building in the arches of the main square of Aínsa. Hotel los Arcos is a comfortable and cozy hotel with lovely rooms. Again three rooms overlook the plaza and the other three the mountains behind.
Los Arcos offers a buffet breakfast, which includes alternative gluten-free and diabetic foods along with a great variety of local homemade specialities. All the rooms are en-suite with spa baths.
There are free tea and coffee making facilities on the ground floor and there is free wi-fi throughout the hotel.
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Guided walking holiday
No trips planned for 2021 but the itinerary will be back spring 2022!
1349 € per person
2021 Guided holiday dates
22 – 29 August: Peaks & Passes
29 Aug – 5 Sep: Lakes & Valleys
5 – 12 Sep: High Pyrenees Hiker
12 – 19 Sep: Discover Ordesa
19 – 26 Sep: Lakes & Valleys
26 Sep – 3 Oct: High Pyrenees Hiker
3 – 10 Oct: Lakes & Valleys
Self guided holidays available all summer
All holidays guaranteed to run
unless COVID restrictions here don’t allow us to
Lakes & Valleys
Relaxed hiking in flower filled alpine meadows
My hiking trips with Hike Pyrenees have been stellar – the best of the best.
Guides, hotels, food and hiking routes are out of this world. We will be back!”
You´ll not find a better organised, more complete, active holiday anywhere.
The perfect way to turn the spectacular into the memorable. We appreciated the personal touch. All members of the team could not have been more helpful and caring.
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