Valle de Tena Explorer
7 night guided walking holiday
- 7 night guided walking holiday in the Pyrenees
- 2 guided walks each day to choose from
- 4* hotel with pool and sauna
A Pyrenees guided walking holiday exploring one of the most beautiful valleys in the Pyrenees. The Valle de Tena is a spectacular walking area with high peaks towering over wonderful alpine meadows.
We offer two guided walks each day – a lower and a higher level option. The high level walks will scale some of the great peaks in the area while the easier option will explore the flower filled meadows and mountain lakes of the valley.
The week features five days fully guided walking. Each day two walks will be offered.
One option will be a grade 1 or 2 walk at a relaxed pace with plenty of time to soak up the views. These walks will be on good well graded paths. Walks will be between five to seven hours with three or four hundred metres of ascent.
The second option will be a grade 3 or 4 hike usually heading to a peak. The walks will be longer and steeper and some days may have some easy scrambling. These hikes will be six to nine hours each day with seven hundred to one thousand metres of ascent so a good level of fitness is required for these walks.
Tour de France 2018
On Friday 27 July the Tour de France will tackle the Aspin, Tourmalet, Soulor and Aubisque cols with the stage finishing in Laruns – We’re organising a special Valle de Tena Explorer to coincide with the Tour de France with it’s highlight being a ride to see the race.
During the week we visit several of the most beautiful areas in the region, each with their own charm. This is a sample itinerary – the exact routes will depend on the weather and what the group would like to achieve.
Sunday – Arrival in Biescas
Arrive in Biescas from Zaragoza late evening. Short briefing over a generous helping of Serrano ham, baguettes and wine.
Low level: Ibon de Piedrafita
Nestled in the meadows under the cliffs of the Sierra de Partacua lies the Ibon de Piedrafita. A gentle climb takes us out of the woodland for superb views across the Valle de Tena.
High level: Punta del Pacino
A beautiful ascent through woodland and meadows to the peak of Punta del Pacino. Its position at the centre of the valley gives fabulous panoramic views of the Valle De Tena and surrounding peaks.
Low level: San Juan de la Peña
The cliffs around San Juan de la Peña are home to colonies of griffon vultures. A beautiful ridge walk above the cliffs gives us a great opportunity to see these huge birds up close and enjoy superb vistas across the Pyrenees. This walk can be combined with a visit to the fascinating medieval monastery complex of San Juan de la Peña.
High level: Pico Anayet (2545m)
Set on a high plateau of peaty grasslands we find Ibon de Anayet. From here we have several choices. We can either relax with a picnic and take in the magnificent views. Alternatively we can tackle the steep and exciting Pico Anayet or the slightly tamer, but with equally impressive views, Vertice de Anayet.
Low level: Valle de Aguas Limpias
Starting at the pretty village of Sallent de Gallego we follow the Rio de Aguas Limpias – the river of clean water – up through a wonderful valley past meadows, woods and waterfalls.
High level: Ibones de Arriel
Some of the most beautiful lake landscapes in the Pyrenees can be found at Ibones de Arriel. The four lakes, lying at different heights, are surrounded by steep granite peaks with Pico Palas taking pride of place.
Thursday: Rest day
Spend a day enjoying the pretty village of Biescas, have a swim in the hotels pool or relax in the sauna. In the evening we’ll visit the local town of Jaca for vino and tapas.
Low level: Villages of the Serrablo
A walk linking the medieval villages of the Serrablo. These pretty villages are famous for their 11th century romanesque churches. We walk through gentle woodland with views up the Valle de Tena and have a picnic lunch at the semi abandoned village of Susín which has just one remaining inhabitant!
High level: Pic Peyreget
A journey across the border to the French mountain of Pic Peyreget. Magnificent views of Pic du Midi d’Ossau, Balaitous and across the whole valley. The walk wouldn’t be complete without a quick stop at Refugio Pombie for a cold beer!
Low level: Rincon de Verde
We follow a mountain stream into a valley that is a great place to see marmots. At the head of the valley lies the Rincon del Verde where sheer 700m cliffs rise above you.
High level: Pico Bacias
This day takes us to the high, wild land above the spa resort of Baños de Panticosa. We pass a series of mountain lakes before an easy ridge scramble to the summit of Pico de Bacias where we get magnificent views across to Vignemale and the Ordesa National Park.
Free morning in Biescas before leaving mid-afternoon to catch the evening flight from Zaragoza.
Photos taken on our Valle de Tena Explorer holiday
Valle de Tena Explorer
Sun 3 –
Sun 10 – 17 June
Sun 22 – 29 July
Sun 26 August – 2 September
Sun 16 – 23 September
1149 € per person (based on two sharing a double or twin room).
99 € single supplement
175 € junior suite upgrade – per person for 7 nights
7 nights accommodation:
7 x 4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas
Breakfast each morning
Picnic lunches each walking day
3 course evening meals each night apart from the rest day when we visit Jaca for tapas.
Transfers to and from either Zaragoza airport or train station.
Transport to the walks each day.
Flights, insurance, drinks with evening meal, lunch and evening meal 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.
4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas
The four star Hotel Tierra de Biescas is in the heart of the old village, set in lovely grounds with an indoor and outdoor pool.
Each of it’s 51 stylishly furnished rooms have an en-suite bathroom. It has a bar, lounge area with sofa’s, a restaurant and gardens with loungers and tables.
Each morning a breakfast buffet is served with cooked and continental options. Three course evening meals are taken in the hotel restaurant with a choice of starters, main courses and dessert. Please note wine is not included.
Guests can relax in the the hotel’s spa facilities which include a small indoor swimming pool and sauna. A full range of massage treatments are available. In July and August the outdoor swimming pool is open.
Read more about Hotel Tierra de Biescas.
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Valle de Tena Explorer
Guided walking holiday
3 – 10 June – wild flower special
10 – 17 June
22 – 29 July – Tour de France special
26 August – 2 September
16 – 23 September
1149 € per person