Grade 2: Moderate
Riglos & Alquezar
7 night guided walking holiday
- 7 night guided walking holiday
- Grade 2: moderate walking
- Twin centre holiday –
two villages with beautiful views
Wonderful hiking amongst the canyons of the Sierra de Guara and the amazing cliffs of Mallos de Riglos. The warm weather of the pre-
The holiday is split between two villages both with wonderful views. First, we’ll stay in Murillo de Gallego with views over the wonderful cliffs of Mallos de Riglos. After three days hiking amongst the Mallos, we’ll head to the canyons of the Sierra de Guara. Here we stay in Alquezar –
The area is steeped in history and was the frontier early during the Reconquista. The landscape is dotted with Christian and Moorish castles and we’ll hike to cave paintings dating back to 5000 BC. There are huge colonies of griffon vultures roosting in both areas and we’re sure to get close-up views.
Excellent accommodation in two lovely hotels. All of the rooms are beautifully decorated with wonderful views. In Alquezar we’ll eat out in fantastic local restaurants (in close walking distance) and in Murillo, we eat at the hotel’s restaurant which has wonderful views over the cliffs which glow red in the setting sun.
We’ll start off hiking amongst the conglomerate cliffs of Riglos before moving to the gorges and canyons of the Sierra de Guara.
This is a sample itinerary –
Sunday – Murillo de Gállego
Arrive in Murillo de Gállego from Zaragoza late afternoon. Briefing followed by the evening meal.
Monday – Mallos de Aguero
The cliffs of Mallos de Aguero tower above the village. This circular route takes us on a complete circuit of these fascinating rock formations.
Mallos de Riglos
Even bigger than yesterdays cliffs the Mallos of Riglos are the most famous of the area. A wonderful trail winds us up through the cliffs and then along a ridge above them. Our return route takes us underneath the cliffs and we’ll get sore necks as we gaze up at vultures and climbers!
Sierra de Santa Domingo
Our hike today takes us through the narrow rocky valley of Foz de Salinas to the abandoned village of Salinas which once produced salt for the region. Past the village we head to the pass of La Osqueta from which we have tremendous views both south and north.
Thursday – Vineyard tour – Sommos
Today we leave Murillo de Gállego and head to Alquézar which lies in the centre of the Somontano wine region. We’ll visit the spectacular vineyard of Sommos where we’ll have a tour around the vineyard, wine tasting and lunch before heading onto Alquézar. (Wine tasting is 10 € and lunch is not included in price)
A trip around the Vero Canyon starting high on the west banks before dropping down to cross the idyllic Puente de Villacantal before climbing again to return on the eastern flanks of the canyon.
Today we explore the wonderful rock formations of the Mascun canyon where the the river has carved spires and arches. We hike to the abandoned village of Otin before returning via a separate branch of the canyon.
Free morning in Alquezar before leaving for the transfer back to Zaragoza train station or airport.
Riglos & Alquezar
Sun 17 – 24 October
1299 € per person (based on two sharing a double or twin room).
180 € single supplement
7 nights accommodation:
4 x Hotel Real Posada de Liena (Murillo de Gallego)
3 x Hotel Castillo (Alquezar)
Breakfast each morning
Picnic lunches each walking day
3 course evening meals each night.
Meals taken at the hotel in Murillo de Gallego and at local restaurants while in Alquezar.
Transfers to and from either Zaragoza airport or train station.
Transport to the walks each day and between the two villages.
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 Real Posada de Liena (Murillo)
Real Posada de Liena is our base in Murillo de Gallego where you can watch the cliffs of Riglos glow red in the setting sun from your window. It has a small terrace, a lounge area and a lovely restaurant where we will dine each evening.
Hotel Castillo (Alquezar)
A delightful hotel in a great location in the old part of the village. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated and have fantastic views. Most have balconies and we always try and reserve balcony rooms for our guests.
We’ll eat out in one of Alquezar’s restaurants each night. The area has a Mediterranean climate and they produce honey, cheese, olive oil and wine locally and during our stay we’ll sample some of the best.
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Thanks so much for a brilliant week. Varied and well judged walks with fantastic views and lots of interesting social history, in the form of abandoned villages, between wonderful flowers and endless bird life. Phil and Olatz are both brilliant guides – so knowledgeable about the environment and patient and encouraging when the summit looked a long way off! Relaxed evenings in the historic town of Alquezar with delicious meals in different restaurants were very enjoyable.
Hope to see you again.
Sonia & Fred, Riglos & Alquezar, April 2018.
Riglos & Alquézar
Guided walking holiday
17 – 24 October
1299 € per person
Thanks so much for a brilliant week. Varied and well-judged walks with fantastic views and lots of interesting social history, in the form of abandoned villages, between wonderful flowers and endless bird life. Phil and Olatz are both brilliant guides – so knowledgeable about the environment and patient and encouraging when the summit looked a long way off! Relaxed evenings in the historic town of Alquezar with delicious meals in different restaurants were very enjoyable.
Hope to see you again.
Photos from our Riglos & Alquezar Holiday: