Pyrenees wildflower week

Rare orchids

Beautiful butterflies

Pyrenees wildflower week

Rare orchids

Beautiful butterflies

Pyrenees Wildflower Week

7 night self guided walking holiday

  • 7 night guided walking holiday
  • Grade 1: Relaxed hiking
  • Expert local flower guide
  • 4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas

The Pyrenees are known as the flower garden of Europe for good reason. The wild flowers are spectacular particularly early summer when hundreds of gentians and orchids are in flower.

Olatz – a local wild flower expert and qualified hiking guide – leads this holiday and with her local knowledge, you’ll see all of the areas specialities.

The itinerary is specially put together to visit excellent wild flower locations. On the rest day we’ll visit the raptor rescue centre and learn about bearded vulture conservation.

You’ll still be hiking during the week but the walks will be fairly gentle with plenty of time to discuss the flora and wildlife that you’ll see.

Walks will explore various locations each with slightly different climate and species.

Sunday – Arrive Biescas

Pick up at either Zaragoza train station or airport and transfer to Biescas. Briefing followed by your evening meal – you’ll eat out a various local restaurants in the village during the week.

Monday – Ibon de Piedrafita

The meadows that lie under the kilometre high cliffs of the Partacua are an excellent spot for early summer flowers with lots of trumpet and spring gentians. Orchid varieties present are fragrant, elder-flowered, early purple and butterfly orchids.

Tuesday – Villages of the Serrablo

Today we’ll walk in the Serrablo which is famous for its 11th century Romanesque churches. We’ll hike to the abandoned village of Susin. The drier climate here is perfect for pyramid and ladies orchids and blue grass lily which grows in large clusters alongside the path.

Wednesday – San Juan de la Peña

The cliffs around San Juan de la Peña are home to colonies of griffon vultures. We get close up views of these huge birds while enjoying superb vistas across the Pyrenees.

Thursday – Ainsa & Raptor Rescue Centre

A rest from hiking today and a visit to the historic town of Ainsa. We’ll have a guided tour of the raptor rescue centre and learn about the bearded vulture conservation program. Lunch taken under the arches in the 12th century plaza.

Friday – Rio Aguas Limpias

A walk alongside the ‘river of clean water’. Excellent venue for wild flowers as well as butterflies such as the Apollo.

Saturday – Ordesa Valley

A visit to the National park where we’ll hike under huge beech and silver fir with the cliffs towering above us.

Sunday – Depart

Transfer to Zaragoza train station or airport.

 

Pyrenees Wildflower Week

2019 Dates

Sun 2 – 9 June

Price

1299 € per person (based on two sharing a double or twin room).
99
single room supplement
175 € optional upgrade to a suite – per person for 7 nights

Included

7 nights accommodation:
7x 4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas
Breakfast each morning
Picnic lunches each walking day
3 course evening meals each night.
Meals taken at local restaurants in Biescas apart from the rest day when we visit Ainsa
Transfers to and from either Zaragoza airport or train station.
Transport to the walks each day.

Not included

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.

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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Frequently asked questions

Where do you pick up from?

Pick ups are from either Zaragoza train station or airport. See our getting here page for more details.

Which meals are included in the price?

Breakfasts and evening meals are included every day (including breakfast on the final Sunday). Picnic lunches are provided each hiking day. The evening meals are taken out in different restaruants of Biescas. The only meals that aren’t included is the lunch and evening meal on the rest day.

What is the maximum group size?

We only take small groups and there will be a maximum of 8 hikers. The group is normally 5 or 6 people. The small group size allows us to tailor the hikes to the fitness and interests of the group.

What level is the walking holiday?

This holiday offers a relaxed grade. Walks are at a relaxed pace and there is plenty of time to take in the scenary arpund you. Paths are good and not too step.The hikes will be specially selected to go to areas with the most spectacular wild flowers and we’ll spend more time identifying, explaining and photographing the flowers.

 

 

 

 

Pyrenees Wildflower Week

Guided walking holiday

2019 Dates:

2 – 9 June

1299 € per person

My second trip with Hike Pyrenees and what a treat! Great guides, marvellous flowers. So many orchid! Even though it was supposed to rain most days, they managed to find just the right hikes so we saw many flowers, different parts of the valley, avoided most of the rain. Bravo to Hike Pyrenees and especially Olatz who knew every flower we saw.

Sally, Wildflower Week, June 2018

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