Village to Village - self guided

Hotel to hotel walking along the length of the Valle de Tena

Hike with just a daypack

 We move your luggage each day

Easy to follow routecards

With a choice of two routes between each village – an easier and a harder option

Beautiful hotels

In fantastic mountain locations

Village to Village

Hike with just a daypack

Easy to follow routecards

Beautiful hotels

Village to Village

7 night guided walking holiday

  • 7 night self guided walking holiday
  • hotel to hotel walking with your bags moved each day
  • grade 2/3: two route options each day
  • charming mountain hotels in picturesque villages
Village to village

The Rio Aguas Limpias on day 5 of the itinerary

Hotel to hotel walking along the length of the Valle de Tena, staying at different villages during the week. We transport your luggageeach day meaning you just have to walk with a daypack.

A wonderful route with fantastic views throughout the week and a real sense of journey as you head up the valley. The route doesn’t just stick to the valley floor but gets up into the higher mountains. You’ll stay at small traditional Pyrenean villages with narrow winding streets and stone houses centred around  medieval churches.

The walking is mid level with each day having the option of a shorter or longer option. You’ll cover a reasonable distance each day – between 10 km (6 miles) and 14 km (9 miles) (up to 20 km (12 miles) on the longer options).

The hotels have all been carefully chosen to give you an authentic Spanish experience and all are charming with great food and facilities.

Village to village

The Valle de Tena

You can start the holiday on whichever day you’d like and the itinerary is 7 nights with 6 days walking.

The itinerary has plenty of flexibility with each day offering two walking options of differing difficulty. With two nights spent at both Panticosa and Sallent de Gallego you also have the option of taking a rest day.

For those that like long hikes the harder options are fairly strenuous with some of the days covering over 20km (12 miles) and getting into steep high mountain terrain.

You can arrive at the start of the walk in Biescas by car, by public transport and taxi (which we will arrange) or on Sunday evenings we can provide transfers to and from Zaragoza airport or train station for 99 € per person.

Day 1 – Biescas

Arrive in Biescas spending the night at the 4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas. Briefing in the evening  about the week ahead, going over the route and giving you a chance to ask any questions.

Village to village

The church of Santa Elena

Day 2 – Biescas to Panticosa

Heading north you pass under the cliffs of the Sierra de Tendeñera and see the valley open up before you. The route’s full of history as you  pass a dolmen, the scenic church of Santa Elena and bunkers built by Franco to defend against invasion through the Pyrenees. Spend the night at Hotel Casa Morlans.

 

Long option: 20km (12 miles), ascent 750m (2460ft)
Short option: 13km (8 miles), ascent: 600m (1970ft)

Day 3 – Panticosa

Today you have a choice of two circular routes. The shorter option passes through lovely woodland into the meadows of the Valle la Ripera. The longer option passes up a valley, over a 2000 metre (6560ft) col and back down to Panticosa past a beautiful mountain lake. Second night at Hotel Casa Morlans with dinner in Navarro & Emotion Restaurant – one of the bests restaurants in the village, it’s only 100m (328ft) distance from your hotel.
Shorter option: distance: 14km (9 miles), ascent: 530m (1740ft)
Longer option: distance: 20km (12 miles) , ascent: 1100m (3610ft)

Looking over the village Sallent de Gallego

Day 4 – Panticosa to Sallent de Gállego

Continuing your journey you head into the northern half of the valley. Either have an easy half day’s walk around the Embalse de Lanuza spending an afternoon in picturesue Sallent. Alternatively climb steeply to the viewpoint of La Cucuraza for bird’s eye views back down to Panticosa and then across the whole valley. Night at Hotel Almud.
Shorter option: distance: 11km (7 miles), ascent: 200m (660ft)
Longer option: distance: 15km (9 miles), ascent: 800m (2620ft)

Day 5 – Sallent de Gállego

Hike along the beautiful Rio Aguas Limpias – the river of clean water. You can have a leisurely day walking to a lovely picnic spot. Alternatively head higher to a series of lakes set amongst spectacular mountain scenery or the peak of Musales (2654m) (8707ft). Second night at Hotel Almud.
Shorter option: distance: 12km (7 miles), ascent: 450m (1470ft)
Longer option: distance: 19km (12 miles), ascent: 900m (2950ft)
Extreme option: distance 23km (14 miles), ascent: 1350m (4430ft)

Village to village hotel

Views from Casa Pelentos in Sandinies

Day 6 – Sallent to Sandiniés

Today you cross over to the western side of the valley and head south. Optional side trips to two summits including Punta del Pacino (1965m) (6447ft) for panoramic views across the valley. Descend to the tiny village of Sandiniés and spend the night at Casa Pelentos.
Distance: 15km (9 miles), ascent: 700m (2290ft)
Including side trips: 18km (11 miles), ascent: 1000m (3280ft)

Day 7 – Sandiniés to Piedrafita

Peaks & Passes

On the way up to the Ibon de Piedrafita

One route passes through the woods of Betato before climbing through meadows to the lake of Ibon de Piedrafita nestled under the vast cliffs of the Sierra de Partacua. The longer route takes a longer track through higher meadows to the lake. Both routes finishes at the village of Piedrafita where you’ll be picked up for a short transfer to Biescas where you’ll spend the night at Hotel Tierra de Biescas.
Shorter option: distance: 14km (9 miles), ascent: 400m (1310ft)
Longer option: distance: 20km (12 miles), ascent: 650m (2130ft)
Bike option: distance: 40km (25 miles); ascent: 630m (2070ft) – more information in dates and prices tab.

Day 8 – Biescas

Final day spent in Biescas before departing for your homeward journey.

Photos taken on our Village to Village holiday:

Village to Village

2017 / 2018 Prices & Dates

The Village to Village holiday is available all summer. Arrive and depart on any day you wish.

2 – 3 people 4 or more people
26 May – 21 July 949€ 899€
22 July – 31 Aug 1049€ 949€
1 Sep – 7 Oct 949€ 899€

All these prices are per person and based on two sharing.

125 € single supplement
40 € optional upgrade to a suite in Hotel Tierra de Biescas – per person for first and final nights

Included

7 nights accommodation:
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.
Meals taken at the hotel and on the final night at a local restaurants in Biescas.
Luggage transfer, you just need to walk with your pack day.
Detailed maps and route cards.

Not included

Flights, insurance, drinks with evening meal.
Transfer from Zaragoza.
Bike hire if you want the biking option – ask for prices and availability when you book.
GPS hire: if you are worried about navigation, you can hire a GPS wich has all the maps and tracks marking. The price is 35€ per trip.

Getting to the Pyrenees

You can arrive at the start of the walk in Biescas by car, public transport and taxi (which we will arrange) or on Sunday afternoons you can use or standard transfers from Zaragoza airport or train station for 99 € per person (for the return journey).
Private transfers are availability on any day for 200 € (one way for up to 8 people – price is for the group not per person) for the journey either Zaragoza to Biescas or Biescas to Zaragoza. If you would like a private transfer from any other destinantion (Barcelona, San Sebastian, etc) please ask us for a quote.
If you drive, there is ample and safe parking at the hotel in Biescas and it’s fine to leave your car there for the week while you’re hiking.
From the UK
There are direct flights from London Stansted to Zaragoza. You can also fly to Barcelona and hire a car and drive to Biescas or catch the AVE fast train to Zaragoza where we pick up at both the train station and the airport on Sundays or you can catch a bus to Biescas.
From outside Europe
Most of our guests from outside of Europe fly via Barcelona or Madrid, combining a stay in one of these two excellent cities with their walking holiday. From Barcelona it’s easier to hire a car and drive to Biescas (around a 4 hour drive). Madrid has excellent rail links with Zaragoza (1 hr 20 mins, 80 euros return). From Zaragoza you can either meet our transfers on Sunday, hire a car or take a bus to Biescas.

See more travel options and details on the getting here page. If you have any questions about getting here or would like any advice then please drop us an email.

4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas

Hotels are superb throughout the week, in particular the hotels in Sallent de Gallego and Sandinies are full of character. Breakfast and evening meals are taken at the hotels and they’ll provide you a packed lunch each morning.
Hotel Tierra de Biescas (Biescas)
Your base for the first and final nights. Excellent 4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas is in the heart of the old village, set in lovely grounds with an indoor and outdoor pool and a sauna which is a great treat after a weeks hiking.
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.
There is ample and safe parking at the hotel if you need to leave your car there during the week.
Read more about Hotel Tierra de Biescas.

Hotel Casa Morlans (Panticosa)

Friendly, family run hotel in the centre of the village. The two star hotel has 25 rooms with a mixture of twins, doubles and triples.
Rooms at the back of the hotel have balconies with mountain views. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with toilet and shower.

Hotel Almud (Sallent de Gállego)

Hotel Almud is a wonderful stone building set in the winding streets of Sallent de Gállego. María José is your host in this friendly family-run hotel with just 11 rooms. The hotel is fantastically decorated throughout with the bedrooms beautifully converted all with en-suite bathrooms. The bedrooms have mountain views.There is a living room and reading area with sofas and a stone fireplace where you can have a coffee and relax.

Evening meals are taken at Casa Jaimico a restaurant neighbouring the hotel which has an excellent menu. Breakfasts are taken at the hotel. Read more about Hotel Almud.

Casa Pelentos (Sandinies)

It’s hard to think of a more tranquil place to stay than the tiny village of Sandinies. It’s stone buildings all have fantastic views over the valley. Casa Pelentos is another charming and friendly hotel with just 7 rooms and a renowned restaurant. Please note Casa Pelentos is closed in May and during this month you’ll stay at nearby Hotel El Privilegio – a lovely 4* hotel.

Frequently asked questions

Which meals are included in the price?

All meals are included with breakfasts, picnic lunches and evening meals all included in the price. Vegetarians, coeliacs and other dietary requirements can be catered for as long as you let us know in advance.

When is the best time to hike the Village to Village itinerary?

The route can be walked from mid May until the end of September. July and August are the warmest months with June and September usually having cooler weather perfect for hiking. Read more about the temperatures and rainfall on our when to hike in the Pyrenees page.

Do I need a car?

No. During the week you hike directly from the hotel door each day and don’t need a car. Many guests decide to travel to Biescas by hire car but you can easily get here by either public transport or by using our Sunday transfers from Zaragoza train station or airport. See our getting here page for more information.

Are the routes easy to follow?

Yes. Our route descriptions are detailed and in general the paths are easy to follow. In a couple of places the paths aren’t so clear but we highlight these spots in the route notes so that you can take extra care. If you are worried about route finding we also offer GPS hire. The GPS’ are easy to use and have the digital map and tracks marked on them.
 

Do the routes get into the high mountains or do the trails stay in the valley floor?

The harder options get into steep high mountain terrain and in no way stick to the valley floor. The longest days are over 20km with over 1000 metres ascent and the highest peak during the week is Pico Musales at an impressive 2654 metres. A real advantage of the itinerary is the flexibility that the two options each day gives you. If you prefer to stick to the easier routes, are tired one day or the weather is bad you can stick to the easier routes that stay lower in the valley.

If we come by car is there somewhere to leave the car while we are hiking?

Yes – Hotel Tierra de Biescas wher you spend the first and final night has free car parking and it’s no problem to leave your car there during the week while you are hiking.

 

 

 

 

Village to Village
Self guided walking holiday

2017 / 2018 Dates:

Village to Village holiday is available all summer – from 26 May to 7 October. Arrive and depart on any day you wish

from 899 € per person

Check availability or book your holiday:

Location:

Hotel Tierra de Biescas

Hotel Casa Morlans

Restaurante Navarro & Emotion

Hotel Almud

Restaurante Casa Jaimico

Casa Pelentos

Final day pick up place

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