Villages of The Guara National Park

Hotel to hotel hiking amongst the undiscovered villages of the Sierra de Guara.

Just walk with a day pack.

We move your luggage each day.

Superb weather for spring and autumn hiking

Wonderful scenary with deep canyons, rocky limestone spires and abandoned villages.

Villages of The Guara National Park

Just walk with a day pack.

Superb weather for spring and autumn hiking

Villages of the Guara Natural Park

7 night self guided walking holiday

  • 7 night self guided walking holiday – hotel to hotel walking
  • Perfect weather for spring and autumn hiking
  • Grade 2/3: some days have two options
  • Remote tranquil villages and hiking

Villages Guara Abandoned ChurchHike between the remote villages of the Sierra de Guara natural park. The park has perfect hiking weather in the spring and autumn so you can hike earlier and later in the year than our Village to Village holiday in the Valle de Tena.

Your bags are moved between hotels each day so you just hike with a daypack. 6 days hiking taking you to the heart of this undiscovered area. Wonderful scenery with deep canyons, rocky limestone spires and abandoned villages.

The walking is mid level with a couple of the days being fairly strenuous. Several of the days have two hiking options and the longer days can be shortened by taking a taxi in the morning.

The hike starts and ends in the wonderful village of Alquezar whose castle stares at you from above as you stroll around its maze of cobbled streets. The villages that you stay in midweek are tiny, tranquil and remote – perfect places to get away from it all.

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

There are two hiking options each day – an easier and a harder route. On a couple of the days even the easier options are still fairly challenging. The longest day on the easier option is 19km with 1000 metres of ascent this day isn’t to be taken lightly.

For the fit, there are longer options and side trips taking in extra peaks and viewpoints. The terrain varies from gentle paths through woods to some fairly rocky sections underfoot even on the easier routes.

The paths are generally easy to follow and detailed maps and route cards are provided. GPS hire is available with all of the tracks and maps marked. On the first evening you’ll have a briefing to talk you through the routes, options, weather and answer any questions that you may have.

Day 1 – AlquezarAlquezar

Arrive in Alquezar spending the night at the beautiful Hotel Villa de Alquezar. Briefing in the evening  about the week ahead, going over the route and giving you a chance to ask any questions.

Day 2 – Circular hike from Alquezar

pasarelas

Pasarelas

The week starts with a circular hike from Alquezar. First you descend into the canyon of the Rio Vero before climbing to the charming villages of Asque and Colungo. Your return route again crosses the Rio Vero with an option to walk the famous ‘pasarelas’ – a walkway above the river along a narrow and spectacular section of the canyon. Optional extension to the Basacol pools or Chimiachas cave. Second night at Hotel Villa de Alquezar.
Distance : 13.8km, ascent: 680m
with extension: 17.8km, ascent 850m

Day 3 – Alquezar to Lecina

From Alquezar you head deep into the Vero canyon where you cross the medieval bridge of Villacantal. The route takes us past three caves with cave paintings dating from 3000 to 5000 BC. As you climb again you get fantastic views both back down the canyon and north to Monte Perdido. Option of extending the route by 8km to take you to the viewpoint and cave painting of Barfaluy. Night at La Choca in Lecina.
Distance: 10.5km, ascent: 630m
with extension: 18.5km, ascent: 830m

Day 4 – Lecina to Paules de Sarsa

Heading into the heart of the Sierra de Guara your route today passes through a wild landscape not often visited.  A choice of two routes the longer of which passes over the peak of Asba (1438m) for wonderful views over the Sierra de Guara and north to the high peaks of the Pyrenees. Night at El Condor in the tiny village of Paules de Sarsa.
Short option: Distance: 14km, ascent: 350m
Long option: distance: 15.2km, ascent 700m

Mascun Canyon

Mascun Canyon

Day 5 – Paules de Sarsa to Rodellar

Heading west you reach the northern end of the Mascun canyon. The path skirts above the canyon with magnificent views down onto the rock spires and towers of Mascun. You have the option of starting with a taxi ride to shorten the distance. Night at Aparthotel Valle de Rodellar.
Shorter option: distance: 19km, ascent: 1100m
Longer option: distance: 28km, ascent: 1350m

Day 6 – Circular hike from RodellarDolmen

This circular hike begins by following the floor of the Mascun canyon before a steep climb heads to the abandoned village of Otin. A longer option takes you to Nasarre another abandoned village. Continue past a neolithic dolmen and descend down a side canyon back to Rodellar. Second night at Aparthotel Valle de Rodellar.
Shorter option: 15.3km, ascent 640m
Longer option: 20km, ascent 860m

The Tranco de las Olas in the Balced canyon

Balced canyon

Day 7 – Rodellar to Alquezar

Your final days hiking takes you along the conglomerate canyon of Balced. From the southern side of the Sierra de Guara there are fantastic views over the plains before descending to Alquezar. Option of taxi ride at start to shorten the distance. Night at Hotel Villa de Alquezar.
Shorter option: 14km, ascent 400m
Longer option: 20km, ascent 806m

Day 8 – Alquezar

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

Photos taken on our Villages of the Guara Natural Park Walking Holiday.

Village of the Guara Natural Park

2017 / 2018 Dates

The Villages of the Guara Natural Park holiday is available spring, early summer and autumn when the weather is perfect in this area. Arrive and depart on any day you wish.

Price

2 or 3 people 4 or more
1 April-31 May 999€ 949€
1 Oct – 30 Nov 999€ 949€

Single supplement: 125€
Prices are per person and based on two sharing.
Minimum party size is 2 people.

Included

7 nights accommodation: 3xHotel Villa de Alquézar, 1xLa Choca (Lecina), 1xEl Cóndor (Les Paules), 2xApartahotel Valle de Rodellar.
Breakfast each day.
Picnics each walking day.
3 course evening meals every night in the hotels, except nights in Alquézar, you’ll go to have dinner at restaurantes in the village – La Marmita, Cueva La Reina and Casa Pardina.
Detailed route description and GPS tracks. GPS hire available, 35€ weekly rental.
Luggage transport each day – only one 15kg suitcase per person.
Taxi transfer day 5 and 7.

Not included

Flights, insurance, drinks with evening meal.
Transfers from/to Alquézar.

Hotels are small rural hotels in lovely little villages. Rooms are en-suite throughout the week and each hotel has free wi-fi.

Hotel Villa de Alquezar

This former castle of King Sancho Ramirez is now a lovely hotel. Peaceful garden with sofas. Rooms all have great views over the village of Alquezar, the church and the old castle.

La Choca (Lecina)

A wonderfully converted 17th century house in the tiny village of Lecina. A small rural hotel with just 8 rooms – all en-suite. The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional dishes of the area.

El Condor (Paules de Sarsa)

A beautiful 300 year old stone building in the tiny hamlet of Paules de Sarsa – it’s hard to imagine a more peaceful place. It has a traditional fireplace and chimney known locally as ‘espantabrujas’ – witch scarers – as they are said to prevent evil spirits from entering the building. The hotel and rooms are basic but all rooms are en-suite and what the hotel lacks in luxury it makes up for in charm.

Aparthotel Valle de Rodellar

Your two nights in Rodellar will be spent in the apartments of Valle de Rodellar with lovely views over the gorges of the area. The apartments are centred around a restaurant and bar where you’ll take breakfasts and evening meals.

Frequently asked questions

Do we need a car?

No – you hike direct from the hotel each day and you can reach Alquezar by public transport along with a taxi that we’ll organise for you.

Which meals are included in the price?

All meals are included with breakfasts, picnic lunches and evening meals provided each day.

 

 

 

 

Villages of the Guara Natural Park
Self Guided walking holiday

2017 / 2018 Dates:

Villages of the Guara Naural Park holiday is available spring and autumn.
Arrive and depart on any day you wish.

from 949 € per person

Check availability or book your holiday:

Location:

Hotel Villa de Alquezar

La Choca

El Cóndor

Apartahotel Valle de Rodellar

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