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
Hike 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 –
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 –
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 –
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
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’ –
Distance : 13.8km (8.6 miles), ascent: 680m (2230 ft)
with extension: 17.8km (11.1 miles), ascent 850m (2790 ft)
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 (5 miles) to take you to the viewpoint and cave painting of Barfaluy. Night at La Choca in Lecina.
Distance: 10.5km (6.5 miles), ascent: 630m (2070 ft)
with extension: 18.5km (11.5 miles), ascent: 830m (2725 ft)
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) (4718 ft) 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 (8.7 mies), ascent: 350m (1150 ft)
Long option: distance: 15.2km (9.5 miles), ascent 700m (2295 ft)
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 (11.8 miles), ascent: 1100m (3610 ft)
Longer option: distance: 28km (17.4 miles), ascent: 1350m (4430 ft)
Day 6 –
Circular hike from Rodellar
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 (9.5 miles), ascent 640m (2100 ft)
Longer option: 20km (12.5 miles), ascent 860m (2820 ft)
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 (8.7 miles), ascent 400m (1310 ft)
Longer option: 20km (12.5 miles), ascent 806m (2645 ft)
Day 8 –
Final day spent in Alquezar before departing for your homeward journey.
Village of the Guara Natural Park
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.
Please note there is no availability for the 10 – 13 May as several hotels are already fully booked due to a bank holiday in France.
|2 or 3 people||4 or more|
|1 April-31 May||999 €||949 €|
|1 Oct – 30 Nov||999 €||949 €|
Single supplement: 175 €
Prices are per person and based on two sharing.
Minimum party size is 2 people.
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 15 kg suitcase per person.
Taxi transfer day 5 and 7.
Flights, insurance, drinks with evening meal.
Transfers from/to Alquézar. For more information about getting in Alquézar you can see our website.
Hotels are small rural hotels in lovely little villages. Rooms are en-
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 –
El Condor (Paules de Sarsa)
A beautiful 300 year old stone building in the tiny hamlet of Paules de Sarsa –
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.
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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.