Hiking in Spain’s National Parks of the Pyrenees

A Guided Hiking Trip – 8 Days & 7 Nights

The mighty Pyrenees extend from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, forming a massive natural boundary between France and Spain. This carefully crafted trip uses valley based hotels in ancient mountain villages in each of Spain’s two national parks in the Pyrenees, allowing you to experience classic hiking trails, traditional culture and fascinating history in this wonderful mountain range.

Take a hike on the wild side and join us on this trip of outstanding natural beauty, towering summits and deep canyons. We’ll spend 3 nights based in the valley of Vall de Boí, UNESCO World Heritage Site and gateway to Aigüestortes I Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, a wonderland of granite and water. The 2nd half of the trip is based in the heart of the spectacular central massif of the Pyrenees where we hike in the canyons of Spain’s renowned Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park.

  • Hike in both of Spain’s Pyrenean national parks: what a treat! We’ll explore 2 of Europe’s natural jewels: Aragón’s Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido, and Catalonia’s Parc Nacional de Aigüestortes I Estany de Sant Maurici.
  • Glorious views, exuberant flora and abundant fauna: a nature photographer’s dream. One of the world’s finest locations for alpine flowers, including the famed Eidelweiss. Marmots and chamoix observe us from rocky perches and birds of prey soar overhead, including the Lammergeier – one of Europe’s rarest birds of prey.
  • Picturesque mountain villages: we sleep in medieval stone villages with ancient churches, cobbled streets and traditional architecture. In particular, the Vall de Boí’s 9 Early Romanesque churches are the densest concentration of Romanesque architecture in Europe and has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
  • Begin in Barcelona: This allows you to explore the architectural, culinary and cultural jewels of Spain’s most dynamic city.
  • End the trip in your choice of 3 of northern Spain’s most interesting cities: Pamplona – on the Camino de Santiago and famous for the Running of the Bulls during its San Fermin Festival; or one of two coastal towns in the Basque Country: San Sebastián, considered one of the county’s most beautiful cities or Bilbao, home to the Guggenheim Museum and an international airport.

Day
1

Arrival To Barcelona

Arrival in Barcelona and transfer on your own to hotel near the Gothic quarter. Enjoy exploring this vibrant Mediterranean port city. Highlights include at least 8 architectural sites featuring the Catalan Modernisme Style which have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status such as La Sagrada Familia, Parque Güell and Casa Milá. Don’t miss strolling the aisles of La Boquería—of one of Europe’s most colourful markets or the picturesque Ramblas street

Overnight: hotel  in Barcelona

Day
2

Barcelona To Val de Boi

Free time in the morning. At noon meet your tour leader for an orientation session, then lunch at a nearby restaurant frecuented by Picasso and other famous contemporary artists.

Afternoon transfer to the picturesque village of Taüll, at 1489 m/ 4885 ft. above sea level, in the Vall de Boí a narrow, steep-sided valley and a principal gateway to Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park. So remote that the Moorish Conquest of Spain did not affect it, this valley has several wonderful Romanesque churches, the highest ski resort in the Pyrenees and is famous for its medicinal waters.

After check-in to our charming family-run hotel, we’ll visit the 16th C Romanesque St. Climent church and go to the visitor’s center of the National Park to learn about the park’s flora, fauna and geology.

Overnight: hotel in Taüll

Day
3

Hiking in Aigüestortes National Park

Today’s hike is an introduction to the granite and aquatic treasures of Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park. The area’s glacial origin is evident in the labyrinth of meandering streams and over 200 lakes giving rise to its name Aigüestortes meaning “twisted waters” in the local dialect.

Overnight: hotel in Taüll

Day
4

Hiking in Aigüestortes National Park

On today’s excursion we visit is one of the most intact and remote areas in the entire national park. We trek through black pine forests and alpine meadows, visiting glacial cirques ringed by rocky summits on our way to a spectacular viewpoint over Lake St. Maurici and the Les Encantats, the “enchanted” mountains.

Overnight: hotel in Taüll

Day
5

Taüll to Torla

This morning we transfer into the heart of the central massif of the Pyrenees, to the pretty mountain village of Torla, the best entry point to Spain’s spectacular Parque Nacional de Ordesa y Monte Perdido – containing several of the tallest and most beautiful mountains in the entire Pryenees and 2 of Europe’s deepest and longest canyons. Afternoon on your own to relax and explore Torla.

Overnight: Torla

Day
6

Hiking in Ordesa & Monte Perdido National Park

Today’s hike is a great introduction to Ordesa Canyon as we hike one of the most attractive routes in the National Park on a spectacular trail via a characteristic natural ledge-like feature called a “Faja” – running high along the canyon walls. On this hike you’ll experience wildflowers galore and a succession of lovely waterfalls.

Overnight: hotel in Torla

Day
7

Hiking in Ordesa & Monte Perdido National Park

Today’s excursion is a fitting finale to our adventures as we trek to the beautiful Cola de Caballo (Horse’s Tail) waterfall, one of the highlights of Spain’s most famous Pyrenean national park. We’ll have perfect views of the main ridge comprising Mt. Perdido and many other 3,000 m peaks. Fauna you are likely to see include marmots, chamoix and the Lammergeier – or Bearded Vulture, one of Europe’s rarest birds of prey, which makes its home here in Ordesa.

Overnight: hotel in Torla

Day
8

Transfer to Bilbao, via Pamplona and San Sebastián. Tour Ends.

The tour officially ends after breakfast, with a transfer to Bilbao, in Spain’s Basque Country on the Atlantic coast. On the way we pass through Pamplona and San Sebastian where you’ll have the choice of getting off. We can book hotels for you in any of these 3 cities.

 

Includes:
    • 7 nights accommodation in excellent 3* or equivalent family-run hotels or inns with great locations in Taüll and Torla
    • 7 three-course dinners with wine and bottled water; 5 lunches (picnic lunch bags or tapas in restaurants)
    • Services of a bilingual tour leader/guide throughout the entire itinerary & certified local mountain guides on hiking days.
    • All transportation as specified in the itinerary – this includes Day 8 transfer to Bilbao, with stops en-route in Pamplona and San Sebastián. We’ll drop you off at your destination of choice.

 

Does not include:

    air travel, pickups at Barcelona airport or train station and transfers to hotel at start of trip, travel insurance, any accommodation or travel costs outside this published itinerary, gratuities, entrance fees to any tourist sites (except the ones specifically mentioned in the itinerary description), porterage, laundry or minibar items at hotels or any other items of a personal nature
Price per person in twin/double rooms:from 1.450€

Single room supplement: 115€

For extra nights at start and/or end of tour, please consult us for prices and availability.

      • Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights
      • Meeting Point: your hotel in Barcelona
      • Ending Point:  Bilbao, San Sebastián or Pamplona – your choice
      • Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
      • Daily distances & times: 9.5 – 17.5 km / 6 – 11 miles. Most days are about 5 to 6 hours of walking.
      • Accommodations: 3* or 4* hotel in Barcelona; 2* or 3* or equivalent hotel or inn in Taüll and Torla. Our criteria always focus on quality of “character” (historical and/or traditional-style buildings where possible), location and service with a preference to local family-run enterprises. Good food is also a must!
      • Guided Dates: see calendar.
      • Custom Dates: Custom dates can be arranged for groups of 3 or more people: mid-June to mid-October.
      • Group size: 4 – 14

Hiking in Spain’s National Parks Picture Gallery