Pyrenees Walking Holidays | Explore Rustic Hilltop Villages with Langdale

Venture off the beaten track and discover dramatic canyons and rustic hilltop villages - all at a pace best suited for taking in the beauty of the Spanish Pyrenees...

  • Venture through the picturesque Isábena Valley
  • Return each night to the charming medieval villages of the Pyrenees
  • Discover locally-sourced wine and cuisine
  • Awe-inspiring canyon landscape of Ordesa National Park
  • Profusion of wildlife, birds and flowers
  • Invigorating days spent out exploring in the fresh mountain air

The walking programme on this holiday covers two different areas of the Spanish Pyrenees: the Isábena Valley and the Ordesa National Park. The Isábena Valley is distinctive for its medieval hermitages and beautiful hilltop villages, where we explore valleys and high sierras on walks well off the beaten track in dramatic scenery. From there we venture out to the Ordesa National Park, famous for its canyons, alpine flowers and an amazing range of rare birds of prey and wildlife.

Travel arrangements include flight departures from London Stansted and Manchester to Barcelona and transfer by mini-bus (3/4 hours) to the small hilltop village of Roda de Isábena for the first three nights, followed by four nights in the pretty little village of Torla at the gateway of the Ordesa National Park.

We are accompanied throughout by a tour leader and bi-lingual, local guides who provide insight into the culture, history and geography of this beautiful part of the Pyrenees. Through ancient footpaths, medieval hilltop villages, hermitages and monasteries, we encounter the wild summer flowers and the snow-covered peaks of the high Pyrenees. Each day we either walk directly from the hotel, or take a short mini-bus drive to the starting point in order to concentrate our walks in the most beautiful areas.

Roda de Isábena

Roda de Isábena is a tiny, picturesque hilltop village with narrow lanes and a small medieval square. It is dominated by its magnificent Romanesque cathedral, which is a real gem, built when Roda was an important strategic base for the Counts of Ribagorza.

Our hotel, the Hospederia de Roda, is a simple but beautifully reconstructed house adjoining the cathedral, with comfortable en-suite rooms and glorious views, either over the village square or the Isábena Valley. The hotel is tastefully decorated and well appointed. Its restaurant is housed in the impressive 12th Century monastery refectory, offering locally-sourced cuisine and a unique dining experience.

Torla

We spend the last four nights at the Hotel Villa de Torla, which is a comfortable hotel in the centre of the pretty mountain village of Torla at the entrance to the Ordesa National Park, with plenty of hotels and shops.  It has some attractive old buildings in a magnificent setting and a few decent shops and restaurants.

The hotel has good en-suite rooms with telephone and TV, a bar and sitting area as well as a small garden with swimming pool and lovely views up to the Ordesa Canyon.  We dine in the hotel, which has a reputation for preparing excellent local dishes that are typical of this part of the Pyrenees.

Walking Grade: Grade: Easy to ModerateGrade: Easy to Moderate

Day 1: Monday 10th June: Flight to Barcelona

Arrive at the airport under your own arrangements for the flight to Barcelona. Please check-in at least two hours before departure time, using your passport and boarding pass. Flight times are the latest known and subject to confirmation by the airline. All times are local.

Transfer by private minibus from Barcelona to the idyllic hilltop village of Roda de Isábena (3½ hours).

Check-in at Hospederia de Roda, a beautifully reconstructed house adjoined to the village's magnificent Romanesque cathedral.

Your meal this evening is served in the beautiful cathedral refectory.

Overnight Hospederia de Roda in the village of Roda.

Accommodation: La Hospederia de Roda

Meals: Dinner,

Day 2: Tuesday 11 June: Sierra de Sis

A circular walk starting with a stunning ridge walk connecting two little Ermitas high up on the beautiful Sierra de Sis which dominates the Isábena and Nogura Valleys. There are amazing views all round. We walk back to the starting point through oak woods and pastureland. This is a remote and beautiful walk.

Dinner at the cathedral refectory and overnight at La Hospederia de Roda.

Walking: 12 km 350m height gain and loss.

Accommodation: La Hospederia de Roda

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Day 3: Wednesday 12th June: Quiet Village Paths of the Pyrenees

We drive north (1 hour) to an isolated area of green pastures and forest, dotted with lovely villages. This walk is very different to yesterday’s foothill scenery. Here, the tallest peaks of the Pyrenees are in sight and the flowers and vegetation are more alpine in character.

The huge mountain massif of El Turbón (2500m) dominates today's walk. This walk involves little climbing as we follow well-kept paths rarely used by tourists. We drive back via a shorter route along the beautiful upper Isábena valley.

Dinner at the cathedral refectory and overnight at La Hospederia de Roda.

Walking: 12 km, 200m height gain.

Accommodation: La Hospederia de Roda

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Day 4: Thursday 13th June: Visit Ainsa and transfer to the village of Torla

Transfer to the village of Torla (1¾ hours).

On the way, we visit the village of Ainsa in the Ara Valley. This village has a beautiful medieval, arcaded square, and narrow cobbled streets. There are some excellent restaurants in the square where we may be tempted to enjoy an optional light lunch.

We then continue on to Torla and our hotel in the village square. Above Torla, you can see the 3000 foot walls of the Ordesa Canyon – one of Europe's most distinctive glacial canyons. The area draws in walkers and climbers alike, and over our journey we follow a network of wonderfully scenic walking routes through the canyon.

Check-in at Villa de Torla, before taking your evening meal in the hotel restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel Villa de Torla

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 5: Friday 14th June: Circo e Carriatta, Faja de Racún, Ordesa Canyon

A wonderful walk climbing through beech and fir forest up to the Circo (cirque) de Carriatta, following the dramatic Faja de Racún (a Faja is a cliffside path) above the canyon, descending through the Cirque de Cotatuero. This is a dramatic and little frequented route in the Ordesa Canyon.

Walking: 10 km, 500m climb, 800m descent.

Accommodation: Hotel Villa de Torla

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Day 6: Saturday 15th June: Añisclo Canyon

We head to the Añisclo Canyon - where we encounter a tiny village, abandoned since the civil war, before descending into the Canyon itself. The raging waters of the River Bellos have carved the limestone to create a stunning landscape of soaring cliffs, waterfalls, forest and deep blue pools.

On the way out of the canyon we pass a hermitage built by the miracle working San Urbéz, a superb days walk.

Walking: 12 km 300m climb, 500m descent.

Accommodation: Hotel Villa de Torla

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Day 7: Sunday 16th June: Walking Circuit of the Ordesa Canyon

A classic walking circuit of the Ordesa Canyon in the fabulous Ordesa National Park following old hunters paths 3000 ft above the valley floor along the Faja de Pelay to the head of the Valley below Monte Perdido. We then follow the riverside path passing waterfalls as we head back down into the valley through alpine meadows and shady beech forest.

This is an unmissable highlight of the Pyrenees, where flowers, wild animals and rare birds of prey are plentiful in Europe's oldest national park.

Accommodation: Hotel Villa de Torla

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

Day 8: Monday 17th June: Transfer to Barcelona, Fly Home

After breakfast in the hotel we leave the Pyrenees for the picturesque drive by private coach (3 - 4 hours) to Barcelona for the return flight home.

Meals: Breakfast,

La Hospedería de Roda de Isábena

The village hotel is adjoined to the area's medieval cathedral, an austere, historic building and a truly unique setting in which to stay. Day to day, the service is informal yet warm and attentive to the needs of their guests. Perched atop a hill overlooking the valley, you'll find an incredible vantage point over the valley from your balcony.

The hotel restaurant is located in the cloister of the old church, serving up simple but elegant traditional cuisine, sourced from local produce.

Hotel Villa de Torla

Hotel Villa de Torla

The perfect base from which to explore the Ordesa National Park, the Hotel Villa de Torla is perched upon the upper reaches of the hilltop town, overlooking the surrounding canyon. The hotel comes with a pool, offering a relaxed atmosphere with friendly and attentive service.

This is also a great location to explore the quaint trappings of the village of Torla, an alpine-style village in which you'll find many local cuisine specialties and traditional craft-work created by regional artisans.

 

 

Availability Status: Available To Book

Options Price p.p Notes
Holiday inc. flight £1850.00 Price per person, sharing a twin/double room and flights from UK
Single supplement £95.00

The Standard Price Includes:

  • International return flights: UK to Barcelona
  • Private airport transfers
  • Welcome reception
  • Hotel accommodation in two different mountain villages
  • Meals as shown in the itinerary
  • Local, bi-lingual walking guide
  • Guided walking programme
  • Private transport in connection with the walks
  • Accompanying tour leader
  • Airport taxes and all local taxes
  • Picnic lunches for the walking programme

Not Included:

  • Holiday Insurance
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities, which are optional
  • Any Government taxes or compulsory charges that may be introduced after the publication of this web page

Please Note: For reasons of safety, weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary to make changes to the programme without advance notice. Every effort will be made to avoid this if at all possible.

Outbound

Saturday 10th June: Flight to Barcelona
Arrive at the airport, Manchester or London Heathrow, under your own arrangements for the flight to Barcelona. Please check-in at least two hours before departure time.

Manchester Departure:

  • Depart Manchester: 07:55
  • Arrive Barcelona: 11:30

Flight time: 2hr 35

London Heathrow Departure:

  • Depart London Heathrow: 8:15
  • Arrive Barcelona: 11:30

Flight time: 2hr 15

Return

Saturday 17th June: Transfer to Barcelona, Fly Home
Transfer to the airport from Barcelona for the return flight to UK.

Depart Barcelona:

  • Depart Barcelona: 14:00
  • Arrive Manchester: 15:55

Flight time: 2hr 55

Depart Barcelona:

  • Depart Barcelona: 12:30
  • Arrive London Heathrow: 14:10

Flight time: 2hr 40

Flight times are the latest known and are subject to confirmation from the airline. All flight times are local time (BST+1).

June Weather

Average Temperatures
26 C° high
18 C° low
Average Rainfall
11 mm / month
2 days / month
Average Sunshine
9 hours / day

Useful Information

Currency: The Euro (Eur). Sterling will (roughly) exchange at 1.14€ and USD follars exchange at 0.86€, with the average price for a cup of coffee in Cumbria being 1.39€. There are ATMs, a tourist office and bank in Torla. In the quieter town of Roda de Isabena, the closest bank is in the nearby municipality of Puebla de Isabena.

Timezone: Spain observes two time-zones, Central European Time (GMT+1) and Daylight Savings Time (GMT+2).

Language: Spanish, though the co-official language is Aragonese,
which is similar to Spanish, but an independent language - not a dialect. English speakers in Aragon are almost exclusively within the tourism and hospitality industry.

How Fit Do I Need to Be? Experience of walking up and over gradients in the run-up to the holiday will put you in good stead to negotiate some of the trickier sections of this walk with ease. Ascents are not overly prolonged, but will require a reasonable level of fitness.

Dressing for the Season in the Spanish Pyrenees: Breathable base layers, with light outer layers should put you in good stead for typical weather conditions in the Pyrenees. We follow unsurfaced roads, where hiking boots are an essential for negotiating your way through the Ordesa National Park. Similar to clothing - breathable, lightweight hiking boots are what you want to aim for.

Power Plugs and Sockets in Spain: Standard European socket; visitors from outside mainland Europe will need to bring a European travel adapter (available at airports and supermarkets).

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