Sierra de Guara Walking Tour

Spain
Walking
Self-Guided
Sierra de Guara Walking Tour

Sierra de Guara Walking Tour

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From $650USD

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Self-guided

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Highlights

Explore the Spanish Pyrenees and Aragonese villages on this 8-day self-guided walking tour

Walk surrounded by gorgeous mountain scenery in the Sierra y Canones de Guara Natural Park.

Learn about the rich cultural heritage of this sparsely populated region of Spain as you’re welcomed into Aragonese villages.

Enjoy magical walks through the scenic Mediterranean countryside and the deep river canyons of the Pyrenees.

Delight in exceptional Spanish food and wine, savouring regional cuisine made from the freshest local ingredients.

The 8-day Sierra de Guara Walking Tour provides a unique opportunity to experience a road less-travelled in northeastern Spain. Navigate the beautiful province of Huesca as you explore the ancient Kingdom of Aragon and the Sierra y Canones de Guara Natural Park on foot.

The Sierra de Guara is one of the most sparsely populated areas in the whole of Spain, making it a true oasis for those seeking to get off the beaten path while hiking. This exquisite walking tour checks all the boxes, with an exciting itinerary that will have you exploring the most beautiful natural landscapes while also immersing you in the rich cultural heritage of this ancient land.

Setting out from the village of Alquézar, you'll enjoy walking days filled with one spectacular experience after another. Discover ancient Romanesque chapels, primitive settlements, and prehistoric caves, all painting a fascinating picture of this area's vibrant history. Enjoy the sunny but comfortable climate as you walk alongside terraced Mediterranean landscapes, where the hillsides are draped in fragrant thyme, rosemary, and lavender. Spot vultures soaring high above as you enjoy the never-ending panoramic views of the Sierra de Guara.

Unwind after exhilarating days on foot, reveling in Aragon's rich cuisine and Somontano wines. Enjoy stays in pleasant family-run hotels in gorgeous Aragonese villages, like Alquézar, Rodellar, and more!

Don't miss this opportunity to explore one of Spain's most remote and remarkable landscapes. Book your spot on the Sierra de Guara Walking Tour today!

Sierra de Guara Walking Tour

Day 1 Arrival

Your tour begins in the lovely hilltop village of Alquézar, meaning “the castle” in Arabic. The idyllic village is surrounded by sprawling farmland and irrigation channels and home to magnificent architecture, reminiscent of its Christian and Moorish roots.

If your arrival time permits, head out on a short loop, introducing you to the lovely village and the sweeping Rio Vero gorge.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Alquézar
Distance
1.5 hours, 3 km, 125m of ascent, 125m of descent
Meals
None

Day 2 Choice of Circular Walks from Alquézar

There are two circular route options to choose from today.

A loop via the Rio Vero gorge, taking in its ancient Romanesque bridge. You will walk among almond orchards and olive groves, making your way to the village of Asque.

A loop through the gorgeous countryside surrounding Alquézar, with breathtaking views of the Pyrenees in the distance accompanying you for much of the walk. This route leads you to a prehistoric site comprised of ancient caves and fascinating cave paintings.

Option 2: 6 hours, 12 km, 550m of ascent, 570m of descent

Overnight Location
Hotel in Alquézar
Distance
Option 1: 4 hours, 10 km, 300m of ascent, 300m of descent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Strange Rocks and the Village of Lecina

If rocks are your thing, you’re in for a treat today, and if not, you’re still guaranteed to be awestruck!

Today’s route introduces you to the karst stone rock formations that jut up from the ground in strange and fascinating ways throughout this gripping landscape. Before this walk, a little research is recommended, as you’ll note that each formation has a unique name, like “Mallata” and “Arpan.”

Further on, you’ll enjoy fabulous views of the gorge before descending towards its crystal-clear waters.

The route ends in the gorgeous medieval village of Lecina, known for its quaint and traditional stone houses.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Lecina
Distance
5 hours, 11.5 km, 530m of ascent, 410m of descent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Walk to Almazorre, Paules and Santa Maria de la Nuez

Today your exploration of charming Aragonese villages continues as you set out on a scenic path towards the pretty hilltop village of Almazorre.

The trail guides you past an ancient olive oil and grain mill, which is worth a short stop to explore before you continue the path lined with oak groves and hilltop villages.

Crossing the Rio Vero twice, you’ll then reach a sprawling green valley and the village of Paules, where you’ll find tonight’s accommodations. Check out the nearby holy place of Santa Maria de la Nuez if you still have some walking left in you!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Paules
Distance
4.5 hours, 12 km, 340m of ascent, 250m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 A Ghost Village and Ancient Ruins

This morning a short transfer will take you to today’s start point deep inside the park grounds. The trail unfolds in a scenic area, where you’ll soon spot the abandoned village of Bagüeste, with its ancient church spire still intact.

The route then guides you to the ruins at Letosa, an ancient milling operation, before a rewarding drink at a bar in Otín to end the day!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Rodellar
Distance
6 hours, 15.5 km, 420m of ascent, 730m of descent
Meals
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Views of the Balcez Gorge and the Pyrenees

Today you’ll trace an old charcoal makers’ path, enjoying superb views from the edge of the Balcez Gorge. Here you’ll have the chance to spot majestic vultures soaring high above the valley and nesting in the towering cliffs.

With the summits of the Pyrenees on the horizon, you’re bound to feel like you’ve found paradise on earth. Soak it up!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Las Almunias
Distance
4.5 hours, 11 km, 600m of ascent, 670m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Walk from Las Almunias to Alquézar

This morning you’ll set out on a trail that will bring you full circle as you return to your start point in Alquézar. Navigating a steep but well-marked path, you’ll set out from Las Almunias, passing through a narrow gorge before making your way through the village of San Pelegrin.

The path into Alquézar is a known feeding ground for vultures. If you’re lucky, you may bear witness to some hunting action on your way into town!

There is an option to shorten the route to 15 km by descending to Radiquero and taking a taxi to Alquézar.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Alquézar
Distance
6 hours, 18 km, 560m of ascent, 600m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Departure

This morning following breakfast your walking tour in Sierra de Guara comes to an end. Until next time!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
3 hours, 9 km, 130m of ascent, 550m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Sierra de Guara Walking Tour Price and Dates

This guided walking tour of Sierra de Guara is always run as a private tour for your group and the price per person depends on the number of people staying in one room, as well as the season.

Prices below are per person.

Departures on March 1st - April 9th:

  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): $1,075USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $775USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $650USD

Departures on April 10th - 16th:

  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): $1,150USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $825USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $675USD

Departures on April 17rd - May 20th:

  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): $1,075USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $775USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $650USD

Departures on May 21st - 25th:

  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): $1,150USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $825USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $675USD

Departures on May 26th - June 26th:

  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): $1,075USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $775USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $650USD

Departures on June 27th - July 10th:

  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): $1,150USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $825USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $675USD

Departures on August 24th - 31st:

  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): $1,095USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $795USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $675USD

Departures on September 1st - October 2nd:

  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): $1,075USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $775USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $650USD

Departures on October 3rd - 10th:

  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): $1,095USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $795USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $675USD

Departures on October 11th - November 15th:

  • Price per person in a single room (group of 2+): $1,075USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $775USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $650USD
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Accommodation on the Sierra de Guara Walking Tour

This tour is based in 1 to 3-star hotels. The hotels offer private rooms with ensuite bathrooms and basic amenities.

Rooms are double occupancy and single travellers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
See pricing details for pricing if you are a solo traveller or require single rooms in your group.

Hotel Villa de Alquézar in Alquézar

This hotel maximizes rest and rejuvenation. Located in the heart of Alquézar, the restored historic building boasts a calm and welcoming atmosphere and offers beautiful views of the canyon from each room. Guests will also enjoy the hotel’s beautiful outdoor pool.

Night 3

Casa Lueza in Lecina

This rural hotel is in a gorgeous historic building with centuries of history contained within its walls. The hotel blends elements of the traditional with the modern providing guests with a comfortable stay.

Casa El Cóndor in Paules de Sarsa

Found in the small village of Paules this 300-year-old traditional manor house has been restored into a welcoming small hotel with a gorgeous outdoor swimming pool.

Apartahotel Valle de Rodellar in Rodellar

This unique accommodation offers apartments equipped with a kitchenette and a lovely terrace. Guests can conveniently access a restaurant, supermarket, and swimming pool within the complex.

Casa Tejedor in Las Almunias

The Casa Tejedor offers guests an authentic experience. Rooms are outfitted in traditional décor and boast splendid views of the Sierra. The hotel also has an excellent in-house restaurant serving local specialties and a wide selection of wines.

Hotel Villa de Alquézar in Alquézar

This hotel maximizes rest and rejuvenation. Located in the heart of Alquézar, the restored historic building boasts a calm and welcoming atmosphere and offers beautiful views of the canyon from each room. Guests will also enjoy the hotel’s beautiful outdoor pool.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Sierra de Guara Walking Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 3 pack lunches, and 3 dinners are included on this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights is included on this tour. Accommodations before or after the tour are not included but can be booked as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transfers according to the program on Days 3, 4 and 5 are included on the tour. Luggage transport between hotels is included for the duration of the tour, according to the itinerary. If you choose to transport your own luggage, you can enjoy a rebate of €360 EUR. Airport transfers are not included.

Also Included

  • Detailed maps and route descriptions in English
  • 24-hour phone assistance

Not included

  • Flights to and from Spain
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas if required
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist taxes if applicable
  • Meals, snacks, or drinks not previously mentioned
  • Fees not mentioned as 'included'
  • Guide services

Optional Extras

  • Activities and excursions unless otherwise mentioned as included
  • Single room supplements
  • Solo traveller supplements
  • Any additional nights before or after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Sierra de Guara Walking Tour

How hard is the Sierra de Guara Walking Tour?

We rate this tour a 3/5. The tour is comprised of moderate day walks interspersed with more challenging excursions that last on average 4-6 hours, excluding breaks. Roads can sometimes be stony and walkers will at times traverse hilly or mountainous routes, but they are always well maintained.

Do I need a visa to travel to Spain?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Sierra de Guara Walking Tour?

7 breakfasts, 3 pack lunches, and 3 dinners are included on this tour.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Alquézar to start this tour?

If arriving at Barcelona Airport (BCN), take a shuttle bus or train to Barcelona city centre (Sants Estació). Then get a bus from Barcelona-Sants to Barbastro. If arriving at Girona Airport (GRO), take a shuttle bus from Girona Airport to Barcelona-Estación Norte. From Barcelona-Estación Norte, you can take a bus, metro or taxi to the main bus station (Barcelona-Sants). From here, take a bus to Barbastro. If arriving at Reus Airport (REU) take a bus from Reus Airport to the train station in Reus, then train to Barcelona-Sants and bus from Barcelona to Barbastro. If arriving at Zaragoza Airport (ZAZ) take a bus or taxi to the bus station in the city centre. From here there are regular bus services to Huesca, with connections to Barbastro. Alternatively, you can book a private transfer from a nearby bus or train station in Huesca as a supplement or arrange your own private transfer to Alquézar

Where does the Sierra de Guara Walking Tour end?

The tour ends in Alquézar. Take a taxi from Alquézar to Barbastro, then the bus to Barcelona, Reus or Zaragoza depending on which airport you’re flying from. Alternatively, you can book your own private transfer to the airport.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Spain?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Spain?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Spain for this tour?

The best time to travel to Spain for this tour is spring (April-June) and fall (September-October) when the weather tends to be warm and sunny but not too hot.

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We rate this tour a 3/5. The tour is comprised of moderate day walks interspersed with more challenging excursions that last on average 4-6 hours, excluding breaks. Roads can sometimes be stony and walkers will at times traverse hilly or mountainous routes, but they are always well maintained.


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