Mallos de Riglos & the Canyons of the Sierra de Guara

Price
£1495
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5 May 2024 – 12 May 2024
Wonderful hiking amongst the amazing cliffs of Mallos de Riglos and the spectacular canyons of the Sierra de Guara
Country
Spain
Grade
Moderate
Duration
7 nights
Style
Guided
Type
Twin Centre
Price
£1495
The sunny foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees make for the perfect place to go hiking in the Spring

This is a twin centre holiday based in the sunny foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees, about 120 km north of Zaragoza. First, we’ll stay in Murillo de Gallego with superb views over the wonderful cliffs of Mallos de Riglos. After three rewarding days hiking amongst the Mallos and its cliffs, we’ll then head to the ‘hidden’ canyons of the Sierra de Guara. Here we stay in Alquezar – a beautiful hill top village whose winding streets are overlooked by the collegiate church of Santa Maria.

The area is steeped in history and was the frontier early during the Reconquista. The landscape is dotted with Christian and Moorish castles, and we’ll hike to cave paintings dating back to 5000 BC! There are huge colonies of griffon vultures roosting in both areas and we’re sure to get close-up views.

This holiday boasts excellent accommodation in two lovely hotels, both with pools and small spas. In Murillo, we eat at the hotel’s restaurant which has wonderful views over the cliffs which glow red in the setting sun, and in Alquezar we’ll eat out in fantastic restaurants in the village (all within close walking distance).

At a glance

Dates

5 – 12 May 2024
(8 people max)

Price

£1495
Single Supplement – £225

Grade

Moderate
Expect to walk for 4-6 hours each day, with between 480m – 750m ascent and 258-750m descent.

What’s Included

7 Nights Half board (4 nights at 4* Aguas de los Mallos and 3 nights at the 2* Hotel Villa de Alquezar) including bed & breakfast and 3-course dinner (drinks excluded)
5 Guided Walks led by a qualified mountain leader
Packed Lunches each walk day (5 days, but not Day 8)
Wine Tasting and a guided tour of the Bodega Sommos
Entrance Ticket for the Pasarelas
Transport to/from trail heads each walk day
Transfers to/from Zaragoza airport or ‘Delicias’ rail station
Excess baggage storage (luggage will be transferred to Hotel Villa de Alquezar for your final two nights)

Lunch, dinner, transport and activities on your rest day (Thursday) are not included.
Spa access at either hotel is optional and costs €20 (Hotel Aguas de los Mallos) or €30 (Hotel Villa de Alquezar) per visit.

Travel

The best option is to into Zaragoza Airport and join our transfer (80 mins, included), which meets the inbound Ryanair flight which departs Stansted Airport at 13:50 and lands at 1705.

If however you plan to be in Zaragoza already, or to arrive by fast train from either Madrid (1 hr 20 mins, approx €80 return) or Barcelona (1 hr 25 mins, approx €100 return), you can also join a transfer at the ‘Delicias’ rail station at 16:30.

Outbound Transfers – these drop off at Zaragoza Delicias rail station at 15:15, and at Zaragoza Airport at 15:45 in good time for the Ryanair flight which departs at 17:40. Please bear this in mind when booking onward travel.

Itinerary

Hotel Aguas de los Mallos - terrace

Sun - Arrive & Settle in

Arrive in Murillo de Gállego from Zaragoza early evening. Briefing about the week ahead followed by the evening meal in the hotel’s restaurant.

Accommodation: 4* Hotel Aguas de los Mallos

Young olive grove

Mon - Mallos de Aguero and Punta Comun

Route statistics: 10.5km, 600m ascent/descent

The cliffs of Mallos de Aguero tower above the village. This circular route takes us on a complete circuit of these fascinating rock formations. Halfway round, we make a side trip to Punta Comun, from the summit we can see north, to the snow-capped peaks of the main Pyrenees range.

Accommodation: 4* Hotel Aguas de los Mallos

Mallos de Riglos, a set of conglomerate rock formations in Spain

Tue - Mallos de Riglos

Route statistics: 11.5km, 650m ascent/descent

Even bigger than yesterday’s cliffs, the Mallos of Riglos are the most famous and most spectacular of the area. A wonderful trail winds us up through the cliffs and then along a ridge above them. Our return route takes us underneath the cliffs and we’ll get sore necks as we gaze up at vultures and climbers above!

Accommodation: 4* Hotel Aguas de los Mallos

Foz de Salinas

Wed - Sierra de Santa Domingo

Route statistics: 13.6km, 750m ascent/descent

Our hike today takes us through the narrow rocky valley of Foz de Salinas to the abandoned village of Salinas which once produced salt for the region. A landslip caused the village to be evacuated but we can still visit the church and see the remains of other buildings. Past the village we head to the pass of La Osqueta from which we have tremendous views both south and north. The route makes a loop, and we head back via pine woods.

Accommodation: 4* Hotel Aguas de los Mallos

Village of Alquezar

Thu - Transfer to Alquezar, Vineyard tour of Bodega Sommos

Today we leave Murillo de Gállego and head to Alquézar which lies in the centre of the Somontano wine region. We’ll visit the spectacular vineyard of Sommos where we’ll have a tour around the vineyard, wine tasting and lunch before heading onto Alquézar. When we arrive in Alquezar there will be time to check in before we do a short walking tour around this fascinating village.
Please note: lunch at the vineyard is not included

Accommodation: 2* Hotel Villa de Alquezar

Vero Canyon

Fri - Vero Canyon

Route statistics: 10km, 480m ascent and 258m descent

After a short transfer to the spectacular viewpoint of La Portiacha – where get great views down into the Vero Canyon – we hike right back to Alquezar, along the way passing three caves with neolithic cave art dating back to more than 5000 BC.  To get to the cave paintings, you will need to go up or down some ladders (which are quite exposed), but this is optional if you would prefer to avoid these.

We continue and cross several canyons, the prettiest being the Vero, where we cross the idyllic Puente de Villacantal before the final climb up to Alquezar.

Accommodation: 2* Hotel Villa de Alquezar

Mascun

Sat - Mascun Canyon

Route statistics: 15.5km, 650m ascent/descent

Today we explore the wonderful rock formations of the Mascun canyon where the river has carved spires and arches. We hike up out of on branch of the canyon to the abandoned village of Otin, beautifully set on a hill on a high plateaux with panoramic views. We then hike back to the edge of the canyon where we get incredible views of the rock spires below us, before a long descent back to the canyon floor. As we hike back along the canyon, we’ll see climbers dangling from overhanging cliffs and arches.

Accommodation: 2* Hotel Villa de Alquezar

Canyon du rio Vero, Alquézar, Espagne

Sun - Pasarelas and departure

Route statistics: 2.8km, 270m ascent/descent 

In the morning, we’ve just enough time to squeeze in one last short hike on the ‘pasarelas’ of Alquezar. This metal walkway winds along the cliffs of the canyon and is a beautiful way to finish you’re week in the area. Lunch in the village (not included) before leaving for the transfer back to Zaragoza train station or Airport.

Accommodation

4* Hotel Aguas de los Mallos

The magnificent views over the Mallos de Riglos, which glow red in the evening light, are a highlight of this lovely spa hotel. You can swim in the pool, have a wine on your balcony or relax in the jacuzzi, all while gazing at these mesmerising cliffs.

A modern hotel with 27 rooms and excellent facilities. The outdoor pool is heated and open year-round. The spa features a spa pool with waterfall, and massaging waterjets, jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath. The hotel also offers massages and other treatments (at additional price paid locally).

All rooms are a generous size, en-suite and have a private balcony or terrace with views of the cliffs. Meals are taken at the hotel’s excellent restaurant with views over the cliffs.

Please note: spa sessions are 1hr 30 mins and 20€ per person

Hotel Villa de Alquezar

An ancient royal palace at the top of the village with great views over Alquezar, the collegiate church and the surrounding countryside.There is a small outdoor pool (open in May depending on the weather).

All rooms are a generous size, en-suite and have a private balcony with lovely views, perfect to relax on after a day in the mountains.The hotel serves excellent breakfasts and evening meals will be taken at a variety of restaurants in the village. The final nights meal will be at the wonderful La Pardina restaurant which specialises in local dishes.

*Please note the hotel has a very small spa which is 30€ per person and NOT included in holiday price.

Need to Knows

Itinerary – Please note that while this is the intended itinerary, the exact programme may differ slightly if trail or weather conditions necessitate.

Terrain – We grade this trip as moderate because whilst the paths are good and easy to follow, they are generally quite rocky underfoot. There are some short steep sections, of which a couple of them are a bit loose underfoot.  To get to the cave paintings, you need to go up or down ladders (which are quite exposed), but this is optional if people would prefer to avoid the ladders. Previous hiking experience, surefootedness, and a good level of fitness are essential.

Booking Conditions – be sure to read our full terms and conditions here before booking.

At Your Own Risk – please read the important notes here.

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